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All argument will vanish before one touch of nature.
- George Colman ("The Younger"),
Poor Gentleman (act V, 1)
Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.
- William Cowper
Nature, exerting an unwearied power,
Forms, opens, and gives scent to every flower;
Spreads the fresh verdure of the field, and leads
The dancing Naiads through the dewy meads.
- William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 690)
Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid Nature.
- William Cowper, Task
(bk. I, The Sofa, l. 181)
Those who devote themselves to the peaceful study of nature have but little temptation to launch out upon the tempestuous sea of ambition; they will scarcely be hurried away by the more violent or cruel passions, the ordinary failings of those ardent persons who do not control their conduct; but, pure as the objects of their researches, they will feel for everything about them the same benevolence which they see nature display toward all her productions.
- Georges Cuvier
What is bred in the bone will not come out of the flesh.
- quoted by Daniel Defoe,
Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
There is but one book for genius,--nature.
- Dorothee DeLuzy
Drive away what springs from nature; it returns at a gallop.
- Phillipe N. Destouches
Drive the natural away, it returns at a gallop.
[Fr., Chassez le naturel, it revient au galop.]
- Phillipe N. Destouches, Glorieux (IV, 3)
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
- Charles Dickens
A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown,
Who ponders this tremendous scene--
This whole experiment in green,
As if it were his own!
- Emily Dickinson,
Collected Poems (The Centenary Edition)
The scientific study of Nature tends not only to correct and ennoble the intellectual conceptions of man; it serves also to ameliorate his physical condition.
- John William Draper
We by art unteach what Nature taught.
- John Dryden
Whate'er he did, was done with so much ease,
In him alone 't was natural to please.
- John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
(pt. I, l. 27)
By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art,
Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow;
That fishes first to shipping did impart,
Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.
- John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis (st. 155)
For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.
- John Dryden, Fables--The Cock and the Fox
Out of the book of Nature's learned breast.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
Divine Weekes and Workes
(second week, fourth day, bk. II, l. 566)
Ever charming, ever new,
When will the landscape tire the view?
- John Dyer, Grongar Hill (l. 102)
Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.
- Tryon Edwards
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein
Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse.
- Albert Einstein
Nature to him was an open book, whose letters he could read without effort.
- Albert Einstein,
about Isaac Newton, in "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons
There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.
- Albert Einstein
Nature repairs her ravages,--repairs them with her sunshine and with human labor.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)
A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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