Quotations About / On: NATURE

  • 31.
    Nature's first green is gold,
    (Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Nothing Gold Can Stay (l. 1). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.)
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  • 32.
    Human-nature will not change.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 33.
    The most damaging prejudice consists of banning any kind of investigation of nature.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).)
  • 34.
    Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, ch. 3 (1989).)
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  • 35.
    Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Courage," Society and Solitude (1870).)
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  • 36.
    There is in my nature, methinks, a singular yearning toward all wildness.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 54, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 37.
    Use almost can change the stamp of nature.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 168. Proverbial; "stamp of nature" means innate characteristics.)
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  • 38.
    Searching nature I taste self but at one tankard, that of my own being.
    (Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Comments on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).)
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  • 39.
    It is Nature's own bird which lives on buds and diet-drink.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 305, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 40.
    How meanly and grossly do we deal with nature!
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 284, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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