Quotations About / On: NATURE

  • 71.
    man rebounds whole aeons back in nature.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. poet, novelist. The House-Top (l. 16). . . Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.)
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  • 72.
    Self-defence is Nature's eldest law.
    (John Dryden (1631-1700), British poet, dramatist, critic. Absalom and Achitophel, pt. 1, l. 458 (1681).)
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  • 73.
    In the production of the necessaries of life Nature is ready enough to assist man.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 219, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 74.
    Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.
    (David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. repr. with an intro. by J. M. Keynes and P. Sraffa, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge (1938). An Abstract of A Treatise of Human Nature, p. 24 (1740). A review Hume wrote of his own book in 1740.)
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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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