Quotations About / On: NATURE

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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).)
  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted in Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography, ch. 20 (1964).)
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  • 77.
    The poet is blithe and cheery ever, and as well as nature.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 343, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 78.
    There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, June 22, 1711), no. 98, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).)
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  • 79.
    The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
    (Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).)
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  • 80.
    No domain of nature is quite closed to man at all times.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Winter Walk" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 178, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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