Nov 27, 2009

Nature Quotes

Here are my favourite quotes about nature (taken from various websites)...

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The earth laughs in flowers.
Nature is the art of god.
Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.
The charming landscape which I saw this morning is indubitably made up of some 20 or 30 farms. Miller owns this field, locke that, and manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.
Logan Pearsall Smith
What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for beauty, and never see the dawn!
Anne Frank
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and god. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that god wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature
Blaise Pascal
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
Claude Monet
The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.
Francis Bacon
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Study nature, love nature, stays close to nature. It will never fail you.
The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Anton Chekhov
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Henry David Thoreau
My profession is always to be alert, to find god in nature, to know god's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
James Russell Lowell
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
John Burroughs
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.
Linda Hogan
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
Rachel Carson
Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Home of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake.
Richard Dawkins
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how i answer when i am asked -- as i am surprisingly often -- why i bother to get up in the mornings.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
Catlin Matthews
Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.
Jane Austin  
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment.
Iris Murdoch
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
Vincent Van Gogh
I myself am quite absorbed by the delicate yellow, delicate soft green, delicate violet of a ploughed and weeded piece of soil.
Chinese Proverb
Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.
The day, water, sun, moon, night - i do not have to purchase these things with money.
Or happiness, one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
Some people, like flowers, give pleasure, just by being.
Dorothy Parker
Flowers are heaven's masterpiece.
June Polis
Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be.
J.M. Barrie
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
Greek Proverb
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.