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Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit. Author Unknown
Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live. Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 speech to South African young people
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
The history of the human race, viewed as a whole may be regarded as the realization of a hidden plan of nature to bring about a political constitution, internally, and for this purpose, also externally perfect, as the only state in which all the capacities implanted by her in mankind can be fully developed. Immanuel Kant
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France
Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence. Titus Livius
It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward. Thomas Huxley
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
Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art. Pietro Aretino
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away. Mere
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. Washington Irving
His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN! William Shakespeare
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire
Human nature is not of itself vicious. Thomas Paine
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common. Denis Diderot
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle, Parts of Animals
It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its soverign law is subordination and dependence. Marquis de Vauvenargues
A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. Joseph Addison
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