Nature Quotes

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
– J. G. Holland
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
– Lou Holtz
My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
– Edward Hopper
Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
– Langston Hughes
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
– Langston Hughes
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
– Wilhelm von Humboldt
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
– Hubert H. Humphrey
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
– Aldous Huxley
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
– Gerard Manley Hopkins
I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
– Alan Hovhaness
Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
– William Ralph Inge
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
– Robinson Jeffers
Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.
– John Keats
There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
– John Keats
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
– Helen Keller
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
– Helen Keller
Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man.
– Nikita Khrushchev
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.
– Alan King
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
– Henry A. Kissinger
The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
– Willem de Kooning
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
– Joseph Wood Krutch
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
– Johannes Kepler
Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
– Alphonse de Lamartine
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
– Doug Larson
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.
– David Herbert Lawrence
If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
– Fran Lebowitz
Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.
– Fran Lebowitz
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
– C. S. Lewis
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
– Charles Lindbergh
The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.
– Walter Lippmann
The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
– John Lubbock
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
– Martin Luther
I'm a typical middle child. I'm the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody's happy. It's hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy.
– Jennifer Jason Leigh
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
Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.
– Primo Levi
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
– James Madison
Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
– Mao Tse-Tung
Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
– Orison Swett Marden
The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.
– Orison Swett Marden
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
– Henri Matisse
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
– W. Somerset Maugham
The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer.
– Bryant H. McGill
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
– Marshall McLuhan
Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.
– Bernard Meltzer
Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
– Herman Melville
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
– Thomas Merton
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
– Roger Miller
Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship.
– John Milton
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
– Claude Monet
Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet - the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.
– Michel de Montaigne
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
– Michel de Montaigne
Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.
– Michel de Montaigne
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
– Thomas Moore
All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
– Toni Morrison
Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
– John Muir
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
– John Muir
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
– Iris Murdoch
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye - it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
– Edvard Munch
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
– Gerard De Nerval
I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within.
– Louise Nevelson
The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
– Richard Milhous Nixon
A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.
– Louis Nizer
Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!
– Taslima Nasrin
Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
– Georgia O'Keeffe
Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.
– Camille Paglia
Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.
– Camille Paglia
Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
– Satchel Paige
Human nature is not of itself vicious.
– Thomas Paine
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.
– C. Northcote Parkinson
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
– Blaise Pascal
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
– Blaise Pascal
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
– Blaise Pascal
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
– Octavio Paz
Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.
– Laurence J. Peter
Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
– Roger Tory Peterson
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
– Plato
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
– Edgar Allan Poe
A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
– Alexander Pope
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
– Alexander Pope
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
– Alexander Pope
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
– Alexander Pope
Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.
– Alexander Pope
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God.
– Alexander Pope
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
– Alexander Pope
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
– Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus