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Quotations About / On: NATURE

  • 71.
    How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Belarius, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 3, l. 79. Seeing the innate nobility of the king's sons, living with him in exile.)
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  • 72.
    Man is the broken giant, and in all his weakness both his body and his mind are invigorated by habits of conversation with nature.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 73.
    If in the least particular one could derange the order of nature,—who would accept the gift of life?
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 74.
    There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Essay on "Love" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 199-200, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 75.
    The boxer's ring is the enjoyment of the part of society whose animal nature alone has been developed.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech given to the American Peace Society, Boston, Massachusetts. "War," (1838).)
  • 76.
    If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 376, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 77.
    As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).)
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  • 78.
    This house was designed and constructed with the freedom of stroke of a forester's axe, without other compass and square than Nature uses.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 139, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau refers to a log cabin in the Maine woods.)
  • 79.
    The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 318, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 80.
    In the planting of the seeds of most trees, the best gardeners do no more than follow Nature, though they may not know it.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Succession of Forest Trees" (1860), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 197, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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