Best Quotes About Nature

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

All art is but imitation of nature. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. -Tacitus

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? -Henry Ward Beecher

The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss. -Deepak Chopra

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen. -William Bernbach

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. -Ingrid Bergman

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult. -Isaac Asimov

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

Great art picks up where nature ends. -Marc Chagall

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. -Samuel Johnson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. -John Muir

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

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

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations. -David Gerrold

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. -Henry David Thoreau

There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures. -Thomas Browne

Man is nature's sole mistake. -William Gilbert

A signature always reveals a man's character – and sometimes even his name. -Evan Esar

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. -Henry David Thoreau

A man's kiss is his signature. -Mae West

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing. -Thomas Huxley

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. -Dale Carnegie

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. -Voltaire

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

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! -Emily Dickinson

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. -Juvenal

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. -William Shakespeare

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. -John Burroughs

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven. -William Ellery Channing

I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature. -Wynn Bullock

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. -George MacDonald

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

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly – that is the first law of nature. -Voltaire

Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.' -Robert Byrne

Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' -Robin Williams

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

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. -John Archibald Wheeler

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental illness' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious. -Thomas Szasz

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. -Orson Welles

Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down. -Malcolm de Chazal

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

What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque. -Brendan Behan

You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand. -Princess Anne

What the Court really has refused to recognize is the fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling the nature of their intimate associations. -Harry A. Blackmun

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 Yves Cousteau

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. -Desmond Tutu

You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That's what is important. -Earl Warren

Many plays – certainly mine – are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them. -Thornton Wilder

Art is the signature of civilizations. -Beverly Sills

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. -Martha Graham

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

Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man. -Nikita Khrushchev

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise. -Henry Kissinger

He was one of those inexplicable gifts of nature, an artist who leaps over boundaries, changes our nervous systems, creates a new language, transmits new kinds of joy to our startled senses and spirits. -Jack Kroll

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

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. -Alex Noble

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -Richard P. Feynman

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. -Umberto Eco

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. -Thomas Merton

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us. -William Hazlitt

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

Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship. -John Milton

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

It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins. -Lao Tzu

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. -Plato

Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer. -John Keats

The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature. -William Hazlitt

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. -Joseph Addison

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. -Joseph Addison

A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. -Alexander Pope

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. -Hippocrates

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. -Leonardo da Vinci

Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light; every eye, looking on, finds its own. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not. -Miguel de Cervantes

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies. -Michel de Montaigne

There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger. -Alan Bleasdale

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

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature . -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away. -Fay Weldon

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone? -Herman Melville

Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top. -Joan Rivers

Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. -Jonathan Swift

One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly. -Maureen Dowd

Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate the subject matters. -Pope Paul VI

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. -Arthur Helps

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. -Walter Scott

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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

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

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. -H. G. Wells

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted. -Ralph W. Sockman

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. -William Ellery Channing

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius

The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is. -Phillips Brooks

Security is mostly a superstition. It 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 outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -Helen Keller

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. -Thomas a Kempis

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. -Tacitus

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature. -Albert Einstein

Self-preservation is the first law of nature. -Samuel Butler

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality. -Hannah Arendt

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. -Jimmy Carter

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. -Henry Adams

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing. -Herbert Spencer

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. -Ambrose Bierce

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. -William James

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. -Euclid

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. -Samuel Smiles

Family, nature and health all go together. -Olivia Newton-John

You are one of the forces of nature. -Jules Michelet

A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art. -Louis Nizer

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business. -Dave Barry

Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. -Peter Ustinov

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. -Jane Austen

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! -Pat Riley

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right. -Thomas Hobbes

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. -Alan Kay

We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step. -Kofi Annan

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. -Henry David Thoreau

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. -William Shakespeare

All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable. -Walt Disney

I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess. -Walt Disney

I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow. -Marian Anderson

As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust. -Charles W. Chesnutt

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. -Anatole France

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy. -Kurt Vonnegut

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. -William James

The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools. -Thomas Eakins

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated. -Auguste Rodin

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. -Vincent Van Gogh

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

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. -Plato

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within. -Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

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

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature. -Voltaire

To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart. -Charles Dickens

I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about it. -Marlo Thomas

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. -Anne Frank

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused. -Baruch Spinoza

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. -Eric Hoffer

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. -Ruth Bernhard

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. -Man Ray

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry. -William Golding

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

Man is by nature a political animal. -Aristotle

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it. -Walter Bagehot

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. -Salvador Dali

It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. -Mahatma Gandhi

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature – that's where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying. -Sue Grafton

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. -Peggy Noonan

National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction. -Jacques Chirac

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

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

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. -Jean Giraudoux

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. -Samuel Adams

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

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. -George Santayana

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

I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together. -Carl von Clausewitz

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. -Carl von Clausewitz

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. -Paracelsus

Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself. -Leo Tolstoy

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. -Joseph Addison

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. -John Updike

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony. -Benjamin Britten

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. -William Blake

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

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. -Joseph Conrad

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves. -Thomas Hobbes

Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game. -Ted Williams

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. -John B. S. Haldane

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

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. -Ansel Adams

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. -Ansel Adams

I think I have already signed some scrap of paper for every man, woman, and child in the United States. What do they do with all those scraps of paper with my signature on it? -Vida Blue

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill. -W. Somerset Maugham

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. -Laurence Sterne

Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. -Laurence Sterne

When I feel a little confused, the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart. -Raoul Dufy

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. -Johannes Kepler

To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people. -Niccolo Machiavelli

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech. -Quintilian

If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature. -Phyllis Battelle

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language. -Alfred North Whitehead

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity. -William Wordsworth

It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. -Virginia Woolf

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art. -Virginia Woolf

Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him. -H. G. Wells

I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature. -Luc de Clapiers

The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man. -John Ruskin

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. -Theodore Roosevelt

A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team. -Pat Riley

Communism is in conflict with human nature. -Ernest Renan

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of. -Jane Austen

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress. -Joseph Addison

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature. -Joseph Addison

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense. -Joseph Addison

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. -Aristotle

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. -Saint Augustine

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. -Thomas Aquinas

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. -Hannah Arendt

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. -Marcus Aurelius

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. -Marcus Aurelius

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. -Marcus Aurelius

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time. -Marcus Aurelius

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature. -Albert Einstein

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness. -George Eliot

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. -Epictetus

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them. -Christian Nestell Bovee

We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws. -Jacob Bronowski

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do. -Jacob Bronowski

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. -Edmund Burke

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

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations. -Edmund Burke

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience. -Francis Bacon

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. -Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. -Francis Bacon

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice. -Henry Ward Beecher

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. -Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature. -John Berger

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. -Thomas Browne

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling. -Andre Gide

The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence. -Walter Lippmann

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. -C. S. Lewis

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. -Benjamin Franklin

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. -R. Buckminster Fuller

All nature wears one universal grin. -Henry Fielding

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. -Izaak Walton

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

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. -Albert Einstein

The method of nature: who could ever analyze it? -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. -Arthur C. Clarke

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see. -Frank Lloyd Wright

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation. -John Cage

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. -William Wordsworth

Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use. -Alexander Pope

Water is the driving force of all nature. -Leonardo da Vinci

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. -William Hazlitt

Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do. -Michel de Montaigne

Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out. -Steven Weinberg

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid. -Franz Kafka

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear. -Karl Kraus

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish. -John Keats

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

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. -Thomas Hardy

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature. -Josiah Gilbert Holland

The Amen of nature is always a flower. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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! -Alexander Herzen

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. -Louis Aragon

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven. -Alphonse de Lamartine

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words. -Fran Lebowitz

Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words. -Northrop Frye

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. -Garrison Keillor

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil. -Benjamin Haydon

Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed. -Edith Hamilton

Colors are the smiles of nature. -Leigh Hunt

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

There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others. -William Temple

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people – that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature. -James Thurber

The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little – or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives. -Anthony Trollope

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. -Karen Blixen

When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature. -Marguerite Duras

Gossip is nature's telephone. -Sholom Aleichem

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature. -Guillaume Apollinaire

The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection. -Guillaume Apollinaire

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. -Leon Trotsky

I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence? -James Thomson

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For greed all nature is too little. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers. -Samuel Smiles

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. -Samuel Smiles

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature. -Robert South

The imagination is man's power over nature. -Wallace Stevens

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress. -Wallace Stevens

Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy. -August Strindberg

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one. -Marquis de Sade

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all. -George Santayana

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. -Arthur Schopenhauer

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened. -Philip Sidney

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence. -Adam Smith

Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. -Thomas Carlyle

It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. -Albert Camus

Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones. -Nicolas Chamfort

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement – but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims. -Joseph Conrad

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose. -William Cowper

Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. -Cyril Connolly

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master. -Henry James

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him. -Samuel Johnson

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? -James Madison

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. -Bernard Meltzer

The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it. -John Stuart Mill

But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy? -Harriet Martineau

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. -Bernard de Mandeville

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. -Thomas Mann

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing. -Orison Swett Marden

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable. -W. Somerset Maugham

It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing. -Marianne Moore

Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need. -Primo Levi

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. -Willem de Kooning

Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion. -Francis Herbert Hedge

God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing. -Joyce Cary

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful. -Noam Chomsky

Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life. -Truman Capote

I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed. -Jerome K. Jerome

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity. -Rollo May

Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art. -Philip James Bailey

Thou strange piece of wild nature! -Colley Cibber

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Human nature is not of itself vicious. -Thomas Paine

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. -Octavio Paz

Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature. -Camille Paglia

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. -Camille Paglia

Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience. -Blaise Pascal

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. -Blaise Pascal

All nature is but art unknown to thee. -Alexander Pope

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her. -Mahatma Gandhi

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. -Mahatma Gandhi

Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature. -Susanne Langer

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

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. -Martin Luther

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing. -Thomas Paine

It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention. -Brendan Gill

One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity. -Charles Brenton Huggins

If they're not temperamental, I don't want them. It's in the nature of a great artist to be that way. -Sol Hurok

Law is born from despair of human nature. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. -Socrates

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

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

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract. -Jessamyn West

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

Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. -Andrew Bernstein

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. -Harry Crews

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

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. -John Adams

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding. -Joseph Addison

I am two with nature. -Woody Allen

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars. -Richard M. Nixon

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

Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It is taking so long, in fact, to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. -Eugene Wigner

Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it. -Raoul Vaneigem

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. -John D. Rockefeller

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature. -Edward Gibbon

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. -Benjamin Franklin

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way. -Aristotle

A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office. -Hubert H. Humphrey

The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it. -James Anthony Froude

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature. -David Hare

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

For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse – why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another! -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws. -Calvin Coolidge

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. -Gerard De Nerval

The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery. -Reinhold Niebuhr

A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn. -C. Northcote Parkinson

Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness. -Alfred Nobel

Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. -Henry Taylor

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. -Noam Chomsky

Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo. -Al Gore

Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can't help but reach for the stars. It's our nature. It's our destiny. -Bill Frist

Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer. -Bryant H. McGill

Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers. -Alan King

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. -Alfred Austin

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. -Auguste Rodin

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

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

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him. -Auguste Rodin

Habit is ten times nature. -Duke of Wellington

Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice. -Algernon Sidney

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. -Michael Pollan

For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now we're beating it to death. -Tom McMillan

And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature; and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do. -Solomon Ibn Gabirol

The nature of show business is people within the business feel that if someone else fails, they move up a notch. -Tom Arnold

This product is a compromise, and the nature of compromise is that you don't get everything you want. -Conrad Burns

By nature and doctrines I am addicted to the habit of discovering choice places wherein to feed. -O. Henry

Frost is the greatest artist in our clime – he paints in nature and describes in rime. -Thomas Hood

In nature, there is less death and destruction than death and transmutation. -Edwin Way Teale

For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature's finest balm. -Edwin Way Teale

I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God. -Alan Hovhaness

The scope of material I can work with is not limited to the set of things that we inherit from nature. -Drew Endy

Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us. -Robinson Jeffers

I will be guided by the Christian ethic and an awareness that human action is by nature transient. -Horst Koehler

I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged. -Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

It is people who are the objects of globalization and at the same time its subjects. What also follows logically from this is that globalization is not a law of nature, but rather a process set in train by people. -Tarja Halonen

There must have been something in my nature – I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now – which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy. -Conrad Veidt

Fellini belongs to nature. -Roberto Benigni

It's human nature to be curious about people, and to be more curious about young people than old people. We want to cheer something on at the same time we want to tear it down. That's just so normal. -Amy Grant

Families, particularly, tend to be the ones that you take the most for granted. They seem to slip under the radar, all those important things – it almost becomes second nature to do so. -Adam Garcia

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. -Victor Cousin

Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves. -Werner Heisenberg

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. -Werner Heisenberg

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them – these nature spirits who call us here – sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love. -Alex Grey

Quantum computation is… a distinctively new way of harnessing nature… It will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes. -David Deutsch

Because of the nature of Moore's law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later. -John Carmack

And all men are ready to pass judgement on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature. -John Chrysostom

The only line that's wrong in Shakespeare is 'holding a mirror up to nature.' You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with the situation. If it were a mirror, we would have no art. -Montgomery Clift

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 Woo

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

When a fantasy turns you on, you're obligated to God and nature to start doing it – right away. -Stewart Brand

It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at it – which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years. -Peter Lynch

Such fire was not by water to be drowned, nor he his nature changed by changing ground. -Ludovico Ariosto

For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy. -Maurice Ravel

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. -Sai Baba

Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them. -Sai Baba

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. -Standing Bear

Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence. -Livy

We must consider the distinctive characters and the general nature of plants from the point of view of their morphology, their behavior under external conditions, their mode of generation, and the whole course of their life. -Theophrastus

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws. -John Coltrane

I don't get what my signature is supposed to mean if we haven't had some kind of exchange. -Nana Visitor

One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera. -Janos Bolyai

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. -Miriam Makeba

There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I'm a person that doesn't have that many goals or plans. I feel like I'm the wind and I blow through life; it's whatever comes to me. I very much respect nature. Whatever happens to me, I'm happy and I embrace it. -Bai Ling

I also like to follow nature's rhythm. In times or places, they have their own rhythm. So you cannot push it. So we must accept that as well. Wherever we're born at this time, we just live it. -Bai Ling

I'm a typical middle child. I'm the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody's happy. It's hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy. -Jennifer Jason Leigh

Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It's in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine. -John Shirley

I'm cursed with empathy. I'm also by nature way too opinionated. -John Shirley

I'm a competitive person and it is in my nature to try hard in every match I play. The only time I'm not competitive is when I'm playing against my mom. -Michael Chang

People might say I'm difficult, but did you ever hear anyone describe a label as 'difficult'? By nature, artists should challenge. When they call you difficult, it is a reflection of the imbalance of power. -Michelle Shocked

People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences. -Richard Thompson

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature. -Robert Blair

If I had it my way, I never would have left San Francisco, but things change and that's the nature of this business. We have to move on. We hopefully get opportunities down the road that we take advantage of. -Jeff Garcia

If the people in Britain knew the nature and disposition of the New England people as well as we do they would not find so many friends in England as I suppose they do. -Nathaniel Smith

The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature. -Paul de Man

Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste. -Thomas Edward Brown

The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. -Empedocles

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer. -D. H. Lawrence

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. -D. H. Lawrence

If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other's nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth. -Havelock Ellis

I don't think I'll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It's not in my nature. -Ricky Williams

Basically, we are a whole world of people desperately trying to figure out what is the dark side of our natures and how much can we explore without becoming something else. -William Petersen

To destroy a standing crop goes against the soundest instincts of human nature. -Henry Cantwell Wallace

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. -Edward Jenner

Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. -Harlan Stone

A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying to the Christian is the way to life eternal. -William Jay

We have mistaken the nature of poverty, and thought it was economic poverty. No, it is poverty of soul, deprivation of God's recreating, loving peace. -Thomas R. Kelly

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. -Thomas Aquinas

Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. -Thomas Aquinas

All nature's creatures join to express nature's purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself. -Graham Swift

Still, I have been no one's enemy but my own. My easy nature, either in drinking or anything else, was always ready to submit to persuasions of profligate companions, who often led me into snares. -John Clare

Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language. -Kenneth Burke

Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body. -Susan Griffin

Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault. -Joseph Smith, Jr.

While we are under the tyranny of Priests, it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith. -Ethan Allen

All of my work is based on nature. I grew up in a rural environment and living in the Bay Area allows for immediate access to wonderful natural environs. Basically nature is my Genus Loci, or the place where my spirit resides. -Judith Anderson

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd. -Baruch Spinoza

Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature. -Herbert A. Simon

When thugs by nature meet thugs by political conviction, 5-0 is not surprising. -John McCarthy

A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day's unity. -Charles Ives

Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger. -Edgar Rice Burroughs

All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers, so that the aim of exact science is to reduce the problems of nature to the determination of quantities by operations with numbers. -James C. Maxwell

Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values. -Sidney Hook

Any time a running back reaches the age of 31 or 32, he has to lose a step. No one is a freak of nature. No one is going to be able to take the pounding a running back has to take over a 10- or 12-year career and not lose a step. -Al Michaels

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

Every so often, we pass laws repealing human nature. -Howard Lindsay

Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with 'the world'; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous. -Nelson Goodman

Umpires are necessary evils. That's just the nature of the beast. For years, people have looked on umpiring as a job they could get any postman to do. -Doug Harvey

My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. -Anthony Bourdain

I love romantic comedies. They're for me the easiest thing to do and the most natural to do. There's nothing natural about holding an uzi hanging out of a moving van shooting at people. That's not second nature to me, thank God. -Gabrielle Union

The nature of anguish is translated into different forms. -Franz Kline

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. -Joseph McCabe

The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce. -Friedrich List

Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men. -George Pierce Baker

Being by the nature of my upbringing, all my energies having been directed to one channel of activity, crippled from other activities and made helpless even to live. -Isaac Rosenberg

Love is of that excellent nature, that it is esteemed by the best of men, and accepted from the meanest persons; what then is the affection of a Father! -John Pearson

But when, in the first setting out, he takes it for granted without proof, that distinctions found in the structure of all languages, have no foundation in nature; this surely is too fastidious a way of treating the common sense of mankind. -Thomas Reid

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances. -Thomas Reid

An house is of a double nature, viz., one, wherein it is a way and means of expence, the other as it is an instrument and tool of gain. -William Petty

Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment. -Howard Baker

In hard-core science fiction in which characters are responding to a change in environment, caused by nature or the universe or technology, what readers want to see is how people cope, and so the character are present to cope, or fail to cope. -James E. Gunn

If we do not voluntarily bring population growth under control in the next one or two decades, the nature will do it for us in the most brutal way, whether we like it or not. -Henry W. Kendall

There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it. -Charles Mackay

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn… tired of common sense and civilization. -F. L. Lucas

The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her. -William Morris Hunt

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see. -Henri Rousseau

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature. -Rudolf Steiner

Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature. -Alan Bullock

The nature of the task needs to be renewed so people just don't feel that all the hard work is in the same groove all the time, under the same circumstances and in the same environment. -Timothy White

I still love to walk in the mountains or be on the sea. I like to be in nature. Sometimes I bicycle. It's important to feel good with your body. The body is extremely important. If you feel good, you have more energy in your singing. -Cecilia Bartoli

When recordings replaced concerts as the dominant mode of hearing music, our conception of the nature of performance and of music itself was altered. -Charles Rosen

They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that 'one man is as good as another;' a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory. -James Fenimore Cooper

It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil. -James Fenimore Cooper

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

Custom is second nature. -Saint Augustine

The crises of our time, it becomes increasingly clear, are the necessary impetus for the revolution now under way. And once we understand nature's transformative powers, we see that it is our powerful ally, not a force to feared our subdued. -Thomas Kuhn

It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self. -Muhammad Iqbal

For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not. -Patricia Highsmith

Art will never be able to exist without nature. -Pierre Bonnard

We have found that where science has progressed the farthest, the mind has but regained from nature that which the mind put into nature. -Arthur Eddington

It is one thing for the human mind to extract from the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them; it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control. -Arthur Eddington

The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres. -Bruno Bauer

The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe: the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time. -Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Science is a perception of the world around us. Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you. -Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Man is the miracle in nature. God Is the One Miracle to man. -Jean Ingelow

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours. This right flows from the very nature of man. -William Godwin

Instead of ideological objectives of a political nature, today we are faced with ideological objectives of economic nature. -Omar Bongo

Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ. -George Whitefield

The reason why the Son of God took upon him our nature, was, the fall of our first parents. -George Whitefield

My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists, linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers and scholars going back centuries. -Steven Pinker

The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book, for example, were prefigured in the debates during the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution. -Steven Pinker

Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture. -Steven Pinker

Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature. -Steven Pinker

Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature. -George Crumb

In a broader sense, the rhythms of nature, large and small – the sounds of wind and water, the sounds of birds and insects – must inevitably find their analogues in music. -George Crumb

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. -Henri Poincare

If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. -Henri Poincare

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature. -Henri Poincare

One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics. -Henri Poincare

If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation of the universe at the initial moment, we could predict exactly the situation of the same universe at a succeeding moment. -Henri Poincare

Revelation and the nature of truth must be viewed in reference to the structure of language. -Kenneth L. Pike

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God. -Kenneth L. Pike

If we knew exactly what animal life was like before the fall into sin and knew what nature was like before the law of entropy invaded it, we would already be living in heaven. -Walter Lang

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it. -Gustave Courbet

Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere. -Robert Bork

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. -Max Planck

It is the nature of truth to struggle to the light. -Wilkie Collins

It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and – I remember – he constantly warned, don't let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice. -Enrico Caruso

I realise that in this undertaking I place myself in a certain opposition to views widely held concerning the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently defended on the nature of numbers. -Georg Cantor

In her experience all her friends relied, Heaven was her help and nature was her guide. -George Crabbe

The initial motivation of the experiment which led to this discovery was a subconscious feeling for the inexhaustible wealth of nature, a wealth that goes far beyond the imagination of man. -Bruno Rossi

Italians know about human nature – they understand human nature perhaps better than anyone else does. They know that people are weak and greedy and lazy and dishonest and they just try to make the best of it; to work around it. -Donna Leon

This cream will help one's nature strengthen and grow, The diet gives support in my decline. -Du Fu

The naturalists of our own time hold equal faith in the wonders of the sea, but seek therein rather for the links of nature's chain than for apparent exceptions. -Edward Forbes

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

It's part of our nature. As much as I love (brother and guitarist Eddie), if you put us in a room with no one else for 15 minutes, we'd be at each other's throats. -Alex Van Halen

It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive. -Barry Mann

So far the changes in the president in his second term have been mainly of a rhetorical nature. -Brent Scowcroft

I think that some of our soldiers die in the battlefield and some come home to bad health and die prematurely, just by the nature of the kind of business they're in. -Christopher Shays

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

The speculative part of my work is that these particular cognitive tasks – ways of thinking analytically – are tied to nature's laws. -Edward Tufte

That is to say, nature's laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space/time point. -Edward Tufte

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided. -Edward Tufte

They should hold themselves absolutely upon the immovable foundation of truth and nature, whereby alone they can save themselves from misapprehensions and from the danger of being entirely carried away from reality into mere dreams and fictions. -Ethan A. Hitchcock

Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such. -Peter Davison

Through the continued accumulation of detailed and reliable knowledge about elementary reactions, we will be in a better position to understand, predict and control many time-dependent macroscopic chemical processes which are important in nature or to human society. -Yuan T. Lee

I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10% of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste. -Berkeley Breathed

Nearness to nature… keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly felt and in touch with the unseen powers. -Charles Eastman

Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It's very special to me. -Larry Wilcox

I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It's a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure. -Danielle Dax

The modern period adds social ethics to religions agenda, for we now realize that social structures are not like laws of nature. They are human creations, so we are responsible for them. -Huston Smith

My illness has taught me something about the nature of humanity, love, brotherhood and relationships that I never understood, and probably never would have. So, from that standpoint, there is some truth and good in everything. -Lee Atwater

Any art worthy of its name should address 'life', 'man', 'nature', 'death' and 'tragedy'. -Barnett Newman

The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering – that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man's good. -L. Sprague de Camp

Expecting to be able to get rid of the competitive drive, first of all, flies in the face of human nature – and little girls certainly have this drive, as much as little boys do, or at least the little girls I have observed in my immediate family have it. -Lynne Cheney

Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as miracles. But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law. -Elisha Gray

In the first place, our faith ought to lay hold on Christ as God and man in that nature by which He has been made our neighbor, kinsman, and brother. -Martin Chemnitz

Thus first of all in His own person He sanctified, restored, and blessed human nature. -Martin Chemnitz

Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art. -Max Bill

In the book, I make the point that here we have string theory and here we have twistor theory and we don't know if either one of them is the right approach to nature. -Roger Penrose

Just as it had taken centuries to determine the true nature of the universe, so also the search for the beginning of human life proceeded well into the 20th century. -Wellington Mara

The mechanical and social achievements of our day must not blind our eyes to the fact that, in all that relates to man, his nature and aspirations, we have added little or nothing to what has been so finely said by the great men of old. -James Loeb

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible. -Jose Marti

The tobacco companies knew quite early on the addictive nature of their product. -Neil Cavuto

The nature of our two main political parties has changed in the United States. -Roger Mahony

The limit is not as narrow as it might be. I do not claim for this action, as it now goes on, an ideal degree of efficiency. What I do claim is that this type of competition already reveals its nature and its ultimate power to hold seeming monopolies in check. -John Bates Clark

A child does not notice the greatness and the beauty of nature and the splendor of God in his works. -Rudolf Otto

He who climbs a cliff may die on the cliff, so what? Always a risk-taker by nature, now I became one by intent. -Ruth Park

Due to the political nature of film, partisan film making, especially where the subject is close to the film makers hart, tend to be the norm, rather than the exception. -Ben Edwards

Indeed it can be argued that to make a powerful film you must care about the subject, therefore powerful films tend to be both political and partisan in nature. -Ben Edwards

Inherently participatory in nature, Community Video focusing on using video to enable communities to communicate amongst themselves as well as with others. -Ben Edwards

I'm inspired by nature. Other artist's work is important for developing my perception. -Mike Thompson

So the thing I realized rather gradually – I must say starting about 20 years ago now that we know about computers and things – there's a possibility of a more general basis for rules to describe nature. -Stephen Wolfram

The first job I was offered was as an editorial assistant. I think it was the best thing for me, in terms of being a storyteller by nature, to have spent years being an editor because I learned so much from it. -Terri Windling

The traditional Christian attitude toward human personality was that human nature was essentially good and that it was formed and modified by social pressures and training. -Carroll Quigley

It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions. -Christopher Dawson

For humanism also appeals to man as man. It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil and class and to create a common language and a common culture in which men can realize their common humanity. -Christopher Dawson

No society lies nearer to the cyclonic path of the forces of world change than the United States, and few societies are more intellectually aware of the nature of the issues that have to be faced. -Christopher Dawson

No part of the world can be truly understood without a knowledge of its garment of vegetation, for this determines not only the nature of the animal inhabitants but also the occupations of the majority of human beings. -Ellsworth Huntington

It should seem, then, that the nature of society dictates another, a higher branch, whose superiority arises from its being the interested and natural conservator of the universal interest. -Ezra Stiles

The nature of the Catilinarian conspiracy was bad and bloody. -Florence Ellinwood Allen

The temptations to wrong are many; they spring out of a corrupt nature. -Matthew Simpson

Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended. -Matthew Simpson

It is a principle of our nature that feelings once excited turn readily from the object by which they are excited to some other object which may for the time being take possession of the mind. -Matthew Simpson

The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time. -Muhammad Iqbal

Unfortunately, little attention was paid to how Arafat ruled. In fact, some saw the harsh and repressive nature of Arafat's regime as actually bolstering the prospects for peace. -Natan Sharansky

To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace – or at least a genuine peace – the link between the nature of a regime and its external behavior must be understood. -Natan Sharansky

There are always, of course, job losses of a cyclical nature in a recession. -Tim Bishop

But we ought to consider the natural form and shape of a horse, that we may work him according to nature. -William Cavendish

You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else. -William Cavendish

The truth is, man is hereunto led by reason which is his nature. -Algernon Sidney

It's human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn't banging loudly on the door. -David Hackworth

I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings. -Ella R. Bloor

Some of his own closeness to nature, his great love for human beings, was passed on by Whitman to all of us who knew and loved him. -Ella R. Bloor

If you will investigate all the Indian troubles, you will find that there is something wrong of this nature at the bottom of all of them, something relating to the supplies, or else a tardy and broken faith on the part of the general government. -George Crook

I eventually saw the satirical nature of caricaturing individuals. -Jonathan Shapiro

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes. -Svetlana Alliluyeva

The guys on the stunt team are really fantastic. It's really funny, because for all the aggression they have to display on screen, they're actually really happy, good- natured people. -Miranda Otto

When I went to the University, the medical school was the only place where one could hope to find the means to study life, its nature, its origins, and its ills. -Albert Claude

It's not so much that I got that idea at some point, it came up naturally because of the improvisational nature of the story I was telling. -Chester Brown

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. -Henry Adams

There are tons of people who are late to trends by nature and adopt a trend after it's no longer in fashion. They exist in mutual funds. They exist in clothes. They exist in cars. They exist in lifestyles. -Jim Cramer

These ivy league students are in the upper echelon of the college boards and had great opportunity in front of them regardless of where they go to college. Its in their very nature and it is something they expect. -Michael N. Castle

My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made. -Andy Goldsworthy

I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid. -Richard Russo

I think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about. -Richard Russo

The simplicity and uniformity of rural occupations, and their incessant practice, preclude any anxieties and agitations of hope and fear, to which employments of a more precarious and casual nature are subject. -William Falconer

Global equations undergo changes, this is their nature. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The beauty of this country and what people participate in is the competitive nature that we allow to exist and the fact is that we are better because we have great competitors. -Lee Scott

The questions worth asking, in other words, come not from other people but from nature, and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned out by the noise of everyday life. -Robert B. Laughlin

Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion. -Ruth St. Denis

I'm much better informed than Mr. Clarke ever was about the nature of the intelligence that was available again Osama bin Laden and which was consistently denigrated by himself and Mr. Tenet. -Michael Scheuer

Above all, in comedy, and again and again since classical times, passages can be found in which the level of representation is interrupted by references to the spectators or to the fictive nature of the play. -Paul Watzlawick

It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person. -Paul Watzlawick

I feel particularly close to them, because I am now out in the universe. I'm in a position to see nature from another point of view, to be outside the earth and see the big picture. -Story Musgrave

Their spirituality was in nature, even though Emerson was a preacher on the pulpit, he ended up going out into nature for direct, face-to-face communication with God, if you want to call all of this creation part of God. -Story Musgrave

It's hard to say what drives a three year-old, but I think I had a sense that nature was my solace, and nature was a place in which there was beauty, in which there was order. -Story Musgrave

It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day. -Frank B. Kellogg

By religion, then, I understand a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to man which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life. -James G. Frazer

The natural capital is not income, but we spend our natural capital as if it were revenue, as if it were going to come back next year without any problems, whereas these renewals in nature can take hundreds of years. -Susan George

We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it's a public and political problem. It's a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places. -Patricia Ireland

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers. -Robert Wyatt

We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature of the instrumentation and the people we work with. -Graeme Murphy

I came away from the forums with a profound concern about the highly addictive and destructive nature of methamphetamine. Families are torn apart, lives are destroyed and treatment is difficult to get. -Greg Walden

This has taught me that being pleasant is always so much more productive, for I know well the rewards for being good-natured. -Marie Windsor

I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words. -Peter Garrett

I was an anorexic, beer drinking, class cutting, doodling, shoplifting, skater chick that was into nature, art class, and the beach. -Rebecca Miller

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department. -Robert Shea

If you listen to nature, all the sounds are done in a confident way. I'm trying to do that. -Roscoe Mitchell

Usually when you're working is when people want you to work. They don't want you as much when you're not working. That's the frustrating nature of our business. -Faith Ford

Today a new faith is stirring: the myth of blood, the faith that along with blood we are defending the divine nature of man as a whole. -Alfred Rosenberg

I don't believe in messing with mother-nature too much. -Janine Turner

In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. -Alan Watts

On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with a spiritual body or soul, both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism. -Alfred Russel Wallace

It's our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people. -Carrot Top

One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought. -Daniel Boone

Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic. -David Rockefeller

Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature. -Edward Thorndike

It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly, soon or late, every advance in the sciences of human nature will contribute to our success in controlling human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal. -Edward Thorndike

Nowhere more truly than in his mental capacities is man a part of nature. -Edward Thorndike

To the intelligent man with an interest in human nature it must often appear strange that so much of the energy of the scientific world has been spent on the study of the body and so little on the study of the mind. -Edward Thorndike

All men are by nature born equally free and independent. -George Mason

In the main the Academy helped to frame only laws of an economic or social nature, since owing to the development of the totalitarian regime it became more and more impossible to cooperate in other spheres. -Hans Frank

Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature. -James L. Buckley

I only know from my own personal experience, and I personally feel that there's a cyclical nature to things, so you don't want to start making generalizations about how bad things have become in comparison to the old days. -Jeffrey Jones

Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth's ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature. -Jim Fowler

What does signature mean? Supposedly these are the added touches that make the crime personal to the killer. -Pat Brown

What must be the nature of the world… if human beings are able to introduce changes into it? -Paul Ricoeur

Every step in the progress of this study has tended to obliterate the technical barriers by which logicians have sought to separate the inquiries relating to the several parts of man's nature. -Richard Owen

The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations. -Richard Owen

You must try to match your colors as nearly as you can to those you see before you, and you must study the effects of light and shade on nature's own hues and tints. -William Merritt Chase

What he's done is recognise the cinematic nature of the book. It's beautifully realised – it's a beat film. -Tilda Swinton

The nature of comedy is 'just do it.' But I think what's interesting about it is this joke has been around and why. And it's just saying what's wrong and how wrong can you be if you say it. -Bob Saget

All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries. -Jeremy Northam

I admire our ancestors, whoever they were. I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots. Because as he becomes self-conscious, he's no longer part of nature. He sees himself against nature. He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile. -John Shelby Spong

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. -Napoleon Hill

You don't have to call it God or Jesus. That's religious humbug to a lot of people, but you've gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life. -Jack LaLanne

I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn't either a) the savage that must be eliminated, the force of nature that's blocking the way for industrial progress, or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche. I wanted him to be a complicated human being. -Jim Jarmusch

Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal. -Robert Smithson

The changing nature of money is only one facet of the financial services revolution. -Scott Cook

I crack jokes and play games and that's really more my nature than being cold. -Bernhard Langer

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. -Herbert Read

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence; but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature. -Herbert Read

Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God. -Moses Mendelssohn

By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz. -Ken Burns

We are so arrogant, we forget that we are not the reason for evolution, we are not the point of evolution. We are part of evolution. Unfortunately, we believe that we've been created to dominate the planet, to dominate nature. Ain't true. -Ted Danson

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all. -Alan Dean Foster

There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side, he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman. And then he had this kind of romantic side to him. I think being true to both sides of your nature is important. -John Boorman

I guess they just took it for granted that that was what I was interested in and let nature take its course. -Clyde Tombaugh

I think there's a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don't have to think about it. -Clyde Tombaugh

How does a pansy, for example, select the ingredients from soil to get the right colors for the flower? Now there's a great miracle. I think there's a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature. -Clyde Tombaugh

Be truthful, nature only sides with truth. -Adolf Loos

Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them. -Brian Ferneyhough

Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply. -Brian Ferneyhough

My own position is, that it is largely up to the work itself to suggest the nature of these referential points without dimensions in and through the processes by which the distance between them is maintained. -Brian Ferneyhough

Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played – skiing, baseball, fishing – there is no greater example than golf, because you're playing against yourself and nature. -Robert Redford

You can't completely control the sport – Tiger Woods comes close. The test is against yourself and nature's own way. I find golf a particularly good metaphor for this story. -Robert Redford

No one likes to have less than they had before. That's the nature of the human animal. -Joni Mitchell

Growing up, being watched from the outside… it's kind of very taxing and maybe I should just do some kind of manual labor-it might be more relaxing. But I can't, it's not in my nature. -Jennifer Connelly

Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature. -Billy Corgan

To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion. -Bodhidharma

The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure. -Bodhidharma

To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. -Bodhidharma

Your nature is the Buddha. -Bodhidharma

People who don't see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools. -Bodhidharma

Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature. -Bodhidharma

Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial. -Bodhidharma

The Americans are optimistic by their nature. And they are hopeful. -Chaka Fattah

Many have argued that a vacuum does not exist, others claim it exists only with difficulty in spite of the repugnance of nature; I know of no one who claims it easily exists without any resistance from nature. -Evangelista Torricelli

The chief difficulty which prevents men of science from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism. -Helena Blavatsky

The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life. -Helena Blavatsky

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long. -Kenzo Tange

The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system. -Kevin Kelly

Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail are suitable to the occasion. It arises from circumstance, custom, and nature. -Vitruvius

I have expertise in five different fields which helps me to easily understand the analogy between my scientific problems and those occurring in nature. -Philip Emeagwali

First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it. -Philip Emeagwali

It is smarter to borrow from nature than to reinvent the wheels. -Philip Emeagwali

My focus is not on solving nature's deeper mysteries. It is on using nature's deeper mysteries to solve important societal problems. -Philip Emeagwali

To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes. -Walter Ulbricht

In the days of Gary Cooper, James Stewart etc, film stars personified the better aspects of human nature. -Alexander Walker

God, to redeem us at the deepest portion of our nature – the urge to love and be loved – must reveal His nature in an incredible and impossible way. He must reveal it at a cross. -E. Stanley Jones

To pass from estrangement from God to be a son of God is the basic fact of conversion. That altered relationship with God gives you an altered relationship with yourself, with your brother man, with nature, with the universe. -E. Stanley Jones

Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other. -Edward Hall

Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever. -Andrew Cohen

The president's poking fun at himself over what goes down. I thought it was a good-natured performance. It made him look good. But he certainly doesn't disguise the record on weapons of mass destruction. And you feel like saying to people, Just get over it. -Brit Hume

We are all several different people. There are different aspects of our nature that are competing. -Harold Ramis

I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things? -Philip Zimbardo

You see, nature will do exactly what it must, and if we are a hindrance to its development, to even its destructive powers to reform itself and we are in a way, we will go. -Ralph Steadman

I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side. -Ralph Steadman

I wanted to understand the secrets behind my chemical experiments and behind the processes in nature. -Richard Ernst

We may ascertain the worth of the human race, since for its sake God's Only-begotten Son became man, and thereby ennobled the nature that he took upon him. -Thomas Sydenham

It is my nature to thin where others read. -Thomas Sydenham

But this Christ or Redeemer took not upon him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham, that is, human nature, that in the nature which sinned he might make the expiation required. -Adam Clarke

Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect. -Adam Clarke

The structure of life I have described in buildings – the structure which I believe to be objective – is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling. -Christopher Alexander

Pythagoras took the next important step by subordinating the mere matter of nature to its essential principle of form and order, identifying the latter with reason or the soul. -James Mark Baldwin

I think it bespeaks a generous nature, a man who can cook. -Jilly Cooper

I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us. -Alice Hoffman

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. -Anne Bronte

Fathers like to have children good-natured, well-behaved, and comfortable, but how to put them in that desirable condition is out of their philosophy. -Ernestine Rose

The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being, namely that she is inferior by her nature. Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman, under the same advantages could not do? -Ernestine Rose

Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today – and it is antithetical to the nature of play, fully within the definition of work, and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death. -John Thorn

We must return to nature and nature's god. -Luther Burbank

Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature. -Michael Faraday

Nothing. We're all friends and friendly. So when the cameras go down, depending on the mood or the nature of the material we're dealing with, there's usually a kind of a prevailing light attitude that's floating around. -Richard Dean Anderson

There is a certain element of complementarity between men and women that is biological by nature. -Jack Kingston

Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature; whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature. -Jack Kingston

The most common and most important result of them is that the nature and size of the effect on corresponding series of different elements are largely an expression of the peculiarity of their atomic structure – or, at least, of the structure of the surface. -Johannes Stark

Road testing the effects of regulation on European business must become second nature to the European Union. -John Hutton

All civil rulers, as such, are the ordinance and ministers of God; and they are all, by the nature of their office, and in their respective spheres and stations, bound to consult the public welfare. -Jonathan Mayhew

Well, it arose out of two long-term concerns – the first being the possibility of genetic manipulation, nature versus nurture, what constitutes how people get to be how they are. -Katherine Dunn

Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses. -J. Paul Getty

A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature. -J. Paul Getty

In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people. -J. Paul Getty

I see any production of any nature being good for the development of the whole industry. -Ann Macbeth

You may make some mistakes – but that doesn't make you a sinner. You've got the very nature of God on the inside of you. -Joel Osteen

God forgive me if I do wrong in following with ardor the strongest instincts of my nature. -Julia Ward Howe

Marriage, like death, is a debt we owe to nature. -Julia Ward Howe

We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce, but for sociality and even for culture. -Leon Kass

Given the eclectic and constantly shifting nature of my metaphysical inclinations, I will probably never feel certain exactly what an angel is. -Martha Beck

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I've developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day. -Martha Beck

If you can kill animals, the same attitude can kill human beings. The mentality is the same which exploits nature and which creates wars. -Satish Kumar

Those who believe in God because their experience of life and the facts of nature prove his existence must have led sheltered lives and closed their hearts to the voice of their brothers' blood. -Walter Kaufmann

And I think that the environment is one very strong way to counterbalance the chaotic nature of our life. -Minoru Yamasaki

The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control. -Margaret J. Wheatley

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message. -Galen Rowell

It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread – the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature. -Ivan Pavlov

Regardless of the nature of their crime or any rehabilitation that may have occurred, these ex-felons cannot participate in the decision-making process of this great Nation. -Charles B. Rangel

You have to understand the nature of light. -Conrad Hall

The closest thing to a law of nature in business is that form has an affinity for expense, while substance has an affinity for income. -Dee Hock

When you play long enough, everybody goes through spells and streaks and slumps of some nature. I think it's just one of the those things where you have to play yourself out of it. -Mark Messier

Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects. -Nigel Dennis

A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock. -Nigel Dennis

And so about many other things of the same nature, we are trying to make people believe these things, and we make creeds of them; and thus we continue to do our own will, which is the ground of all sin. -Elias Hicks

Just as a son, to be a son of man, must be of the same nature and spirit of his father; so with the sons of God, and so it will be with all who are born of the spirit of God. -Elias Hicks

I don't know to what extent someone can BECOME an artist – you either are or you aren't – and if you are you'll HAVE to make your way to some kind of sickly light, no matter how terrible the soil you were seeded in your nature will out somehow. -David Knopfler

For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another. -Gottfried Leibniz

I hold that the mark of a genuine idea is that its possibility can be proved, either a priori by conceiving its cause or reason, or a posteriori when experience teaches us that it is in fact in nature. -Gottfried Leibniz

Indeed every monad must be different from every other. For there are never in nature two beings, which are precisely alike, and in which it is not possible to find some difference which is internal, or based on some intrinsic quality. -Gottfried Leibniz

Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible. And these monads are the true atoms of nature and, in a word, the elements of things. -Gottfried Leibniz

To conquer nature is, in effect, to remove all natural barriers and human norms and to substitute artificial, fabricated equivalents for natural processes. -Alex Campbell

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence, that theory must take into account and explain the mental nature we see at work in all modern communities. -Arthur Keith

There are very few men and women in whom a Universalist feeling is altogether lacking; its prevalence suggests that it must be part of our inborn nature and have a place in Nature's scheme of evolution. -Arthur Keith

Man is by nature competitive, combative, ambitious, jealous, envious, and vengeful. -Arthur Keith

In my book I specifically discussed the structural nature of injustice and offered Nine Touchstones of Goddess ethics as an alternative to the Ten Commandments of Biblical religion. -Carol P. Christ

The Goddess of Old Europe and Ancient Crete represented the unity of life in nature, delight in the diversity of form, the powers of birth, death and regeneration. -Carol P. Christ

The American economy has always been driven by the entrepreneurial nature of its citizens, and blocking access to affordable health care will only suffocate growth within the small business sector of our economy. -Paul Gillmor

Although I insist that God has always had the power to intervene directly in nature to create new forms, I am willing to be per-suaded that He chose not to do so and instead employed secondary natural causes like random mutation and natural selection. -Phillip E. Johnson

According to the scientific naturalist version of cosmic history, nature is a permanently closed system of material effects that can never be influenced by something from outside – like God, for example. -Phillip E. Johnson

The assumption that nature is all there is, and that nature has been governed by the same rules at all times and places, makes it possible for natural science to be confident that it can explain such things as how life began. -Phillip E. Johnson

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. -John Barton

The kingdom of God is a theocracy. And as it is the only form of government which will redeem and save mankind, it is necessary that every soul should be rightly and thoroughly instructed in regard to its nature and general characteristics. -Orson Pratt

What motivates me in art is the ugly and beautiful nature of the truth. It has to be truthful and honest, even if it is ugly and grotesque. -Corin Nemec

Art is about expressing the true nature of the human spirit in whatever way one wishes to express it. If it is honest, it is beautiful. If it is not honest, it is obvious. -Corin Nemec

For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces. -Bridget Riley

I work with nature, although in completely new terms. -Bridget Riley

Yet better for one of my nature to have it that way than to have life a peaceful, placid flow of quiet contentment. I must have days of rushing excitement. -Dawn Powell

Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. -Frances Wright

Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us. -Frances Wright

In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter: probably because of its cohesive nature. -George Murray

It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined. -Gilbert White

I'd like to think that the nature of the two teams – Boston being a championship team over the years and the Lakers, same thing – was a lot bigger than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. -Oscar Robertson

Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle responsible for the reproduction of cells was important and might even be illuminating about the nature of life. -Paul Nurse

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature. -Adolph Green

Envy is human nature. -Monica Bellucci

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. -Steve Lacy

My nature just changes. -Jimi Hendrix

I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it. -Jimi Hendrix

Comedy is second nature for me. -Anthony Anderson

But I think the bomb instead constitutes merely a first step in a new control by man over the forces of nature too revolutionary and dangerous to fit into old concepts. -Henry L. Stimson

It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy. -Mercy Otis Warren

This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness. -Michael Pollan

There's been progress toward seeing that nature and culture are not opposing terms, and that wilderness is not the only kind of landscape for environmentalists to concern themselves with. -Michael Pollan

Recognition of this kinship with the rest of the universe is necessary for understanding him, but his essential nature is defined by qualities found nowhere else, not by those he has in common with apes, fishes, trees, fire, or anything other than himself. -George Gaylord Simpson

One thing must be granted to the rich: they are goodnatured. -William Graham Sumner

As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. -Albrecht Durer

I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn't destroy other cultures with the force of our own. -Arthur Erickson

No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature's ecosystems. -Arthur Erickson

There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century. -Arthur Erickson

I joke around a lot about the manic times because they're funny. We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature. -Patty Duke

Just as the only reservoir for the typhus virus in nature is provided by man, so the only vector of infection is the louse. The bite of the louse is not virulent immediately after the infecting meal. It becomes so only towards the 7th day following infection. -Charles Jules Henry Nicole

Our object in these remarks has been not only to account for the slow progress which has as yet been made by Political Economy, and to suggest means by which its advancement may be accelerated, but also to warn the reader of the nature of the following Treatise. -Nassau William Senior

The first, or theoretic branch, that which explains the nature, production, and distribution of wealth, will be found to rest on a very few general propositions, which are the result of observation, or consciousness. -Nassau William Senior

If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed. -Paracelsus

Meanwhile, the originator of a theory may have a very lonely time, especially if his colleagues find his views of nature unfamiliar, and difficult to appreciate. -Peter D. Mitchell

I think it's really important to use your hands and get close to materials. To be up close to real things like rain and mud; to have contact with nature. -Robin Day

Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life. -Samuel Alexander

I think its man's nature to go to war and fight. -Talib Kweli

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same; the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind. -Theodore Robinson

But let her remember, that it is in Britain alone, that laws are equally favourable to liberty and humanity; that it is in Britain the sacred rights of nature have received their most awful ratification. -Thomas Day

The trifle now inscribed with your name. was occasioned by a particular fact; but to the disgrace of human nature, the subject is sufficiently general to interest every heart not totally impenetrable. -Thomas Day

Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things. -William Ames

For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature: Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with the good of our neighbor. -William Ames

In the exercise of God's efficiency, the decree of God comes first. This manner of working is the most perfect of all and notably agrees with the divine nature. -William Ames

The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature. -William Ames

Who of us is able to read and understand and be entirely confident of the validity of his title to the land he lives on, and which he has redeemed from a state of nature by the most indefatigable industry and perseverance? -William H. Wharton

Horrifying as it was to crack up in the public eye, it made me look at myself and fix it. People were exploitative; that's human nature. -Margot Kidder

Gary Cooper was a good friend. He was a great nature lover. He was like an American Indian, he knew every leaf that was turned over. It was an education to go for a walk with him. -Richard Widmark

Living in Cambridge, with nature and everything, it's so clean. -Syd Barrett

If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we're man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be. -Ziggy Marley

I think all industries are sexist in nature and I don't think the film industry is any different. -Christine Lahti

It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole. -Dmitri Mendeleev

No law of nature, however general, has been established all at once; its recognition has always been preceded by many presentiments. -Dmitri Mendeleev

We could live at the present day without a Plato, but a double number of Newtons is required to discover the secrets of nature, and to bring life into harmony with the laws of nature. -Dmitri Mendeleev

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another. -Edouard Manet

I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures? -Egon Schiele

But also, it's a wonderful thing for children to see the birthing of puppies, to see nature at its best when it works and to have the experience of the puppies. -Erika Slezak

Here society is reduced to its original elements, the whole fabric of art and conventionality is struck rudely to pieces, and men find themselves suddenly brought back to the wants and resources of their original natures. -Francis Parkman

My connection with the Reich Ministers was of a purely official nature and was very infrequent. -Fritz Sauckel

Man's nature, originally good and common to all, should develop unhampered. -Georg Simmel

This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied. -Gustave Moreau

When I want to render these fine nuances, I do not find them in the subject, but in the nature of women in real life who seek unhealthy emotions and are too stupid even to understand the horror in the most appalling situations. -Gustave Moreau

It is of course the nature of historical contraction that the shortest distance to a historical destination is never a straight line. -Ibrahim Babangida

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. -Josef Albers

The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art. -Lucian Freud

Falling down became second nature and it really didn't bother me. -Nancy Kerrigan

I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me. -Oksana Baiul

The Doctrine of the Trinity teaches that within the unity of the one Godhead there are three separate persons who are coequal in power, nature, and eternity. -Walter Martin

Love of man for woman – love of woman for man. That's the nature, the meaning, the best of life itself. -Zane Grey

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. -Eleonora Duse

Painting is by nature a luminous language. -Robert Delaunay

Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable. -Robert Delaunay

I've always been a guy who's pretty supportive, its just my nature, so I came in to the situation with the attitude that I wanted to support Johnny and make it work. -Rick Derringer

Secondly, the nature of the revolutions which have altered the surface of the earth must have had a more decisive effect on the terrestrial quadrupeds than on the marine animals. -Georges Cuvier

Now the relation which, in the sphere of nature, being and semblance or sensation bear to one another in this antithesis, is the same as that which in ethics exists between good and pleasure or feeling. -Friedrich Schleiermacher

A love of nature is a consolation against failure. -Berthe Morisot

Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes. -Camille Pissarro

If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression. -Edward Hopper

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great. -Edward Hopper

There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions. -Edward Hopper

The older view of the nature of heat was that it is a substance, very fine and imponderable indeed, but indestructible, and unchangeable in quantity, which is an essential fundamental property of all matter. -Hermann von Helmholtz

My daughter, the one who lives nearby, is raising her children to be very much aware. We went on a nature walk on Monday; I'm learning so much from her. -Joanne Woodward

But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature, of its being able to cut through time with editing. -Oliver Stone

If we had this back, and in full measure; if society were infused by it, through and through, and men lived its life, and in its life, philosophy would take care of itself and the nature of our institutions would not matter. -Ralph Adams Cram

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report. -Richard Le Gallienne

All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness in which it arises, i.e., the totality of our nature. -Wilhelm Dilthey

Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit and disregard the totality of human nature. -Wilhelm Dilthey

The development of a rational view of the nature of catalysis was thus absolutely dependent on the creation of the concept of the rate of chemical reaction. -Wilhelm Ostwald

The parental, and filial affections seem to be as ardent, their sensibility and attachment, as active and faithful, as those observed to be in human nature. -William Bartram

The ship was masted according to the proportion of the navy; but on my application the masts were shortened, as I thought them too much for her, considering the nature of the voyage. -William Bligh

But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms. -Wole Soyinka

There's a kind of dynamic quality about theater and that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to, first of all, the environment in which it's being staged; then the audience, the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience. -Wole Soyinka

The elusive nature of love… it can be such a fleeting thing. You see it there and it's just fluttering and it's gone. -Mick Jagger

It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy. -Franz Liszt

I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature. -Caspar David Friedrich

A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence. -David Brainerd

The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with. -Giacomo Casanova

A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind. -Gustav Stresemann

The musician writes for the orchestra what his inner voice sings to him; the painter rarely relies without disadvantage solely upon the images which his inner eye presents to him; nature gives him his forms, study governs his combinations of them. -Hermann Ebbinghaus

Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature. -Hjalmar Branting

For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence. -Jacques Lacan

I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed. -James Dean

A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils. -Margaret Cavendish

And not only my own brothers and sisters agreed so but my brothers and sisters in law; and their children, although but young, had the like agreeable natures and affectionate dispositions. -Margaret Cavendish

Not that I am ashamed of my mind or body, my birth or breeding, my actions or fortunes, for my bashfulness is in my nature, not for any crime. -Margaret Cavendish

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

Sound is the vocabulary of nature. -Pierre Schaeffer

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there. -Pierre Schaeffer

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other. -Thor Heyerdahl

I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don't believe it exists. I've felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist. -Thor Heyerdahl

One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls. -Thor Heyerdahl

From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own. -Alfred de Vigny

Every phenomenon of nature was a word, – the sign, symbol and pledge of a new, mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union, participation and community of divine energies and ideas. -Johann Georg Hamann

The thirst for vengeance was the beautiful nature which Homer imitated. -Johann Georg Hamann

There is something of the freshness of mind, of the lightness of spirit in Linne which for centuries has been linked in people's minds with the mountains of Sweden and Swedish joy in nature. -Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

And, as if nature were protecting man against his own ingenuity, the reproductive processes were affected for a time; men became sterile, women had miscarriages, menstruation stopped. -John Hersey

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great. -Joshua Reynolds

Now the Bible tells us that we are all by nature, sinners, that we are slaves to sin and Satan, and that unless we are converted, or born again, we must be miserable forever. -Jupiter Hammon

Agricultural practice served Darwin as the material basis for the elaboration of his theory of Evolution, which explained the natural causation of the adaptation we see in the structure of the organic world. That was a great advance in the knowledge of living nature. -Trofim Lysenko

Close contact between science and the practice of collective farms and State farms creates inexhaustible opportunities for the development of theoretical knowledge, enabling us to learn ever more and more about the nature of living bodies and the soil. -Trofim Lysenko

Darwin investigated the numerous facts obtained by naturalists in living nature and analysed them through the prism of practical experience. -Trofim Lysenko

Even when Darwin's teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific, materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature, was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology. -Trofim Lysenko

Christianity is in its nature revolutionary. -Walter Rauschenbusch

The material particle nature of primary cosmic radiation has been confirmed, although the processes turned out to be extraordinarily more complicated than we had assumed. -Walther Bothe

But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground; for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other. -William H. Seward

But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations. -William H. Seward

I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations. -William H. Seward

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed. -John Ashcroft

Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus. -Thomas Mellon

It's not a very popular subject amongst my audience, who are by nature more internationalist, but I don't choose what to write about, I don't choose my subjects, they kind of choose me. -Billy Bragg

The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits, and the inherent pleasure there is in following them, are motives which nature has put into our wills without generally caring to inform us why; and she sometimes decrees, indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours. -Chauncey Wright

Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle. -Edward Witten

If I take the theory as we have it now, literally, I would conclude that extra dimensions really exist. They're part of nature. We don't really know how big they are yet, but we hope to explore that in various ways. -Edward Witten

String theory is an attempt at a deeper description of nature by thinking of an elementary particle not as a little point but as a little loop of vibrating string. -Edward Witten

The human element should be the two players on the court, not the officials. The best officials are the ones you never notice. The nature of the game made officials too noticeable a part. -Gene Scott

Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains. -Gregory Bateson

There was nothing in all Douglas's powerful effort that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature, while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords. Lincoln's speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm of his audience to the end. -Henry Villard

They are representations of many shared hours of collaboration between us all. That's the real nature of the relationship the orchestra and I are trying to build. -Michael Tilson Thomas

We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it's faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming. -Rowan Atkinson

By competent evidence, is meant such as the nature of the thing to be proved requires; and by satisfactory evidence, is meant that amount of proof, which ordinarily satisfies an unprejudiced mind, beyond any reasonable doubt. -Simon Greenleaf

In the ordinary affairs of life we do not require nor expect demonstrative evidence, because it is inconsistent with the nature of matters of fact, and to insist on its production would be unreasonable and absurd. -Simon Greenleaf

Both Brutus and Hamlet are highly intellectual by nature and reflective by habit. Both may even be called, in a popular sense, philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense. -Andrew Coyle Bradley

Natural Selection never made it come to pass, as a habit of nature, that an unsupported stone should move downwards rather than upwards. It applies to no part of inorganic nature, and is very limited even in the phenomena of organic life. -Chauncey Wright

But epistemology is always and inevitably personal. The point of the probe is always in the heart of the explorer: What is my answer to the question of the nature of knowing? -Gregory Bateson

When man decides he can control nature, he's in deep trouble. -Laura Dern

When man lives under government, he is fallen, his worth is gone, and his nature tarnished. -Adam Weishaupt

The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin. -Sargent Shriver

But I see no reason why a woman should not grow and develop in all those outlets which are suited to her nature, it matters not at all what they may be. -Agnes Smedley

Thousands of women are crushed and made inarticulate by that system and never develop as their natures would force them to develop were they in a decent environment. -Agnes Smedley

In the last fifty years science has advanced more than in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods. -John Boyd Orr

However, as the Eastern churches have always maintained, through Christ creation is intended eventually to share in the life of God, the life of divine nature. -John Polkinghorne

Each environment has its own signature. Sound tells a story: You make choices about what you're hearing, where to look, how you want to feel about what's going on. -Stephen Hopkins

The truth is, I could no more dictate her nature than she could dictate mine. Kinsey's happy as she is and she doesn't need to be rescued, improved, or saved. -Sue Grafton

I was surrounded by nature and trying to come to terms with this blissful nature versus the inhumane mentality of war. People were being deluded by someone using the word peace. -Thurston Moore

Traditional songwriting, to us, is where the experimental nature comes in. We're all involved with so much outside activity with really hardcore, experimental music-making. -Thurston Moore

And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it. -Adam Weishaupt

It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination. -Adam Weishaupt

In the most intimate, hidden and innermost ground of the soul, God is always essentially, actively, and substantially present. Here the soul possesses everything by grace which God possesses by nature. -Johannes Tauler

Science will liberate us from the chains of big cities and lead us back to nature. -Lennart Meri

The nature of the shuttle was, we couldn't put a crew escape system in it. -Robert Crippen

Any device in science is a window on to nature, and each new window contributes to the breadth of our view. -Cecil Frank Powell

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now, or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice, selfishness, ambition, and injustice. -Elihu Root

The limitation upon this mode of promoting peace lies in the fact that it consists in an appeal to the civilized side of man, while war is the product of forces proceeding from man's original savage nature. -Elihu Root

The point of departure of the process to which we wish to contribute is the fact that war is the natural reaction of human nature in the savage state, while peace is the result of acquired characteristics. -Elihu Root

There is so much of good in human nature that men grow to like each other upon better acquaintance, and this points to another way in which we may strive to promote the peace of the world. -Elihu Root

In the end, we are part of this region, and we are affected by its developments. What we may do or not do in the future depends on the nature of what happens here in the region. -Hassan Nasrallah

But the nature of my main work in chemistry can be better represented by more than 280 English publications, of which roughly 200 concern the theory of chemical reactions and related subjects. -Kenichi Fukui

True enough, nature has endowed me with a fair measure of patience and composure, yet I should be lying if I told you that, having seen the reporter off on his way to make his deadline, I fell peacefully asleep. -Leon Jouhaux

The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual. -Mikhail Bakunin

When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew, I read every book in German that came my way, and from these I certainly received according to the nature of my soul. -Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Every top player has his own style, just as every painter has his own personal signature. -Vladimir Kramnik

I've probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal. -Jacqueline Bisset

I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness, and they like it when they feel the connection between themselves and someone else. -James Taylor

I have a bit of a rebellious nature. -John Cusack

I'm not into organized religion. I'm into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we're all just part of nature. -Neil Young

Artists have really never had any representation on Capitol Hill, because it's not the nature of the artist to join together and make a unified presence. Those days kind of died in the '60s. -Sheryl Crow

I hate how I've had the mantle set on my shoulders as being against the record label. We've had some issues, but that is the nature of business. -Sheryl Crow

Your art kind of changes as you get older, by nature of the fact that you're hopefully gaining wisdom and you're starting to watch things with a better overview. -Sheryl Crow

The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels. -Rupert Sheldrake

Most of nature is inherently chaotic. It's not rigidly determined in the old sense. It's not rigidly predictable. -Rupert Sheldrake

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures. -Rob Lowe

The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. -Helen Garner

I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature – the very thought of it drives me mad. -Andrew Wyeth

We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information. -David Ogden Stiers

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall. -Stephen Sondheim

Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among species would breach customary breeding barriers and have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes has substantially disappeared as the science revealed that such exchanges occur in nature. -Paul Berg

And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud, profound insights into the nature of man. -Chaim Potok

Well, one hopes that if you're really related to the core of your particular culture, you have profound commitments to it, and that you are aware of how much you can strain it before you do violence to its essential nature. -Chaim Potok

Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly. -Henry Knox

The problem with fame is that you get frozen in one frame and nothing you can do can alter the nature. -Jerry Rubin

Believing we know what makes prosperity work, ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around, we change the rules within which the Internet revolution lives. These changes will end the revolution. -Lawrence Lessig

If Senator Kerry understands the nature of this threat and the need to take on terror, then he should immediately repudiate these troubling comments, and stop all efforts on behalf of his surrogates to blame America for these attacks. -Marc Racicot

If we wish our nature to be free and joyous, we should bring our activities into same order. -Vinoba Bhave

Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that. -Xun Kuang

Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity. -Xun Kuang

Thus, anybody who follows this nature and gives way its states will be led into quarrels and conflicts, and go against the conventions and rules of society, and will end up a criminal. -Xun Kuang

Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die. -Xun Kuang

Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles. -Xun Kuang

In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled. -Xun Kuang

Human nature is what Heaven supplies. -Xun Kuang

Now it is human nature to want to eat to ones fill when hungry, to want to warm up when cold, to want to rest when tired. These all are a part of people's emotional nature. -Xun Kuang

Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving. -Xun Kuang

My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature. -Hans Hofmann

Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind. -Hans Hofmann

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. -Hans Hofmann

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