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Nature and wisdom always say the same.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another.
  [Lat., Nunquam aliud Natura aliud Sapientia dicit.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIV, 321)

No stir of air was there,
  Not so much life as on a summer's day
    Robs not one light seed from the feather'd grass,
      But where the dead leaf fell, there did it rest.
      - John Keats (1), Hyperion (bk. I, l. 7)

I can pass days
  Stretch'd in the shade of those old cedar trees,
    Watching the sunshine like a blessing fall,--
      The breeze like music wandering o'er the boughs,
        Each tree a natural harp,--each different leaf
          A different note, blent in one vast thanksgiving.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-with-holding and free
  Ye publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea!
      - Sidney Lanier, Marshes of Glynn

The works of nature and the works of revelation display religion to mankind in characters so large and visible, that those who are not quite blind may in them see and read the first principles and most necessary parts of it, and from thence penetrate into those infinite depths filled with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
      - John Locke (1)

If thou art worn and hard beset
  With sorrows, that thou wouldst forget,
    If thou wouldst read a lesson, that will keep
      Thy heart from fainting, and thy soul from sleep,
        Go to the wood and hills! No tears
          Dim the sweet look that Nature wears.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nature alone is permanent.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nature paints not
  In oils, but frescoes the great dome of heaven
    With sunsets, and the lovely forms of clouds
      And flying vapors.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The laws of nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the laws of man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the laws of nature,--were man as unerring in his judgments as nature.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O what a glory doth this world put on
  For him who, with a fervent heart, does forth
    Under the bright and glorious sky, and looks
      On duties well performed, and days well spent!
        For him the wind, ay, and the yellow leaves,
          Shall have a voice, and give him eloquent teachings.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Autumn (l. 30)

And Nature, the old nurse, took
  The child upon her knee,
    Saying: "Here is a story-book
      Thy Father has written for thee."
        "Come, wander with me," she said,
          "Into regions yet untrod;
            And read what is still unread
              In the manuscripts of God."
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz

The natural alone is permanent.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh
         (ch. XIII)

So Nature deals with us, and takes away
  Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
    Leads us to rest so gently, that we go,
      Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
        Being too full of sleep to understand
          How far the unknown transcends the what we know.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nature (l. 9)

No tears
  Dim the sweet look that Nature wears.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Sunrise on the Hills (l. 35)

Nature with folded hand seemed there,
  Kneeling at her evening prayer!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Voices of the Night--Prelude (st. 11)

The path of nature is, indeed, a narrow one, and it is only the immortals that seek it, and, when they find it, do not find themselves cramped therein.
      - James Russell Lowell

So true it is, that nature has caprices which art cannot imitate.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

I wondered over again for the hundredth time what could be the principle which, in the wildest, most lawless, fantastically chaotic, apparently capricious work of nature, always kept it beautiful.
      - George MacDonald

I'm what I seem; not any dyer gave,
  But nature dyed this colour that I have.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 133),
        (translated by Wright)

God is infinite; and the laws of nature, like nature itself, are finite. These methods of working, therefore,--which correspond to the physical engagement in us,--do not exhaust His agency. There is a boundless residue of disengaged energy beyond.
      - James Martineau

A green thought in a green shade.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger

O maternal earth which rocks the fallen leaf to sleep!
      - Edgar Lee Masters,
        Spoon River Anthology--Washington McNeely

Who loves not the shady trees,
  The smell of flowers, the sound of brooks,
    The song of birds, and the hum of bees,
      Murmuring in green and fragrant nooks,
        The voice of children in the spring,
          Along the field-paths wandering?
      - T. Millar


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