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Nature Quotes

Art may make a suit of clothes but nature must produce a man. David Hume
It has always seemed to me extreme presumptuousness on the part of those who want to make human ability the measure of what nature can and knows how to do, since, when one comes down to it, there is not one effect in nature, no matter how small, that eve Galileo Galilei
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aureluis
Let the minor genius go his light way and enjoy his life - the great nature cannot so live, he is never really in holiday mood, even though he often plucks flowers by the wayside and ties them into knots and garlands like little children and lays out on a sunny morning. W. B. Yeats
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more. George Gordon Byron
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"
Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion. Lao Tzu
Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does it is one of the sensible things that nature does. George E. Woodbury
Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor for even death is one of the things that Nature wills. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory
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
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely ...but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson
All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle, Metaphysics
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Francis Bacon
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
Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manefestation of nature agree to find new shapes. Kahlil Gibran
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitalitythe supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. Jose Ortega y Gasset
We cannot command nature except by obeying her. Francis Bacon
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
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