Quotations About / On:
There is in my nature, methinks, a singular yearning toward all wildness.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 54, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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).)