nature quotes

“The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. ”

“The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.”

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.”

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.”

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.”

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.”

“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”

“The cause-effect sequences in our brains are just as determining, just as inescapable, as anywhere else in Nature.”

“Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”

“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”

“Nature never breaks her own laws.”

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.”

“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”

“All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.”

“The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.”

“The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.”

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

“Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.”

“Nature abhors a virgin - a frozen asset.”

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. ”

“There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.”

“You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.”

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. ”

“It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves. ”

“Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. ”