Quotes - Nature

Quotes about nature by topic: Nature features, People and nature, Attitude to nature, Art and nature, Laws of nature, Science and nature, Death and nature, Beauty and nature, Time and nature, Moral and nature, God and nature, Love and nature, Reason and nature, Power and nature, Wonder and nature, etc.

Nature features

Nature is wont to hide herself. (Heraclitus)
There is only one nature. (Zeno)
Nature does nothing in vain. (Aristotle)
Nature always creates the best of what is possible. (Aristotle)
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she’ll be constantly running back. (Horace)
Nature abhors a vacuum. (Francois Rabelais)
Nature loves simplicity. (Isaac Newton)
All is well coming out of the hands of nature. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
Nature uses as little as possible of anything. (Johannes Kepler)
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. (Blaise Pascal)
Nature always says something. (Nicolas Hulot)
Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature. (Freya Stark)
Nature’s far too subtle to repeat herself. (Paul Muni)
However much you knock at nature’s door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words. (Ivan Turgenev)
Nature has two favorite pastimes: building up to tear down and tearing down to build up. (Otto Weiß)
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Even nature is sometimes against nature. (Erhard Blanck)
Nature is not only matter, it is also spirit. (Carl Gustav Jung)
Nature, this decrepit and mute elephant which carries us patiently on its back. (Imre Kertesz)
Mother Nature is the great equalizer. You can’t get away from it. (Christopher Heyerdahl)
There is no forgiveness in nature. (Ugo Betti)
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. (Robert Green Ingersoll)
There is neither victory nor defeat in the cycle of nature: there is movement. (Paulo Coelho)
Nature… is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest. (Charles Baudelaire)
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. (Alice Walker)
Nature is to be understood not as a sequence or concatenation of causes, but as improvisation; she is a poet. (Marcel Conche)
Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions. (Mary Webb)
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness. (Benjamin Disraeli)
Colors are the smiles of nature. (Leigh Hunt)
The nature of nature is undoubtedly feminine. She changes her clothes all the time! (Gudrun Zydek)

People and nature

Man is nature’s sole mistake. (William Gilbert)
Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. (Galileo Galilei)
Men argue. Nature acts. (Voltaire)
Nature acts, man does. (Immanuel Kant)
Of all the enigmas of nature, man is certainly the greatest. (Hypolite de Livry)
Nature only matters in the human head. (Antoine de Rivarol)
The almighty nature cries out in us. (Afanasy Fet)
It is fortunate that nature often thwarts our intentions. (Friedrich Löchner)
It is from nature that everything that is perfect comes to us. (Pindar)
Nature is on the right, man is on the left. (Charles Ferdinand Ramuz)
Nature is not a temple, but a workshop, and man is a worker in it. (Ivan Turgenev)
Nature, mirror of oneself where we find ourselves whole. (Francois Hertel)
Through us, nature sends back an image of itself. (Hubert Reeves)
Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. (Gretel Ehrlich)
The only world in which one can be fully himself is in nature. (Boris Pasternak)
Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature. (Antoni Gaudi)
Man is a production of nature and nature surpasses itself in man. (Marcel Conche)
Nature does not answer man’s complaints and questions; she relentlessly hurls it back at herself. (Ludwig Feuerbach)
Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature. (Harrison Ford)
Nature was priestess and man her god, and all life in her and every form and sound of her but an enthusiastic echo of the glorious one to whom she belonged. (Friedrich Hölderlin)
Nature itself is barren, horrid. Only people make it home, to the world. (Berthold Auerbach)
Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared. (Geraldo Rivera)
I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s, she’s never going to let us relax. (Richard Feynman)
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. (Werner Heisenberg)
The most complicated woman is closer to nature than the simplest man. (Remy de Gourmont)
The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor. (Zora Neale Hurston)
Man’s deep fear of nature is revealed in his intimate relationship with his lawnmower. (Stefan Rogal)

Attitude to nature

Back to nature! (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
Although nature is cruel, man thinks of it as idyllic. (Rupert Schützbach)
Nature must be felt. (Alexander von Humboldt)
Choose only one master—nature. (Rembrandt)
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Happiness is being with nature, seeing it, talking to it. (Leo Tolstoy)
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. (Michelangelo)
How inscrutable and incomprehensible are the hidden works of Nature! (Antonie van Leeuwenhoek)
I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed. (Antoine Lavoisier)
Nature is delicious in that there is nothing artificial about it, it is simple and true. (Victor Cherbuliez)
I’m a really natural person; I love nature. (Lindsey Wixson)
I don’t like nature because you see it everywhere. (Alphonse Allais)
I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay. (Bob Dylan)
If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you. (Alex Trebek)
Nature moves me, because I’m not afraid of looking stupid when I look at it. (Jules Renard)
No one on earth has given me so much joy as nature with its colours, sounds, scents, with its peace and moods. (Peter Rosegger)
I am two with nature. (Woody Allen)
Nature was my kindergarten. (William Christopher Handy)

Art and nature

All art is but imitation of nature. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild. (Dante Alighieri)
Art is man added to nature. (Francis Bacon)
The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. (Auguste Rodin)
Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. (Antoni Gaudi)
All nature is but art unknown to thee. (Alexander Pope)
The artist should not copy nature but take the elements of nature and create a new element. (Paul Gauguin)
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. (Friedrich Schiller)
Art is the process of passing the forces of nature through the human being. (Andrei Platonov)
Art is nature’s step towards the Infinite. (Kahlil Gibran)
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. (Thomas Browne)
Art and nature shall always be wrestling until they eventually conquer one another so that the victory is the same stroke and line: that which is conquered, conquers at the same time. (Maria Sibylla Merian)
Art is the same nature. Do not look for other laws in it, except for your own (not the self-will of the artist, who does not exist, but precisely the laws of art). It may be that art is only an offshoot of nature (a form of its creation). It is certain: a work of art is a work of nature, just as born, not created. (Marina Tsvetaeva)
Nature is still the best of painters. (Arsene Houssaye)
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony. (Guillaume Apollinaire)
In art, as in nature, nothing is lost. (Albert Camus)
Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model. (Marilyn French)

Laws of nature

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. (Euclid)
Nature never breaks her own laws. (Leonardo da Vinci)
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. (Jules Verne)
Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. (Arthur C. Clarke)
Nature provides exceptions to every rule. (Margaret Fuller)
An apparent contradiction to a natural law is only the rarely occurring operation of another natural law. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law. (Leonardo da Vinci)
Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations. (David Gerrold)
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. (Edmund Burke)
Self-preservation is the first law of nature. (Samuel Butler)
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. (H.G. Wells)
Nature always imposes this imperious dilemma on beings: adapt or disappear. (Gustave Le Bon)
The laws of nature are so disgusting that it shouldn’t be allowed. (Romain Gary)
Nature has laws, but no paragraphs. (Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger)

Science and nature

All science has one goal, namely to find a theory of nature. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. (Henri Poincare)
Science must adapt to nature. Nature cannot accommodate science. (Ferdinand Brunot)
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. (Albert Einstein)
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. (Max Planck)
Is it right to probe so deeply into Nature’s secrets? The question must here be raised whether it will benefit mankind, or whether the knowledge will be harmful. (Pierre Curie)
What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on. (Jacques Yves Cousteau)

Death and nature

Nature abhors annihilation. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. (Marcus Aurelius)
To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature. (Max Beerbohm)
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well. (Alexander Smith)
There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it. (Charles Mackay)
What Nature needs is life, incessantly life, and the death of individuals counts for nothing for her in the permanence of species. (Edmond Thiaudiere)
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Beauty and nature

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
There is beauty in nature that cannot be imitated. (Angelika Kauffmann)
Nature teaches us to understand beauty. (Konstantin Paustovsky)
Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. (Louie Schwartzberg)
Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer. (John Keats)
Beauty is a veil that nature has put on the world to make it bearable for us. (Anne Percin)
Nature gives every time and every season its own beauties. (Charles Dickens)
Beauty is nature in man, nature placed in human conditions. (Yukio Mishima)
Who sings about natural beauty, do not forget to question who eats whom, when, why and how. (Raymond Walden)

Time and nature

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. (Lao Tzu)
Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature’s greatest worker is time. (Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon)
Everything that is against nature does not last in the long run. (Charles Darwin)
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it. (Isaac Bashevis Singer)
Nature always begins anew with the same things: the years, the days, the hours. (Blaise Pascal)

Moral and nature

Natural things are not indecent. (Virgil)
Nothing is bad that is according to nature. (Marc-Aurele)
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. (Anatole France)
Nature is beneficent, but men do not always know how to understand it. (Samuel Ferdinand-Lop)
Falling into a bramble bush casts doubt on the goodness of nature. (Gregoire Lacroix)
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. (John Burroughs)

God and nature

Nature is the art of God. (Dante Alighieri)
Nature is an infinitely divided God. (Friedrich Schiller)
I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. (Alan Hovhaness)
Nature, unlike God, has power over those who don’t believe in her. (Peter O. Pirron)
Nature is to zoos what God is to churches. (Margaret Atwood)
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. (George Washington Carver)

Love and nature

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. (Voltaire)
Nature is loved by what is best in us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her. (Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel)
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. (William Wordsworth)
Nature… awakens in us the need for love. (Ivan Turgenev)
Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful. (Edward Abbey)

Reason and nature

Reason deceives us more often than nature. (Vauvenargues)
Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another. (Edmund Burke)
Nature is too poor To struggle in wonders with the mind. (William Shakespeare)
Nature hates reason. (Oscar Wilde)
We have to force nature to go as far as our minds. (Gaston Bachelard)

Power and nature

Nature subjugates the weak to the strong. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. (Francis Bacon)
Man creates rules for nature – which she does not need at all. (Klaus Ender)
The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering – that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man’s good. (Lyon Sprague de Camp)

Wonder and nature

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. (Aristotle)
Nature is a petrified magic city. (Novalis)
In the smallest things, nature reveals the greatest wonders. (Carl von Linné)
However great the marvels of nature, they can always be explained by physical reasons. (Jules Verne)

Truth and nature

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
If only she can, nature will lie to you brazenly. (Charles Darwin)
The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it. (Paul Cezanne)

Therapy and nature

Nature is a very good sedative. (Anton Chekhov)
The consistency of nature is a nice consolation for the inconsistency of people. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. (Rachel Carson)

Flowers and nature

The Amen of nature is always a flower. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. (Gerard de Nerval)
Flowers are the beautiful words and hieroglyphs of nature, with which she tells us how much she loves us. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Quotes about flowers

Wild nature

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. (Edward Abbey)
If we kill wild nature, then we kill part of our souls. (Jane Goodall)
I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess. (Walt Disney)

Soul and nature

Nature is not human hearted. (Lao Tzu)
A walk in nature helps the soul breathe. (Karl Miziolek)
Nature is the difference between the soul and God. (Fernando Pessoa)

Life and nature

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. (Zeno)
Nature makes men similar, life makes them different. (Confucius)
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. (William Shakespeare)

Nature protection

Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do. (Michel de Montaigne)
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. (Jacques-Yves Cousteau)

Genius and nature

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Nature hates uniformity and loves diversity. This is perhaps where his genius is recognized. (Bernard Weber)

Measure and nature

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. (Hippocrates)
Nature is neither reasonable nor just. Nature is exact. (Beah Richards)

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