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Quotations The Best Quotes About Nature  

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A list of the best nature quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous nature quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic nature quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational nature quotes from that same writer.

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“Something is going on everywhere, most of which no one understands.” Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Life was never simple, happiness never where you thought you'd left it, and right and wrong no more fixed than clouds in the sky, Janet Morris

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Nature never says one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal

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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. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. Anne Frank

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The sun is new every day Janet Morris, Heraclitus

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Nothing walks the earth more savage than a mare enraged. Janet Morris

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We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander. Henry David Thoreau

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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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If it was true today, it might be untrue tomorrow. Janet Morris

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Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. William Wordsworth

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"What wastrel mankind destroyed takes time for nature to put to rights." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Nature is the art of God. Dante Alighieri

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If you live according to the dictates of nature, you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man, you will never be rich. Seneca the Younger

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Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

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See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all. Socrates

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Nature is commanded by obeying her. Francis Bacon

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"Nature has a surer plan than mortals can devise." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Nature is not human hearted. Laozi

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The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature --were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature. Albert Einstein

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The environment is everything that isn't me. Albert Einstein

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Nature surpasses nurture.

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Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves. Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The rich mind lies in the sun and sleeps, and is Nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do. Michel de Montaigne

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Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God. William Cowper

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Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn. Paul Klee

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To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen

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All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle

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Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels. Luigi Pirandello

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A man is related to all nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man. John Ruskin

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The sun will set without thy assistance.

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

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You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back. Horace

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Nature, like us is sometimes caught without her diadem. Emily Dickinson

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Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of hidden stuff. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable. W. Somerset Maugham

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For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity. William Wordsworth

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Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself --my disgust at her barbarity --clumsiness --darkness --bitter mockery of herself --is the most desolating. John Ruskin

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From our earliest hour we have been taught that the thought of the heart, the shaping of the rain-cloud, the amount of wool that grows on a sheep's back, the length of a drought, and the growing of the corn, depend on nothing that moves immutable, at the heart of all things; but on the changeable will of a changeable being, whom our prayers can alter. To us, from the beginning, Nature has been but a poor plastic thing, to be toyed with this way or that, as man happens to please his deity or not; to go to church or not; to say his prayers right or not; to travel on a Sunday or not. Was it possible for us in an instant to see Nature as she is --the flowing vestment of an unchanging reality? Olive Schreiner

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She seemed a thing that could not feel the touch of earthly years. William Wordsworth

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The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. Victor Hugo

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Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, every specimen becomes a relic. Susan Sontag

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Let us beware of saying there are laws in nature. There are only necessities: there is no one to command, no one to obey, no one to transgress. When you realize there are no goals or objectives, then you realize, too, that there is no chance: for only in a world of objectives does the word chance have any meaning. Friedrich Nietzsche

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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

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Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. Pearl S. Buck

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Who can explain the secret pathos of Nature's loveliness? It is a touch of melancholy inherited from our mother Eve. It is an unconscious memory of the lost Paradise. It is the sense that even if we should find another Eden, we would not be fit to enjoy it perfectly nor stay in it forever. Henry van Dyke