Quotations About / On: NATURE

  • 71.
    Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for May 13, 1926, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).)
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  • 72.
    The poet's place, it seems to me, is with the Mr. Hydes of human nature.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929). See also Huxley's comment under "artists.")
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  • 73.
    The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "Some Elementary Lessons," p.283, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).)
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  • 74.
    The degree and nature of a man's sexuality extends to the uppermost pinnacle of his spirit.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 87, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 75 (1886).)
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  • 75.
    The cues that arouse desire are changed by Fashion, but feel like the proddings of Nature.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 76.
    Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 28 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 77.
    A nobleman who is wicked is by nature a monster.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan's father, in Dom Juan, act 4, sc. 4 (1665).)
  • 78.
    Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1132, The Library of America (1983).)
  • 79.
    What is impossible by the nature of things is not confirmed by any law.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Celsus, Digesta, L, 17.)
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  • 80.
    Art compares to nature like wine to the grape.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1839).)
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