Nature (quotes)

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The rewards of spending time in nature

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Nature soothes and calms …

  • Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure. Patch Adams
  • Spending time in nature both reduces stress and enhances creativity. Salli Rasberry
  • 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
  • Know that he who is at one with the beauty of nature is rich in spirit and embraces a higher vibration. Micheal Teal
  • The sensitive man can freshen his trust in the ultimate goodness of things from a glowing sunset, can renew his inward peace with a forest walk. Nature lovingly speaks to him, all wordless though she be. Paul Brunton
  • I remember a hundred lovely lakes and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.  Hamlin Garland
  • Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. W Earl Hall
  • Nature is the clearest source of solitude. The greatness of nature can overwhelm the insignificant chatter by which we measure most of our days.  If you have the wisdom and the courage to go to nature alone, the larger rhythms, the eternal hum, will make itself known all the sooner.  When you have found it, it will always be there for you.  The peace without will become the peace within, and you will be able to return to it in your heart wherever you find yourself.  Kent Nerburn
  • There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon. Alice Meynell
  • Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in. John Muir
  • It was in the forest that I found “the peace that passeth understanding.” Jane Goodall
  • The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there.  Pha Pachak
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… and renews and refreshes …

  • Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson
  • To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter … to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life. John Burroughs
  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir
  • To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen
  • It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson
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… and heals …

  • The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature, — of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter, — such health, such cheer, they afford forever! Henry David Thoreau
  • I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs
  • In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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… like a powerful balm or tonic

  • Nature is my medicine. Sara Moss-Wolfe
  • We need the tonic of wildness. Henry David Thoreau
  • Nature can do more than physicians. Oliver Cromwell
  • The natural environment is the great outpatient department where we can go for healing. William Bird
  • For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm. Edwin Way Teale
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Spending time in nature fills us with happiness and joy

  • Joys come from simple and natural things: mists over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water. Sigurd F. Olson
  • The arch of sky and mightiness of storms, have moved the spirit within me, till I am carried away, trembling with joy. Uvavnuk, Inuit shaman
  • 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
  • While with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things. William Wordsworth
  • The birds and animals, trees and grasses, rocks, water and wind are our allies. They waken our senses, rouse our passions, renew our spirits and fill us with vision, courage, and joy. David Gaines
  • Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers – for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  Osho
  • Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature. Kelly Sheaffer
  • I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy. Sylvia Plath
  • Nature has given the opportunity of happiness to all, knew they but how to use it. Claudian
  • There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more. George Gordon Byron
  • What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness! Helen Keller
  • And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran
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Nature provides us with priceless treasure for free

  • To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. Helen Keller
  • The most precious things of life are near at hand, without money and without price. Each of you has the whole wealth of the universe at your very door. John Burroughs
  • When we find the love in creation as expressed in the natural world around us, we are wealthy beyond words. One can be no richer and need not be. Lloyd Ewart
  • Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons.  James Russell Lowell
  • You are always rich when you can see and feel the beauty of this world. Aine Belton
  • If you live according to nature, you never will be poor; if according to the world’s caprice, you will never be rich. Publilius Syrus
  • What riches are ours in the world of nature, from the majesty of the distant peak to the fragile beauty of a tiny flower, and all without cost to us, the beholders! No person is poor who has watched a sunrise or who keeps a mountain in his or her heart.  Esther Baldwin York
  • I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. Emma Goldman
  • In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. John Milton
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Nature awakens and restores the spirit …

  • We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can’t see the stars at night. Thomas Berry
  • We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains. Li Po
  • Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir
  • In the woods, we return to reason and faith. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson
  • There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it and fills it with noble inclinations. Washington Irving
  • Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Orison Swett Marden
  • The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
  • 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
  • A walk amongst nature, whether by the sea, river, hill, valley, meadow or wood, works wonders for the human spirit.
  • Lose yourself in nature and find peace. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature is another important aspect of nourishing the soul. After a hike in the mountains where we live, for instance, I feel a remarkable sense of gratitude and awe. My mind quiets down and allows me to see more clearly the beauty of creation.  And through that gratitude, the beauty of the universe is reflected back to the creator. Joan Borysenko
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… and reveals to us the beauty of our souls; our own innermost nature

  • Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field. Paulo Coelho
  • You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life – you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower. You find out that you are in every tree, and you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • When you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will. Eckhart Tolle
  • Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that the beauty of nature does not really exist for them. They might say, “What a pretty flower,” but that’s just a mechanical mental labeling. Because they are not still, not present, they don’t truly see the flower, don’t feel it’s essence, it’s holiness- just as they don’t know themselves, don’t feel their own essence, their own holiness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. Eckhart Tolle
  • I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature provides great solace in times of trouble

  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. Anne Frank
  • The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows… Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in its beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.  And I feel above me day-blind stars waiting for their light.  For a time, I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.  Wendell Berry
  • I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or a sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird, or a dewy morning glory. Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. John Ruskin
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Nature awakens inspiration and creativity

  • Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion. Lorraine Anderson
  • Spending time in nature both reduces stress and enhances creativity. Salli Rasberry
  • Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth. Akiane Kramarik
  • The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration. Claude Monet
  • Nature is my manifestation of God. Go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.  Frank Lloyd Wright
  • It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful and gives birth to imagination. Henry David Thoreau
  • Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind. Hans Hofmann
  • All of our ideas come from the natural world: trees equal umbrellas. Wallace Stevens
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The wonder of nature

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Much of nature is unfathomable and that is its wonder

  • We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. Henry David Thoreau
  • Nature shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth. Eckhart Tolle
  • Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. Albert Einstein
  • 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
  • You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness – perhaps ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things… Walt Whitman
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Our connection to nature

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We are deeply connected to nature …

  • Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.  Charles Cook
  • For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.  Janine M. Benyus
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… part of nature rather than apart from it

  • Man is not himself only…He is all that he sees; all that flows to him from a thousand sources…He is the land, the lift of its mountain lines, the reach of its valleys. Mary Austin
  • We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.  You are not a stranger here.  Alan Watts
  • One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare
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What nature can teach us

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Nature reveals ultimate truths and wisdom

  • The mountains, rivers, earth, grasses, trees and forests are always emanating a subtle, precious light, day and night, always emanating a subtle precious sound, demonstrating and expounding to all people the unsurpassed ultimate truth. Yuan-Sou
  • Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
  • The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask. Nancy Newhall
  • Life is the gift of nature; beautiful living is the gift of wisdom. Celtic saying
  • Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world. Sidney Lovett
  • If you are missing out on the natural joy and wisdom of life, it is because you have been taught to ignore it…. Reconnecting with nature consists of bringing into your consciousness a sensory way of thinking and relating with which you are born. Michael J. Cohen
  • If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat. Vijali Hamilton
  • There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious unity and integrity is wisdom, the mother of us all, “natura naturans.”  There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.  It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.  Thomas Merton
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Nature is the greatest teacher …

  • You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. Saint Bernard
  • Watch nature, because it is your greatest teacher. It moves and flows and moves on again. There is an incredible beauty out there in the mountains, in the forests, to teach you it’s silence, it’s beauty, it’s humility. Stay aligned to that. Stuart Wilde
  • We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. Albert Einstein
  • The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy. Orison Swett Marden
  • Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones.  It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.  John Burroughs
  • Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.  Alfred Billings Street
  • Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. John Lubbock
  • And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. William Shakespeare
  • Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion. Lorraine Anderson
  • Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher. William Wordsworth
  • I honor the wisdom of life. I learn from life in all its forms. The tree teaches me.  The sparrow and the wren sing my song. I am open to the lessons Life brings me from the earth. I learn from the wind, from the sun, from the small flowers, and from the stars.  I walk without arrogance.  I learn from all I encounter.  I open my mind and heart to the guidance and love that come to me from the natural world.  Julia Cameron
  • Contemplate the workings of this world. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Everything–even mountains, rivers, plants and trees–should be your teacher.  Morihei Ueshiba
  • One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us. Black Elk
  • Whenever I have found myself stuck in the ways I relate to things, I return to nature. It is my principal teacher, and I try to open my whole being to what it has to say. Wynn Bullock
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… providing many lessons on living for free

  • All of nature offers lessons on living, free of charge. One morning I noticed a dead tree supporting many living things– fungus, vines, lichen–which taught me that even after death we can continue to support those who live on. Living trees on our property teach other lessons. One tree has grown around a barbed wire fence. Another has grown around a nail, and a third through a chain link fence. These trees teach me how to accept irritation, absorb the pain and grow around problems.  Nature teaches me how to find my place, grow toward the sunlight and bypass obstacles. To survive, we must be able to change in response to whatever is required by the challenge of the moment.  Our bodies know this, but our minds often rebel when change is necessary. Bernie S. Siegel
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Nature teaches us the miracle of life

  • In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. Charles A. Lindbergh
  • What is life? it is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot Blackfoot
  • The more I see of life the more I perceive that only through solitary communion with nature can one gain an idea of its richness and meaning. Cyril Connolly
  • Life is the gift of nature; beautiful living is the gift of wisdom. Celtic saying
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Nature teaches us that all things are connected

  • The planet is an organism. All of us are cells with different purposes. And yet we are intertwined. Serving each other. Serving the whole. Dan Brown
  • When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir
  • We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Chief Seattle
  • Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation, affirming my connection to the Earth body. Carol P. Christ
  • It turns out that all life is interconnected with all other life. Richard Feynman
  • Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.  Charles Cook
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Nature teaches us that we are part of a greater whole

  • The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer
  • Standing alone on a mountain top, it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make– leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents of piled stone– we all dwell in a house of one room. John Muir
  • At the deepest level of ecological awareness, you are talking about spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness is an understanding of being imbedded in a larger whole, a cosmic whole, of belonging to the universe. Fritjof Capra
  • I stood still, paralyzed by the beauty and the magic of this moment. Everything stopped, even my breath. Like a sloth, I didn’t want to move. There was nowhere else I needed or wanted to be. Standing there absorbing the beauty of this place, I stepped out of time. In this timeless moment, I saw and felt the unity of all things. There it was all around me: the chaos of the natural world, silently woven into a tapestry of exquisite, perfect order. I felt at one with the trees, rocks, plants, birds, insects, squirrels, leaves, and water. A witness to this sacred scene, I felt humbled and blessed to be given this moment. Judith Rich
  • If you will think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, you see that we are the earth, we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the Earth. And this is the voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell
  • Nature is a unity in diversity…a harmony, blending together all created things…one great whole animated by the breath of life. Alexander von Humboldt
  • At this moment, you are seamlessly flowing with the cosmos. There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rain forest, between your bloodstream and the world’s rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover. Deepak Chopra
  • One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare
  • Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field. Paulo Coelho
  • The snow, the wind, the sun and the sounds of nature, can all be reminders to you that you’re an integral part of the natural world. Wayne Dyer
  • Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.  Henry David Thoreau
  • You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Mary Oliver
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Nature teaches us patience

  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
  • Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. A.A. Milne
  • If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. Hal Borland
  • Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience. Paul Boese
  • Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world. Sidney Lovett
  • Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don’t become great overnight.  They also lose a lot of leaves, branches, and bark in the process of becoming great.  Andrew Matthews
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Nature teaches us simplicity

  • The beauty of mother nature is her ability to make complex things appear simple. Loius E Samuels, M.D.
  • Nature always tends to act in the simplest way. Bernoulli
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Nature teaches us wonder

  • I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. Walt Whitman
  • The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience. Henryk Skolimowski
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature. Angelus Silesius
  • Nature seemed to me full of wonders, and I wanted to steep myself in them. Every stone, every plant, every single thing seemed alive and indescribably marvelous. I immersed myself in nature, crawled, as it were, into the very essence of nature and away from the whole human world.  Carl Jung
  • Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures? Walt Disney Company
  • Go out, go out I beg of you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child. Edna Jaques
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Nature teaches us perspective

  • Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you’ll find it there.  Robb Sagendorph
  • Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. Wallace Stevens
  • A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun. Llewelyn Powys
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Nature teaches us humility

  • Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower. Alan C. Kay
  • There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords. John Muir
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Nature teaches us the value of the little things

  • If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance.  Rainer Maria Rilke
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Nature teaches us the power of stillness

  • Nature – trees, flowers, grass – grow in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. Wilbur Pierce
  • Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth. Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • …just as a flower waits all its life for you to smell it….. or as the wind rustles through the trees so you can hear it….or as the rain drops itself against your cheek to taste it…..The Silence waits for your embrace. Susan Holden
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Nature teaches us of rhythms and ebbs and flows

  • There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. Rachel Carson
  • Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. Henry David Thoreau
  • Life is an ebb and a flow
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Nature teaches us about the impermanence of all things …

  • All things in nature work silently. They come into being and possess nothing. They fulfill their function and make no claim.  All things alike do their work, and then we see them subside.  When they have reached their bloom, each returns to its origin. . . . This reversion is an eternal law. To know that law is wisdom.  Lao Tzu
  • Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth
  • Flowers whisper “Beauty!” to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall. Sun Wolf
  • So Nature deals with us, and takes away our playthings one by one, and by the hand leads us to rest. Henry W. Longfellow
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… and the union of life and death

  • Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. John Muir
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Nature teaches us about change

  • Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress. Charles Dickens
  • Nature is full of surprises, always changing, and we must change with it. In nature, the soul is renewed and called to open and grow. In the wilderness, you’re up against whatever nature brings you–the dangers as well as the beauty. Linda Leonard
  • The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters. May Sarton
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Learn from flowers

  • I am open to the lessons Life brings me from the earth. I learn from the wind, from the sun, from the small flowers, and from the stars. I walk without arrogance.  I learn from all I encounter.  I open my mind and heart to the guidance and love that come to me from the natural world.  Julia Cameron
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Teach children through nature

  • Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life. Search
  • As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees. Valerie Andrews
  • Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. David Polis
  • Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates
  • If you wish your children to think deep thoughts, to know the holiest emotions, take them to the woods and hills, and give them the freedom of the meadows; the hills purify those who walk upon them. Richard Jefferies
  • Only as a child’s awareness and reverence for the wholeness of life are developed can his humanity to his own kind reach its full development. Rachel Carson
  • Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.  Walt Whitman
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Look deep into nature and appreciate it

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Look deep into nature and you will understand things better

  • When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for that moment. Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Nature shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth. Eckhart Tolle
  • Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
  • To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the enlightened mind the whole world sparkles and burns. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them. John Ruskin
  • The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day. Kenneth Patton
  • I will take time each day to commune with nature and to silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. I will sit silently and watch a sunset or listen to the sound of the ocean or a stream, or simply smell the scent of a flower.
  • Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf and take an insect view of its plain.  Henry David Thoreau Deepak Chopra
  • One can never study nature too much and too hard. Vincent van Gogh
  • Study nature not books. Jean Louis Agassiz
  • Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein
  • To look at anything, if you would know that thing, you must look at it long. John Moffitt
  • The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes. George Sand
  • You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns. Henry David Thoreau
  • The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged – keep on – there are divine things, well envelop’d; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. Walt Whitman
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Look deep without needing to analyse it or label it

  • You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness – perhaps ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things… Walt Whitman
  • I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it. Henry David Thoreau
  • Don’t think: Look! Wittgenstein
  • I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.  Henry David Thoreau
  • Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that the beauty of nature does not really exist for them. They might say, “What a pretty flower,” but that’s just a mechanical mental labeling. Because they are not still, not present, they don’t truly see the flower, don’t feel it’s essence, it’s holiness- just as they don’t know themselves, don’t feel their own essence, their own holiness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Let go of the need to label
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Contemplate and appreciate the beauty of nature

  • Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth. Akiane Kramarik
  • Those who are responsive to Nature, and more especially to the beautiful colours released at the sun’s rise and fall, to the silences of woods and forests, or to the ocean’s vast spaciousness, may use such contacts for attempts to get spiritual glimpses. Paul Brunton
  • Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that the beauty of nature does not really exist for them. They might say, “What a pretty flower,” but that’s just a mechanical mental labeling. Because they are not still, not present, they don’t truly see the flower, don’t feel it’s essence, it’s holiness- just as they don’t know themselves, don’t feel their own essence, their own holiness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth. Akiane Kramarik
  • If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent van Gogh
  • With innovation and technology, seems we have forgotten to cherish the true beauty the world has to offer. C. Van Cherub
  • What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn! Logan Pearsall Smith
  • That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. John Berger
  • Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. George Washington Carver
  • If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent van Gogh
  • All the uglinesses of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature! Mehmet Murat ildan
  • 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. 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 Poincaré
  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson
  • I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful. Pete Hamill
  • Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Value nature

  • If there is one thing clear about the centuries dominated by the factory and the wheel, it is that although the machine can make everything from a spoon to a landing-craft, a natural joy in earthly living is something it never has and never will be able to manufacture. Henry Beston
  • There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature. Aristotle
  • The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. E. E. Cummings
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Listen deeply to nature

  • The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. Henry Beston
  • When we pay attention to nature’s music, we find that everything on the earth contributes to its harmony. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • The earth has music for those who listen. George Santayana
  • It is the language of nature to which one has to listen. Vincent van Gogh
  • When you come upon a magic place… Listen.
  • The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Rumi
  • There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story.  Linda Hogan
  • Nature holds all the answers – go outside and ask some questions – open your heart and listen to the response! Amethyst Wyldfyre
  • There is however, a true music of nature; the song of the birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea. Lubbock
  • I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will but listen. George Washington Carver
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Celebrate nature

  • In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle
  • Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderon De La Barca
  • A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. Walt Whitman
  • Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Be thankful for nature

  • I thank God for this amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural, which is infinite. e.e. Cummings
  • I hope someday to meet God, because I want to thank Him for the flowers. Robert Brault
  • All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. Marie Curie
  • God, we thank you for this earth, our homes; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the salt sea and the running water, for the everlasting hills and the never resting winds, for trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of the summer fields, and taste of the autumn fruits, and rejoice in the feel of the snow, and smell the breath of the spring. Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty; and save our souls from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thorn bush is aflame with your glory.  Walter Rauschenbusch
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Spend time in nature

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Get close to nature

  • I am often asked if I am not lonely on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer. John Muir
  • Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We belong to no cult. We are not Nature Lovers. We don’t love nature any more than we love breathing. Nature is simply something indispensable, like air and light and water, that we accept as necessary to living, and the nearer we can get to it the happier we are. Louise Dickenson Rich
  • Solitary converse with nature; for thence are ejaculated sweet and dreadful words never uttered in libraries. Ah! the spring days, the summer dawns, and October woods! Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature will not be admired by proxy. Winston Churchill
  • It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much and live with her too little. Oscar Wilde
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Take time in nature to just be

  • Everybody needs time to reflect and contemplate, and the most inspirational and peaceful place to do so is in nature. Akiane Kramarik
  • Untroubling and untroubled where I lie, the grass below, above, the vaulted sky. Clare John
  • Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a spring day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. John Lubbock
  • Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea, make me happy just to be. June Polis
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Go for walks in nature …

  • To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter … to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life. John Burroughs
  • A walk amongst nature, whether by the sea, river, hill, valley, meadow or wood, works wonders for the human spirit.
  • He who understands nature walks close with God. Edgar Cayce
  • I find nature so nourishing. I love to hike, especially in the mountains. When I’m walking in nature, I feel in awe of the wonder of creation. Nature is full of surprises, always changing, and we must change with it. In nature, the soul is renewed and called to open and grow. In the wilderness, you’re up against whatever nature brings you–the dangers as well as the beauty.  Linda Leonard
  • I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir
  • I walked barefoot – the only way to walk on a muddy road. Laurie Gough
  • In every walk with nature, you receive far more than you seek.
  • Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. Wallace Stevens
  • Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snow in the field and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature.  Be cold and hungry and weary.  Henry David Thoreau
  • The sensitive man can freshen his trust in the ultimate goodness of things from a glowing sunset, can renew his inward peace with a forest walk. Nature lovingly speaks to him, all wordless though she be. Paul Brunton
  • The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. Paul Scott Mowrer
  • There’s nothing like a walk in the forest to clear my mind and get my spirit to calm down and slow down. Any time I get away from the mass of people and find a quiet, solitary spot in nature, be it in the middle of the desert, in the forest, on a beach, or even along a lonely country road, I feel myself being refreshed, revived, renewed.  It’s a wonderful feeling that I don’t search out nearly enough.  Tom Walsh
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… and go barefoot

  • Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran
  • I walked barefoot – the only way to walk on a muddy road. Laurie Gough
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Conservation of nature

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The more apart we live from nature, the more we lose touch with it and the harder we become

  • There is no wi-fi in the forest, but we promise you will find a better connection.
  • 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 Channing
  • Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. Standing Bear
  • The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. Chief Luther Standing Bear
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We exploit nature terribly…

  • The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature – nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man’s passing. Loudon Wainwright
  • Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We’re not the brain, we are a cancer on nature. Dave Foreman
  • Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price. Ansel Adams
  • Modern man talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side. E F Schumacher
  • It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. Henry David Thoreau
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… seeing nature as something to conquer and rule over…

  • For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death. Tom McMillan
  • Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially. E B White
  • …our culture’s frenzied and mindless assault on the last shreds of nature may not be the wisest course… We’re melting the ice caps, ripping up the rainforest, and vacuuming the oceans of everything that wriggles. George Meyer
  • An act of violence against nature should be judged as severely as that against society or another person. Dr. Michael W. Fox
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… ignoring nature’s laws …

  • A margin of life is developed by Nature for all living things – including man. All life forms obey Nature’s demands – except man, who has found ways of ignoring them. Eugene M. Poirot
  • The major problems in the world are the result of the differences between the way nature works and the way people think. Gregory Bateson
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… turning nature into a commodity

  • It seems to me self-evident that we cannot have capitalism without capital and, very importantly, that the ultimate source of all economic capital is Nature’s capital. HRH Prince Charles
  • Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature, but to no avail. Terri Guillemets
  • The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force. Michael Parenti
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Our very lives depend on nature …

  • The value of nature: On many levels, physical, mental and spiritual, our life is dependent on the natural environment. That is to say, our existence and well-being require the maintenance of that which has its being irrespective of ourselves and our efforts. Keith Innes
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… and the way we are treating nature puts our very long-term survival at stake

  • But while nature has considerable resilience, there is a limit to how far that resilience can be stretched. No one knows how close to the limit we are getting. The darker it gets, the faster we’re driving. Douglas Adams
  • Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. H G
  • The more we exploit nature, the more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival. Morris K. Udall
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If we abuse nature, it will strike back

  • The human population can no longer be allowed to grow in the same old uncontrollable way. If we do not take charge of our population size, then nature will do it for us and it is the poor people of the world who will suffer most. Sir David Attenborough
  • Nature’s laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. Luther Burbank
  • Nature is what wins in the end. Abby Adams
  • Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place. Rene Dubos
  • Is it better that we manage population growth responsibly or should we to wait for nature to cull our numbers? Phil Harding
  • If we do not design policies to halt, and then reverse population growth, Nature by default will soon exact a most punishing solution. Fred Thompson
  • Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back. Rene Dubos
  • Either we reduce the world’s population voluntarily or nature will do this for us, but brutally. Maurice Strong
  • Contrary to the ecologists, nature does not stand still and does not maintain the kind of equilibrium that guarantees the survival of any particular species – least of all the survival of her greatest and most fragile product: man. Ayn Rand
  • In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. R Ingersoll
  • If you drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will soon find a way back. Horace
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We have an obligation to look after nature …

  • There is a certain consideration, and a general duty of humanity, that binds us not only to the animals, which have life and feeling, but even to the trees and plants. We owe justice to people, and kindness and benevolence to all other creatures who may be susceptible of it.  There is some intercourse between them and us, and some mutual obligation. Michel de Montaigne
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… to protect it

  • For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  • When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. David Orr
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What’s bad for nature is bad for the economy in the long run

  • In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it’s unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature. Mollie Beatty
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Living in harmony with nature

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We need to treat nature and all living beings with love and compassion

  • The love of nature is the only love that does not deceive human hopes. Honore de Balzac
  • The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. Jimmy Carter
  • As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. Richard Gere
  • A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein
  • Compassion is the basis of all truthful relationship: it means being present with love–for ourselves and for all life, including animals, fish, birds, and trees.   Ram Dass
  • Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest. Lloyd Biggle Jr.
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Connect and commune with other living beings

  • I’m sure I’ve been a toad, one time or another. With bats, weasels, worms…I rejoice in the kinship.  Even the caterpillar I can love, and the various vermin.  Theodore Roethke
  • I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such beings as crawl on earth. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of nature’s varied forms. George Washington Carver
  • I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. Henry David Thoreau
  • The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives.  The sum-total of that life is God.  Mahatma Gandhi
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We need to achieve mastery over ourselves; not nature

  • The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. Rachel Carson
  • The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself. Ernest Jones
  • Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites. William Ruckelshaus
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We need to realise that what we do to nature, we do to ourselves

  • Whatever we do to nature, we do to ourselves. Kurt Heidinger
  • When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir
  • Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder
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We need to respect and live in harmony with nature’s laws

  • Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own Affairs than we. Michel de Montaigne
  • If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way. Aristotle
  • Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations. David Gerrold
  • Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon
  • We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. Francis Bacon
  • The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno
  • One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. Leo Tolstoy
  • I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B. White
  • I have no other wish than a close fusion with nature and I desire no other fate than to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws. Claud Monet
  • Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God. Maria Mitchell
  • He who knows the activities of Nature lives according to Nature. Chuang Tzu
  • Even when the pioneer didn’t rape Nature, he divorced her a little too easily: he missed the great lesson that both ecology and medicine teach – that Man’s great mission is not to conquer nature by main force but to cooperate with her intelligently but lovingly for his own purposes. Lewis Mumford
  • …the future of mankind can be assured only if we rediscover ways in which to live as a part of nature, not apart from her. HRH The Prince of Wales
  • If we once, and for so long, lived in balance with nature and each other, we should be able to do so again. John Zerzan
  • The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. Barry Commoner
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We need to value and appreciate nature and teach our children to do the same

  • Just because we can’t sell shares in nature doesn’t mean it has no value. Thomas l. Friedman
  • 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
  • Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life. R Search
  • Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially. E B White
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We need the wilderness for our souls

  • If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls. Jane Goodall
  • Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. Wallace Stegner
  • I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness. Aldo Leopold
  • In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau
  • We can only truly be civilised people when we have regular and meaningful contact with the wild world. Simon Barnes
  • We can never have enough of Nature. Henry David Thoreau
  • Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’. Luther Standing Bear
  • I go now to the wilderness to be a part of it; to accept my place in the world and its place in me; to grow into reality as a tree grows into the rain, to conform to the Earth as a stream conforms to the stones of its bed. To live.  To aspire.  To be.  William Ashworth
  • A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis. Edward Abbey
  • Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on? Mardy Murie
  • It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water – and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood. Bernand De Voto
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Nature and divinity 

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Nature is a deeply spiritual thing

  • The spiritual quality of earth: eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cipher of cosmic lore. Frieda Harris
  • Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. Edward O. Wilson
  • As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens. Stephen Graham
  • A soul who is not close to nature is far away from what is called spirituality. In order to be spiritual, one must communicate, and especially one must communicate with nature; one must feel nature. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • We are shown that our life exists with the tree life, that our well-being depends on the well-being of the vegetable life, that we are close relatives of the four-legged beings. In our ways, spiritual consciousness is the highest form of politics. . . . We believe that all living things are spiritual beings.  Spirits can be expressed as energy forms manifested in matter. A blade of grass is an energy form manifested in matter–grass matter.  The spirit of the grass is that unseen force which produces the species of grass, and it is manifested to us in the form of real grass.  Mohawk Nation
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We can see God in nature…

  • 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
  • What else is nature but God? Seneca the Younger
  • If your heart is straight with God, then every creature will be to you a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine. No creature is so little or so mean as not to show forth and represent the goodness of God. Thomas A’Kempis
  • Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Conceive of God in terms of universal Nature – a nature God in whom we really live and move and have our being, with who our relation is as intimate and constant as that of the babe in its mother’s womb, or the apple upon the bough. This is the God that science and reason reveal to us – the God we touch with our hands, see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and from whom there is no escape, who is, indeed, from everlasting to everlasting. John Burroughs
  • “How do you know,” a Bedouin asked, “that there is a God?” “In the same way,” his friend replied. “that I know, on looking at the sand, when a man or beast has crossed the desert – by his footprints in the world around me.” Henry Parry Liddon
  • Nature is the art of God eternal. Dante Alighieri
  • Nature is the art of God. Thomas Browne
  • Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Every sunrise is a message from God. Every sunset has His signature.
  • Twilight has always seemed like God’s indrawn breath, a pause in the progression of time. Emilie Richards
  • I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. Dogen
  • I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. Alan Hovhaness
  • If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand. Buddha
  • God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther
  • I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The laws of nature are… thoughts of God. Heinrich Zschokke
  • Nature’s intent is neither food, nor drink, nor clothing, nor comfort, nor anything else in which God is left out. Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly nature seeks, hunts, tries to ferret out the track on which God may be found.  Meister Eckhart
  • Creation was given to people as a clean window through which the light of God could shine into people’s souls. Sun and moon, night and day, rain, sea, the crops, the flowering tree, all these things were transparent.  They spoke to people not of themselves but only of Him who made them.  Nature was symbolic.  But the progressive degradation of humans led them further and further from this truth.  Nature became opaque.  Thomas Merton
  • For the Infinite has sowed his name in the heavens in burning stars, but on the earth, he has sowed his name in tender flowers. Jean Paul Richter
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…for nature is full of sacredness and divinity

  • Nature is the art of God. Swami Sivananda
  • Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. Henry David Thoreau
  • Even in a single leaf of a tree, or a tender blade of grass, the awe- inspiring Deity manifests Itself. Shinto
  • Every natural object is a conductor of divinity. John Muir
  • I believe that a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars, and the Pismire ant is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren. Walt Whitman
  • Every flower of the field, every fiber of a plant, every particle of an insect, carries with it the impress of its Maker, and can – if duly considered – read us lectures of ethics or divinity. Thomas Blount
  • Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. Rene Daumal
  • I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars…. I awaken everything to life. Ildergard of Bingen
  • To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, An eternity in an hour. William Blake
  • The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God. Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with his entire body, breath sacredness and contain it within himself, drink the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness, open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness. Richard Nelson
  • Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. Henry David Thoreau
  • The motion felt by a person in the presence of nature certainly counts for something in the origin of religions. Henry Bergson
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Connect to God though nature

  • The closer we are to Nature, the closer we are to God. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking-places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas in nature. Henry David Thoreau
  • The dearest way into the Universe is though a forest wilderness. John Muir
  • He who understands nature walks close with God. Edgar Cayce
  • 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 and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. Anne Frank
  • Something of God flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water whether cold or hot, and even from sleep itself. C. S. Lewis
  • Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. Albert Einstein
  • God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!” Joseph Campbell
  • Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge. William James
  • The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir
  • We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence. Charlotte Brontë
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Make nature into your cathedral

  • So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred; trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. Mikhail Gorbachev
  • We are learning finally that the forests and mountains and desert canyons are holier than our churches. Edward Abbey
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Art and nature

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Art is the child of nature

  • …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? Vincent van Gogh
  • Art is a harmony parallel with nature. Paul Cézanne
  • Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • For art may err, but nature cannot miss. John Dryden
  • I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want. Andy Warhol
  • 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
  • Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more. Vincent van Gogh
  • Nature has made all her truths independent of one another. Our art makes one dependent on the other. Blaise Pascal
  • Nature is a haunted house–but Art–is a house that tries to be haunted. Emily Dickinson
  • Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them. John Ruskin
  • Nature is the art of God eternal. Dante Alighieri
  • The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats
  • The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration. Claude Monet
  • Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art. Cicero
  • To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. August Rodin
  • Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.  Louisa May Alcott
  • Art is embedded in nature and they who can extract it, have it. Albrecht Duerer
  • Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. Aldo Leopold
  • I should like the fields tinged with red, the rivers yellow and the trees painted blue. Nature has no imagination. Charles Baudelaire
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Thoughts on aspects of nature

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Rivers

  • To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together. Barry Lopez
  • Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid! Bill Watterson
  • Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. A.A. Milne
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Oceans

  • The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t. Christopher Paolini
  • The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. Wyland
  • There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. Sarah Kay
  • The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. Kate Chopin
  • The ocean is a mighty harmonist. William Wordsworth
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Woods and forests

  • In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me. John Fowles
  • Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.  George Washington Carver
  • There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. George Gordon Byron
  • The forests are the flags of nature.   They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings.  Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten.  It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.  Enos A. Mills
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Beautifully written musings on nature 

  • When the first light dawned on the earth, and the birds awoke, and the brave river was heard rippling confidently seaward, and the nimble early rising wind rustled the oak leaves about our tent, all people, having reinforced their bodies and their souls with sleep, and cast aside doubt and fear, were invited to unattempted adventures. Henry David Thoreau
  • The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. . . I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of people.  I am in love with this world. . . I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown.  I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting if its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings. John Burroughs
  • Nature is sanative, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses, and violets, and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I, a city dweller, have a summer place on a cedar-crested bluff overlooking a lovely bay down by the sea. The salt breezes off the mighty ocean sweep cares away; the soft sunlight falling on the grass teaches me the quiet repose of earth; the unhurried sounds of the natural world, so different in quality from strident city noises, quiet me as a mother soothes her troubled child; and at night when the stars come out, blossoming one by one in the infinite meadows of heaven, and a hush falls over land and sea, I can hear the friendly voice of Mother Nature, which is the voice of God, saying:  “My child, this is life.  Take time to live it.”  Norman Vincent Peale
  • I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again. Lewis Carroll
  • I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills. When all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodil; beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze. William Wordsworth
  • I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. Wendell Berry
  • I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.  H. Hudson
  • Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. Rupert Brooke
  • A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.  Anne Bronte
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On a lighter note 

  • A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. Michael Pollan
  • The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. e. cummings
  • In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. Margaret Atwood
  • I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic. George Carlin
  • Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. Chad Sugg
  • Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid! Bill Watterson
  • I love nature, I just don’t want to get any of it on me. Woody Allen
  • I am two with nature. Woody Allen
  • Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked. Oscar Wilde
  • Squirrels – nature’s speed bumps.
  • Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.
  • Campers: Nature’s way of feeding mosquitoes.
  • I saw on this nature show how the male elk douses himself with urine to smell sweeter to the opposite sex. What a coincidence! Jack Handey
  • I’d like to see a nature film where an eagle swoops down and pulls a fish out of a lake and then maybe he’s flying along low to the ground and the fish pulls a worm out of the ground; now that’s a documentary! Jack Handey
  • Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.” Maya Angelou
  • Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where it cannot be argued there are never enough comfortable chairs. Fran Lebowitz
  • Of all the wonders of nature a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats. Woody Allen
  • Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature. Marilyn Monroe
  • Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!” Robin Williams
  • The only imperfect thing in nature is the human race. Fowler’s Note
  • Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” Robert Byrne
  • You can’t just let nature run wild. Walter J. Hickel
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