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Nature Quotes

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. Sterne
Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. R. Buckminster Fuller, Interview, April 30, 1978
Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate their subject matters. B. F. Skinner
All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods. Victor Cousin
We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language.... We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a common goal of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music. Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousands times worse than nothing. Sydney Smith
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children. Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. Robert Ingersoll
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences. Robert G. Ingersoll
This is the true nature of home - it is the place of Peace the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division. John Ruskin
Because it is the very nature of Imperialism to turn humans into beasts. Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and no age. The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance the more we feel how much remains unknown. Humphrey Davy
The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness. Cicero
To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to.... The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures. Vincent Van Gogh
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. Thomas Paine
In nature there are neither rewards not punishments--there are consequences. Robert Green Ingersoll
Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence. Titus Livius
Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything. Francis Bacon
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