Nature Quotes

Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.
– Pliny
A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
– Michael Pollan
Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.
– Antonio Porchia
Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
– Jean Paul Richter
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
We must make it an imperative duty of our government to protect the gifts which Nature has bestowed on America and to insure the maintenance of a clean, healthy, wholesome environment for our people.
– George Lincoln Rockwell
Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.
– Auguste Rodin
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
– Auguste Rodin
There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.
– Auguste Rodin
To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
– Auguste Rodin
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
– Jean Jacques Rousseau
Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature - and another woman to help him forget them.
– Helen Rowland
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
– John Ruskin
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
– James Whitcomb Riley
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
– Theodore Roethke
Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.
– Henry Norris Russell
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
– Henry Taylor
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
– Sara Teasdale
And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
– Mother Teresa
When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience, you really are a man without any clothes on. And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are, I suppose. I quite enjoy it.
– Richard Thompson
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
– Henry David Thoreau
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
– Henry David Thoreau
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
– Henry David Thoreau
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
– Henry David Thoreau
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
– Henry David Thoreau
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people - that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.
– James Thurber
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
– Leo Tolstoy
Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself.
– Leo Tolstoy
If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.
– Alex Trebek
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
– Desmond Tutu
Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.
– Peter Ustinov
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
– Vincent van Gogh
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
– Marquis de Vauvenargues
Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Water is the driving force of all nature.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
– Voltaire
Nature has always had more force than education.
– Voltaire
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
– Voltaire
If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.
– Kurt Vonnegut
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
– Alice Walker
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
– Alice Walker
Land really is the best art.
– Andy Warhol
Nature's music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.
– Mary Webb
Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
– Orson Welles
Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
– H. G. Wells
Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
– Alfred North Whitehead
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
– Walt Whitman
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
– Walt Whitman
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
– Walt Whitman
Spring is nature's way of saying, Let's party!
– Robin Williams
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
– Tennessee Williams
I don't think I'll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It's not in my nature.
– Ricky Williams
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
– Edward O. Wilson
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
– Virginia Woolf
Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
– Virginia Woolf
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
– William Wordsworth
God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely.
– Henry Wallace
Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out.
– Steven Weinberg
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
– Ingrid Bergman
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
– Dag Hammarskjöld
All men by nature desire knowledge.
– Aristotle
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
– Charles Baudelaire
The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
– Eric Berne
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
– Charles Dickens
The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.
– Erich Fromm
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality... the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
– Moliere
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
– John Updike
Your nature is the Buddha.
– Bodhidharma
Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.
– Billy Corgan
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
– Horace
You don't have to call it God or Jesus. That's religious humbug to a lot of people, but you've gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.
– Jack LaLanne
You can't just let nature run wild.
– Walt Disney
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
– Franz Kafka
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
– Garry Kasparov
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
– Wendell Berry
Whenever I get fed up with life I love to go wandering in nature.
– Andrea Arnold
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
– Barack Obama
When I'm off the road, my husband and I recharge our batteries. It's a day of deep rest and connection with the spiritual, and that can be anything - going for a walk in nature, being in silence, burning incense.
– Alanis Morissette
When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.
– Tim Burton
When I get recognized for 'Twilight,' it's usually a teenage girl, and they're usually really loud. So it certainly feels like I get recognized the most from that, but it could just be because of the nature of how vocal those fans are.
– Anna Kendrick
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
– Baruch Spinoza
What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer
What I'm attempting to do is to show people that if I can spend some time with very dangerous spiders and snakes and scorpions, then maybe they'll feel different about the spiders and snakes they find around their areas. I don't need people to keep them as pets. I just like them to be respectful and see that everything in nature has its place.
– Dominic Monaghan
What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.
– Hermann Hesse
What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
– Charles Darwin
We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways.
– Clarence Day
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
– Albert Einstein
We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
– Paul Cezanne
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
– Jules Verne
We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information.
– David Ogden Stiers