Jane AustenThere is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
William ShakespeareAnd this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William ShakespeareA peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
Leonardo da VinciA painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
Desiderius ErasmusNature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another's.
Anne FrankI've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.
Oscar WildeAnybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
Desiderius ErasmusNowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
Nicholas SparksSomeday you'll find someone special again. People who've been in love once usually do. It's in their nature.
John MuirKeep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
August WilsonA novelist writes a novel, and people read it. But reading is a solitary act. While it may elicit a varied and personal response, the communal nature of the audience is like having five hundred people read your novel and respond to it at the same time. I find that thrilling.
Eleanor RooseveltBeautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
Vincent van Gogh...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?
John MuirEverybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
Charles DickensTo conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.
Albert EinsteinOur task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.
Orhan PamukPeople look at me as sort of a diplomat for Turkey, which by nature, I'm not; I don't want to be. It's again about that playfulness. Being Turkey's voice or representative is not playful, it's not childlike; it makes me self-conscious, kills the child in me.
Galileo GalileiIf you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.
W. H. Auden'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'
Ingrid BergmanA kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Thor HeyerdahlOne learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.
Galileo GalileiNature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.
Thor HeyerdahlI have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don't believe it exists. I've felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.
Thor HeyerdahlA civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.
E. B. WhiteI would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
Sue Monk KiddIt is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.
Ayn RandShe did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected.
Hal BorlandYou can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Mary ShelleyHow dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.
Aldous HuxleyConsistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.
Ralph Waldo EmersonFew people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
AristotleAll human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Daisaku IkedaOnly when we connect to nature, engaged with nature, are we truly alive and vigorous. To really be alive, one must be under the sun, the moon, the shining stars and surrounded by the beautiful greenery and pure waters of the natural world.
Ralph Waldo EmersonThat which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.
Stephen HawkingI think computer viruses should count as life ... I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Daisaku IkedaThe profound unity of subjective existence and objective environment leads naturally to the idea that the life-force of one human being can affect other living beings and even the fundamental being of humankind as a whole. Furthermore, the minds of humankind fuse into one and exert a continuous influence, both physical and spiritual, on other living beings and on the whole of nature.
Wendell BerryWhether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Jerome K. JeromeI can't sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can't help it.
Bernard MeltzerUse those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.
Bill HicksWhy is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?
Terence McKennaThe syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.
Marian AndersonI suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.
Charles DarwinIf the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Carl SaganExploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.
Abraham CowleyI never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that ... I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature.
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowArt is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.
Franz KafkaYou can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
HeraclitusTo be evenminded is the greatest virtue. Wisdom is to speak the truth and act in keeping with its nature.
Thomas MoreA pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.
PlatoNo man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
Henry David ThoreauTake long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.
Thomas HobbesThe right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
Thor HeyerdahlIn fighting nature, man can win every battle except the last. If he should win that too, he will perish, like an embryo cutting its own umbilical cord.
Marian AndersonNone of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
William WilberforceI am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.
Daisaku IkedaDivorced from the cosmos, from nature, from society and from each other, we have become fractured and fragmented.
Richard DawkinsComplex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.
Daisaku IkedaBut I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.
Rainer Maria RilkeIf you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
Claude MonetI am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.