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NATURE
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There are no grotesques in nature; not anything framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici (pt. XV)

Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (sec. 16)

I trust in Nature for the stable laws
  Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
    And Autumn garner to the end of time.
      I trust in God--the right shall be the right
        And other than the wrong, while he endures;
          I trust in my own soul, that can perceive
            The outward and the inward, Nature's good
              And God's.
      - Robert Browning, A Soul's Tragedy (act I)

Go forth under the open sky, and list
  To Nature's teachings.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis

To him who in the love of Nature holds
  Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis

See one promontory (said Socrates of old) one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. 2, memb. 4, subsec. 7)

Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given.
      - Albert Camus

There is a majesty and mystery in nature, take her as you will. The essence of poetry comes breathing to a mind that feels from every province of her empire.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Thou fool! Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom; that idle crag thou sittest on is six thousand years of age.
      - Thomas Carlyle

What is nature? Art thou not the living government of God? O Heaven, is it in very deed He then that ever speaks through thee,--that lives and loves in thee, that lives and loves in me?
      - Thomas Carlyle

The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place him under the influence of the earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.
      - Rachel L. Carson, The Sense of Wonder

I dressed and went for a walk--determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer.
      - Raymond Carver, This Morning

I am a part of all you see
  In Nature: part of all you feel:
    I am the impact of the bee
      Upon the blossom; in the tree
        I am the sap--that shall reveal
          The leaf, the bloom--that flows and flutes
            Up from the darkness through its roots.
      - Madison Julius Cawein, Penetralia

[T]reat Nature by the sphere, the cylinder and the cone. . . .
      - Paul Cezanne, The World of Mathematics

"Behold the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet your heavenly Father careth for them." He expatiates on a single flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of religion, and be at the same time alive to the charms and the loveliness of nature.
      - Thomas Chalmers

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to and answered by the living soul of man.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Nature, the vicar of the Almighty Lord.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Nature vicarye of the Almighty Lord.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parlement of Fowles
         (l. 379)

Not without art, but yet to Nature true.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 699)

I follow nature as the surest guide, and resign myself with implicit obedience to her sacred ordinances.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Nature abhors annihilation.
  [Lat., Ab interitu naturam abhorrere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus (V, 11, 3)

Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art.
  [Lat., Meliora sunt ea quae natura quam illa quae arte perfecta sunt.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (II, 34)

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
      - Arthur C. Clarke, in "Nature"

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket; let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to your imagination than to your memory.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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