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Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All things are engaged in writing their history. The planet, the pebble, goes attended by its shadow. The rolling rock leaves its scratches on the mountain; the river, its channel in the soil; the animal, its bones in the stratum; the fern and leaf, their modest epitaph in the coal. The falling drop makes its sculpture in the sand or the stone. Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of its fellows, and in his own manners and face. The air is full of sounds, the sky of tokens, the ground is all memoranda and signatures, and every object covered over with hints which speak to the intelligent.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go out of the house to see the moon, and 'tis mere tinsel: it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        from his essay on nature

In nature nothing can be given, all things are sold.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature and literature are subjective phenomena; every evil and every good thing is a shadow which we cast.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature cannot be surprised in undress. Beauty breaks in everywhere.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature ever faithful is
  To such as trust her faithfulness.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature forever puts a premium on reality. What is done for effect is seen to be done for effect; what is done for love is felt to be done for love.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is a frugal mother, and never gives without measure. When she has work to do, she qualifies men for that and sends them equipped.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is a tropical swamp in sunshine, on whose purlieus we hear the song of summer birds and see prismatic dewdrops; but her interiors are terrific,--full of hydras and crocodiles.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is no sentimentalist,--does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman, but swallows your ships like a grain of dust. The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple. The diseases, the elements, fortune, gravity, lightning, respect no persons.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is sanitive, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the One breaks in everywhere.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature tells every secret once.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature, through all her kingdoms, insures herself.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not a ray is dimmed, not an atom worn; nature's oldest force is as good as new.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Journals
         (May 25, 1843)

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Essays--First Series--History

By fate, not option, frugal Nature gave
  One scent to hyson and to wall-flower
    One sound to pine-groves and to water-falls,
      One aspect to the desert and the lake.
        It was her stern necessity: all things
          Are of one pattern made; bird, beast, and flower,
            Song, picture, form, space, thought, and character
              Deceive us, seeming to be many things,
                And are but one.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Xenophones

Nature seems to wear one universal grin.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Thumb the Great
         (act I, sc. 1)

Virtue, as understood by the world, is a constant struggle against the laws of nature.
      - J. de Finod

Where nature is sovereign, there is no need of austerity and self-denial.
      - James Anthony Froude

As distant prospects please us, but when near
  We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.
      - Sir Samuel Garth, The Dispensary
         (canto III, l. 27)

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