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NATURE
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Nature has neither kernel nor shell; she is everything at once.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The living, visible garment of God.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The unnatural, that too is natural.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no more lovely worship of God than that for which no image is required, but which springs up in our breast spontaneously when nature speaks to the soul, and the soul speaks to nature face to face.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This world could not exist if it were not so simple. The ground has been tilled a thousand years, yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, a little sun, and each spring it grows green again.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
  One native charm, than all the gloss of art.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 253)

E'en from the tomb the voice of nature cries,
  E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 23),
        Gray says it was suggested by Plutarch

I have often thought that the nature of women was interior to that of men in general, but superior in particular.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Nature is a volume of which God is the author.
      - William Harvey (1)

What Nature has writ with her lusty wit
  Is worded so wisely and kindly
    That whoever has dipped in her manuscript
      Must up and follow her blindly.
        Now the summer prime is her blithest rhyme
          In the being and the seeming,
            And they that have heard the overword
              Know life's a dream worth dreaming.
      - William Ernest Henley, Echoes (XXXIII)

Lavish thousands of dollars on your baby clothes, and after all the child is prettiest when every garment is laid aside. That becoming nakedness, at least, may adorn the chubby darling of the poorest home.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Nature attains perfection, but man never does.
      - Eric Hoffer,
        Reflections on the Human Condition
         (p. 3)

That undefined and mingled hum,
  Voice of the desert never dumb!
      - James Hogg ("The Ettrick Shepherd"),
        Verses to Lady Anne Scott

Our old mother nature has pleasant and cheery tones enough for us when she comes in her dress of blue and gold over the eastern hill-tops; but when she follows us upstairs to our beds in her suit of black velvet and diamonds, every creak of her sandals and every whisper of her lips is full of mystery and fear.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

You may turn nature out of doors with violence, but she will still return.
  [Lat., Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurrit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 24)

Nature, the handmaid of God Almighty, does nothing but with good advice, if we make research into the true reason of things.
      - James Howell (Howel)

The more a man follows nature, and is obedient to her laws, the longer he will live; the farther he deviates from these, the shorter will be his existence.
      - Christoph Welhelm Hufeland

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.
      - Victor Hugo

Nature, at all events, humanly speaking, is manifestly very fond of color; for she has made nothing without it. Her skies are blue; her fields, green; her waters vary with her skies; her animals, vegetables, minerals, are all colored. She paints a great any of them in apparently superfluous hues, as if to show the dullest eye how she loves color.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

The thief and the murderer follow nature just as much as the philanthropist.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

Nature and truth are one, and immutable, and inseparable as beauty and love.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Art and nature have stores inexhaustible by human intellects; and every moment produces something new to him who has quickened his faculties by diligent observation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Deviation from nature is deviation from happiness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Nature never gives everything at once.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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