There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech, Jul. 25, 1924
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Troilus and Cressida
- By viewing nature, nature's handmaid art,
- Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow:
- Thus fishes first to shipping did impart,
- Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.
JOHN DRYDEN, Annus Mirabilis
All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.
JOHN LUBBOCK, The Beauties of Nature
God made the forests, the tiny stars, and the wild winds--and I think that he made them partly as a balance for that kind of civilization that would choke the spirit of joy out of our hearts. He made the great open places for the people who want to be alone with him and talk to him, away from the crowds that kill all reverence. And I think that he is glad at times to have us forget our cares and responsibilities that we may be nearer him--as Jesus was when he crept away into the wilderness to pray.
MARGARET ELIZABETH SANGSTER, "The Gypsy Spirit"
Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
GOETHE, Conversations with Goethe
I must go to Nature disarmed of perspective and stretch myself like a large transparent canvas upon her in the hope that, my submission being perfect, the imprint of a beautiful and useful truth would be taken.
Man is Nature's sole mistake.
W.S. GILBERT, Princess Ida
Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
ANATOLE FRANCE, The Revolt of the Angels
- Nature, with equal mind,
- Sees all her sons at play,
- Sees man control the wind,
- The wind sweep man away.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, Empedocles on Etna
- Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
- That's a' the learning I desire.
ROBERT BURNS, First Epistle to John Lapraik
When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Method of Nature
- Nature is but a name for an effect,
- Whose cause is God.
Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.
EDMUND BURKE, Letters on a Regicide Peace
- There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
- There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
- There is society, where none intrudes,
- By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
- I love not man the less, but Nature more,
- From these our interviews, in which I steal
- From all I may be, or have been before,
- To mingle with the Universe, and feel
- What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.
LORD BYRON, Childe Harold
Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death.
ERIC HOFFER, Reflections on the Human Condition
All Nature wears one universal grin.
HENRY FIELDING, Tom Thumb the Great
Even minor tampering with nature is apt to bring serious consequences, as did the introduction of a single chemical (DDT). Genetic engineering is tampering on a monumental scale, and nature will surely exact a heavy toll for this trespass.
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici
THOMAS CARLYLE, Latter-Day Pamphlets
The volume of Nature is the book of knowledge.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Citizen of the World
- Nature, hating art and pains,
- Baulks and baffles plotting brains;
- Casualty and Surprise
- Are the apples of her eyes.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Nature I
Mid-summer ... when the alchemy of Nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogeneous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly indefinable odours of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.
H. P. Lovecraft, "The Tomb"
Where a love of natural beauty has been cultivated, all nature becomes a stupendous gallery, as much superior in form and in coloring to the choicest collections of human art, as the heavens are broader and loftier than the Louvre or the Vatican.
HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man
- The world's a scene of changes, and to be
- Constant, in Nature were inconstancy.
ABRAHAM COWLEY, Inconstancy
- Nature is a temple where living pillars
- Sometimes emit confused words;
- There man passes through the forests of symbols
- Which observe him with familiar looks.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, Correspondences
Nature, always inartistic, takes pleasure in creating the impossible.
JEROME K. JEROME, "Reginald Blake, Financier and Cad"
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.
ECKHART TOLLE, Stillness Speaks
- The heart of Nature soothes the heart of man,
- If with his heart he looks into her eyes.
- A place of leaves, wide air, and sunny skies,
- Will soothe him more than even woman can.
WILLIAM WILSEY MARTIN, "Nature"
- The artist labors while he may,
- But finds at best too brief the day;
- And, tho' his works outlast the time
- And nation that they make sublime,
- He feels and sees that Nature knows
- Nothing of time in what she does,
- But has a leisure infinite
- Wherein to do her work aright.
HENRY ABBEY, "Along the Nile"
As an authoress Nature is open to criticism, for her Book hath neither beginning, middle, nor end.
RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes
Munificent nature follows the methods of the divine and true, and rounds all things to her perfect law. While nations are convulsed with blood and violence, how quietly the grass grows.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
- A wise old mother is Nature--
- She guideth her children's feet
- In many a flowery pathway;
- And her strong life-currents beat,
- Sometimes in intricate channels--
- As a mountain stream may run--
- But ever her purpose triumphs,
- And ever the goal is won.
- Her eyes are the eyes of Argus,
- And she utters her decree:
- The brook shall come to the river,
- And the river shall reach the sea.
ANDREW DOWNING, "Destiny"
That which distinguishes man from the brute is his power, in dealing with Nature, to milk her laws, and make them give forth their bounty.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
What Nature bids is good, is wise, and faultless we obey.
JOHN ARMSTRONG, "The Oeconomy Of Love"
- Doth Nature draw me, 'tis because,
- Unto my seeming, there doth lurk
- A lawlessness about her laws,
- More mood than purpose in her work.
ALFRED AUSTIN, "Nature and the Book", At the Gate of the Convent and Other Poems
Nature is full of wonders; every atom is a standing miracle, and endowed with such qualities, as could not be impressed on it by a power and wisdom less than infinite.
JOSEPH ADDISON, The Tatler, Aug. 26, 1710
You may drive out Nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back.
To every one [Nature] appears in a form of his own. She hides herself in a thousand names and terms, and is always the same.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
- The muffled syllables that Nature speaks
- Fill us with deeper longing for her word;
- She hides a meaning that the spirit seeks,
- She makes a sweeter music than is heard.
GEORGE SANTAYANA, "Premonition," A Hermit of Carmel and Other Poems
We should like Nature to go no further; we should like it to be finite, like our mind; but this is to ignore the greatness and majesty of the Author of things.
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ, letter to Samuel Clarke, 1715
A miracle constantly repeated becomes a process of nature.
LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott