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.


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.


Nature does nothing uselessly.


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

Oscar Wilde

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

Oscar Wilde

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.

Mother Teresa

Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.

Nikola Tesla

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

Tennessee Williams

It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing.

Scott Westerfeld

There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honour nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

Jimmy Carter

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I have never been in a natural place and felt that was a waste of time. I never have. And it's a relief. If I'm walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.

Viggo Mortensen

Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.

Heinrich Heine

The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.

Thomas Hobbes

We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

Albert Einstein

I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.

John Glenn

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure - they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm.

Jeremy Bentham

It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.

John Cheever

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

Auguste Rodin

The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.

Morris K. Udall

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.

Walt Whitman

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


You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.

Walt Whitman

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.

Marcus Aurelius

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.

Jacob Bronowski

The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.

Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

H. G. Wells

Nature provides exceptions to every rule.

Margaret Fuller

Copy nature and you infringe on the work of our Lord. Interpret nature and you are an artist.

Jacques Lipchitz

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

Luther Burbank

Nature is won't to hide herself.


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.

Cyrano De Bergerac

There are a number of companies in the area who do artificial foliage very well-- but I'd compare it to when you go to someone's house for dinner. If there is a flower arrangement that is fake, it makes me think differently of that person.

Shane Pliska

The French have taste in all they do - which we are quite without; For Nature, that to them gave gout, To us gave only gout.

Thomas Erskine

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

George Washington Carver

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

Hal Borland

Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel.

Ivan Turgenev

It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.

David Bailey

You are one of the forces of nature.

Jules Michelet

It's the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It's seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can't watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor's tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.

Daniel Quinn

Natural grass is a wonderful thing for little bugs and sinkerball pitchers.

Dan Quisenberry

One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen

In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice.


Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

The rocks of the original soil, he wrote, are arranged in perpendicular layers or inclined towards the horizon. They are composed of quartz, granite, shale, slate and talcose.

Antoine Lavoisier

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.

James Whistler

Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage?

Vanna Bonta

Nature puts me out.

Henry Fuseli

Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.


Water is one of the basic needs of survival of mankind and water can destroy it, too. That is the power of NATURE. But there is an even more powerful dimension of NATURE which is a blessing to humans; courage, intelligence, compassion and the power to stand again.

Vikas Khanna

Nature not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.

Alfred Edward Housman

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.

John Burroughs

However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.

Ivan Turgenev

There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.

Alfred Austin

Trees are your best antiques.

Alexander Smith

Nature is the art of God.

Dante Alighieri

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

George Washington Carver

I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed. Vegetation is the basic instrument the creator uses to set all of nature in motion.

Antoine Lavoisier

Outward beauty is not enough; to be attractive a woman must use words, wit, playfulness, sweet-talk, and laughter to transcend the gifts of Nature.

Gaius Petronius

Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It's better than art because it's from the creator.

Olivia Newton john

When the sparrow sings its final refrain, the hush is felt nowhere more deeply than in the heart of man.

Don Williams, Jr

Stuff the economy, Go hug a tree instead.

Thomas Murray

Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.

Maria Mitchell

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.

Dennis Gabor

Nature is the glass reflecting God, as by the sea reflected is the sun, too glorious to be gazed on in his sphere.

Brigham Young

Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.

Francis Picabia

Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.

Marcus Aurelius

I watched the sky a long time, concluding that such beauty was reserved for distant, dangerous places, and that nature has good reason for exacting her own special sacrifices from those determined to witness them.

Richard Byrd

Why should humans in their unsurity decide what species are and are not important to humans? Is nature's characteristic ability to naturally select species not the most perfect decision maker we humans have access to on this issue? Just as we expect human children to respect their human elders, let us humans collectively respect our significant elder--Nature.

Ivan Urlaub

None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.

Marian Anderson

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.

Alice Walker

Man is nature's sole mistake.

William S. Gilbert

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

E. F. Schumacher

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

E. B. White

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

Edward O. Wilson

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.

Edwin Way Teale

In nature, there is less death and destruction than death and transmutation.

Edwin Way Teale

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.

Edward Hopper

Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.

Elizabeth Hardwick

Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

George Bernard Shaw

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.


Man is by nature a political animal.


All men by nature desire knowledge.


All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.


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

Oscar Wilde

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

Oscar Wilde

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

Charles Dickens

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.

John F. Kennedy

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

Soren Kierkegaard

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

John Updike

Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.

William Shakespeare

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

To be a well-flavored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.

William Shakespeare

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

Aldous Huxley

What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature.


To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.


All art is an imitation of nature.


In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.


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.

Stephen Hawking

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.


It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.

Edmund Burke

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

Charles Darwin

Anything invented before your fifteenth birthday is the order of nature. That's how it should be. Anything invented between your 15th and 35th birthday is new and exciting, and you might get a career there. Anything invented after that day, however, is against nature and should be prohibited.

Douglas Adams

Man... hath by nature a power.... to preserve his property - that is, his life, liberty, and estate - against the injuries and attempts of other men.

John Locke

...people are by nature fickle, and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them persuaded.

Niccolo Machiavelli

I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.

Isak Dinesen

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.


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

Globalization is not something we can hold off or turn off . . . it is the economic equivalent of a force of nature -- like wind or water.

Bill Clinton

It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.

Randy K. Milholland

Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.

German Proverb

My dream is to save women from nature.

Christian Dior

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

Walter Bagehot

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.

John Muir

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

John Muir

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.

Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being.

Blaise Pascal

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.

Baruch Spinoza

Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!

Emma Goldman

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.


That's always been the nature of the teams in the league. They've earned it, every one of those teams have earned any rankings they might have, because those are three very good defensive football teams.

Bob Biggs

I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature.


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.


I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.

Adolf Hitler

We are disappointed to have to postpone our grand opening of Klein Family Field, but you can't fight Mother Nature and this decision had to be made. We do look forward to playing our first game on campus very soon.

Lynn King

The movies I like to make are very rich and full of passion. Some people see me as an action director, but action is not the only thing in my movies. I always like to show human nature - something deep inside the heart.

John Wooden

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Henry David Thoreau

What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.

Joseph Conrad

The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.


By its very nature, this case entails a conflict between the spirit and the letter of the law. We lost on the letter of the law. We won on the spirit. And to that extent we are vindicated.

Richard Leigh

We know that the nature of the industry is more litigious. There's no reason we'd ever go out on a limb on one particular transaction than any other one.

Chad Banken

Except God no substance can be granted or conceived. .. Everything, I say, is in God, and all things which are made, are made by the laws of the infinite nature of God, and necessarily follows from the necessity of his essence.

Benedict Spinoza

One of the most secure markets in the world is human nature, few understand it, all have it.

Jason Zebehazy

I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.

Ian Hunter

An e-mail or instant message from a 'secret admirer' on Valentine's Day may be specifically designed to pique your curiosity. It's human nature and exactly what the bad guy is counting on.

Michael Carr

We'd like to know where it was seen, who they saw in it, anything of that nature.

Guy Smith

The nature of the whole insanity defense is that because of the state of mind you're in that you don't know the nature and consequences of what you're doing.

John Parrinello

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

May Sarton

Let nature take its course. Smoking will go away by itself.

Jim Wagner

There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature; the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

We're very careful in nature to make sure its factual information and not biased.

Dan Hollar

...The nature of this offence is one that I'm finding rather difficult to deal with. You know the fight the society is putting up with drugs.

Rm Gayle

There is no reform except through jihad, ... We have to realize the nature of this conflict: Our enemies do not agree with or approve of our rights.

Ayman Al zawahiri

The number of child abuse cases has indeed increased recently, and the cases have also been more sadistic in nature.

Seto Mulyadi

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Henry Ward Beecher

Very few people ever manage what nature manages without effort and mostly without fail. We don't know who we are or how to function, much less how to bloom. Blind nature. Homo Sapiens. Who's kidding whom?

Jeanette Winterson

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.

Jacques Cousteau

There is nothing in nature that can't be taken as a sign of both morality and invigoration.

Gretel Ehrlich

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.

Joseph Addison

Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night. God said, 'Let Newton be!' and all was light.

Alexander Pope

Nature gives very few second chances, but this may be one of them.

Carter Roberts

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

If you look at the nature of the crime that has taken place clearly the person responsible for this matter must be treated with extreme caution and considered to be dangerous.

David Cook

How did I get to be 62? I still have a lot of energy. My prayer is that I'll have another 10 to 15 years to interpret nature.

Paul Stankard

I've had a lot of things of a real spiritual nature happen, ... I asked God what to do next. The answer was just instant; a complete package.

Tom Torlakson

Nature herself makes the wise man rich.


When you build things that are below flood elevations you now have to do engineering to try to overcome what Mother Nature normally tries to do.

Dick Miller

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.

Thorstein Veblen

The new model is mobile pervasive computing, and it will change the very nature of the enterprise.

Carl Yankowski

Beauty is grace and confidence. I've learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.

Lindsay Lohan

Our Western culture has gotten so far away from nature when it comes to art.

Barbara Clark

The name change is in the best interest of our corporation. We want to present a new image for the company as we continue to grow in the trucking and logistics business. We believe that the current name presents a limiting impression of the nature of our business.

Michael Alexander

The water should be going where nature intended it to go in that dry lake bed. Why would they threaten a town?

Walt Shubin

Nature is a resilient female. You can see her coming back everywhere.

Bob Becker

I would find it very strange to be on the road without my family. It's really second nature to me.

Kasey Chambers

Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature -- and another woman to help him forget them.

Helen Rowland

For an impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.

Paul Cezanne

There's a future for it and I believe the town needs an attraction of this nature and size to bring people in.

James Doran

The incident is of a de minimis nature; and since the resources of this office are limited, I will not expend the resources upon a prosecution that lacks merit.

John Peck

The assignment was violent in nature and included a killing.

Rick Kaufman

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


All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to light.

Louis Kahn

My nature is to be linear, and when I'm not, I feel really proud of myself.

Cynthia Weil

I got off to a fast start and that's the key to this score. The nature of this course is there is no safe lead.

Graham Marsh

I want to be there with the girls, but nature called.

Stacy Dent

Some kids have never actually had the chance to walk on a nature trail and this gives them an opportunity to do so.

Warren Fields

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly.

Julian Barnes

Both sides agreed that India and Bangladesh have been victims of terrorism and should join hands in fighting the scourge...both agreed that terrorism, by its very nature, was disadvantage for both and should be fought through collaboration.

Navtej Sarna

It is quite possible to postpone the elections to the following month or something of this nature.

Mosiuoa Lekota

It has a lot of references to nature. The beginning sounds like the sun rising and birds chirping.

Gregory Pritchard

The landscaping will be one of the final things that will go in. You won't see any planting or anything of that nature until the latter part of the project.

Rolando Garcia

Nature does not make jumps.

Carl Linnaeus

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

Gerard De Nerval

To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.

Auguste Rodin

Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.

Raoul Vaneigem

Our entire crew is acutely aware of the historic nature of being the very last Tomcat squadron.

Cmdr. Richard Labranche

Robin Hood always represents natural justice, and his association with nature helps that.

Stephen Knight

As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster.

Thomas Guthrie

If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.

J. B. S. Haldane

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.

John Paul Jones

It's tough. But we won't have anyone to run it. What can you do? That's nature. It's a shame.

Dan Green

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Art is Nature made by Man To Man the interpreter of God.

Owen Meredith

It is amazing. It is amazing what mother nature has don to the building.

John Pappas

The whole nature of the organization has come to focus on terrorism. Unfortunately, the changes since 9/11 may have had an influence in what has happened.

Walter Peacock

You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide. Both are forces of nature.

William Rotsler