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nature quotes (163)

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
Edward Abbey   Category: Nature

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
Diane Ackerman   Category: Nature

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
Ansel Adams   Category: Nature

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Woody Allen   Category: Nature

I am two with nature.
Woody Allen   Category: Nature

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson   Category: Nature

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
Aristotle   Category: Nature

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle   Category: Nature

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
Marcus Aurelius   Category: Nature

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen   Category: Nature

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Richard Bach   Category: Nature

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Francis Bacon   Category: Nature

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
Francis Bacon   Category: Nature

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Russell Baker   Category: Nature

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca   Category: Nature

Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in December, the aromatic groves appeared in full bloom.
William Bartram   Category: Nature

My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view.
William Bartram   Category: Nature

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
Saint Basil   Category: Nature

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Nature

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
Eric Berne   Category: Nature

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.
Ruth Bernhard   Category: Nature

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
Wendell Berry   Category: Nature

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
Wendell Berry   Category: Nature

There is no forgiveness in nature.
Ugo Betti   Category: Nature

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce   Category: Nature

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
Hal Borland   Category: Nature

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Hal Borland   Category: Nature

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Hal Borland   Category: Nature

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
Hal Boyle   Category: Nature

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.
Anne Bronte   Category: Nature

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
Rupert Brooke   Category: Nature

For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.
Pam Brown   Category: Nature

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Thomas Browne   Category: Nature

The groves were God's first temples.
William C. Bryant   Category: Nature

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs   Category: Nature

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
John Burroughs   Category: Nature

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
Leo Buscaglia   Category: Nature

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
Samuel Butler   Category: Nature

Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
Robert Byrne   Category: Nature

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus   Category: Nature

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus   Category: Nature

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie   Category: Nature

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Jimmy Carter   Category: Nature

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
George Washington Carver   Category: Nature

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
Willa Cather   Category: Nature

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
William Ellery Channing   Category: Nature

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
Anton Chekhov   Category: Nature

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Winston Churchill   Category: Nature

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge   Category: Nature

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you somebody who has never achieved much.
Joan Collins   Category: Nature

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
Cyril Connolly   Category: Nature

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
Joseph Conrad   Category: Nature

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e. e. cummings   Category: Nature

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
e. e. cummings   Category: Nature

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D'Angelo   Category: Nature

There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
Don DeLillo   Category: Nature

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
Emily Dickinson   Category: Nature

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
Emily Dickinson   Category: Nature

There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
Annie Dillard   Category: Nature

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
David Douglas   Category: Nature

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglass   Category: Nature

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
Henry Ellis   Category: Nature

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
Gustave Flaubert   Category: Nature

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.
John Fowles   Category: Nature

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller   Category: Nature

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei   Category: Nature

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
Hamlin Garland   Category: Nature

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
Hamlin Garland   Category: Nature

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy.
Hamlin Garland   Category: Nature

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.
David Gerrold   Category: Nature