Quotations on Nature

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There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Art, Experience, Nature, History, Science, Man, Moods, Spirit, World)

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Education, Nature, Knowledge, Beginning, End, Human nature)

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Inconsistency, Temper, Weakness)

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: Nature, Peace, Science, Soul, Goal, Being, Human nature, Mind, Understanding)

Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Man, Right, Woman)

I was really glad to meet Jane Clark because it did give me an insight. I couldn't imagine what kind of woman she was. I was hugely impressed by her energy, straightforward nature and enthusiasm for life.
- Jenny Agutter
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Enthusiasm, Energy, Woman)

The structure of life I have described in buildings - the structure which I believe to be objective - is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling.
- Christopher Alexander
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Feeling)

Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Business, Life, Nature, Attention, Being, Detail, Psychology)

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
(Keywords: Art, Nature, God)

Nature is the art of God.
- Dante Alighieri
(Keywords: Art, Nature, God)

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
- Isabel Allende
(Keywords: Power, Dreams, Nature, Emotions, Magic, Mystery)

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.
- Svetlana Alliluyeva
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Rules, World)

Indeed, we are privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to study Nature and to follow our own thoughts and inspirations in a time of relative tranquillity and in a land with a generous and forward-looking government.
- Sidney Altman
(Keywords: Government, Nature, Time, Opportunity, Thoughts, Land, Study)

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Improvement, Nothing, Waste)

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony.
- Guillaume Apollinaire
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Artists, Poets)

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Power, Nature, Sex, Production, Woman)

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Liberty)

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: History, Nature, Act, Appearance, Mankind, Past)

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Reality, Road)

All men by nature desire knowledge.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Knowledge, Desire)

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: History, Nature, Poetry)

The nature of show business is people within the business feel that if someone else fails, they move up a notch.
- Tom Arnold
(Keywords: Business, Nature, People)

'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Science, Wooing)

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Nature, Quality, Virtue, Care)

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Change, Nature, Delight, Loss, Nothing)

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Change, Nature, Nothing, Universe)

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Taste)

There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.
- Alfred Austin
(Keywords: Gardening, Nature, Class, Humility)

Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.
- Sai Baba
(Keywords: Change, Life, Nature, End, Man)

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Nature, Idea, Human nature, Pain)

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Nature, People, Being, Human nature, Opinion, Will)

Art is man's nature; nature is God's art.
- Philip James Bailey
(Keywords: Art, Nature, God, Man)

I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me.
- Oksana Baiul
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Now, Training)

Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Drama, Laughter, Mankind, Tears, World)

Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment.
- Howard Baker
(Keywords: Government, Nature, Time, American, Country, Military, states, Treatment, United, Want)

To be sure, the response of faith to revelation, which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love, occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature that provides the response, with its own nature and its natural powers of love.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Faith, Love, Nature, God)

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Ideas, Cure, Human nature, Will)

I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.
- Elizabeth Banks
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Secrets)

Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: Business, Nature, Camping)

I still love to walk in the mountains or be on the sea. I like to be in nature. Sometimes I bicycle. It's important to feel good with your body. The body is extremely important. If you feel good, you have more energy in your singing.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Body, Energy, Mountains, Sea, Singing)

The parental, and filial affections seem to be as ardent, their sensibility and attachment, as active and faithful, as those observed to be in human nature.
- William Bartram
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Sensibility)

The things women find rewarding about work are, by and large, the same things that men find rewarding and include both the inherent nature of the work and the social relationships.
- Grace Baruch
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Women, Work, Relationships)

Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains.
- Gregory Bateson
(Keywords: Education, Nature, People, Nothing)

The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres.
- Bruno Bauer
(Keywords: Family, Nature, Patriotism, Devotion, Religious, Sight, Spirit)

Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.
- Beck
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Mother, Attitude)

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Nature, People, Human nature, Key, Skill, Writer)

Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art.
- Max Bill
(Keywords: Art, Work, Nature, Artists, Balance, Harmony)

I've probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal.
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Acceptance)

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Women)



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