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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

In countries where there is a mild climate, less effort is expended on the struggle with nature and man is kinder and more gentle.


The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.

O Nature, and O soul of man! how far beyond all utterance are your linked analogies; not the smallest atom stirs or lives on matter, but has its cunning duplicate in mind.


There is a little of everything, apparently, in nature, and freaks are common.


For nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy, that we can scarcely mark their progress.

CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless.

H. G. WELLS, The Time Machine

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man's life is cheap as beast's.


Nature never repeats herself.

THOMAS WOLFE, Look Homeward, Angel

Nature leads you up like a mother and as soon as she gets her little contribution leaves you with nothing.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run

The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run

I used to think there were rules of nature. Strict rules. If you broke them you'd pay. But of course nature doesn't give a damn about anything. It's our own codes that are arbitrary, merciless.

JANE HAMILTON, A Map of the World

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