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Nature Quotes

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 H. Huxley
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, Meditations
If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him. But all nature cries aloud that He does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks. Francis Bacon
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
You dehumanize a man as much by returning him to nature - by making him one with rocks, vegetation, and animals - as by turning him into a machine. Both the natural and the mechanical are the opposite of that which is uniquely human. Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines. It is also obvious that when man domesticated animals and plants he acquired self-made machines for the production of food, power, and beauty. Eric Hoffer
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it. Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 1978
I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature. Cicero
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Francis Bacon
A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. Joseph Addison
The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much the cause as the effect of the division of labour. The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature as from habit, custom, and education. When they came into the world, and for the first six or eight years of their existence, they were perhaps very much alike, and neither their parents nor playfellows could perceive any remarkable difference... Adam Smith
The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away. Mere
Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manefestation of nature agree to find new shapes. Kahlil Gibran
Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary - they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be. Henri-Frederic Amiel
Ultimately nature and events are largely what our imaginations make them out to be. Jose Vasconcelos
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
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. Thomas Paine
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore Henry Ward Beecher
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. William Ellery Channing
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