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Nature is God's Old Testament.
      - Theodore Parker

Nature is man's religious book, with lessons for every day.
      - Theodore Parker

Laws of nature are God's thoughts thinking themselves out in the orbits and the tides.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Nature confuses the skeptics and reason confutes the dogmatists.
      - Blaise Pascal

Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God; and defects, in order to show that she is only His image.
      - Blaise Pascal

Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master; the root, the branch, the fruits,--the principles, the consequences.
      - Blaise Pascal

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. Let us begin where she begins, go her pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good naturalists.
      - William Penn

If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
      - Jules Henri Poincare

A tree is a nobler object than a prince in his coronation-robes.
      - Alexander Pope

Looks through nature up to nature's God.
      - Alexander Pope

See, through this air, this ocean, and this earth,
  All matter quick, and bursting into birth.
    Above, how high! progressive life may go!
      Around, how wide; how deep extend below!
        Vast chain of being! which from God began,
          Nature's ethereal, human, angel, man,
            Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see,
              No glass can reach, from infinite to Thee,
                From Thee to nothing.
      - Alexander Pope

Unerring Nature, still divinely bright,
  One clear, unchanged, and universal light,
    Life, force, and beauty must to all impart,
      At once the source, and end, and test of art.
      - Alexander Pope

Where order in variety we see, and where, though all things differ, all agree.
      - Alexander Pope

Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
  And catch the manners, living as they rise;
    Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
      But vindicate the ways of God to man.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 13)

Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise;
  My footstool Earth, my canopy the skies.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 139)

All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
  Whose body Nature is, and God the soul;
    That chang'd thro' all, and yet in all same,
      Great in the earth as in th' ethereal frame;
        Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
          Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees;
            Lives thro' all life, extends thro' all extent,
              Spreads undivided, operates unspent;
                Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
                  As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 267)

See plastic Nature working to this end,
  The single atoms each to other tend,
    Attract, attracted to, the next in place
      Form'd and impell'd its neighbor to embrace.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 9)

Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
  But looks through nature up to nature's God.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 330)

O Nature, gracious mother of us all,
  Within thy bosom myriad secrets lie
    Which thou surrenderest to the patient eye
      That seeks and waits.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston

How mean the order and perfection sought
  In the best product of the human thought,
    Compar'd to the great harmony that reigns
      In what the spirit of the world ordain!
      - Matthew Prior

Every form as nature made it is correct.
  [Lat., Ut natura dedit, sic omnis recta figura.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (II, 18, 25)

Every one follows the inclinations of his own nature.
  [Lat., Naturae sequitur semina quisque suae.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (III, 9, 20)

Nature abhors a vacuum.
  [Fr., Natura abhorret vacuum.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua (ch. V)

Whether man is disposed to yield to nature or to oppose her, he cannot do without a correct understanding of her language.
      - Jean Rostand

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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