Quotes about nature

Peter Weiss
Peter Weiss
German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker
Every death even the cruelest death drowns in the total indifference of Nature Nature herself would watch unmoved if we destroyed the entire human race I hate Nature this passionless spectator this unbreakable iceberg-face that can bear everything this goads us to greater and greater acts
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist
Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
.. that which renders morality an active principle and constitutes virtue our happiness, and vice our misery: it is probable, I say, that this final sentence depends on some internal sense or feeling, which nature has made universal in the whole species.
Herman Melville
Herman Melville
American novelist, short story writer
O Nature, and O soul of man! how far beyond all utterance are your linked analogies; not the smallest atom stirs or lives on matter, but has its cunning duplicate in mind.
Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson
English playwright and poet
Money never made any man rich, but his mind. He that can order himself to the law of nature, is not only without the sense, but the fear of poverty.
Frantisek Kupka
Frantisek Kupka
Czech painter and graphic artist
Once you realize that it is impossible to capture the character of the various manifestations of nature by pictorial means, and that an interpretation based on imagination is equally erroneous, you will not find yourself facing a gaping void as you might have feared.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Persons of genius, and those who are most capable of art, are always most fond of nature: as such are chiefly sensible, that all art consists in the imitation and study of nature.
Alys Fowler
Alys Fowler
British horticulturist and journalist
Heaven is a homegrown cucumber.
Edward Jenner
Edward Jenner
British physician and scientist
The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases
Clancy Brown
Clancy Brown
American film actor
Atrocities are human nature - they don't have political beliefs, color, creed or anything like that. They just happen, it's human.
Albert Benjamin Simpson
Albert Benjamin Simpson
Founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
Holiness of heart and life. This is not the perfection of the human nature, but the holiness of the divine nature dwelling within.
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
French Artist
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Alexander Herzen
Alexander Herzen
Russian Journalist
What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses Christian Dior SE
My dream is to save women from nature.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
Look round this universe. What an immense profusion of beings, animated and organized, sensible and active! You admire this prodigious variety and fecundity. But inspect a little more narrowly these living existences, the only beings worth regarding. How hostile and destructive to each other! How insufficient all of them for their own happiness! How contemptible or odious to the spectator! The whole presents nothing but the idea of a blind Nature, inpregnated by a great vivifying principle, and pouring forth from her lap, without discernment or parental care, her maimed and abortive children.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
I believe it is no wrong Observation, that Persons of Genius, and those who are most capable of Art, are always fond of Nature, as such are chiefly sensible, that all Art consists in the Imitation and Study of Nature. On the contrary, People of the common Level of Understanding are principally delighted with the Little Niceties and Fantastical Operations of Art, and constantly think that finest which is least Natural.
Herman Melville
Herman Melville
American novelist, short story writer
Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses Christian Dior SE
You can never really go wrong if you take nature as an example.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
If nature has been frugal in her gifts and endowments, there is the more need of art to supply her defects. If she has been generous and liberal, know that she still expects industry and application on our part, and revenges herself in proportion to our negligent ingratitude. The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces, to its slothful owner, the most abundant crop of poisons.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
Where is the reward of virtue? and what recompense has nature provided for such important sacrifices as those of life and fortune, which we must often make to it? O sons of earth! Are ye ignorant of the value of this celestial mistress? And do ye meanly inquire for her portion, when ye observe her genuine beauty?
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
First follow Nature, and your judgment frame By her just standard, which is still the same: Unerring nature, still divinely bright, One clear, unchanged, and universal light, Life, force, and beauty must to all impart, At once the source, and end, and test of art.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Eye Nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies, And catch the manners living as they rise; Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
[T]hro’ this Air, this Ocean, and this Earth, All Nature quick, and bursting into birth. Above, how high progressive life may go? Around how wide? how deep extend below? Vast Chain of Being! which from God began, Ethereal Essence, Spirit, Substance, Man, Beast, Bird, Fish, Insect! what no Eye can see, No Glass can reach! from Infinite to Thee! From Thee to Nothing.... From Nature’s Chain whatever Link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.... All are but parts of one stupendous Whole: Whose Body Nature is, and God the Soul.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Mark what unvary'd laws preserve each state, Laws wise as Nature, and as fixed as Fate.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Silence! coeval with eternity! thou wert ere Nature's self began to be; thine was the sway ere heaven was formed on earth, ere fruitful thought conceived creation's birth.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
And binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
See plastic Nature working to this end, The single atoms each to other tend, Attract, attracted to, the next in place Form'd and impell'd its neighbor to embrace.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Poets like painters, thus unskilled to trace The naked nature and the living grace, With gold and jewels cover ev'ry part, And hide with ornaments their want of art. True wit is Nature to advantage dressed, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
That, chang'd thro' all and yet in all the same, Great in the Earth as in th' Ætherial frame, Warms in the Sun, refreshes in the Breeze, Glows in the Stars, and blossoms in the Trees... Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part... Submit - in this, or any other Sphere, Secure to be as blest as thou canst bear. All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; All Chance, Direction which thou canst not see; All Discord, Harmony not understood... All partial Evil, universal Good.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
All nature mourns, the skies relent in showers; hushed are the birds, and closed the drooping flowers.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Nature made every fop to plague his brother, Just as one beauty mortifies another.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Two purposes in human nature rule. Self- love to urge, and reason to restrain.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
I begin where most people end, with a full conviction of the emptiness of all sorts of ambition, and the unsatisfactory nature of all human pleasures.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be Blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, Rest and expatiates in a life to come. Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutor'd mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; His soul proud Science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or milky way; Yet simple Nature to his hope has giv'n, Behind the cloud-topp'd hill, an humbler heav'n.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but it impairs what it would improve.