Quotations About / On: NATURE
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted in Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography, ch. 20 (1964).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)