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To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.
The unnatural, that too is natural.
Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion.
The exact sciences also start from the assumption that in the end it will always be possible to understand nature, even in every new field of experience, but that we may make no a priori assumptions about the meaning of the word understand.
Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.
Nature never says one thing and wisdom another.
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.
Only those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set, the leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living is.
Nature is not human hearted.
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, when Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.
The law of nature is the strictest expression of necessity.
Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
If winds are the spirit of the sky's ocean, the clouds are the texture. Their is easily the most uninhibited dominion of the earth. Nothing in physical shape is too fantastic for them. They can be round as apples or as fine as string, as dense as a jungle, as wispy as a whiff of down, as mild as puddle water or as potent as the belch of a volcano. Some are thunderous anvils formed by violent up drafts from the warm earth. Some are ragged coattails of storms that have passed. Some are stagnant blankets of warm air resting on cold. I have seen clouds in the dawn that looked like a pink Sultan with his pale harem maidens and a yellow slob of eunuch lolling impotent in the background.
Let us beware of saying there are laws in nature. There are only necessities: there is no one to command, no one to obey, no one to transgress. When you realize there are no goals or objectives, then you realize, too, that there is no chance: for only in a world of objectives does the word chance have any meaning.
Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.
Nature surpasses nurture.
Meanings, moods, the whole scale of our inner experience finds in nature the correspondence through which we may know our boundless selves.
Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself --my disgust at her barbarity --clumsiness --darkness --bitter mockery of herself --is the most desolating.
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.
From our earliest hour we have been taught that the thought of the heart, the shaping of the rain-cloud, the amount of wool that grows on a sheep's back, the length of a drought, and the growing of the corn, depend on nothing that moves immutable, at the heart of all things; but on the changeable will of a changeable being, whom our prayers can alter. To us, from the beginning, Nature has been but a poor plastic thing, to be toyed with this way or that, as man happens to please his deity or not; to go to church or not; to say his prayers right or not; to travel on a Sunday or not. Was it possible for us in an instant to see Nature as she is --the flowing vestment of an unchanging reality?
If you live according to the dictates of nature, you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man, you will never be rich.
Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.
See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, every specimen becomes a relic.
The sun will set without thy assistance.
Man is a complex being; he makes the deserts bloom and lakes die.