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NATURE
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If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud
  Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 1)

I am at two with nature.
      - Woody Allen

All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
      - Aristotle

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly.
      - Aristotle

No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature.
      - Aristotle, Ethics (III, 5)

Nature's great law, and law of all men's minds?--
  To its own impulse every creature stirs;
    Live by thy light, and earth will live by hers!
      - Matthew Arnold, Religious Isolation
         (st. 4)

In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place.
      - Francis Bacon

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
      - Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
      - Francis Bacon

The course of Nature seems a course of Death,
  And nothingness the whole substantial thing.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood)

Nature means Necessity.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus--Dedication

A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers.
      - Honore de Balzac

Look at nature with science as a lens. The rock swarms, the clod dances; the mineral is but the vegetable stepping down, and the animal an ascending plant; the man, a beast extended; and the angel, a developed human soul.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still
  And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove,
    When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill
      And nought but the nightingale's song in the grove.
      - James Beattie, The Hermit

Nature too unkind;
  That made no medicine for a troubled mind!
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Philaster (act III, sc. 1)

All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge!
      - Henry Ward Beecher

You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVII, v. 14)

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CIV, v. 24)

The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
  Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXIV, v. 16-17)

Nature is the most thrifty thing in the world; she never wastes anything; she undergoes change, but there's no annihilation, the essence remains--matter is eternal.
      - Thomas Binney

Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Rich with the spoils of nature.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. XIII)


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