Nature quotes

  • Nature is a book of many pages and each page tells a fascinating story to him who learns her language. Our fertile valleys and craggy mountains recite an epic poem of geologic conflicts. The starry sky reveal gigantic suns and space and time without end.
    -- A. E. Douglass

    #Nature #Book #Epic

  • Coy Nature, (which remain'd, though aged grown, A beauteous virgin still, enjoy'd by none, Nor seen unveil'd by anyone), When Harvey's violent passion she did see, Began to tremble and to flee; Took sanctuary, like Daphne, in a tree: There Daphne's Lover stopped, and thought it much The very leaves of her to touch: But Harvey, our Apollo, stopp'd not so; Into the Bark and Root he after her did go!
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Nature #Passion #Roots

  • I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Meaningful #Nature #Compassion

  • Volcanic action is essentially paroxysmal; yet Mr. Lyell will admit no greater paroxysms than we ourselves have witnessed-no periods of feverish spasmodic energy, during which the very framework of nature has been convulsed and torn asunder. The utmost movements that he allows are a slight quivering of her muscular integuments.
    -- Adam Sedgwick

    #Nature #Energy #Movement

  • Among the older records, we find chapter after chapter of which we can read the characters, and make out their meaning: and as we approach the period of man's creation, our book becomes more clear, and nature seems to speak to us in language so like our own, that we easily comprehend it. But just as we begin to enter on the history of physical changes going on before our eyes, and in which we ourselves bear a part, our chronicle seems to fail us-a leaf has been torn out from nature's record, and the succession of events is almost hidden from our eyes.
    -- Adam Sedgwick

    #Nature #Book #Eye

  • Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Nature #Hate #Justice

  • When man lives under government, he is fallen, his worth is gone, and his nature tarnished.
    -- Adam Weishaupt

    #Nature #Men #Gone

  • We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
    -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    #Love #Peace #Nature

  • Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
    -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    #Nature #Survival #Indifferent

  • What we see in history is not a transformation, a passing of one race into another, but entirely new and perfect creations, which the ever-youthful productivity of nature sends forth from the invisible realm of Hades.
    -- Adolf Bastian

    #Nature #Race #Perfect

  • Nature knows no political boundaries. She puts living creatures on this globe and watches the free play of forces. She then confers the master's right on her favourite child, the strongest in courage and industry ... The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Nature #Children #Sacrifice

  • Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Nature #Taken #Attachment

  • Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth.
    -- Akiane Kramarik

    #Nature #Inspiration #Earth

  • Everybody needs time to reflect and contemplate, and the most inspirational and peaceful place to do so is in nature.
    -- Akiane Kramarik

    #Nature #Peaceful #Needs

  • We cannot teach a flower how to grow, we can only learn from it.
    -- Akiane Kramarik

    #Nature #Flower #Teach

  • I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
    -- Alan Hovhaness

    #Nature #Travel #Religion

  • Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Nature #Flower #People

  • We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Nature #War #Desire

  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Encouraging #Nature #Spring

  • Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Nature #Burning #Frigid

  • We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Nature #Thinking #Earth Day

  • We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Nature #Environment #Stills

  • The wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Nature #Doe #Moral

  • Nature conceals her secrets because she is sublime, not because she is a trickster.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Nature #Sublime #Secret

  • The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Nature #Philosophical #Animal

  • The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Nature

  • Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Nature #Men #Society

  • My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Nature #Animal #Life Is

  • Art is embedded in nature and they who can extract it, have it.
    -- Albrecht Durer

    #Art #Nature #Embedded

  • We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Inspiring #Nature #Ocean

  • To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Travel #Imagination

  • A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Beauty #Nature #Integrity

  • The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Ignorance #Animal

  • I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Environmental #Wilderness

  • We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Land #Justice

  • In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Anniversary #Nature #Spring

  • Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Men #Land

  • No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all the salient facts about any one of them.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Drama #Littles

  • Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Beautiful #Art #Nature

  • Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Hate #Games

  • Every farm woodland, in addition to yielding lumber, fuel and posts, should provide its owner a liberal education. This crop of wisdom never fails, but it is not always harvested.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Fuel #Failing

  • For us in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Opportunity #Important

  • Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Nature #Men #Tyrants

  • Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Life #Death #Nature

  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Nature #Father #Hiking

  • The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Nature #Flavor #May

  • Primroses and landscapes, he pointed out, have one grave defect: they are gratuitous. A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes. . . . it was essential that they should keep on going to the country, even though they hated it.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Country #Nature #Class

  • Such prosperity as we have known it up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Nature #Environment #Prosperity

  • Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Nature #Fighting #People

  • If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.
    -- Alex Trebek

    #Mother #Nature #Fear

  • You see nature and then you try to emulate it.
    -- Alexander Calder

    #Nature #Trying

  • Every power vested in a government is in its nature sovereign, and includes by force of the term a right to employ all the means requisite . . . to the attainment of the ends of such power.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Nature #Mean #Government

  • Aurora now, fair daughter of the dawn, Sprinkled with rosy light the dewy lawn.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Daughter #Nature #Light

  • All nature is but art unknown to thee.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Art #Nature #Literature

  • All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Life #God #Nature

  • True wit is nature to advantage dressed, what oft was thought, but never so well expressed.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Tongue #Advantage

  • A tree is a nobler object than a prince in his coronation-robes.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Tree #Robes

  • See plastic Nature working to this end, The single atoms each to other tend, Attract, attracted to, the next in place Form'd and impell'd its neighbor to embrace.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Next #Atoms

  • Vast chain of being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach, from infinite to Thee, From Thee to nothing.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Eye #Angel

  • Know, Nature's children all divide her care, The fur that warms a monarch warmed a bear.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Children #Fur

  • Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Men #Use

  • Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Nature #Science #Night

  • Nature never quite goes along with us. She is somber at weddings, sunny at funerals, and she frowns on ninety-nine out of a hundred picnics.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Nature #Funeral #Picnics

  • Mere communion with nature, mere contact with the free air, exercise a soothing yet comforting and strengthening influence on the wearied mind, calm the storm of passion, and soften the heart when shaken by sorrow to its inmost depths.
    -- Alexander von Humboldt

    #Nature #Passion #Heart

  • Insight into universal nature provides an intellectual delight and sense of freedom that no blows of fate and no evil can destroy.
    -- Alexander von Humboldt

    #Nature #Fate #Blow

  • Nature has a language of its own, or maybe those who have lived long in solitude read in it their own unconscious inner feelings and mysterious foreknowledge.
    -- Alexandra David-Neel

    #Nature #Long #Solitude

  • The only calendar I need is just outside my window. With eyes to see and ears to hear, nature keeps me posted.
    -- Alfred Armand Montapert

    #Nature #Eye #Needs

  • Nature's Laws are the invisible government of the earth.
    -- Alfred Armand Montapert

    #Nature #Government #Law

  • If Nature built by rule and square, Than man what wiser would she be? What wins us is her careless care, And sweet unpunctuality.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Sweet #Nature #Winning

  • 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 #Law #Purpose

  • From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Nature #Men #Doubt

  • Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
    -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

    #Nature #Soul #Half

  • Either sex alone is half itself.
    -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

    #Nature #Sex #Men

  • Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Teacher #Nature #Heart

  • One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Nature #Animal #Trends

  • Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Song #Nature #Congratulations

  • There is no nature at an instant.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Nature #Instant

  • There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple - leaves with an early moon.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Nature #Moon #Apples

  • It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, when Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Nature #Men #Easy

  • In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Beauty #Beautiful #Nature

  • The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Meaningful #Nature #Animal

  • Nature can seem cruel, but she balances her books.
    -- Alison Lurie

    #Nature #Book #Balance

  • Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Nature #Men #Heaven

  • All nature is the temple; earth the altar.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Nature #Earth #Temples

  • Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Daughter #Nature #Atheist

  • Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Sarcastic #Nature #Ocean

  • MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavour to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Nature #Science #Brain

  • UNDERSTANDING, n. A cerebral secretion that enables one having it to know a house from a horse by the roof on the house. Its nature and laws have been exhaustively expounded by Locke, who rode a house, and Kant, who lived in a horse.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Life #Nature #Horse

  • Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless objectionableness.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Nature #Science #Manifestation

  • Cat: a soft indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Nature #Cat #Circles

  • Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Nature #Stars #Ocean

  • Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
    -- Anatole France

    #Inspirational #Inspiring #Nature

  • If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
    -- Anatole France

    #Beautiful #Nature #Journey

  • Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
    -- Anatole France

    #Nature #Evil #Principles

  • Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Wise #Art #Nature

  • We listen too much to the telephone and too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing.
    -- Andre Kostelanetz

    #Lonely #Nature #Wind

  • There's no such thing as a grown up person.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Nature #Persons

  • Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Summer #Nature #Powerful

  • There is life in a stone. Any stone that sits in a field or lies on a beach takes on the memory of that place. You can feel that stones have witnessed so many things.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Beach #Nature #Memories

  • I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Beautiful #Art #Nature