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Nature Quotes

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
The world is too much with us late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powersLittle we see in Nature that is oursWe have given our hearts away, a sordid boon William Wordsworth
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. William Ellery Channing
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
I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible. William James
One of the great dreams of man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret. Barry Lopez
Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. Izaak Walton
Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying. Mary Wilson Little
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. Walter Bagehot
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
There is a schizophrenic nature in modern politics. A leader is expected to have a religious faith but he is not supposed to let it influence him in his duties. Somehow, the truths that determine everything else about his existence are not allowed to influence how he conducts himself in public life. Not only that, his principles are usually considered so personal that the public is not even allowed to know for certain what they are. This passes for noble statecraft in our time. It was once thought cowardice. Stephen Mansfield
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. Sydney Smith
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
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
Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity. R. E. Hellmund, 1929
Equation 1.2-9 is a second order, nonlinear, vector, differential equation which has defied solution in its present form. It is here therefore we depart from the realities of nature to make some simplifying assumptions... Bate, Mueller & White, 1971, "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics"
Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach. Athenus
When a miracle happens, even if not to you, it?s nature is to naturally expand. You can almost feel the warmth on your face. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 06-02-04
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it. Benjamin Lee Whorf
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