NATURE QUOTES III

quotations about 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"

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As an authoress Nature is open to criticism, for her Book hath neither beginning, middle, nor end.

RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes

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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

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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"

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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

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What Nature bids is good, is wise, and faultless we obey.

JOHN ARMSTRONG, "The Oeconomy Of Love"

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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

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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, August 26, 1710

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You may drive out Nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back.

HORACE, Epistles

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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

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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

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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

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Nature! We are surrounded by her and locked in her clasp: powerless to leave her, and powerless to come closer to her. Unasked and unwarned she takes us up into the whirl of her dance, and hurries on with us till we are weary and fall from her arms.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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Nature never breaks her laws.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

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Great is thy voice, O, Nature; in one note thou hast endless tones, each a color in harmony with the whole!

ELISE PUMPELLY CABOT, "Arizona"

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All nature is a vast symbolism: Every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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Nature has the deep cunning which hides itself under the appearance of openness, so that simple people think they can see through her quite well, and all the while she is secretly preparing a refutation of their confident prophecies.

GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss

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All things bend to help the man
Who seeks to harmonize
His own free will with nature's plan,
And prove himself most wise.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "Destiny"

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Nature has her language, and she is not unveracious; but we don't know all the intricacies of her syntax just yet, and in a hasty reading we may happen to extract the very opposite of her real meaning.

GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

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Nature would be scarcely worth a puff of the empty wind if it were not that all Nature is but a temple, of which God is the brightness and the glory.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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