Selected Quotes about Nature

You find a lot of people who are envious and jealous. They do not accept you as a foreigner, or an Egyptian in the UK or to own the greatest department store in the world. In business normally this is the nature of life. -- Mohamed Al-Fayed

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. -- Aristotle

Nature does nothing uselessly. -- Aristotle

One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy. -- Jane Austen

This is the foundation of all. We are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do. -- Francis Bacon

When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being. -- Ernest Becker

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race. -- Wendell Berry

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions. -- Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions. -- Antoinette Brown Blackwell

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. -- Hal Borland

By nature I am curious about life, and this extends to my business. -- Richard Branson

I am comforted by life's stability, by earth's unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge. It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us. -- Pearl S. Buck

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. -- Pearl S. Buck

I think it's better when you're natural, when you just do whatever you want, instead of doing classes where I see all these other people holding back because they've been trained with certain skills or techniques. -- Gisele Bundchen

A flower is an educated weed. -- Luther Burbank

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

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility. -- Rachel Carson

Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world. -- Rachel Carson

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. -- Rachel Carson

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. -- Rachel Carson

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. -- George Eliot (­Marion Evans Cross)

Although human subtlety makes a variety of inventions by different means to the same end, it will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple, or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. -- Leonardo DaVinci

My best Acquaintances are those / With Whom I spoke no Word / The Stars that stated come to Town / Esteemed Me never rude / Although to their Celestial Call / I failed to make reply / My constantreverential Face / Sufficient Courtesy. -- Emily Dickinson

If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell. An likewise, if you would know the reality of Nature, you must destroy the appearance, and the farther you go beyond the appearance, the nearer you will be to the essence. -- Meister Eckhart

Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Presently we pass to some other object which rounds itself into a whole as did the first; for example, a well-laid garden; and nothing seems worth doing but the laying-out of gardens. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. -- Anne Frank

Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it. -- Buckminster Fuller

The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. -- Galileo

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents. -- Peter Garrett

Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done, because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole. -- Murray Gell-Mann

Nature is wont to hide herself. -- Heraclitus

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. -- Linda Hogan

On every stem, on every leaf ... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

You completely rediscovered & relived everything to do with wildlife. -- Terri Irwin

I found that Steve's passion for wildlife and willingness to lay his life on the line so exciting. What you have in our academic arena is a lot of people who are brilliant at what they do—and boring as the day is long. -- Terri Irwin

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like Nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation. -- Carl Jung

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. -- Helen Keller

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. -- Joseph Wood Krutch

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise. -- James Russell Lowell

It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at it - which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years. -- Peter Lynch

The highest of the world's mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be the lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy. -- George Mallory

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration. -- Claude Monet

Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man. -- John Morley

Birth, life, and death -- each took place on the hidden side of a leaf. -- Toni Morrison

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. / Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. / The winds will blow their own freshness into you... / while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. -- John Muir

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. -- John Muir

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars. -- Richard Nixon

The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day. -- Kenneth Patton

... everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence. -- George Santayana

Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so. -- Adam Smith

How selfish so ever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. -- Adam Smith

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. -- John Steinbeck

Many organic practices simply make sense, regardless of what overall agricultural system is used. Far from being a quaint throwback to an earlier time, organic agriculture is proving to be a serious contender in modern farming and a more environmentally sustainable system over the long term. -- David Suzuki

We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly. -- David Suzuki

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. -- Rabindranath Tagore

I was determined to know beans. -- Henry David Thoreau

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. -- Henry David Thoreau

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled. -- Henry David Thoreau

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. -- Henry David Thoreau

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. -- Desmond Tutu

“Consequently: he who wants to have right without wrong, order without disorder, does not understand the principles of heaven and earth. He does not know how things hang together.” -- Chuang Tzu

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. -- H. G. Wells

It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing. -- Scott Westerfeld

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. -- William Westmoreland

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. -- E. B. White

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains. -- Walt Whitman

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things. -- Walt Whitman

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. -- Walt Whitman

But beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast; The glory of this sunset heaven Into my soul has passed….. -- John Greenleaf Whittier

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. -- Tennessee Williams

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. -- Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. -- Zeno

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. -- Zeno

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