Quotations About / On:
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Coningsby, bk. 7, ch. 5 (1844).)
This is not how nature speaks.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Alceste, in The Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 2 (1666).
Alceste criticizes a pretentious poem.)
Nature abhors a vacuum.
(François Rabelais (c. 1494-1553), French monk, humanist, satirist, physician. Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1534), trans. by J.M. Cohen (1955).
Originally a Latin proverb, "Natura abhorret vacuum.")
The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
(Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, ch. 5 (1968).)
All nature wears one universal grin.
(Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Doodle, in Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1 (1730).)
Human nature is a scoundrel's favorite explanation.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
All men by nature desire knowledge.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Metaphysics, bk. 1, ch. 1.)
Nature abhors a moron.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).)
God and nature do nothing in vain.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics, bk. 1, ch. 2. De Caelo, book 1, chapter 4.
One expression of the author's thoroughgoing teleological outlook.)
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
(Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer. "My Day" (April 24, 1945).
Syndicated newspaper column.)