Quotations About / On: NATURE
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 (b. 1949), British novelist, short-story writer. Shuttlecock, ch. 11 (1981).)
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
(Aristotle (384-323 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics 1.2; 1253a2-3, The Complete Works of Aristotle, trans. by Jowett, ed. Jonathan Barnes, Princeton, Princeton University Press (1985).)
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
(Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Originally published in Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2 (1851). "On Women," Essays and Aphorisms, Penguin (1970).)
Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 5 (1888).)
You can't challenge nature! And, you can't go against nature's will.
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Reflections on the Guillotine," Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961).)
Consider first the nature of the business in hand; then examine thy own nature, whether thou hast strength to undertake it.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXIX, 5.)
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
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 (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Birth of Tragedy, ch. 24 (1872).)
Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 426 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)