Top 4701 Nature Quotes

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“Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.”

― A. E. Housman

“In nature there are few sharp lines.”

― A. R. Ammons

“I am grateful for – though I can’t keep up with – the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.”

― A. R. Ammons

“My professional and human obsession is the nature of language, and my best relationships are with other writers. In many ways, I know George Eliot better than I know my husband.”

― A. S. Byatt

“I may be wrong, but the essential illustrative nature of most documentary photography, and the worship of the object per se, in our best nature photography, is not enough to satisfy the man of today, compounded as he is of Christ, Freud, and Marx.”

― Aaron Siskind

“I worked with Ismail Merchant on ‘The Mystic Masseur,’ I did ‘Sakina’s Restaurant,’ I’ve done plays, I’ve been on Broadway, I’ve done movies, I’ve done TV… but nothing has had the pop culture penetrative impact as ‘The Daily Show’ has. It’s the nature of the beast.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“I film normal-life subjects in natural settings that some people would consider uncinematic. But what I want to show is nature itself, as the truth of life.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in FIFA, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right.”

― Abby Wambach

“We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society. But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“Islam, or any religion, will become totalitarian if it is made into an ideology, because that is the nature of ideologies.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.”

― Abdus Salam

“Because Mr. Mandela’s early opponents invested so many resources into distorting the true nature of his advocacy, the singular historic moment millions now celebrate could have been tragically lost to guerrilla decontextualization.”

― Aberjhani

“The world’s a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature were inconstancy.”

― Abraham Cowley

“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“Repeal the Missouri Compromise – repeal all compromises – repeal the Declaration of Independence – repeal all past history, you still cannot repeal human nature. It will be the abundance of man’s heart that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the angels of our nature.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles – the oppression of tyranny – to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.”

― Abraham Maslow

“The Analytical Engine does not occupy common ground with mere ‘calculating machines.’ It holds a position wholly its own, and the considerations it suggests are more interesting in their nature.”

― Ada Lovelace

“I believe myself to possess a most singular combination of qualities exactly fitted to make me pre-eminently a discoverer of the hidden realities of nature.”

― Ada Lovelace

“I find that nothing but very close and intense application to subjects of a scientific nature now seems at all to keep my imagination from running wild, or to stop up the void which seems to be left in my mind from a want of excitement.”

― Ada Lovelace

“The ideas which led to the Analytical Engine occurred in a manner wholly independent of any that were connected with the Difference Engine. These ideas are indeed, in their own intrinsic nature, independent of the latter engine and might equally have occurred had it never existed nor even been thought of at all.”

― Ada Lovelace

“My memories from my childhood are centered on my father’s medical conditions alongside my constant desire to understand the principles of the nature around me.”

― Ada Yonath

“But this Christ or Redeemer took not upon him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham, that is, human nature, that in the nature which sinned he might make the expiation required.”

― Adam Clarke

“Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect.”

― Adam Clarke

“Families, particularly, tend to be the ones that you take the most for granted. They seem to slip under the radar, all those important things – it almost becomes second nature to do so.”

― Adam Garcia

“’Jaws’ was the ultimate man vs. nature movie, and it was a movie that was basically three people against the elements, so that was the biggest influence on ‘Frozen.’”

― Adam Green

“We live on a planet that is amazing, beautiful, and full of wonder but not protected from powerful destructive forces of nature. We are capable of doing wonderful and selfless things but also self-absorbed and harmful things. This is the world we live in.”

― Adam Hamilton

“God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things.”

― Adam Hamilton

“Vinyl is democratic, as surely as the iPod is fascist. Vinyl is representational: It has a face. Two faces, in fact, to represent the dualism of human nature. Vinyl occupies physical space honestly, proud as a fat woman dancing.”

― Adam Mansbach

“The nature of the music business is such that it’s better to have a few chances for some things to be successful than just one, and that’s kind of been my attitude all along.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.”

― Adam Smith

“Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.”

― Adam Smith

“And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it.”

― Adam Weishaupt

“When man lives under government, he is fallen, his worth is gone, and his nature tarnished.”

― Adam Weishaupt

“It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination.”

― Adam Weishaupt

“We have a company, Geometric Software, which is into engineering services software. We have a company called Nature’s Basket, which is into gourmet retailing. Both are specialized companies.”

― Adi Godrej

“Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“Nature is neutral.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.”

― Adolf Loos

“I never use nature as a starting point. I never abstract from nature; I never consciously think of nature when I paint.”

― Adolph Gottlieb

“We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.”

― Adolph Green

“The land of Beulah lies beyond the valley of the shadow of death. Many Christians spend all their days in a continual bustle, doing good. They are too busy to find either the valley or Beulah. Virtues they have, but are full of the life and attractions of nature, and unacquainted with the paths of mortification and death.”

― Adoniram Judson

“Let us die as soon as possible, and by whatever process God shall appoint. And when we are dead to the world, and nature, and self, we shall begin to live to God.”

― Adoniram Judson

“We had never before seen a place where European influence had not contributed to smooth and soften the rough features of uncultivated nature. The prospect of Rangoon, as we approached, was quite disheartening.”

― Adoniram Judson

“You make a decision whether you just work on the script and believe in every moment and pick out every moment, or if you sit down and memorize lines. Once you really dig into a script, learning lines becomes almost second nature.”

― Adria Arjona

“Worrying that banning flag desecration would inhibit free speech reveals a misunderstanding of the flag’s fundamental nature.”

― Adrian Cronauer

“I wanted to make a movie about the arbitrary nature of love.”

― Adrian Lyne

“I want a guy I can go hiking with, who wants to do outdoorsy stuff. It’s so much fun to be out in nature and who better to do that with than the person you’re dating?”

― Adrianne Palicki

“I’ve been taking a lot of time to paint and be in nature. I would say I’m happier as a person. More centered. More free.”

― Adrien Brody

“I’ve always been interested in oral traditions and mythological stories and legends from antiquity that have to do with nature, attempts to explain mysterious or puzzling, or very striking phenomena from nature. Things that people observed or heard about in nature.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“I just had a hunch that there might be kernels of truth or reality – scientific or historical reality – in stories about nature that are perpetuated in oral myths. That’s how I got interested in it.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.”

― Aeschylus

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.”

― Aesop

“Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.”

― Agnes Repplier

“But I see no reason why a woman should not grow and develop in all those outlets which are suited to her nature, it matters not at all what they may be.”

― Agnes Smedley

“From the dawn of history, science has probed the universe of unknowns, searching for the uniting laws of nature.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Molecules A and B meet, marry, and beget the species. This takes place in one-millionth of a billionth of a second. This is a fundamental process in nature, and the world was looking for a way to be able to see the process. But many brilliant people said it couldn’t be done.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Historically, China is not a nation of sportsmen. We traditionally put more emphasis on being close to nature than pushing endlessly to excel. A philosophy that values tranquil contemplation of the landscape cannot easily be adapted to the Olympic slogan of ‘higher, stronger, faster.’”

― Ai Weiwei

“Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product; it’s an understanding of human nature.”

― Ai Weiwei

“The legs that I have made are far more perfect than the ones nature would have given me – my mother’s side of the family have awful legs.”

― Aimee Mullins

“I can’t control what’s fair and unfair. I can’t control the nature of the business or the nature of society or the nature of the world, but what I can control is how I choose to see the world and what I choose to put back into it.”

― Aisha Tyler

“I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of Europe and America and to remove their concerns over the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use.”

― Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

“It’s the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature, and then you.”

― Al Franken

“I think the Internet has developed at this incredibly rapid pace because of net neutrality, because of the free nature of it, because a YouTube can start the way YouTube started.”

― Al Franken

“The nature of the Internet and the importance of net neutrality is that innovation can come from everyone.”

― Al Franken

“My views about God come from my dad. Dad told me that he believed Nature, which to him included humankind, to be so beautiful, so magnificent, that there had to be something behind it all.”

― Al Franken

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”

― Al Gore

“I’m naturally an optimist, but my basis for hope is rooted in my understanding of human nature.”

― Al Gore

“Any time a running back reaches the age of 31 or 32, he has to lose a step. No one is a freak of nature. No one is going to be able to take the pounding a running back has to take over a 10- or 12-year career and not lose a step.”

― Al Michaels

“My greatest joy comes from creativity: from feeling that I have been able to identify a certain aspect of human nature and crystallise a phenomenon in words.”

― Alain de Botton

“I waste most of the day, then finally start to write around 3 P.M., totally disgusted with myself for my wasteful nature.”

― Alain de Botton

“In my own life, I think legends of supernatural, mythic things are really just a manifestation of the collective unconscious. So I don’t really get freaked out. I mean certainly, you read about things people did to each other in the pursuit of some mystical or occult goal, and it’s horrifying. But that’s just human nature.”

― Alan Ball

“I always choose to look, as much as one can, at the supernatural not being something that exists outside of nature, but a deeper, fundamental heart of nature that perhaps humans… have lost touch with. It’s a more primal thing than perhaps we are attuned to in our modern, self-aware way of life.”

― Alan Ball

“There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.”

― Alan Bleasdale

“Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature.”

― Alan Bullock

“How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.”

― Alan Dean Foster

“I am deeply concerned that, without peace and a two-state solution, the Jewish and democratic nature of Israel is in danger. That’s why I have opposed Israel’s settlement policy since 1973, and that’s why I have favored a two-state solution since 1967.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.”

― Alan Greenspan

“The very nature of finance is that it cannot be profitable unless it is significantly leveraged… and as long as there is debt, there can be failure and contagion.”

― Alan Greenspan

“I’m not denying that monopolies are terrible things, but I am denying that it is readily easy to resolve them through legislation of that nature.”

― Alan Greenspan

“I always believed in animal spirits. It’s not their existence that is new. It’s the fact that they are not random events, but actually replicate in-bred qualities of human nature which create those animal spirits.”

― Alan Greenspan

“Every economy exists, no matter what the level of democracy, has elements of crony capitalism. It’s – given human nature and given the democratic structures, which we all, I assume, adhere to, that is an inevitable consequence.”

― Alan Greenspan

“I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God.”

― Alan Hovhaness

“Aside from its parks and nature areas, Singapore is intensively developed, and due to the shortage of land, is building up, down and on manmade islands and landfills.”

― Alan Huffman

“I am oblique; I think that has to do with my own nature. I like trying to do things which work on many levels, because I think it is terribly important to give an audience a lot of things they might not get as well as those they will, so that finally the film does take on a texture and is not just simplistic communication.”

― Alan J. Pakula

“The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.”

― Alan Kay

“Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.”

― Alan King

“I’ve had years of bizarre hallucinogenic magical experiences in which I believed I had communicated with entities that may well have been disassociated parts of my own personality or conceivably some independent entity of a metaphysical nature. Both would seem equally interesting.”

― Alan Moore

“When I’m doing a drama, I wish I was doing something funny. When I’m doing something funny, I wish I was doing something more serious. I think it’s just human nature.”

― Alan Ruck

“Well, visual language is another boring discussion about the nature of film.”

― Alan Rudolph

“When we first sent missions to Jupiter, no one expected to find moons that would have active volcanoes. And I could go down a long list of how often I’ve been surprised by the richness of nature.”

― Alan Stern

“I want a permanent relationship, and I might feel inclined to reject anything which of its nature could not be permanent.”

― Alan Turing

“In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.”

― Alan Watts

“When I’m off the road, my husband and I recharge our batteries. It’s a day of deep rest and connection with the spiritual, and that can be anything – going for a walk in nature, being in silence, burning incense.”

― Alanis Morissette

“The nature of fashion is family.”

― Alber Elbaz

“Nobody will leave any place unless they’re forced out. That’s the nature of humans. Once you’re there, you’re there. I’ve never seen anybody get up voluntarily and leave any place.”

― Albert Brooks

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

― Albert Camus

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

― Albert Camus

“I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.”

― Albert Camus

“Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.”

― Albert Camus

“Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.”

― Albert Camus

“When I went to the University, the medical school was the only place where one could hope to find the means to study life, its nature, its origins, and its ills.”

― Albert Claude

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

― Albert Einstein

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

“It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.”

― Albert Einstein

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

― Albert Einstein

“We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”

― Albert Einstein

“Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.”

― Albert Einstein

“Assuming that man has a distinct spiritual nature, a soul, why should it be thought unnatural that under appropriate conditions of maladjustment, his soul might die before his body does; or that his soul might die without his knowing it?”

― Albert J. Nock

“The improvisational nature of jazz musicianship is such that a truly competent performer must be prepared to function as an on-the-spot composer who is expected to contribute to the orchestration in progress, not simply to execute the score as it is written and rehearsed.”

― Albert Murray

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.”

― Albert Schweitzer

“As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.”

― Albrecht Durer

“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”

― Aldo Leopold

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.”

― Aldous Huxley

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”

― Aldous Huxley

“Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.”

― Aleister Crowley

“Cannes or any other major festival is basically an animal in its own nature, creating very specific perceptions of films in a moment.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I have something inside of me that every day tells me that nature and beauty is the soul, the meaning, of our life. And I also love Hollywood and cinema.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I had two different kind of parents. My mother was obsessive with movie stars and cinema and Hollywood because she worked in movies. And my father was obsessed with beauty everywhere – in art, in nature, animals.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I have a big passion for flowers and nature.”

― Alessandro Michele

“Gender and sex are about rules which we have invented, but we are animals; we belong to nature.”

― Alessandro Michele

“To conquer nature is, in effect, to remove all natural barriers and human norms and to substitute artificial, fabricated equivalents for natural processes.”

― Alex Campbell

“To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them – these nature spirits who call us here – sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.”

― Alex Grey

“He was always – I like to say of Malcolm – he was just simply electrical. Everything he did almost was dramatic, and it wasn’t that he was trying to be: it was just the nature of him.”

― Alex Haley

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.”

― Alex Noble

“I am a big fan of vampires. I’ve always been obsessed with the genre, and the beautiful romanticism and erotic kind of nature of the immortal being, the undead who lives on human blood.”

― Alex O’Loughlin

“I go through phases of not liking the pretention and sycophantic nature of L.A. but I can be surfing in 10 minutes and snowboarding in two hours – I love the connection with nature.”

― Alex Roe

“Nature got it right with the cranes. They have been around since the Eocene, which ended 34 million years ago.”

― Alex Shoumatoff

“You’re never going to make everybody happy; there are always going to be people that, yeah, aren’t with you. That’s the nature of sports.”

― Alex Smith

“The term ‘natural resources’ confuses people. ‘Natural resources’ are not like a finite number of gifts under the Christmas tree. Nature is given, but resources are created.”

― Alex Tabarrok

“If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”

― Alex Trebek

“It’s part of our nature. As much as I love (brother and guitarist Eddie), if you put us in a room with no one else for 15 minutes, we’d be at each other’s throats.”

― Alex Van Halen

“’War and Peace’ holds a strange place in literary history, participating in the crowning of realism as a substantial and serious literary mode in America, even as the novel also contributed to the argument that historical fiction could be by nature dangerous, illegitimate, and inaccurate.”

― Alexander Chee

“I love generally being out in nature. It is just so amazing.”

― Alexander Dreymon

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!”

― Alexander Herzen

“Modern reality TV sets up these competitive situations to show us real human nature.”

― Alexander Ludwig

“The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.”

― Alexander Pope

“Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.”

― Alexander Pope

“Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.”

― Alexander Pope

“Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!”

― Alexander Pope

“All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.”

― Alexander Pope

“The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more.”

― Alexander Pope

“All nature is but art unknown to thee.”

― Alexander Pope

“Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature’s God.”

― Alexander Pope

“A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.”

― Alexander Pope

“Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.”

― Alexander Pope

“Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.”

― Alexander Smith

“If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.”

― Alexander Smith

“You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.”

― Alexander the Great

“Who does not desire such a victory by which we shall join places in our Kingdom, so far divided by nature, and for which we shall set up trophies in another conquered world?”

― Alexander the Great

“In the days of Gary Cooper, James Stewart etc, film stars personified the better aspects of human nature.”

― Alexander Walker

“There is no way to order chaos. It’s the fundamental theory at the beginning and end of everything; it’s the ultimate law of nature. There’s no way to win against unpredictability, to suit up completely against accidents.”

― Alexandra Fuller

“The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.”

― Alfred Adler

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”

― Alfred Austin

“There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.”

― Alfred Austin

“From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.”

― Alfred de Vigny

“And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“But if inventions have increased man’s power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities.”

― Alfred Marshall

“Slavery was regarded by Aristotle as an ordinance of nature, and so probably was it by the slaves themselves in olden time.”

― Alfred Marshall

“Hope is nature’s veil for hiding truth’s nakedness.”

― Alfred Nobel

“Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“Today a new faith is stirring: the myth of blood, the faith that along with blood we are defending the divine nature of man as a whole.”

― Alfred Rosenberg

“On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with a spiritual body or soul, both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism.”

― Alfred Russel Wallace

“I like all those painters who loved and had a strong feeling for nature.”

― Alfred Sisley

“The truth is, man is hereunto led by reason which is his nature.”

― Algernon Sidney

“Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice.”

― Algernon Sidney

“The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.”

― Algernon Sidney

“My nature is feminist. How could you not be a feminist and be alive? The world is full of brilliant, interesting women.”

― Ali Smith

“We say, ‘You may drink at the age of 21 but not at the age of 20.’ Why? Because humans like to create terribly neat categories out of nature because it allows us a nice, tight social organization. The truth is, nature doesn’t care that we like nice, neat social organizations. Nature likes variety.”

― Alice Dreger

“I think it is fine to have sports divided into men’s and women’s, just as it is fine to say a fifteen-year-old is incapable of consenting to sex. But we should recognize these are social distinctions based on biology, and not categories foisted upon us by nature.”

― Alice Dreger

“We now know that sex is complicated enough that we have to admit nature doesn’t draw the line for us between male and female, or between male and intersex and female and intersex; we actually draw that line on nature.”

― Alice Dreger

“I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.”

― Alice Hoffman

“You must remember that a woman, by nature, needs much less to feed upon than a man, a few emotions and she is satisfied.”

― Alice James

“It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, when Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.”

― Alice Meynell

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

― Alice Walker

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

― Alice Walker

“I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.”

― Alice Walker

“I just think cities are unnatural, basically. I know there are people who live happily in them, and I have cities that I love, too. But it’s a disaster that we have moved so far from nature.”

― Alice Walker

“I think that I do feel that my nature is to express what this self, this particular self at this time, experiences in the world. And that is so organic – I use this metaphor a lot but I’ll use it again – it’s like a pine tree producing pine cones, or a blackberry bush producing blackberries – it’s just what happens with this being, now.”

― Alice Walker

“Many readers fail to realize this, but ‘The Color Purple’ is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one’s original God: the earth and nature.”

― Alice Walker

“The open source nature of the Internet is both a blessing and a curse, because just as much as we can watch what’s happening around the world, we can also be watched.”

― Alicia Garza

“The Black Lives Matter movement has to, by its very nature, be intersectional because of the complexities of who black people are in this country and throughout the world.”

― Alicia Garza

“There are only three integral views of the world: the religious, the materialistic, and the Islamic. They reflect three elemental possibilities (conscience, nature, and man), each of them manifesting itself as Christianity, materialism, and Islam.”

― Alija Izetbegovic

“One of the best ways of understanding human nature is to study children. After all, if we want understand who we are, we should find out how we got to be that way.”

― Alison Gopnik

“Scientists and philosophers tend to treat knowledge, imagination and love as if they were all very separate parts of human nature. But when it comes to children, all three are deeply entwined. Children learn the truth by imagining all the ways the world could be, and testing those possibilities.”

― Alison Gopnik

“I wanted to answer big questions about humanity, about how it is that we understand about the world, how we can know as much as we do, why human nature is the way that it is. And it always seemed to me that you find answers to those questions by looking at children.”

― Alison Gopnik

“Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.”

― Alison Gopnik

“I’m not satirical in a traditional way. What I do is more about creating caricatures and cartoons. I am commentating on the nature of how we live through photography, and how you can twist an angle to create a different perception of a person.”

― Alison Jackson

“When it’s open and honest, that’s when the real nature of who you are as a vocalist or as a performer, all of that stuff can finally start to become what it’s supposed to be. Like a settling into yourself. It’s not even a musical thing, it’s a whole mindset, a whole acceptance of who you were supposed to be. Life sounds good.”

― Alison Krauss

“Human nature stays the same, the one thing that stays constant, like death and taxes. And people still want good stories!”

― Alison Owen

“Especially with sports cars, when you have got so many cars on the track with various degrees of competitiveness, then something will happen. It’s the nature of racing, the law of averages. If you want to be a front-runner then you are going to have to push very hard, and collisions can happen.”

― Allan McNish

“I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father’s role of taking care of my mother… and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature.”

― Allen Ginsberg

“My child was one of Nature’s Tories pitted against a mother who was one of nurture’s Lefties: it was no contest.”

― Allison Pearson

“Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.”

― Alphonse de Lamartine

“I find it hard to believe that anyone could be playing regularly and saying they do not have a niggle. It is the nature of the beast, what you get when you play a lot of rugby: you have to get another niggle to forget about the one you already have.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.”

― Alvar Aalto

“The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.”

― Alvar Aalto

“I remember going to the first ever DragCon, and I know this sounds crazy, but I’ve never experienced a ComicCon or anything like that of this nature. So it was a full carnival of extravaganza. I was a little bit more prepared the second year because I was excited to see everything.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“Spring beckons! All things to the call respond; the trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“To copy Nature? A boy with a camera can do that. To get the spirit of Nature? A woodman or a shepherd can follow the trail of the whistling wind to hoarded sunshine in distant wolds. But to interpret Nature and inform it with a human personality that rises above it, invokes the divine in it, is the work of genius.”

― Ameen Rihani

“In fiction, you don’t invent the events. What is imaginative about it is the consciousness: how you think about the events and how you present them. And that changes the nature of everything, and that is the attraction of writing fiction.”

― Amitava Kumar

“I think a writer is a describer. She describes society and human nature as she sees it. She has to be both typical of that society and alone within it.”

― Amity Gaige

“By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration but our reconsideration.”

― Amor Towles

“When I died my hair red the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way, I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suits my personality. I was a terrible blonde!”

― Amy Adams

“It’s human nature to be curious about people, and to be more curious about young people than old people. We want to cheer something on at the same time we want to tear it down. That’s just so normal.”

― Amy Grant

“I have spent probably years of time waiting in studio lounges – waiting on a mix, waiting on my time to sing, waiting on, waiting on, waiting on. That’s just the nature of life.”

― Amy Grant

“I love my pets, and I’m a big animal lover. I also enjoy the nature and countryside.”

― Amy Jackson

“I’m so comfortable on my snowboard that I don’t have to think about it very much; it’s somewhat second nature.”

― Amy Purdy

“I live in the rural area of North Georgia, so for me, those are these best days. It has little to do with humans and mostly to do with nature and what surrounds me.”

― Amy Ray

“The most important thing is to find the balance between city and nature. I have that ‘hippie quality’ – my husband is a super-hippie Los Angeles boy – so we’ll have to make time to go to Puerto Rico, and upstate New York, and be sure we get to do outdoorsy stuff like that.”

― Ana Ortiz

“Crowdsourcing aid is a cunning way to work around the do-nothing corridors of official Washington. But it also raises complicated questions about the nature of humanitarianism and what it means for a ‘nation’ to help.”

― Anand Giridharadas

“I’m a fighter by nature and nothing will ever change that.”

― Anastacia

“Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.”

― Anatole France

“It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.”

― Anatole France

“And I thought that was the best way for me to participate, because standing in the crowd and listening is a fantastic education, but it’s not my nature. I need to be involved. So I did that instead.”

― Andre Braugher

“Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.”

― Andre Breton

“It’s the nature of basketball sometimes: every player and coach are going to have run-ins.”

― Andre Iguodala

“When you get to college, they’re never teaching you how to start a credit line or get a loan on a car, things of that nature.”

― Andre Iguodala

“There’s no night without stars.”

― Andre Norton

“Whenever I get fed up with life I love to go wandering in nature.”

― Andrea Arnold

“I am, as are most writers, just hugely obsessive, and so are many of my closest friends, who tend to be writers or scientists. It’s a trait of human nature that I’m particularly in touch with. So I tend to project it onto my characters.”

― Andrea Barrett

“The nature of music is mysterious and so much so that it generates strong emotions within us. It moves along passages that reach the most intimate areas of our psyche without being tried by prejudices or influences of any kind.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I was an agnostic until I realized that I had to choose between God and fate. The idea that humanity and nature are the result of fate was not convincing at all. I find the presence of God everywhere.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I think any artist is a perfectionist by their nature.”

― Andrea Riseborough

“’Real Housewives of New Jersey’ has taught me more about the nature of a vacuum in space than any of the demonstrations in my high school AP physics textbook.”

― Andrea Seigel

“Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.”

― Andrew Bernstein

“Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever.”

― Andrew Cohen

“Both Brutus and Hamlet are highly intellectual by nature and reflective by habit. Both may even be called, in a popular sense, philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense.”

― Andrew Coyle Bradley

“Ninety percent of the students take the ‘preferred lender.’ Why? Because that’s the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.”

― Andrew Cuomo

“’Call Me by Your Name’ is essentially the universal nature of love.”

― Andrew Haigh

“The number of stressors has multiplied exponentially: traffic, money, success, work/life balance, the economy, the environment, parenting, family conflict, relationships, disease. As the nature of human life has become far more complicated, our ancient stress response hasn’t been able to keep up.”

― Andrew J. Bernstein

“Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.”

― Andrew Marvell

“Generally, what people tend to underestimate is the cyborg nature of Groupon. We are a company that has the DNA of being both a technology company and a heavily operational company.”

― Andrew Mason

“I wish I’d been better able to resist the sense of obligation to write some of the poems I did. It’s in the nature of commissioned work to be written too much from the side of your mind that knows what it’s doing, which dries up the poetry.”

― Andrew Motion

“When I look back at my childhood on the Ayrshire coast, I recall a basic devotion to the idea that human nature and national character are as unknowable as the weather’s rationale.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“There’s something in human nature that says we need to have at least one symbolic place where chaos and dark desires can live.”

― Andrew Pyper

“The 24/7 nature of online debate, on the web and across social media, has allowed for more vibrant discussion of the opinions we publish – and your own.”

― Andrew Rosenthal

“I don’t sleep well. I’m a very nervous – by my nature – anxious, almost paranoid person and reporter.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“I do believe that the U.K. over the years has given up a tremendous amount of sovereignty. The bureaucratic nature of the E.U., the different levels of government, the fact that court decisions in the U.K. can be appealed to a higher level of court in Europe, those are all things I don’t think Canadians would ever accept for ourselves.”

― Andrew Scheer

“Both my parents were atheists, and my grandmother was an atheist in rural Kentucky, and so they were trying to make sure that my brother and I would be atheists, too, and it worked, which doesn’t mean that they didn’t teach us a lot of wonder of science and of nature and the world and all of that.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“I’m still craving approval from my parents. It took a lot of success for me to realize it was never coming. It’s just not in their nature.”

― Andrew Stanton

“There’s a mercurial nature, but more of a mysterious nature to women that I think is what makes them so attractive. And I think that that’s what I love: Guys never seem to know when they’ve come too close and crossed the line, and then the temper comes.”

― Andrew Stanton

“Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication.”

― Andrew Weil

“I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature – the very thought of it drives me mad.”

― Andrew Wyeth

“Having been in the restaurant business, our job in the restaurant business is to be responsible for our customers’ happiness. It’s the nature of the hospitality business. You need to take care of people. You take care of customers above all others. Customers are your lifeblood.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“I’m sure the atmosphere at Tanglewood and the space there and nature – I think it absolutely fits Wagner’s music.”

― Andris Nelsons

“As far as being onstage, commanding presence, I’ve always looked up to people like Axl Rose and Freddie Mercury and Paul Stanley – the rock gods. I’ve always wanted to be able to achieve that level of commanding nature onstage and really leading people at a show.”

― Andy Biersack

“I’m not naive enough to believe it’s in our nature to step outside our comfort zones.”

― Andy Dunn

“My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.”

― Andy Goldsworthy

“Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There’s something very powerful about finding snow in summer.”

― Andy Goldsworthy

“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.”

― Andy Goldsworthy

“I do love nature, but I don’t suppose I’d spent more time in zoos as a child than anyone else!”

― Andy Serkis

“I’m quite contrary. If people agree on something, I tend to gravitate the other way by my nature. I don’t like to be told what to do. I think it goes back to school. I like to do things I want to do and I really don’t like doing what I don’t want to do.”

― Andy Serkis

“Gorillas are still wild creatures. That’s made very clear when you observe them in nature. They charge and perform other displays that are terrifying by design. But they don’t attack unless they feel threatened.”

― Andy Serkis

“Manufacturing and other unskilled professions that were union jobs, that allowed people to live a middle-class life, are disappearing both because unions are disappearing and because of the global nature of the economy.”

― Andy Stern

“Land really is the best art.”

― Andy Warhol

“There haven’t been genetic studies on grit, but we often think that challenge is inherited but grit is learned. That’s not what science says. Science says grit comes from both nature and nurture.”

― Angela Duckworth

“The body is both a temple and a perfect machine. Our bodies have within them a healing potential, and we nourish this potential with the pure and simple foods found in nature.”

― Angela Lindvall

“War is so complex; human nature is so complex. There’s no filmmaker who has ever figured it out perfectly.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I’m shy by nature, not just around girls but guys as well.”

― Anirudh Ravichander

“My father, John Marcellus Huston, was a director renowned for his adventurous style and audacious nature.”

― Anjelica Huston

“It’s the nature of an actor to have to use sense memory.”

― Anjelica Huston

“For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.”

― Ann Druyan

“I see any production of any nature being good for the development of the whole industry.”

― Ann Macbeth

“When I read Katana’s run in ‘Birds of Prey,’ I was curious about her restraint. She didn’t laugh, didn’t loosen up, didn’t seem to have a light side. I thought, well, that demure nature is what we believe of women of Old Japan, so she seemed not like a modern Japanese but from an earlier time.”

― Ann Nocenti

“Part of it is living in Tennessee. I’m so out of the loop. And as a person, I’m out of the loop. I’m oblivious by nature.”

― Ann Patchett

“I have been accused of being a Pollyanna, but I think there are plenty of people dealing with the darker side of human nature, and if I am going to write about people who are kind and generous and loving and thoughtful, so what?”

― Ann Patchett

“I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.”

― Ann Voskamp

“Kids are truthful by nature.”

― Anna Chlumsky

“I like a man who smells manly. I love the smell of nature.”

― Anna Ewers

“Becoming a mother has been the best thing ever for me. It’s become my life’s work. Not just parenting, but sharing information and encouraging other women to be receptive to the basic nature of motherhood.”

― Anna Getty

“When I get recognized for ‘Twilight,’ it’s usually a teenage girl, and they’re usually really loud. So it certainly feels like I get recognized the most from that, but it could just be because of the nature of how vocal those fans are.”

― Anna Kendrick

“I like figuring out where I need to be mentally so that I’m not thinking about the camera and that it’s second nature. I want to get to a place where I can exist within the confines of what you can do with filmmaking and not have to think about it.”

― Anna Kendrick

“Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That’s human nature.”

― Anna Sui

“I have way more bravery than common sense, but you always assume things are going to be so difficult, and then when you’re actually faced with them, you prevail. It’s human nature.”

― Annabelle Wallis

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.”

― Anne Bronte

“It is a woman’s nature to be constant – to love one and one only, blindly, tenderly, and for ever – bless them, dear creatures!”

― Anne Bronte

“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.”

― Anne Frank

“Our culture has valued closed systems and tries to generate them in all walks of life. Women are better at and more comfortable with open systems, which occur naturally in nature.”

― Anne Wilson Schaef

“There’s love for your parents, your family, your spouse, your partner, your friends, but the nature of the connection you have with your child, there’s nothing like it. It has its own character and it’s so serious and so powerful, and so it’s a prism through which I see everything.”

― Annette Bening

“No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground.”

― Annie Besant

“Beauty is no dead thing. It is the manifestation of God in nature. There is not one object in nature untouched by man that is not beautiful, for God’s manifestation is beauty. It shines through all His works, and not only in those that may give pleasure to man.”

― Annie Besant

“One of the great advantages of cremation – apart from all sanitary conditions – lies in the swift restoration to Mother Nature of the material elements composing the physical and astral corpses, brought about by the burning.”

― Annie Besant

“The soul grows by reincarnation in bodies provided by nature, more complex, more powerful, as the soul unfolds greater and greater faculties. And so the soul climbs upward into the light eternal. And there is no fear for any child of man, for inevitably he climbs towards God.”

― Annie Besant

“The idea of reverence for God is transmitted from parent to child, it is educated into an abnormal development, and thus almost indefinitely strengthened, but yet it does appear to me that the bent to worship is an integral part of man’s nature.”

― Annie Besant

“Teaching man his relatively small sphere in the creation, it also encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him with the great intelligence over-reaching all.”

― Annie Jump Cannon

“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.”

― Annie Leibovitz

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

― Annie Leibovitz

“God – God’s the wrong word – goddess or nature will conspire to transform you in a way you couldn’t have imagined.”

― Anohni

“I was never going to become a beautiful, passable woman, and I was never going to be a man. It’s a quandary. But the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it’s one of nature’s best ideas.”

― Anohni

“My idea with ‘4 Degrees’ was to articulate, for a minute, not my ideal vision of how I wanted to perceive my relationship to nature but the reality. If I could give a voice to my behavior, what would that voice be? Taking planes, enjoying first-world fossil fuel, an addict of first-world comfort.”

― Anohni

“When we are not extracting wealth from nature, we are extracting it from the working and middle classes.”

― Anohni

“I can’t be separated from nature. I am one of her faces.”

― Anohni

“India. From Goa to Kerala and Mumbai, it gets me every time. It’s the food, the people, and the colours. The magical atmosphere and the accepting nature of the locals.”

― Anouska Hempel

“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

“There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.”

― Ansel Adams

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.”

― Ansel Adams

“The whole cable-TV original programming just changed the nature of television.”

― Anson Mount

“Comedy is second nature for me.”

― Anthony Anderson

“My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“I’m not Ted Nugent. My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. I would never hunt. I would never wear fur. I would never go to a bullfight. I’m not really a meat and potatoes guy.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“Human nature is weak.”

― Anthony Fauci

“The nature of a protective immune response to HIV is still unclear. Because in a very, very unique manner, unlike virtually any other microbe with which we’re familiar, the HIV virus has evolved in a way that the immune system finds it very difficult, if not impossible, to deal with the virus.”

― Anthony Fauci

“The worst potential bio-terrorist is nature itself.”

― Anthony Fauci

“I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

― Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own time.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“A novel can grant humanity even to those who act inhumanely, and by making men and women of monsters, it can offer not only a ground-level view of a particular conflict, but a descent into the substratum of human nature capable of the incomprehensible.”

― Anthony Marra

“I’m proud we have built a billion-dollar business from scratch here in the US. It has been done very much in a slow, building way. It wasn’t an instant type of thing. America is a huge market where persistence is very important, and I am a builder by nature.”

― Anthony Pratt

“The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little – or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.”

― Anthony Trollope

“I’ve exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. For the most part, these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. To be clear, I have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time.”

― Anthony Weiner

“The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed.”

― Antoine Lavoisier

“Vegetation is the basic instrument the creator uses to set all of nature in motion.”

― Antoine Lavoisier

“We must trust to nothing but facts: these are presented to us by nature and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.”

― Antoine Lavoisier

“Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.”

― Antoinette Brown Blackwell

“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

“The sea has neither meaning nor pity.”

― Anton Chekhov

“There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.”

― Antoni Gaudi

“Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature.”

― Antoni Gaudi

“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”

― Antoni Gaudi

“Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.”

― Antoni Gaudi

“How inscrutable and incomprehensible are the hidden works of Nature!”

― Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

“Consciousness permits us to develop the instruments of culture – morality and justice, religion, art, economics and politics, science and technology. Those instruments allow us some measure of freedom in the confrontation with nature.”

― Antonio Damasio

“I didn’t go in there and tell them I think you should move me, but I also understand the nature of this business.”

― Antonio Davis

“Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.”

― Antonio Porchia

“Virtue comes by nature, learning, and practice, and thanks to virtue, all of the aforesaid may deserve approval.”

― Apollonius of Tyana

“Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the ‘old Japan’ and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture.”

― Apolo Ohno

“My work is about the underbelly of the beauty of nature – and the dark side of nature is its indifference. Nature isn’t friendly, nor is it unfriendly – it’s the perfect embodiment of the Other.”

― April Gornik

“It’s a really deep and layered psychological situation – making music with someone – if they’re trying to make something real and personal. It’s almost like dating: you allow yourself to be consumed by the other – not in a bad way, but in a way that happens in nature.”

― Arca

“Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it.”

― Archibald Alexander

“Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature’s, not honour’s law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.”

― Archilochus

“In a culture fueled by burnout, a culture that has run itself down, our national resilience becomes compromised. And when our collective immune system is weakened, we become more susceptible to viruses that are part of every culture because they’re part of human nature – fear-mongering, scapegoating, conspiracy theories, and demagoguery.”

― Arianna Huffington

“I was born on a farm. My strength has nothing to do with political apparatus. I get my strength from nature, from flowers.”

― Ariel Sharon

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”

― Aristotle

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

― Aristotle

“The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.”

― Aristotle

“For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.”

― Aristotle

“Man is by nature a political animal.”

― Aristotle

“He who can be, and therefore is, another’s, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.”

― Aristotle

“Nature does nothing in vain.”

― Aristotle

“All men by nature desire knowledge.”

― Aristotle

“Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.”

― Aristotle

“If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.”

― Aristotle

“I am very filmi by nature.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“I haven’t lost faith in human nature and I haven’t decided to be less compassionate to strangers.”

― Armistead Maupin

“As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

“It is one thing for the human mind to extract from the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them; it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control.”

― Arthur Eddington

“Shuffling is the only thing which Nature cannot undo.”

― Arthur Eddington

“We have found that where science has progressed the farthest, the mind has but regained from nature that which the mind put into nature.”

― Arthur Eddington

“I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.”

― Arthur Erickson

“No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystems.”

― Arthur Erickson

“There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.”

― Arthur Erickson

“Good men, whether they be Christians or rationalists, do not desire to discriminate between races, but the distinctions implanted by Nature are too conspicuous to escape the observation of our senses.”

― Arthur Keith

“Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence, that theory must take into account and explain the mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.”

― Arthur Keith

“There are very few men and women in whom a Universalist feeling is altogether lacking; its prevalence suggests that it must be part of our inborn nature and have a place in Nature’s scheme of evolution.”

― Arthur Keith

“Civilization never stands still; if in one country it is falling back, in another it is changing, evolving, becoming more complicated, bringing fresh experience to body and mind, breeding new desires, and exploiting Nature’s cupboard for their satisfaction.”

― Arthur Keith

“Man is by nature competitive, combative, ambitious, jealous, envious, and vengeful.”

― Arthur Keith

“The pursuit of curiosity about the basic facts of nature has proven, with few exceptions throughout the history of medical science, to be the route by which the successful drugs and devices of modern medicine were discovered.”

― Arthur Kornberg

“Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“My nature is such that even if I failed 9,999 times, I’ll attempt for the 10,000th time again.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“The truth is, I’ve got a naturally outgoing nature, and I still have a great love for experimentation.”

― Asha Bhosle

“I cannot stand in one place and sing for three hours. By nature, I like to make things lively.”

― Asha Bhosle

“I like to do chill things on dates. I think it would be fun to go to the zoo. I know it’s really weird and random, but I love animals. It’d be like a day of doing silly things, while enjoying nature.”

― Ashlee Simpson

“Curvy models are becoming more and more vocal about the isolating nature of the term ‘plus-size.’ We are calling ourselves what we want to be called – women, with shapes that are our own.”

― Ashley Graham

“I have just been working with Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is also a mum, on a movie called ‘Hysteria.’ She is everywhere because of the nature of film work. Not that I’m name dropping or anything like that. I have to pinch myself when I remember who I’ve been working with.”

― Ashley Jensen

“In many ways, string theory attempts to go beyond Einstein’s dream… an all-encompassing description of nature that works at large distances where gravity becomes important as well as small distances where quantum mechanics is important.”

― Ashoke Sen

“I would say probably my most alpha quality is my competitive nature. I’m very competitive, and it tends to bring out very much the man in me.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“India is one of the richest civilizations in the world, and we Indians are known for our love of our soil! But somewhere on our way to modernisation, we have been losing the very essence and spirit that we should be proud of – that is, our culture that teaches us to love and respect nature and nurture it.”

― Asin

“I’m most passionate about anything to do with nature and the simple things. I love taking walks with my family or my friends and seeing nature. And that’s why I love living where I live because I live up in the desert area in the mountains.”

― Atticus Shaffer

“Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy.”

― August Strindberg

“A 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.”

― August Wilson

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.”

― Auguste Renoir

“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.”

― Auguste Rodin

“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.”

― Auguste Rodin

“To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.”

― Auguste Rodin

“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”

― Auguste Rodin

“To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.”

― Auguste Rodin

“Nothing is farther than earth from heaven; nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.”

― Augustus Hare

“When you’re outside, and everything is highland, it’s like nature has its own sound, and that’s one of my favorite sounds. I really loved sitting still silently outside, in a tree or in a bush, to just think.”

― Aurora

“You can’t look back at the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes that started in 2008 and not have some important lessons about the critical nature of oversights in financial markets and institutions.”

― Austan Goolsbee

“There was a much more self-destructive nature in ‘Appetite.’ It was a going-for-it-at-all-cost thing that worked then.”

― Axl Rose

“There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“I used to think that most published writers, the ones I admired, had a muse, or a special connection to the universe, to nature, or to aliens – something inaccessible to me that caused their prose to flow onto the page, already perfect.”

― Ayobami Adebayo

“What is excellence? It is about going a little beyond what we expect from ourselves. Part of the need for excellence is imposed on us externally by our customers. Our competition keeps us on our toes, especially when it is global in nature.”

― Azim Premji

“I have a nice car, a Mercedes. And then I have an old El Camino truck that I’m crazy about. I like to get in that truck and go up in the hills near where I live, in Vegas, and take my camera. That, to me, is Heaven, being out in nature, taking pictures of the wildlife.”

― B. B. King

“Cotton was a force of nature. There’s a poetry to it, hoeing and growing cotton.”

― B. B. King

“What don’t I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain’t nobody here saying, ‘You’d better learn this.’ But I still think I’ve got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.”

― B. B. King

“I’m a competitive person by nature, and I have been in competitive companies, and I love to compete – joining a company where, certainly, there is a real fire in the belly to compete and bring that energy is something I look forward to.”

― B. Kevin Turner

“’Faces of Love’ is asking about what the fundamental nature of love is.”

― Bae Suzy

“Storms and darkness scared me, but somehow it encouraged me to learn about nature and I think nothing’s dark, dark is beautiful too.”

― Bai Ling

“I went to South Africa on safari and came eye to eye with a beautiful leopard. We were so close; I was staring at him for a long time and I felt a recognition with my own nature.”

― Bai Ling

“I also like to follow nature’s rhythm. In times or places, they have their own rhythm. So you cannot push it. So we must accept that as well. Wherever we’re born at this time, we just live it.”

― Bai Ling

“I’m a person that doesn’t have that many goals or plans. I feel like I’m the wind and I blow through life; it’s whatever comes to me. I very much respect nature. Whatever happens to me, I’m happy and I embrace it.”

― Bai Ling

“I love this game, and without the competitive nature, I wouldn’t enjoy it.”

― Baker Mayfield

“Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.”

― Baltasar Gracian

“I grew up in L.A. I actually grew up in the Valley, which was a pretty amazing place to grow up because everybody has nice, big backyards, and I was kind of a little nature being.”

― Banks

“When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic.”

― Barack Obama

“I think becoming a scientist is the product of parents who gave me enormous opportunities to master nature.”

― Barbara Block

“I learned mainly through television, but I learned how to do mosaic, where you can buy stones or things of that nature. But also where you bust the tile to decorate pots for flowers or table tops. Lots of different things. Wherever you want it, you can mosaic just about anything. It took me about two weeks to do a big birdbath.”

― Barbara Mandrell

“I don’t have any regrets about not having kids. I’ve just never had those maternal feelings. I am a nurturer by nature, but I nurture adults: my friends, the people I work with. I don’t want to nurture children.”

― Barbara Windsor

“Part of the beauty of the way Australians hang out isn’t just how relaxed it is, but the inclusive, rolling nature of how they socialize.”

― Bari Weiss

“Any art worthy of its name should address ‘life’, ‘man’, ‘nature’, ‘death’ and ‘tragedy’.”

― Barnett Newman

“I think it’s just in my nature to irritate people and push things as far as I can. It’s really benefited me in WWE.”

― Baron Corbin

“I think everybody wants everybody to be successful. There is that competitive nature, in a sense that everybody wants to be the best, but if A.J. Styles is more successful, and Braun Strowman is more successful, that makes the company more successful.”

― Baron Corbin

“Nature knows best.”

― Barry Commoner

“I’m process-orientated. Awards, by their nature, are results-orientated.”

― Barry Jenkins

“I’m very much a person of nurture over nature. When the world is not nurturing, it can really change a man.”

― Barry Jenkins

“It’s amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.”

― Barry Mann

“Nature has provided us a spectacular toolbox. The toolbox exists. An architect far better and smarter than us has given us that toolbox, and we now have the ability to use it.”

― Barry Schuler

“We have an impact on nature, and nature has an impact on us.”

― Barry Sternlicht

“I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“I find the world pretty overwhelming, so I’m getting into meditation and doing lots of yoga. And I love my garden, and I love nature, and I feel like that grounds me and keeps my mind clear.”

― Bat for Lashes

“If a weakly mortal is to do anything in the world besides eat the bread thereof, there must be a determined subordination of the whole nature to the one aim no trifling with time, which is passing, with strength which is only too limited.”

― Beatrice Webb

“Nature is under control but not disturbed.”

― Beatrix of the Netherlands

“Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face, her aspect and her attitude.”

― Beck

“I like the accidental nature of being in the real world.”

― Beeban Kidron

“I think it takes a unique temperament for a lawyer who wants to go to a start-up, because generally, by nature, it’s a high-risk environment.”

― Belinda Johnson

“We are bringing women into politics to change the nature of politics, to change the vision, to change the institutions. Women are not wedded to the policies of the past. We didn’t craft them. They didn’t let us.”

― Bella Abzug

“We are more than just flesh and bones. There’s a certain spiritual nature and something of the mind that we can’t measure. We can’t find it. With all our sophisticated equipment, we cannot monitor or define it, and yet it’s there.”

― Ben Carson

“There’s a certain spiritual nature and something of the mind that we can’t measure. We can’t find it. With all our sophisticated equipment, we cannot monitor or define it, and yet it’s there.”

― Ben Carson

“For me, novel-writing, by its nature, contains months of feeling lost, gloomy, fatally misguided. The challenge has always been in assuring myself that by setting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually make my way out of the desert.”

― Ben Dolnick

“A novel is no mere assemblage of gears; it is a wild and living being. And how are you to discern the intentions of a creature – to discover its true nature – other than by close and respectful observation?”

― Ben Dolnick

“Father John Misty is rebelling not against repression or foolishness but the ephemeral nature of mankind. He seeks permanence in a fleeting age, and he does not find it because the one place he could find an answer, he considers closed off: a locked door.”

― Ben Domenech

“The big challenge for me is that my nature is more towards comedy, so I understand when a comedy thing is working; I know when I’m not bored in a comedy.”

― Ben Edlund

“Due to the political nature of film, partisan film making, especially where the subject is close to the film makers hart, tend to be the norm, rather than the exception.”

― Ben Edwards

“Indeed it can be argued that to make a powerful film you must care about the subject, therefore powerful films tend to be both political and partisan in nature.”

― Ben Edwards

“Inherently participatory in nature, Community Video focusing on using video to enable communities to communicate amongst themselves as well as with others.”

― Ben Edwards

“I eat out three times a day most days of the year. This is no big deal to most New Yorkers, and it is not something I am necessarily proud of – it’s simply the nature of my itinerant life.”

― Ben Elliot

“The nature of honesty is that if someone has information or knows something about you that you don’t want heard, then they have power over you.”

― Ben Folds

“There are millions of Americans who belong by nature in movie theaters as they belong at political rallies or in fortuneteller parlors and on the shoot-the-chutes. To these millions, the movies are a sort of boon – a gaudier version of religion.”

― Ben Hecht

“I’m very cagey by nature.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“Americans take justifiable pride in the freedoms given to them by nature or God and enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Washington’s birthday is worthy of celebration – he is one of the greatest men in history. But Washington himself would likely have seen celebration of the office of the presidency itself as monarchic in nature.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.”

― Ben Stein

“The reality of any location in Britain being used in a TV program of a film is that something bad is going to happen! That’s the nature of drama. Most of the things that get made or basically grisly detective shows about murders, accidents or medical dramas.”

― Ben Wheatley

“Filmmakers tell stories to explore human nature, which is always a flawed thing.”

― Ben Whishaw

“I’m used to the fact that the world views movie actors as personalities. I’m in the extremely fortunate position of making a living at something I’m passionate about. It’s all about choices. By the nature of what I do, I make a choice. I invite them in.”

― Benjamin Bratt

“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.”

― Benjamin Britten

“Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.”

― Benjamin Haydon

“We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language.”

― Benjamin Whorf

“The nature of constitutional delegations of power is that they entitle the empowered official to do certain things that other people can’t do.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“The nature of the job of attorney general has changed – irrevocably. And we should never again have an attorney general, of either party, capable of expressing surprise at the role that national security issues now play in the life of the Justice Department or in the role of its chief.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“No, no, I don’t watch football. The last time I tried watching was the last Super Bowl. The problem I have is, you know, the graphic nature of my imagination; when I watch and see them meeting head onto head, helmet onto helmet, what flashes through my mind is what’s going on in their brains. It’s like torture to me.”

― Bennet Omalu

“My nature is to try and look past apparent truths, to pull back layers and understand the psychological motives behind phenomena.”

― Bennett Miller

“I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I’d bet I wouldn’t lose 10% of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste.”

― Berkeley Breathed

“Such is the nature of comic strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste. Typically, the end result is lazy, rich cartoonists.”

― Berkeley Breathed

“In business, I think the most important thing is to position yourself for long-term and not be too impatient, which I am by nature, and I have to control myself.”

― Bernard Arnault

“Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.”

― Bernard de Mandeville

“The young is always there to replace what we call the old. That’s the process, even in nature.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“Use 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.”

― Bernard Meltzer

“It’s not in my nature to be too literal.”

― Bernard Sumner

“I crack jokes and play games and that’s really more my nature than being cold.”

― Bernhard Langer

“I am urging Americans to be more careful about the kinds of media we support with our consumer spending. We’ve got to invest less in the media that glorifies violence and more in entertainment that lifts up the values of love, compassion, and the best in human nature.”

― Bernice King

“When I started in the clubs, I had to work places where didn’t nobody else want to work. I had to do clubs where street gangs were, had to do motorcycle gangs, gay balls and things of that nature.”

― Bernie Mac

“A love of nature is a consolation against failure.”

― Berthe Morisot

“I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Animals are everything to me. I always say, ‘Who rescued who?’ with my horse Belle. She is my greatest teacher. She teaches me to be grounded, present, and in the moment, which I feel is key to happiness. My panic attacks become nonexistent when spending time with my animals, especially out in nature.”

― Beth Behrs

“I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don’t think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real.”

― Beth Moore

“It’s my nature to run from relationships, because I have never seen a good one.”

― Bethenny Frankel

“In terms of immigration, we’re seeing a lot of Democrats and Republicans use the really elastic term, ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform,’ and they don’t totally understand what that means. For us in El Paso, it’s part of a larger discussion about the nature of the border.”

― Beto O’Rourke

“’Preacher’ really appeals to my iconoclastic nature because I’m a student of comparative world religions since my early 20s, so I love shows that really challenge what you think about all these things. I think it’s genius. I was so excited there was a role I could play on it.”

― Betty Buckley

“My parents never told me about Papa’s lung cancer or the desperate nature of the operations he was about to undergo, which were a last-ditch effort to contain the spread of his cancer.”

― Beverly Sills

“I had only one idea before me throughout the trial, i.e. to show complete indifference towards the trial in spite of serious nature of the charges against us.”

― Bhagat Singh

“We must use the wrath of nature as our teacher.”

― Bhumibol Adulyadej

“Nature is something outside our body, but the mind is within us.”

― Bhumibol Adulyadej

“When I started playing cricket, I knew that my physique is not at all like a typical fast bowler. My body language is also different, and I am not aggressive by nature; thus, my focus was always on my skills.”

― Bhuvneshwar Kumar

“Birds themselves are so interesting and intelligent, and they give so many cues without being verbal, so they say such great things. Feathers are superior to fur, even. They’re so beautiful, and nature uses such amazing colors.”

― Bibhu Mohapatra

“I told myself, ‘When I grow up, I want to make pictures that can inspire and nourish people.’ Immediately, when I was 10, I started photographing nature. I built a darkroom. My first really good darkroom, not just down in the cellar, was when I was 14.”

― Bill Atkinson

“I’m more into human nature than politics. But they’re intertwined. Obviously, I live in civilization, so politics are part of my life.”

― Bill Callahan

“It’s in the nature of television to restrain the spontaneity of a live event. Things become more and more prepackaged.”

― Bill Condon

“Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can’t help but reach for the stars. It’s our nature. It’s our destiny.”

― Bill Frist

“Eventually we’ll be able to sequence the human genome and replicate how nature did intelligence in a carbon-based system.”

― Bill Gates

“Human nature means that institutions at some point lose their sense of mission. That sense of vulnerability drives Pimco.”

― Bill Gross

“Most firms are hierarchical in nature, with everyone getting different slices of the economic pie. The problem is those slices are negotiated every time a firm raises a new fund, so in between funds, which is most of the time, the partners are trying to outgun one another to make a stronger case for themselves.”

― Bill Gurley

“The nature of ‘SNL’ is that it’s so in-the-moment.”

― Bill Hader

“Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature, because any observation or process of inference about our origin and the nature of the universe disproves creationism in every respect.”

― Bill Nye

“The idea of taking classic American stories and reinterpreting them for a time and place is not just commercially viable. These stories also carry a sensual nature of what it meant to be an American, and they deserve to be reinterpreted.”

― Bill Pullman

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”

― Bill Watterson

“The art from the East is influenced by nature and touch. That comes from being more attuned to the environment.”

― Billy Al Bengston

“Hobbits are a lot like Scots. It’s all about nature and enjoying their land, which is a very Scottish thing.”

― Billy Boyd

“It’s not a very popular subject amongst my audience, who are by nature more internationalist, but I don’t choose what to write about, I don’t choose my subjects, they kind of choose me.”

― Billy Bragg

“I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.”

― Billy Corgan

“Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.”

― Billy Corgan

“I like my home and I like the nature.”

― Billy Corgan

“It’s in our nature. We need to explore and find out what’s going on outside of who we are.”

― Billy Dee Williams

“The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Disease will be eliminated. Death will be abolished. War will be eradicated. Nature will be transformed.”

― Billy Graham

“Just by the nature of making the choice to be true to who I am, I’m political. Sometimes that’s all you need to do: Show up and be black, gay and Christian in America and actually say it out loud. And refuse to let anything or anybody take that away from you.”

― Billy Porter

“It’s human nature that if you get 20 positive comments and one negative one, you’re going to focus on the negative. We all do that. It can be something that drags you down. It’s easy to get bogged down with it, but I try to concentrate on the good things.”

― Bindi Irwin

“Thrilled to be part of this new project Generation Nature and just encouraging kids to change the world.”

― Bindi Irwin

“I do love one-upmanship sometimes, like when you see kids breakdancing and who can do the best tricks. It’s common, it’s in our nature as animals, like the birds of paradise who’ve got the best feathers and that sort of stuff. But it’s fun when it’s impulsive and it’s about fun.”

― Bjork

“Nature is our chapel.”

― Bjork

“I feel the 21st century is another new age. Not only can we collaborate again with nature, but we have to. It’s an emergency.”

― Bjork

“In order to actually have a touchscreen in front of me and somehow still be connected to nature, I needed to be able to incorporate natural elements into the song structures. Because that’s always been my song-writing accompaniment: nature.”

― Bjork

“In Reykjavik, Iceland, where I was born, you are in the middle of nature surrounded by mountains and ocean. But you are still in a capital in Europe. So I have never understood why I have to choose between nature or urban.”

― Bjork

“Nature hasn’t gone anywhere. It is all around us, all the planets, galaxies and so on. We are nothing in comparison.”

― Bjork

“Solar power, wind power, the way forward is to collaborate with nature – it’s the only way we are going to get to the other end of the 21st century.”

― Bjork

“It’s incredible how nature sets females up to take care of people, and yet it is tricky for them to take care of themselves.”

― Bjork

“Compared to America or Europe, God isn’t a big part of our lives here. I don’t know anyone here who goes to church when he’s had a rough divorce or is going through depression. We go out into nature instead.”

― Bjork

“Nature has always been important to me. It has always been in my music.”

― Bjork

“A review was published in Nature, very scathing, essentially calling me incompetent, though they didn’t use that word. I am putting a reply on my Web site in a few days, where I go through their arguments, paragraph by paragraph.”

― Bjorn Lomborg

“Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.”

― Blaise Pascal

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?”

― Blaise Pascal

“Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.”

― Blaise Pascal

“The open and generous nature of the American people has the capacity to astonish and push boundaries. We crowdfund, sign petitions, dump buckets of ice on ourselves, and embrace new ways of relating to our environment.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“I tend not to worry about things I can’t do anything about. It’s not in my nature to spend too much time thinking.”

― Bo Derek

“Human nature being what it is, people don’t want to acknowledge that a problem exists when they know they have 35 other problems to deal with.”

― Bob Casey, Jr.

“I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.”

― Bob Dylan

“I think I have a dualistic nature.”

― Bob Dylan

“Men who are not given any voice in this because of the secret nature of the courts, what they’re left with is dressing up ridiculously, but at least using humour to try and draw attention to their kids.”

― Bob Geldof

“Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.”

― Bob Marley

“The nature of comedy is ‘just do it.’ But I think what’s interesting about it is this joke has been around and why. And it’s just saying what’s wrong and how wrong can you be if you say it.”

― Bob Saget

“For my brother and me, there would be no ‘Field of Dreams’-like playing catch, no nature lessons with our old man. Instead, it would be a darkened theater, the projector light coming on, and a new adventure unfolding.”

― Bob Weinstein

“Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial.”

― Bodhidharma

“People who don’t see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.”

― Bodhidharma

“Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature.”

― Bodhidharma

“To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn’t apparent because it’s shrouded by sensation and delusion.”

― Bodhidharma

“To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.”

― Bodhidharma

“Your nature is the Buddha.”

― Bodhidharma

“Acting is an opportunity for me to try to explore and examine and expose humanity’s weaknesses that are intrinsic to our nature as humans and learn from them; thereby, it’s like a sociological expose.”

― Bokeem Woodbine

“It’s not in my nature to chop people’s heads off, per se, or rob a bank or any crazy thing I’ve done on screen. I’m just comfortable reading a book or spending time with my wife and my daughter or watching the fight on TV with the fellas.”

― Bokeem Woodbine

“I think being open-minded about what Nature is trying to tell you is the key to being creative and successful.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“We’re scientists; we’re curious about how nature works, but we’re also do-gooders. It’s fantastic to think that the same experiments we’d do to understand how information gets into cells could have a practical side to them, too.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“As a musician and a songwriter, it is an act of the ego to believe that other people might be interested in your point of view. But it is usually an empathetic nature that gets you going in the first place. Music keeps the heart porous in many ways.”

― Bono

“As a musician and a songwriter, it is an act of the ego to believe that other people might be interested in your point of view. But it is usually an empathetic nature that gets you going in the first place.”

― Bono

“Europe has found itself confronted with fresh challenges – challenges of a global character, the nature of which is directly connected with changes in the international climate and the difficulties of seeking new models for co-operation.”

― Boris Yeltsin

“Half the time, when I first run onstage, I can’t look directly at the audience just because of self-consciousness. It’s human nature. Sometimes you feel like the man, and sometimes you don’t. But sometimes that self-conscious energy is good for the show, it draws people in more.”

― Borns

“Fans want more; they want you to perform in their living room. That’s the nature of the beast.”

― Boy George

“Part of our human nature is finding new ways of being.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“When I think about the books I’ve written, it probably takes 150,000-200,000 words to get a 50,000 page book. Highlighting something and hitting Cmd-X is second nature.”

― Brad Feld

“By nature, I keep moving, man. My theory is, be the shark. You’ve just got to keep moving. You can’t stop.”

― Brad Pitt

“I’m a bit of a loner, you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.”

― Brad Pitt

“I would say that the directors that I’ve liked the most are all curious in nature – curious thinkers. They’re all big questioners, I would say, first and foremost.”

― Brad Pitt

“Because of the nature of King Arthur and the resonance he has, not only with within the U.K., but right around the world, I have found it a huge honour to play the part. I will look back on it very fondly and be very proud to have been King Arthur when I finally hang up the chain mail!”

― Bradley James

“One of the criticisms we get is, ‘Does the world need more plastic crap?’ But you have to look beyond the plastic crap, to the design, to the experience, to the empowering nature of the MakerBot and the community.”

― Bre Pettis

“I think games are a good medium for approaching any subject, particularly difficult ones, because by their very nature, they are abstract, invite interaction and allow us to confront and question things… particularly rules that we may blindly follow.”

― Brenda Brathwaite

“My grandmother was the daughter of pioneers, as was my grandfather, and they were farmers. And they worked the land, and there is a grounded value system that becomes inherent in knowing what’s real and what’s powerful. And understanding the material nature of not only man, but beasts and profit and all of those things that you fight for.”

― Brenda Strong

“It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention.”

― Brendan Gill

“If loneliness is part of our essence, that is, our essential nature, that is only because of the way, in practical terms, we actually exist; that is, the way we move and work and live in the world.”

― Brendan Myers

“It’s very difficult to say that a player is irreplaceable because the nature of football means that someone always steps in to take the shirt and provides different elements to your team.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“I love to laugh and dance. That’s kind of my nature, though I end up always playing these angry, depressing characters.”

― Brendan Sexton III

“So far the changes in the president in his second term have been mainly of a rhetorical nature.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“There is a lot of California in my… sound, and a ton of it is the laid-back nature of Southern Californians and the beach.”

― Brett Young

“Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply.”

― Brian Ferneyhough

“Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them.”

― Brian Ferneyhough

“My own position is, that it is largely up to the work itself to suggest the nature of these referential points without dimensions in and through the processes by which the distance between them is maintained.”

― Brian Ferneyhough

“It’s a simple quality of human nature that people prefer to choose to do things rather than be ordered to do them. In fact, as soon as you tell me I have to do something – give a speech, attend a banquet, go to Cannes – I immediately start looking for ways to avoid doing it.”

― Brian Grazer

“Black holes provide theoreticians with an important theoretical laboratory to test ideas. Conditions within a black hole are so extreme, that by analyzing aspects of black holes we see space and time in an exotic environment, one that has shed important, and sometimes perplexing, new light on their fundamental nature.”

― Brian Greene

“Sometimes nature guards her secrets with the unbreakable grip of physical law. Sometimes the true nature of reality beckons from just beyond the horizon.”

― Brian Greene

“The melded nature of space and time is intimately woven with properties of light speed. The inviolable nature of the speed of light is actually, in Einstein’s hands, talking about the inviolable nature of cause and effect.”

― Brian Greene

“For most people, the major hurdle in grasping modern insights into the nature of the universe is that these developments are usually phrased using mathematics.”

― Brian Greene

“Nature’s patterns sometimes reflect two intertwined features: fundamental physical laws and environmental influences. It’s nature’s version of nature versus nurture.”

― Brian Greene

“Gosh, for me, when I was 15 or 16 years old, I was just starting to understand ideas and film and things like that. And then, you go see a movie like ‘The Matrix’ that absolutely blows your mind. It’s not just trying to entertain you, but it’s also trying to explore something about human nature and ask some really deep questions.”

― Brian J. Smith

“I can’t go against my nature because I am what I am. I don’t try to be anyone different to who I am.”

― Brian McDermott

“If the private insurance market can survive in a context of a public option, good for them. But if they can’t, then that will tell you something about the nature of the market.”

― Brian Schatz

“I think of Wakandan technology as organic technology. Most of their tech mimics nature because it comes from nature.”

― Brian Stelfreeze

“You lose more than you win in life, and that’s OK. That’s the nature of life.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“Understanding dissolves fear. When we understand the true nature of our being, fears dissipate. We are spiritual beings, not human beings.”

― Brian Weiss

“For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces.”

― Bridget Riley

“I work with nature, although in completely new terms.”

― Bridget Riley

“I’ve become more comfortable as time has gone on with saying goodbye because… I’ve been having so many conversations about the cyclical nature of life. It just keeps going.”

― Brie Larson

“Nature is the glass reflecting God, as by the sea reflected is the sun, too glorious to be gazed on in his sphere.”

― Brigham Young

“Because of the nature of my brand, it’s so important our readers know it really is me behind my keyboard.”

― Brit Morin

“I would have thought that I would have become one of those parents – just because it’s my nature to be such a perfectionist – that anything falling short, I would have seen as a failure. But something has happened to me over the past few years – it’s not Zen, believe me, I’m not at all Zen – but I’m so appreciative of even the chaos.”

― Brooke Shields

“Nature is based on harmony. So it says if we want to survive and become more like nature, then we actually have to understand that it’s cooperation versus competition.”

― Bruce Lipton

“Deism is the belief that nature and God are one and the same thing. If you study nature, you’re getting insights about God.”

― Bruce Lipton

“My dad was young; he went to work. But he’d been to war. He’d seen some of the world. It wasn’t like he was going to be an extensive traveler or something. It didn’t seem to be in his nature or in the nature of his parents or many of the folks in my family, really.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres.”

― Bruno Bauer

“My interest is that there is a disconnect between the science and the size of the threat that people mention about nature, the planet and the climate, and the emotion that this triggers. So we are supposed to be extremely frightened people, but despite that we appear to sleep pretty well.”

― Bruno Latour

“The initial motivation of the experiment which led to this discovery was a subconscious feeling for the inexhaustible wealth of nature, a wealth that goes far beyond the imagination of man.”

― Bruno Rossi

“I’m in love with red. I think it’s such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red it it. It’s power, there’s no fence sitting with red. Either you love it or you don’t. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They’re all magic.”

― Bryan Batt

“I can tell you for sure: people who are at their peak right now will not sustain that. You can’t. It’s against the law of nature.”

― Bryan Cranston

“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne.”

― Bryan Procter

“I have been a sports fan my whole life. To be able to talk about sports in an intelligent, journalistic fashion and to do things of a serious nature is a dream job.”

― Bryant Gumbel

“Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“The cool wind blew in my face and all at once I felt as if I had shed dullness from myself. Before me lay a long gray line with a black mark down the center. The birds were singing. It was spring.”

― Burl Ives

“Over the years, I think I’ve matured in my spiritual evolution and development to understand a bit more than the narrow religious thinking – to move beyond that through a sort of perfection of the grandiose nature of the universe, and how perfect it is it in its sense and how satisfied we should all be in our place in that.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.”

― C. Northcote Parkinson

“What I call my ‘self’ now is hardly a person at all. It’s mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires, and fears, etcetera, some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God.”

― C. S. Lewis

“Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”

― C. S. Lewis

“What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.”

― C. S. Lewis

“When I was young, the constraints of Chinese society and my personal timid and cautious nature both drove me to seek a means to go against control. Gunpowder has an inherent uncertainty and uncontrollability and is an important means for me to relieve myself of constraint.”

― Cai Guo-Qiang

“How do people move on after they’ve lost the love of their life? It’s a really interesting thing to look at. It happens to people every day: you see people… even in the worst, most war-torn places, people get up and continue with their lives. And it’s a fascinating thing about human nature. That ability to just continue on.”

― Caitriona Balfe

“Most people think of cinematographers as choosing subjects of an epic nature to show off what they do – big, sweeping images of war or pageantry.”

― Caleb Deschanel

“I’ve always had a natural affiliation with nature. If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be some sort of biologist working in the field in Africa or something.”

― Callan McAuliffe

“Being honest to who I am led me to write ‘If Our Love Is Wrong,’ and that allowed me to fully realize the direction I should be heading to – human nature, real emotions, and issues about LGBT.”

― Calum Scott

“Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“The team needs me out there on the field. And sometimes you allow that to jeopardize yourself, but that’s just the nature of the world.”

― Calvin Johnson

“Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.”

― Camille Paglia

“Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west’s stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art’s assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.”

― Camille Paglia

“High Romanticism shows you nature in all its harsh and lovely metamorphoses. Flood, fire and quake fling us back to the primal struggle for survival and reveal our gross dependency on mammoth, still mysterious forces.”

― Camille Paglia

“Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.”

― Camille Paglia

“Nature, I have constantly argued in my work, is the real superpower of this godless universe. It is the ultimate disposer of human fate, randomly recarving geography over 10,000-year epochs.”

― Camille Paglia

“Although I’m an atheist who believes only in great nature, I recognize the spiritual richness and grandeur of the Roman Catholicism in which I was raised.”

― Camille Paglia

“I don’t go to New York. I don’t go to parties. I just do my business and study nature. My career is 28 years in an obscure art school, with limited staff and no perks. All I am is a teacher.”

― Camille Paglia

“Don’t be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes.”

― Camille Pissarro

“I’ve been writing fiction probably since I was about 6 years old, so it’s something that is second nature to me now. I just sit down and start writing. I don’t sit down and start writing and it comes out perfectly – it’s a process.”

― Candace Bushnell

“I just love to be on my skis, skiing with my friends, just going out into the mountains and being in nature and skiing some powder. That’s the best thing.”

― Candide Thovex

“Becoming a grandmother brought me back to the things I forgot to love. Nature. Playing. Seeing animals. A new way of looking. A rejuvenation. A cycle of life – things come back to you. The details.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.”

― Carl Hiaasen

“We live in a culture that’s been hijacked by the management consultant ethos. We want everything boiled down to a Power Point slide. We want metrics and ‘show me the numbers.’ That runs counter to the immensely complex nature of so many social, economic and political problems. You cannot devise an algorithm to fix them.”

― Carl Honore

“We used to dial; now we speed dial. We used to read; now we speed read. We used to walk; now we speed walk. And of course, we used to date, and now we speed date. And even things that are by their very nature slow – we try and speed them up, too.”

― Carl Honore

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”

― Carl Reiner

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

― Carl Sagan

“Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder.”

― Carl Sandburg

“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.”

― Carl von Clausewitz

“I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.”

― Carl von Clausewitz

“It’s not often that the idea of continuing something for a potentially long period of time sounds exciting to me, because I really am a gypsy by nature.”

― Carla Gugino

“I love to be surrounded by nature.”

― Carlene Carter

“I think – you know, I want to intimidate people when I’m on the field. I want people to be scared of me. That’s just kind of the nature of who I am as a person and player. But I also know that you have to be emotional. You have to be in touch with your feelings. I think that’s important.”

― Carli Lloyd

“I know that I’m a natural attacking player. I love to attack. I love to play freely; I love to combine and play through balls. That’s the nature of my game.”

― Carli Lloyd

“I’m a teacher and a philosopher by nature… In the end, I’m trying to teach people to live a better life. And if I can do that on top of entertain, then I leave the world a better place.”

― Carlos Mencia

“’Lost’ is driving toward an ending, and that ending is: Are these people getting off this island? What is the nature of this island? What is going to happen to them? What is their ultimate fate? What is their ultimate destiny? Those questions need to get answered.”

― Carlton Cuse

“In my book I specifically discussed the structural nature of injustice and offered Nine Touchstones of Goddess ethics as an alternative to the Ten Commandments of Biblical religion.”

― Carol P. Christ

“The Goddess of Old Europe and Ancient Crete represented the unity of life in nature, delight in the diversity of form, the powers of birth, death and regeneration.”

― Carol P. Christ

“Well I’ve been writing books. So that, by its nature, is kind of a solitary occupation. And from time to time I have research help, but mostly I’ve done those completely on my own.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“I am shy by nature, a person who’s always found something burdensome about human interaction and who probably always will, at least to some degree.”

― Caroline Knapp

“Nature does not proceed by leaps and bounds.”

― Carolus Linnaeus

“Environmental concerns and feminism are locked together. Generally, women have closer connections to the organic nature of our lives.”

― Carolyn Kizer

“Boy, when you come to study something, and you come to understand it – you know, even if it’s just a little discovery that you make, and you come to understand it on your own, it feels it’s like the greatest high. It’s like you just have found some incredibly secretive thing about nature.”

― Carolyn Porco

“There’s nothing in this world like being the first to discover some fundamental fact of nature. It’s profoundly satisfying.”

― Carolyn Porco

“’A Long Way Gone’ says something about human nature that we try, most of the time, to ignore.”

― Carolyn See

“I read a lot; fiction and non-fiction are the mediums I find most edifying and inspiring. I watch movies and listen to music and take lots and lots of walks. Nature is a nice reset button for me, it’s how I get a lot of thinking done.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“I feel like I live a pretty quiet life. I like to focus on work and friends, and I love being in nature.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“So when I was 24, someone suggested to me that I was bipolar, and I thought that was ridiculous. I just thought he was trying to get out of treating me. But he was also responding to the chaotic nature of my life.”

― Carrie Fisher

“Laws, especially those of a constitutional nature like the Basic Law, which have been formulated through reasonable legislative processes, should never be freely interpreted or lightly abandoned.”

― Carrie Lam

“The traditional Christian attitude toward human personality was that human nature was essentially good and that it was formed and modified by social pressures and training.”

― Carroll Quigley

“It’s our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people.”

― Carrot Top

“To many people, ‘biodiversity’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘nature,’ and ‘nature’ brings to mind steamy forests and the big creatures that dwell there. Fair enough. But biodiversity is much more than that, for it encompasses not only the diversity of species, but also the diversity within species.”

― Cary Fowler

“Nature is a big part of my weekend. Whenever possible, I take Friday and Monday off and spend four days outdoors. We should remind ourselves that there was something here before us, a force more powerful than us.”

― Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

“I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.”

― Caspar David Friedrich

“I love songs because by nature they are concise; they sum up. I try to use as few words as possible. It’s usually funnier that way, anyway.”

― Cass McCombs

“I think it’s a very firm part of human nature that if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you’ll end up thinking more extreme versions of what you thought before.”

― Cass Sunstein

“What’s disgusting about genetic modification of food? I speculate that many people have an immediate, intuitive sense that what’s healthy is what’s ‘natural,’ and that efforts to tamper with nature will inevitably unleash serious risks – so-called Frankenfoods. The problem with that speculation is that it’s flat-out wrong.”

― Cass Sunstein

“My father is a big believer in nature over nurture.”

― Cassandra Clare

“Nature is a dream state at this point, that we almost don’t have a real relationship to it unless it’s people living off the land and killing our own food and going for it.”

― Catherine Opie

“To be sure, technology will change what we do. Tasks that are highly manual, routine, and predictable will be automated. But jobs are made up of many tasks. So the nature of existing jobs will change, and new careers will be created.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“Any device in science is a window on to nature, and each new window contributes to the breadth of our view.”

― Cecil Frank Powell

“I still love to walk in the mountains or be on the sea. I like to be in nature. Sometimes I bicycle. It’s important to feel good with your body. The body is extremely important. If you feel good, you have more energy in your singing.”

― Cecilia Bartoli

“I am not a contest-enterer by nature. But contests – and their entry fees – are often the main way literary journals raise money to, you know, publish their issues. So entering contests helps support the journal, which also helps support the writers they publish.”

― Celeste Ng

“My mother is deeply pragmatic by nature. Perhaps you had to be, as an immigrant. You made do.”

― Celeste Ng

“Cable news, by its very nature, by its formula, is very guest-heavy.”

― Cenk Uygur

“I think President Obama is not progressive. And I know a lot of people hate to hear that; it breaks their heart. But that’s the reality. It’s not in his nature. His nature is pro-establishment. If he had a wrestling nickname, it would be The Establishment.”

― Cenk Uygur

“A dog is a vehicle, you know; a dog is a window to Mother Nature, and that’s the closest species we have.”

― Cesar Millan

“I was blessed to grow up on a farm, and when you’re a farm boy, exercise is part of your lifestyle. Like it or not, that environment makes you work out. On the farm, nature is your gym. You walk and run and swim and have to do a lot of work with animals too.”

― Cesar Millan

“We try to respond as closely as we can to the nature of each city, to the traditions, to their expectations. I don’t believe that architects should be imposing their style or their plans on every city in the world.”

― Cesar Pelli

“By ‘justice’, I understand nothing more than that bond which is necessary to keep the interest of individuals united, without which men would return to their original state of barbarity. All punishments which exceed the necessity of preserving this bond are, in their nature, unjust.”

― Cesare Beccaria

“And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud, profound insights into the nature of man.”

― Chaim Potok

“Well, one hopes that if you’re really related to the core of your particular culture, you have profound commitments to it, and that you are aware of how much you can strain it before you do violence to its essential nature.”

― Chaim Potok

“The Americans are optimistic by their nature. And they are hopeful.”

― Chaka Fattah

“I didn’t leave Wall Street because the work was against my nature – I do have a pretty good head for numbers. I left because I had this love for writing.”

― Chang-Rae Lee

“So many times, people told me I can’t do this or can’t do that. My nature is that I don’t listen very well. I’m very determined, and I believe in myself. My parents brought me up that way. Thank God for that. I don’t let anything stand in my way.”

― Chantal Sutherland

“Lincoln was a supreme politician. He understood politics because he understood human nature.”

― Charles A. Beard

“Education from the lowest to the highest form must have for its object the training of the individual so that, in seeking the fullest satisfaction of his own nature, he will harmoniously perform his function as a member of a corporate society.”

― Charles A. Beard

“Regardless of the nature of their crime or any rehabilitation that may have occurred, these ex-felons cannot participate in the decision-making process of this great Nation.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“As a Korean War Veteran, I know too well the troubling nature of war. This is why I will always support a diplomatic answer before military intervention.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“Nature… is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?”

― Charles Baudelaire

“Nature can refuse to speak but she cannot give a wrong answer.”

― Charles Brenton Huggins

“One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.”

― Charles Brenton Huggins

“It can’t be Nature, for it is not sense.”

― Charles Churchill

“Our analysis of truth and falsehood, or of the nature of judgment, is not very likely to be influenced by our hopes and fears.”

― Charles D. Broad

“What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!”

― Charles Darwin

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”

― Charles Darwin

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

― Charles Dickens

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”

― Charles Dickens

“To 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.”

― Charles Dickens

“Nearness to nature… keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly felt and in touch with the unseen powers.”

― Charles Eastman

“The elements and majestic forces in nature, Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost, were regarded with awe as spiritual powers, but always secondary and intermediate in character.”

― Charles Eastman

“There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.”

― Charles Eastman

“Science is exploration. The fundamental nature of exploration is that we don’t know what’s there. We can guess and hope and aim to find out certain things, but we have to expect surprises.”

― Charles H. Townes

“A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day’s unity.”

― Charles Ives

“Just as the only reservoir for the typhus virus in nature is provided by man, so the only vector of infection is the louse. The bite of the louse is not virulent immediately after the infecting meal. It becomes so only towards the 7th day following infection.”

― Charles Jules Henry Nicole

“Maybe it was the home tutoring, or the late start to formal schooling, or an overly cautious and protective upbringing, but in any case, I never became a talkative person. As an adult, I am not always comfortable in social gatherings with small talk. I must have inherited my father’s gentle nature.”

― Charles K. Kao

“There is a great deal of human nature in man.”

― Charles Kingsley

“The world is a Hobbesian state of nature in which the struggle for domination is the very essence of international life.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“Trump’s behavior is deeply disturbing but hardly surprising. His mercurial nature is not the product of a post-inaugural adder sting at Mar-a-Lago. It’s been there all along. And the American electorate chose him nonetheless.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“Central bankers tend to be conservative by nature.”

― Charles L. Evans

“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.”

― Charles Mackay

“I felt more like a scientist exploring nature, and Windows was my environment. You don’t pass judgment on nature; you just explain how it works.”

― Charles Petzold

“You and I are, by birth, by nature, and by choice, inwardly depraved, which is to say that we are entirely corrupt. That’s not to say that we have no good in us; we do. However, anything good in us has been tainted with evil. It touches everything. Without the redeeming power of Christ we cannot halt our own moral slide.”

― Charles R. Swindoll

“Work is rich. It can be looked at psychologically or philosophically or personally. The interpretive nature of work is different than the work itself. The interpretation of work isn’t the key to understanding it. I’m worried about making a good sculpture. I’m not so worried about the interpretation of it.”

― Charles Ray

“When recordings replaced concerts as the dominant mode of hearing music, our conception of the nature of performance and of music itself was altered.”

― Charles Rosen

“It’s obvious nonsense, but it makes nice people feel good about themselves to do their bit for the planet. It’s vanity of a grotesque kind to believe that mankind, and our ‘carbon footprint’, has more impact on the future of Earth than Nature, which bends our planet to its will, as it sees fit.”

― Charles Saatchi

“The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.”

― Charles Sanders Peirce

“In the same way the sun never grows weary of shining, nor a stream of flowing, it is God’s nature to keep His promises. Therefore, go immediately to His throne and say, ‘Do as You promised.’”

― Charles Spurgeon

“Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“Oh, this base heart of ours! Hath it not enough tinder in it to set on fire the course of nature? If a spark do but fall into it, any one of our members left to itself would dishonour Christ, deny the Lord that bought us, and turn back into perdition.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“Families are not merely constructs of outdated convention, and traditional marriage laws were not based on animosity toward homosexuals. Rather, I believe that the traditional family structure – centered on a lawful union between one man and one woman – comports with nature and with our Judeo-Christian moral tradition.”

― Charles T. Canady

“Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away.”

― Charles V

“I can’t rank anything. I mean, how could anyone possibly say what their favourite piece of music is? I don’t have the ability or the desire to categorise things of that nature.”

― Charlie Brooker

“The body cannot produce enzymes in perfect combinations to metabolize your foods as completely as the food enzymes created by nature do. This results in partially digested fats, proteins, and starches that can clog your body’s intestinal tract and arteries.”

― Charlie Trotter

“If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.”

― Charlotte Bronte

“When the fans were watching my dad, you could never tell if this was real or is this fake, and that’s what made him so special. Every ounce of energy went to being The Nature Boy.”

― Charlotte Flair

“Ever since I was a small child, I’ve had this feeling – it’s in my nature, and so it’s not even pretentious – that if everyone’s going one way, I will go the other, just by some kind of spirit of defiance.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits, and the inherent pleasure there is in following them, are motives which nature has put into our wills without generally caring to inform us why; and she sometimes decrees, indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours.”

― Chauncey Wright

“Natural Selection never made it come to pass, as a habit of nature, that an unsupported stone should move downwards rather than upwards. It applies to no part of inorganic nature, and is very limited even in the phenomena of organic life.”

― Chauncey Wright

“Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature.”

― Che Guevara

“I’m obsessed with nature and living in the wild, which I just think is crazy. Imagine if a bear attacked you! That’s an actual possible way you could die.”

― Chelsea Peretti

“I feel it’s in people’s nature to want to stop evil and embrace the good.”

― Chen Guangcheng

“Even if one tree falls down it wouldn’t affect the entire forest.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“It’s not so much that I got that idea at some point, it came up naturally because of the improvisational nature of the story I was telling.”

― Chester Brown

“I have an addictive personality. I was addicted to computer games… and then all that obsessive nature just piled into music.”

― Chet Faker

“The idea of universal brotherhood is innate in the catholic nature of Chinese thought; it was the dominant concept of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, whom events have proved time and again to be not a visionary but one of the world’s greatest realists.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless.”

― Chief Seattle

“Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain.”

― Childe Hassam

“In general, I’m not much into etiquette and am a rule-breaker and rebel by nature.”

― Chip Conley

“The intersection of psychology and business is typically seen as being as congested, stressful, and emotionally barren as a peak commute traffic day on the L.A. freeways. But, thankfully, we live in an era in which neuroscientists are teaching us about the malleability of our brain and the emotionally contagious nature of our workplaces.”

― Chip Conley

“The idea of making a film – a film that I had certainly never seen before – about the slave experience was a huge responsibility. It’s a project that requires a wider understanding of the geopolitical nature of the slave trade, of historical and modern-day racism.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“I’ve always been interested in the tension between knowledge and mystery, between science and religion, and the various ways we cope with the unknown. Some of those are productive; some can be attempts to pin down things that are by nature impossible to know.”

― Chloe Benjamin

“The reality is that it’s just the nature of the game. It’s the nature of playing offensive line, defensive line, and linebackers, where your responsibilities as a player involve those little hits that are going to accumulate. You can’t take that out of the game.”

― Chris Borland

“With success comes complacency if you let it happen. It is human nature; there is that urge to think about how well you have done.”

― Chris Coleman

“What I hope my writing reflects… is a sense of the connections between all human beings… and a different perspective on the true nature of courage. For me, those are things worth exploring and writing about.”

― Chris Crutcher

“The rural nature of our district relies heavily on the profitability of our family farms.”

― Chris Gibson

“The world, when you look at it, it just can’t be random. I mean, it’s so different than the vast emptiness that is everything else, and even all the other planets we’ve seen, at least in our solar system, none of them even remotely resemble the precious life-giving nature of our own planet.”

― Chris Hadfield

“One of the things I believe in is a sense of human nature.”

― Chris Hondros

“I believe that the writers of Genesis had detected the inherent selfishness in human nature that I propose is in our genes, and invented the myth of original sin to account for it. It’s an image. I am not acting as an exegete – I don’t interpret scripture.”

― Christian de Duve

“You can never really go wrong if you take nature as an example.”

― Christian Dior

“My dream is to save women from nature.”

― Christian Dior

“I hate the idea of natural. For example, I prefer gardens to wild nature. I like to see the human touch. High heels are a complete invention – an extravagance. They’re far from natural, but it’s the impracticality that I adore. I prefer the useless to the useful, the sophisticated to the natural.”

― Christian Louboutin

“For the state by its nature claims sovereignty, the right to an unlimited development of power, determined only by self-interest. It is by nature anarchistic.”

― Christian Lous Lange

“Tears are nature’s lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.”

― Christian Nestell Bovee

“We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.”

― Christian Nestell Bovee

“In interior decorating, the pig’s actually quite there. It’s used in paint for the texture, but also for the glossiness. In sandpaper, bone glue is actually the glue between the sand and the paper. And then in paintbrushes, hairs are used because, apparently, they’re very suitable for making paintbrushes because of their hard-wearing nature.”

― Christien Meindertsma

“I’m experimental by nature… always exploring my creativity.”

― Christina Aguilera

“I have always been free with my love – it is my nature. I am easily captivated by men and they have always been attracted to me.”

― Christine Keeler

“I think all industries are sexist in nature and I don’t think the film industry is any different.”

― Christine Lahti

“I’m quite a domestic person by nature, and the nomad thing had got a bit stale on me, really.”

― Christine McVie

“It would be completely laughable if I claimed I was always motivated by the pure craft of acting and that recognition doesn’t play a part. Of course it does – that’s human nature.”

― Christoph Waltz

“This is a fundamental view of the world. It says that when you build a thing you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.”

― Christopher Alexander

“The structure of life I have described in buildings – the structure which I believe to be objective – is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling.”

― Christopher Alexander

“From a sequence of these individual patterns, whole buildings with the character of nature will form themselves within your thoughts, as easily as sentences.”

― Christopher Alexander

“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.”

― Christopher Columbus

“Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in theorder of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.”

― Christopher Dawson

“For humanism also appeals to man as man. It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil and class and to create a common language and a common culture in which men can realize their common humanity.”

― Christopher Dawson

“No society lies nearer to the cyclonic path of the forces of world change than the United States, and few societies are more intellectually aware of the nature of the issues that have to be faced.”

― Christopher Dawson

“It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions.”

― Christopher Dawson

“My sentiments for the American cause, from the Stamp Act downward, have never changed… I am still of opinion that it is the cause of liberty and of human nature.”

― Christopher Gadsden

“Mother Nature is the great equalizer. You can’t get away from it.”

― Christopher Heyerdahl

“Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs, but they do not grasp the nature of this connection.”

― Christopher Lasch

“There’s something overwhelming about being in raw nature. It’s got an aura about it is that is really kind of majestic and spiritual.”

― Christopher Lloyd

“I find it difficult to work if I don’t know the lines, you know, and not just knowing – they’re second nature to me. Then, whatever happens in the performance when you’re actually doing it, you’re not going to go off. You’re going to retain all of that. So I like to have my lines.”

― Christopher Lloyd

“There’s a million jokes about what’s going on with Batman and Robin. It’s a classic thing to call out the homoerotic nature of the men’s adventure show.”

― Christopher McCulloch

“Endurance, after all, is the only reason we even exist. We think of ourselves as nature’s deadliest animals, but the truth is, a naked human is the biggest wimp in the wild. We have no fangs, no claws, no strength, and no speed.”

― Christopher McDougall

“I think we present extreme aspects of human behavior and hopefully get at times, messages across or bring issues to the table or as we so often say, shed light into the dark crevices of human nature.”

― Christopher Meloni

“It is unfair to blame man too fiercely for being pugnacious; he learned the habit from Nature.”

― Christopher Morley

“I think that some of our soldiers die in the battlefield and some come home to bad health and die prematurely, just by the nature of the kind of business they’re in.”

― Christopher Shays

“Ayurveda is a sister philosophy to yoga. It is the science of life or longevity and it teaches about the power and the cycles of nature, as well as the elements.”

― Christy Turlington

“Although it is true that by fate all things are forced and linked by a necessary and dominant reason, nevertheless the character of our minds is subject to fate in a manner corresponding to their nature and quality.”

― Chrysippus

“If our minds were originally formed by nature in a sound and useful manner, then they pass on all the forces of fate, which imposes on us from outside in a relatively unobjectionable and more acceptable way.”

― Chrysippus

“Vice, by comparison with terrible accidents, has its own peculiar explanation. For, in a way, it does occur in accordance with the rationale of nature, and its occurrence is not, so to speak, useless in relation to the whole world. For otherwise, the good would not exist, either.”

― Chrysippus

“Thanks to globalization and the technology revolution, the nature of work, the distribution of the rewards from that work, and maybe even the economic cycle itself are being transformed.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“I’m not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work – I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.”

― Chuck Close

“A walk in nature is a perfect backdrop to combine exercise, prayer, and meditation while enhancing the benefit of these activities.”

― Chuck Norris

“Forget the historic nature of his election having to do with skin color – Obama has an opportunity offered to few presidents: the chance to set the course of the nation for decades, if not generations, to come. Who knows: perhaps in the near future, our grandchildren will spend money with Obama’s face on it.”

― Chuck Todd

“If Barack Obama goes on to win the election, there will be plenty of ink and video spent on chronicling the historic nature of the turnout among young voters and African-Americans. But as important as both constituencies have been to Obama – particularly in the primaries – it’s Hispanics that could be putting him over the top on Nov. 4.”

― Chuck Todd

“I can do the PR thing until the cows come home. That’s my nature. I never want to upset anybody.”

― Cilla Black

“I have to expose myself and then accept the judgment that audiences and critics will have. And that’s okay. I appreciate the elliptical nature of it. Sometimes people are more in the mood to be nice to me than others, and that’s great.”

― Claire Danes

“Biographies are, in their nature, far more difficult to make into films than novels, because novels come with plots constructed and dialogue written, whereas I don’t invent dialogue for my subjects or plot their lives for them.”

― Claire Tomalin

“Atrocities are human nature – they don’t have political beliefs, color, creed or anything like that. They just happen, it’s human.”

― Clancy Brown

“If you are fearful, a horse will back off. If you are calm and confident, it will come forward. For those who are often flattered or feared, the horse can be a welcome mirror of the best in human nature.”

― Clare Balding

“Nature abhors a virgin – a frozen asset.”

― Clare Boothe Luce

“We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand; but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways.”

― Clarence Day

“Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“I was twice-born. I’m Mexican by nature and Hungarian by nurture.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature.”

― Claude Debussy

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

― Claude Monet

“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

― Claude Monet

“Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.”

― Claude Monet

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

― Claude Monet

“We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn’t a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.”

― Clifford Geertz

“We’re getting closer to our nature.”

― Clifford Geertz

“There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.”

― Clint Eastwood

“Santa Cruz is blessed not only with natural wonders, but also with gifted souls who can fashion nature’s bounty into man-made treasures.”

― Clive Sinclair

“I think there’s a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to think about it.”

― Clyde Tombaugh

“I guess they just took it for granted that that was what I was interested in and let nature take its course.”

― Clyde Tombaugh

“How does a pansy, for example, select the ingredients from soil to get the right colors for the flower? Now there’s a great miracle. I think there’s a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature.”

― Clyde Tombaugh

“There are always going to be detractors who will say I don’t look like I’ll be able to hang with Brock Lesnar. But Brock’s a freak of nature, and I don’t know anybody who looks like they can ‘hang’ with Brock Lesnar. But anyone can be choked out in seven seconds.”

― CM Punk

“Canadians have an inherent good nature, and they are used to being made fun of.”

― Cobie Smulders

“I’ve been doing ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for so long, and it’s been so great, and I just feel like it’s second nature at this point.”

― Cobie Smulders

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”

― Coco Chanel

“Building a robot that has legs and walks around is a very expensive proposition. Mother Nature has created many wonderful things, but one thing we do have that nature doesn’t is the wheel, a continuous rotating joint, and tracks, so we need to make use of inventions to make things simpler.”

― Colin Angle

“I mean, we are tribal by nature, and sometimes success and material wealth can divide and separate – it’s not a new philosophy I’m sharing – more than hardship, hardship tends to unify.”

― Colin Farrell

“I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“We’ll be back to our nature documentary, ‘Baggy the Anorexic Elephant’ in just a second.”

― Colin Mochrie

“Thou strange piece of wild nature!”

― Colley Cibber

“I don’t generally follow sports. At an early age, I discovered that nature had apportioned me only a small reserve of enthusiasm. Best to ration.”

― Colson Whitehead

“Shakespeare teaches you how to act. You come out of this process as a better actor. It’s just the nature of the words he writes.”

― Condola Rashad

“Human nature doesn’t include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.”

― Conor Cruise O’Brien

“It’s human nature to wonder.”

― Conor Oberst

“It’s our human nature to explore. Tens of thousands of years ago, our species walked out of Africa, traveling far and wide across the entire planet, from the Arctic to the tip of Tierra Del Fuego, making us the most geographically diversified species on Earth.”

― Conrad Anker

“Here at home, we’re in a world of right angles and human construct, so whether it’s cement or plastic or steel, everything is at an angle. But nature is chaos theory in full play. So having that uniqueness of what nature is gives me a sense of rejuvenation and scale.”

― Conrad Anker

“The alpine environment is very delicate. I’ve been able to see change in the mountains in the 20 years that I’ve been climbing full-time. Glaciers have receded. The tree-line is changing. That’s very rapid to see nature changing in a 20-year period.”

― Conrad Anker

“This product is a compromise, and the nature of compromise is that you don’t get everything you want.”

― Conrad Burns

“You have to understand the nature of light.”

― Conrad Hall

“There must have been something in my nature – I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now – which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy.”

― Conrad Veidt

“Art is about expressing the true nature of the human spirit in whatever way one wishes to express it. If it is honest, it is beautiful. If it is not honest, it is obvious.”

― Corin Nemec

“What motivates me in art is the ugly and beautiful nature of the truth. It has to be truthful and honest, even if it is ugly and grotesque.”

― Corin Nemec

“The cause-effect sequences in our brains are just as determining, just as inescapable, as anywhere else in Nature.”

― Corliss Lamont

“I’ve seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me, there’s nothing closer to God than that.”

― Cote de Pablo

“I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking… go to an isolated island that’s not glamorous and touristy at all.”

― Cote de Pablo

“I’m not a woman. I’m a force of nature.”

― Courtney Love

“I’ve tried very hard to stay grounded with my family, my ol’ buddies, nature, music, and creativity.”

― Coy Bowles

“I’ve really learned a lot from Zac Brown over the years. He is someone that I consider to be one of my best friends, and besides my parents, he has taught me more than anyone else. Zac is, by nature, a giving and understanding person.”

― Coy Bowles

“As a professional, you’re taught from a young age to despise losing. But I began to accept that, in football, you will win some games, and you will lose some games, with draws here and there, too. That’s just the nature of the game.”

― Craig Bellamy

“I enjoyed my 20s – they were torturous and beautiful. I learned so much about myself and about life and about the nature of people.”

― Craig Sheffer

“There’s a constant debate over nature or nurture – they’re inseparable.”

― Craig Venter

“The Janus-like nature of innovation – its responsible use and so on – was evident at the very birth of human ingenuity, when humankind first discovered how to make fire on demand.”

― Craig Venter

“Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.”

― Craig Venter

“As a scientist, I clearly see the potential for harnessing the power of nature.”

― Craig Venter

“I naively thought that we could have a molecular definition for life, come up with a set of genes that would minimally define life. Nature just refuses to be so easily quantified.”

― Craig Venter

“There are aspects of small town life that I really like – the routine nature of it, the idea of people knowing you and your likes and dislikes.”

― Cress Williams

“Magic speaks to the child in all of us. No matter how sophisticated we become, there’s still a part of us who wants to believe in an alternative reality, where we can defy the laws of nature.”

― Criss Angel

“My nature is to be linear, and when I’m not, I feel really proud of myself.”

― Cynthia Weil

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.”

― Cyrano de Bergerac

“It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.”

― Cyril Connolly

“Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.”

― Cyril Connolly

“Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.”

― Cyril Connolly

“Writing can be a very isolating profession. By its very nature, you spend a lot of your time barricaded in your house or office, typing on your own.”

― D. B. Weiss

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

― Dag Hammarskjold

“Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“Divorced from the cosmos, from nature, from society and from each other, we have become fractured and fragmented.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“But I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“I think there’s something about a sylvan setting; you want grass and nature with outdoor Shakespeare.”

― Dakin Matthews

“Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.”

― Dalai Lama

“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

“Literature at its fullest takes human nature as its theme. That’s the kind of writing that interests me.”

― Damon Galgut

“The fundamental law of nature is to not know too much about yourself.”

― Damon Lindelof

“I did ‘Christmas Carol’ off and on through my teenage years, so I always had that dialect and that sound in my ear, which was so helpful. It became second nature.”

― Dan Amboyer

“It takes a lot of help – nature, friends, family, craftsmen – for me to make what I make.”

― Dan Colen

“With a play, there’s more of a definable arc because of the nature of theater: You know, there’s no editing, so there’s something more natural about the arc a character follows in a play. I think theater is more an actor’s medium, whereas film is more a director’s medium, because that’s who controls the final feel of the film.”

― Dan Futterman

“I’m a worrier by nature.”

― Dan Levy

“Science is the ultimate tool to reveal the laws of nature, and the one word written on its banner is Truth.”

― Dan Shechtman

“I’m a worrier by nature.”

― Dana Perino

“Conservatism by its very nature is compassionate.”

― Dana Perino

“We don’t do things we aren’t good at by nature. I wouldn’t play basketball because I’m only 5′ 1″. Find what you enjoy – whether it’s racing, flying a helicopter, being a doctor, or stitching clothes together. Once you’ve done that, you have the passion you need.”

― Danica Patrick

“Beethoven’s importance in music has been principally defined by the revolutionary nature of his compositions. He freed music from hitherto prevailing conventions of harmony and structure.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“The Japanese people have a strong connection with nature and the ocean and a huge respect for them.”

― Daniel Berehulak

“One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought.”

― Daniel Boone

“Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight.”

― Daniel Boone

“I get this anxiety in cities and places like that. When you grow up in kind of a small town and when you grow up around a lot of green and trees and nature and that sort of thing, sometimes I think it’s a little mentally disconcerting to be around this concrete.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I’m definitely not satisfied about my career. I don’t know how you can be, it’s the very nature of things.”

― Daniel Craig

“Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.”

― Daniel Defoe

“Management did not emanate from nature. Management is not a tree: it’s a television set. Somebody invented it. It doesn’t mean it’s going to work forever. Management is great. Traditional notions of management are great if you want compliance. But if you want engagement, self-direction works better.”

― Daniel H. Pink

“The goal for many amputees is no longer to reach a ‘natural’ level of ability but to exceed it, using whatever cutting-edge technology is available. As this new generation sees it, our tools are evolving faster than the human body, so why obey the limits of mere nature?”

― Daniel H. Wilson

“By their very nature, heuristic shortcuts will produce biases, and that is true for both humans and artificial intelligence, but the heuristics of AI are not necessarily the human ones.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“I have a whole section of a filing cabinet in my office full of ideas. Some are ideas for books or articles I want to write. One is a romantic comedy; one’s about my dad’s life. I’ve also got ideas for books on moral relativism as well as democracy and human nature. There’s also a really cool concept for a spy novel.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“Kindness boggles my mind. It’s the only force in nature that increases simultaneously for the giver and the receiver.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“Politics is, by its nature, not my favorite thing because it’s more about dividing people, not bringing them together.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“What needs to change is the nature of advertising itself. That business hasn’t really evolved since the days of Don Draper.”

― Daniel Lyons

“I’m pretty professional. I’m very aware when I’m not playing well and what I need to improve. I’m pretty motivated to fix things. There are guys out there who are not realistic; they don’t like to take blame for certain things they don’t do well. That’s the nature of doubles sometimes: it’s easy to find faults in your partner.”

― Daniel Nestor

“I suppose whenever you go through periods of transition, or in a way, it’s a very definite closing of a certain chapter of your life – I suppose those times are always going to be both very upsetting and also very exciting by the very nature because things are changing and you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“At the World Cup, I carried my mum’s Caribbean sauce around with me. She makes her own, and I brought it to Brazil – I needed to have it there. We’re very down-to-earth; it’s the nature of my family. We came from nothing.”

― Daniel Sturridge

“We need to take a leaf out of nature’s book. Any species that clones itself will eventually be attacked by a parasite, leading to an inevitable population crash.”

― Daniel Suarez

“I know from my own experience that there is much more to ‘intelligence’ than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person’s mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.”

― Daniel Tammet

“Nature is a beautiful thing – it does what it needs to do when it needs to do it.”

― Daniela Ruah

“Sometimes I need a slower pace, to slow my mind down and just be with nature, go outside.”

― Danielle Brooks

“I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It’s a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure.”

― Danielle Dax

“The thing is, I’m a competitor by nature. I like to compete.”

― Danny Gokey

“If you develop a dialogue with me and take an interest in me, I’ll want to give you the business. It’s human nature.”

― Danny Meyer

“Human nature doesn’t change. When enough people are comfortable enough financially, there is going to be human nature that wants to spend more money on better quality and, to some degree, status symbols as well.”

― Danny Meyer

“Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch.”

― Danny Welbeck

“Nature is the art of God.”

― Dante Alighieri

“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.”

― Dante Alighieri

“The planet does nothing but support us, and we are constantly committing crimes against nature.”

― Daphne Zuniga

“I’m a grazer by nature – fruit, nuts – but I try to discipline myself and sit down for regular meals when the girls are around, as I want to instil good habits in them.”

― Darcey Bussell

“Sailing is the closest I can get to nature – it’s adrenaline, fear, a constant challenge and learning experience, an adventure into the unknown. And of course there is nothing better than wearing the same T-shirt for days and not brushing my hair for weeks.”

― Daria Werbowy

“I’ve played golf since I was fourteen. I like how no two rounds are ever the same. And I get to be out in nature… and hang out with my buddies.”

― Darius Rucker

“I’ve got some great stuff in my sports memorabilia collection. But my favorite thing by far is the robe. I actually have a Ric Flair robe with ‘the Nature Boy’ on the back. That’s awesome. When I look at it, it brings back so many memories of my childhood and my teen years.”

― Darius Rucker

“I think it’s my nature to try and make original content, and that’s what I’ve done, is just try and approach things in an original way, and do things differently.”

― Darren Aronofsky

“Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.”

― Dave Barry

“Being alone on the moors is scary; as the rain clouds settle in, it makes you realise your place in nature.”

― Dave Davies

“We need balance. We need to balance our inner life with our outer life. Nature is always sitting there waiting to help us, but we have to do the work. Nature is probably the greatest teacher that we’ll ever have… the earth and nature.”

― Dave Davies

“When you’re thirteen and listening to punk, the aggressive nature of music can sway you to the dark side.”

― Dave Grohl

“Guitar playing is just something that came to me and is really second nature now.”

― Dave Navarro

“As an actor, I’m always critical watching others; it’s just the nature of the beast. For me, any performance that doesn’t cause my ego to say, ‘I can do that’ really signifies that it’s spectacular.”

― David Alan Basche

“I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programmes a lot, but I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature.”

― David Attenborough

“Nature isn’t positive in that way. It doesn’t aim itself at you. It’s not being unkind to you.”

― David Attenborough

“The skull is nature’s sculpture.”

― David Bailey

“It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.”

― David Bailey

“People who have expertise just love to share it. That’s human nature.”

― David Baldacci

“I am totally in favour of reform – but it must be reform that changes the nature of British politics, not simply the makeup or operation of parliament.”

― David Blunkett

“Human nature is you get carried away, so we have to protect ourselves from ourselves.”

― David Blunkett

“If, in the name of liberty, we allow individuals to act in a way that damages the wellbeing of the whole, it will inevitably mean the breakdown of mutuality, thereby changing the very nature of our society.”

― David Blunkett

“It is human nature to favor individuals and institutions who we know or for whom we feel responsible.”

― David Boies

“The skin of my character in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ was some concoction, a spermatozoon of an alien nature that was obscene and weird-looking.”

― David Bowie

“A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence.”

― David Brainerd

“Above all, TRIBES is fun, and even kind of sexy… in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction, which is the main aim of the game, as it is in most of Nature.”

― David Brin

“I think the existence of zombies would contradict certain laws of nature in our world. It seems to be a law of nature, in our world, that when you get a brain of a certain character you get consciousness going along with it.”

― David Chalmers

“I believe human beings mark a threshold in the development of the planet, of course, but it is only part of the picture. What Big History can do is show us the nature of our complexity and fragility and the dangers that face us, but it can also show us our power, with collective learning.”

― David Christian

“Quantum computation is… a distinctively new way of harnessing nature… It will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes.”

― David Deutsch

“Australians are gypsies by nature. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience different regions of the world.”

― David Droga

“I love the ocean, wide-open space and trees, but I’m not a gardener or anything like that. I think I may be, eventually. I was raised in the city, so I don’t have that skill set, but my heart is more with the dirt than the concrete. It’s an unrequited love with nature – a one-way love affair.”

― David Duchovny

“I mean, you always want everybody to pat you on the back and tell you you’re wonderful every time you do something; I think that’s human nature.”

― David Duchovny

“Games, by nature, have more plot options and non-linear qualities than TV and film.”

― David Duchovny

“We go into nature to transform.”

― David Farr

“Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.”

― David Gerrold

“I am not, by nature, an explorer or an adventurer.”

― David Grann

“Seriously, we should start taxing churches and have tax-exempt places for worship and study of nature and art. Charge ten bucks for Sunday services and make the Botanic Gardens free.”

― David Grinspoon

“The more we look at the kinds of soils and the nature of the atmosphere and the polar caps, it all adds up to tell us that some liquid, which we very much believe was water, did flow in abundance on Mars in the past.”

― David Grinspoon

“When you think about alien intelligences making art, you then have to think about what art is and how bound up it is in the nature of consciousness. Why do we make art? And what can we expect to have in common with other creatures in universe?”

― David Grinspoon

“I think chemists always think they know more than they know, because nature has a lot of possible pathways it can try.”

― David Grinspoon

“Reading history, one rarely gets the feeling of the true nature of scientific development, in which the element of farce is as great as the element of triumph.”

― David Gross

“Fortunately, nature is as generous with its problems as Nobel with his fortune. The more we know, the more aware we are of what we know not.”

― David Gross

“Theorists can be wrong; only nature is always right.”

― David Gross

“I strongly believe that the fundamental laws of nature are not emergent phenomena.”

― David Gross

“It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door.”

― David Hackworth

“Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.”

― David Hare

“Times change. Every generation has a new set of problems. Human nature is unmoved.”

― David Harsanyi

“To me, the world’s rather beautiful if you look at it. Especially nature.”

― David Hockney

“Maybe it’s stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy.”

― David Horsey

“There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.”

― David Hume

“Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.”

― David Hume

“Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.”

― David Hume

“I was very shy and had low self-esteem; the only way to stop yourself getting beaten up was to turn your hand to being an idiot. At the beginning, it was survival, and after that, it became second nature.”

― David Jason

“He who is honest in his dealings simply because of the social prestige and position it secures will never develop his higher nature, but will always live along the lower lines.”

― David Josiah Brewer

“I don’t know to what extent someone can BECOME an artist – you either are or you aren’t – and if you are you’ll HAVE to make your way to some kind of sickly light, no matter how terrible the soil you were seeded in your nature will out somehow.”

― David Knopfler

“To be in the woods is a special thing. And also just the concept of wilderness as a necessary opposite in a kind of global dialectic. I want there to be wilderness where there are no humans in a world like this. So nature is super important.”

― David Longstreth

“The resulting prints of ‘History’s Shadow’ make the invisible visible and express through photographic means the shape-shifting nature of time itself and the continuous presence of the past contained within us.”

― David Maisel

“The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?”

― David McCullough

“So much of what we do is shame-based, and when you’re teaching, you have the opportunity to answer to the best parts of your nature, so I’m always grateful for that chance.”

― David Milch

“Your fundamental responsibility is to stay true to the deepest nature and intention of the materials.”

― David Milch

“But human nature dictates that there will always be cheaters. That’s inevitable. Where there’s money involved and glory, there are going to be people that cheat, and there will always be ways to cheat.”

― David Millar

“There will always be cheaters. It is human nature. It will never be 100 percent clean, in any sport.”

― David Millar

“As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I’d resided my adult life.”

― David Mixner

“I love books, I love art, I’m a fanatic nature and wildlife person. People assume I’m a political animal, power hungry, wanting to run for office. And anyone who knows me knows that none of that’s true.”

― David Mixner

“We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information.”

― David Ogden Stiers

“Saturated fat is a fundamental building block for brain cells. It’s certainly interesting to consider that one of the richest sources of saturated fat in nature is human breast milk.”

― David Perlmutter

“A secondhand wardrobe hand clothes doesn’t make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, or HIV. I hate to say it – none of these make one an artist. They can help, but just as being gay doesn’t make one witty… the only thing that makes one an artist is making art.”

― David Rakoff

“Nature is cold, wet, hard and unforgiving.”

― David Remnick

“This is sports. In sports, you win and you lose. That’s the nature of sports. You can’t get away from that part of it. And if you get too hung up on the losing part, then you miss the boat. The competition part, a game like that, is why you play sports. That is as good as it gets.”

― David Robinson

“Mother liked beauty wherever she found it, and she found it in many different places, both in nature and in contemporary art. And that’s where they pretty much parted company. Father… anything that was abstract would to him automatically be not very good.”

― David Rockefeller

“Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic.”

― David Rockefeller

“Jazz music by its very nature is just a conglomerate of a lot of different kinds of music.”

― David Sanborn

“Nature is at work. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.”

― David Seabury

“Our lives aren’t prepackaged along narrative lines and, therefore, by its very nature, reality-based art – underprocessed, underproduced – splinters and explodes.”

― David Shields

“I try to be as honest as I possibly can about the contradictions within my own heart and thereby get to something ‘true’ and revealing and important about contemporary American culture and human nature.”

― David Shields

“The reigning mythology of the Northwest is obviously nature, and the reigning mythology of the Northeast corridor is culture.”

― David Shields

“The obligation of any judge is to decide the case before the court, and the nature of the issue presented will largely determine the appropriate scope of the principle on which its decision should rest.”

― David Souter

“By nature, I’m a person who always says that whatever I’ve done, I could’ve done better. But I don’t dwell on it because I’m waiting for the next time something happens and try to believe that my past experience will have helped to educate me in terms of how I deal with future ones.”

― David Stern

“I think it’s very dangerous, the idea of celebrity – you have to be constantly controversial to maintain the status of celebrity. Reality TV is the death of entertainment – it’s just mindless TV but popular because of its voyeuristic nature, and people are very voyeuristic.”

― David Suchet

“We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.”

― David Suzuki

“Nature surrounds us, from parks and backyards to streets and alleyways. Next time you go out for a walk, tread gently and remember that we are both inhabitants and stewards of nature in our neighbourhoods.”

― David Suzuki

“We emerged out of nature, and when we die, we return to nature. We need to know there are forces impinging on us that we will never understand or control. We need to have sacred places where we go with respect, not just looking for resources or opportunity.”

― David Suzuki

“We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.”

― David Suzuki

“As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside.”

― David Suzuki

“With the world’s human population now at seven billion and growing, and the demand for technology and modern conveniences increasing, we can’t control all our negative impacts. But we have to find better ways to live within the limits nature and its cycles impose.”

― David Suzuki

“Although it’s difficult, if not impossible, to put a dollar value on the numerous services nature provides, leaving them out of economic calculations means they are often ignored.”

― David Suzuki

“Yet better for one of my nature to have it that way than to have life a peaceful, placid flow of quiet contentment. I must have days of rushing excitement.”

― Dawn Powell

“The soul is one in its nature, but its entities are many.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“God is absolutely holy and wise. His nature, attributes, and power are all holy. He is omnipresent, incorporeal, unborn, immense, omniscient, omnipotent, merciful and just. He is the maker, protector, and destroyer of worlds.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“I think African Americans are resilient and hustlers by nature. I think they need to understand that you can take that hustle to the boardroom, but it has to be an education process.”

― Daymond John

“You have more real truth to draw from if you are playing evil. We see so much of it around us in our culture, and we also have so much of it in our nature, which we are always warring against, as it were.”

― Dean Jones

“’The Nature of Jade’ is about a girl who works with the elephants at the zoo near her home, and who, through her involvement with them, becomes involved with a boy and his baby.”

― Deb Caletti

“It’s human nature to want to help and soothe and save with your love, but it’s also arrogant.”

― Deb Caletti

“Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time.”

― Debbie Ford

“I don’t know if people feel this way, but I think by nature that when you start off as a young pop singer, they assume that you’re a bit pampered, prissy, and precious, or that you live in a bubble and not in the real world. For me that’s not the case.”

― Debbie Gibson

“I’m introverted by nature, and I need to have some things of my own.”

― Debby Ryan

“I think it’s fascinating that there’s a whole holiday dedicated to things that we fear and that’s so interesting about the nature of humanity.”

― Deborah Ann Woll

“The exposed nature of life in the public square affects leaders’ attitudes toward risk – and failure.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“The closest thing to a law of nature in business is that form has an affinity for expense, while substance has an affinity for income.”

― Dee Hock

“We can actually accelerate the process through meditation, through the ability to find stillness through loving actions, through compassion and sharing, through understanding the nature of the creative process in the universe and having a sense of connection to it. So, that’s conscious evolution.”

― Deepak Chopra

“It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.”

― Deepak Chopra

“I’m an incurable optimist and a go-getter – it’s in my nature to focus much more on what makes me happy than what makes me nervous.”

― Demi Moore

“The English may love gardening and fishing, but they have never struck me as being close to nature. Their way of expression is ‘the hollyhocks are awfully good’ sort of thing, all done in very good taste. The savagery of nature is something they don’t dwell upon.”

― Denholm Elliott

“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge… observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.”

― Denis Diderot

“No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.”

― Denis Diderot

“It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.”

― Denis Diderot

“Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.”

― Denis Diderot

“Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.”

― Dennis Gabor

“Anyone who really studies Catholicism deeply is aware of the mystical nature of our faith. Even references to Christ’s mystical body has connections to that principle.”

― Dennis Kucinich

“Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.”

― Dennis Prager

“There is no limit to suffering human beings have been willing to inflict on others, no matter how innocent, no matter how young, and no matter how old. This fact must lead all reasonable human beings, that is, all human beings who take evidence seriously, to draw only one possible conclusion: Human nature is not basically good.”

― Dennis Prager

“In the biblical worldview, the purpose of all creation is to benefit man. This anthropocentric view of nature, and indeed of the whole universe, is completely at odds with the current secular idealization of nature. This secular view posits that nature has its own intrinsic meaning and purpose, independent of man.”

― Dennis Prager

“The essence of the Hebrew Bible, transmitted by Christianity, is separation: between life and death, nature and God, good and evil, man and woman, and the holy and the profane.”

― Dennis Prager

“Politics is compromise, by its very nature. But we never compromise on our values and beliefs.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“There is no one more deserving of a place in Poets’ Corner. Ted Hughes introduced a new kind of landscape into English poetry. The most compelling aspect of his work was his intimacy with nature.”

― Derek Walcott

“And the nature of magic is all in the person’s experience. Whether the magician is using a highly complex sleight of hand or he’s just got two cards that are the same, it doesn’t matter: it’s how it’s sold and how magical it is for the person that matters.”

― Derren Brown

“Nowadays 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.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“Nature, 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.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.”

― Desmond Tutu

“To have the opportunity to be creative and clarify the nature of that creativity, there are definitely some long days, some 18-20 hour days with interviews or computer work, but I have a friend who is every bit as intelligent and creative as me who works at the mill.”

― Devin Townsend

“I like Canada for a number of reasons, politics and people and all that stuff aside. I was raised there, and I write music best when I’m in situations that I’m surrounded by nature, and when there’s seasons.”

― Devin Townsend

“I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it’s nice to go out there and clear my head.”

― Devon Werkheiser

“I’ve had a ranch house my whole life, so we’d go down there, be in nature, and just listen to country music. For me, it’s very relaxing. When I hear it while I’m traveling or wherever I am, even working, it just mellows me out and brings me back home… It’s comforting.”

― Devon Windsor

“People have always wanted to be recognized, and that’s human nature. But people used to want to be recognized for their accomplishments, and now they simply want to be visible.”

― Diablo Cody

“Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There’s very little if any ‘me-itis.’ When I get back to civilization, I’m always appalled by ‘me, me, me.’”

― Dian Fossey

“I discovered that, given the indescribable nature of what I write, the only way to sell it is to give people free samples.”

― Diana Gabaldon

“The sheeplike nature of travel – being on a beach with thousands of other people is not my idea of fun. I also don’t like being a tourist because you don’t know what’s really going on in a country.”

― Diana Quick

“People don’t know about the human part of me that really cares about the world. For instance, I don’t know what I feel about wearing my furs anymore. I worked so hard to have a fur coat, and I don’t want to wear it anymore because I’m so wrapped up in the animals. I have real deep thoughts about it because I care about the world and nature.”

― Diana Ross

“One thing you cannot control is nature.”

― Diana Ross

“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

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.”

― Diane Ackerman

“Nature is more like a seesaw than a crystal, a never-ending conga line of bold moves and corrections.”

― Diane Ackerman

“Gardeners may create order briefly out of chaos, but nature always gets the last word, and what it says is usually untidy by human standards. But I find all states of nature beautiful, and because I want to delight in my garden, not rule it, I just accept my yen to tame the chaos on one day and let the Japanese beetles run riot on the next.”

― Diane Ackerman

“Because we can’t escape our ancient hunger to live close to nature, we encircle the house with lawns and gardens, install picture windows, adopt pets and Boston ferns, and scent everything that touches our lives.”

― Diane Ackerman

“The more we exile ourselves from nature, the more we crave its miracle waters.”

― Diane Ackerman

“We ogle plants and animals up close on television, the Internet and in the movies. We may not worship the animals we see, but we still regard them as necessary physical and spiritual companions. Technological nature can’t completely satisfy that yearning.”

― Diane Ackerman

“The further we distance ourselves from the spell of the present, explored by our senses, the harder it will be to understand and protect nature’s precarious balance, let alone the balance of our own human nature.”

― Diane Ackerman

“We try to exile ourselves more and more from nature – not always consciously: We build houses; we dismiss nature; nature has to be outside, because we’re inside. God forbid something like a cockroach comes inside, or some dust.”

― Diane Ackerman

“All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?”

― Diane Lane

“Animals come from nature. They were not designed. All my inspiration comes from nature, whether it’s an animal or the layout of bark or of a leaf. Sometimes my patterns are very bold, and you can barely see where they come from, but all the textures and all the prints come out of nature.”

― Diane von Furstenberg

“There’s design, and there’s art. Good design is total harmony. There’s no better designer than nature – if you look at a branch or a leaf, it’s perfect. It’s all function. Art is different. It’s about emotion. It’s about suffering and beauty – but mostly suffering!”

― Diane von Furstenberg

“Nature is so phenomenal.”

― Dick Strawbridge

“It’s more in my nature to be optimistic, I think. I’m one of those people who gets up on the right side of the bed in the morning.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“Human nature is you work shoulder to shoulder in a real emotional kind of setting, and there are jealousies that come up. There’s resentment, and resentment turns to just outright bad things.”

― Dickey Betts

“It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.”

― Diogenes

“Even though I am an actor, by nature I am what you could call a homely girl.”

― Divyanka Tripathi

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.”

― Dmitri Mendeleev

“No law of nature, however general, has been established all at once; its recognition has always been preceded by many presentiments.”

― Dmitri Mendeleev

“We could live at the present day without a Plato, but a double number of Newtons is required to discover the secrets of nature, and to bring life into harmony with the laws of nature.”

― Dmitri Mendeleev

“When you live life like The Nature Boy, there are some monumental highs and, sadly, some unbelievable lows. No matter what happens in his life, he always comes back bigger and better than any of us can even imagine.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“I’m a pessimist by nature, so it’s always the worst things that come to mind first whenever you make a decision or have a decision to make.”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“What I’m attempting to do is to show people that if I can spend some time with very dangerous spiders and snakes and scorpions, then maybe they’ll feel different about the spiders and snakes they find around their areas. I don’t need people to keep them as pets. I just like them to be respectful and see that everything in nature has its place.”

― Dominic Monaghan

“I think it’s good for parents to be supportive, to motivate, and to somewhat nudge their kids because the majority of kids will want to quit something when it gets hard – that’s just their nature. Children will normally take the easier road.”

― Dominique Dawes

“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

“Silence, exile, cunning and so on… it’s my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work.”

― Don DeLillo

“Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

― Don Marquis

“We’re the only creature God ever created that doesn’t want to adapt. We want to make it stand still. And one thing that’s constant is nature is constantly changing.”

― Don Young

“I have a critical nature, in the sense that when I look at something I often look for the flaws.”

― Donald Fagen

“Biodiversity can’t be maintained by protecting a few species in a zoo, or by preserving greenbelts or national parks. To function properly, nature needs more room than that. It can maintain itself, however, without human expense, without zookeepers, park rangers, foresters or gene banks. All it needs is to be left alone.”

― Donella Meadows

“I’m a nature bug.”

― Donna Karan

“Italians know about human nature – they understand human nature perhaps better than anyone else does. They know that people are weak and greedy and lazy and dishonest and they just try to make the best of it; to work around it.”

― Donna Leon

“There is, in our nature, a disposition to indulgence, a secret desire to escape from labor, which, unless hourly combated, will overcome and destroy the best faculties of our minds and paralyze our most useful powers.”

― Dorothea Dix

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature .”

― Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“I first met the subject of X-ray diffraction of crystals in the pages of the book W. H. Bragg wrote for school children in 1925, ‘Concerning the Nature of Things.’”

― Dorothy Hodgkin

“Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy.”

― Dorothy Thompson

“The perfect pop song is a 20th-century creation; it’s not a sonnet, it’s not an opera, it’s something short – three and a half minutes by nature – and has this ability to travel and to defy class and economic structures.”

― Doug Aitken

“Umpires are necessary evils. That’s just the nature of the beast. For years, people have looked on umpiring as a job they could get any postman to do.”

― Doug Harvey

“Magic is something that happens that appears to be impossible. What I call ‘illusion magic’ uses laws of science and nature that are already known. Real magic uses laws that haven’t yet been discovered.”

― Doug Henning

“I am kind of a freak of nature who has loose joints, and I was able to put my legs behind my head, and it looked weird to people when I was a kid, so I kept doing it. It’s a great party gag.”

― Doug Jones

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

― Doug Larson

“I have a rebellious nature, and being told no is almost the surest way to get me to do something.”

― Doug Liman

“There is a piece of me that likes to fondly imagine my maverick and rebellious nature. But, more accurately, I like to have a nice and cosy institution that I can rub up against a little bit.”

― Douglas Adams

“A theme I’m obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it.”

― Douglas Brunt

“In my first book, ‘Ghosts Of Manhattan,’ the setting was Wall Street, and I explored the predictable nature of a bond trader inside the compensation scheme at Bear Stearns and the government regulations of Wall Street. That was about money.”

― Douglas Brunt

“All of us introverts aspire to be more outgoing, but it’s not in our nature. When I was nearly 50, I discovered that the best thing to do was to tell everyone I worked with that I’m just shy. People are not mind readers – you need to let them know.”

― Douglas Conant

“The neighborhood I grew up in had this fence that surrounds the watershed. And if you go on the other side of that fence, there’s nothing until the North Pole and down to Siberia. It’s the absolute cutoff point between man and nature.”

― Douglas Coupland

“Nature is one great big wood-chipper. Sooner or later, everything shoots out the other end in a spray of blood, bones and hair.”

― Douglas Coupland

“Some people think fashion is frivolous but it’s not… it’s just that some ideas come and go quickly, and that’s the nature of the language of fashion.”

― Douglas Coupland

“Resource efficiency is the wrong metric. We should use nature as the measure, using nature’s wisdom as a template for our economic systems.”

― Douglas Tompkins

“A person who can go out and get 40 is going to get a lot more respect than somebody who goes out and holds somebody to two points. It’s just the nature of the game. It doesn’t bother me.”

― Draymond Green

“Becoming emancipated at 14, my life wasn’t normal. I didn’t have to go to school, so I didn’t. I was rebellious by nature. I spent my 20s focusing on my company, Flower Films, and producing movies. Now that I’m almost 30, I would like to try other things in lie. I’m crazy about photography, and I want to take an art history class.”

― Drew Barrymore

“The scope of material I can work with is not limited to the set of things that we inherit from nature.”

― Drew Endy

“This cream will help one’s nature strengthen and grow, The diet gives support in my decline.”

― Du Fu

“Photography does deal with ‘truth’ or a kind of superficial reality better than any of the other arts, but it never questions the nature of reality – it simply reproduces reality. And what good is that when the things of real value in life are invisible?”

― Duane Michals

“I still find doing portraits a terrific challenge, but even though I’ve done hundreds of them, I’ve never stopped questioning the very nature of portraiture because it deals exclusively with appearances. I’ve never believed people are what they look like and think it’s impossible to really know what people are.”

― Duane Michals

“Photographers usually want to photograph facts and things. But I’m interested in the nature of the thing itself. A photograph of someone sleeping tells me nothing about their dream state; a photograph of a corpse tells me nothing about the nature of death. My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient.”

― Duane Michals

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”

― Duke Ellington

“Whether it’s Brad Pitt up there, if there’s a good moment up there, and you get pulled into the emotion, you’re not thinking, ‘Oh, that’s Brad Pitt. He’s an actor, and he’s famous.’ That’s kind of the nature of storytelling, right? You sit around the fire and tell a story, and you can get sucked into that story.”

― Duke Johnson

“Habit is ten times nature.”

― Duke of Wellington

“’Warcraft’ by its very nature is epic in scale.”

― Duncan Jones

“I love the ‘what if’ nature of sci-fi.”

― Duncan Jones

“Warhol was definitely an inspiration when I was younger. I wouldn’t quantify his sort of influence. I’ve been influenced by nature and science, and I’ve been influenced by people like Ernst and Rauschenberg, Cornell and Bosch and Bruegel, by writers like Haruki Murakami to Pablo Neruda to Artaud.”

― Dustin Yellin

“I played music and sang from my earliest memories. The first pictures of me show me wandering around with a guitar that was larger than I was, and it became almost second nature to me.”

― Dwight Yoakam

“I think sometimes soap acting gets an unfair label for being bad and over the top. The lessons I learned there were so valuable. Seeing yourself every day on television, you learned what worked and didn’t work, what was bad acting and what wasn’t. Memorizing scripts became second nature.”

― Dylan Bruce

“I was lucky in the sense that I was never blessed with an overly reflective nature.”

― Dylan Moran

“I 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.”

― E. B. White

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”

― e. e. cummings

“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.”

― E. F. Schumacher

“The nature of good fiction is that it dwells in ambiguity.”

― E. L. Doctorow

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?”

― E. M. Forster

“England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.”

― E. M. Forster

“When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.”

― E. O. Wilson

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”

― E. O. Wilson

“God, to redeem us at the deepest portion of our nature – the urge to love and be loved – must reveal His nature in an incredible and impossible way. He must reveal it at a cross.”

― E. Stanley Jones

“To pass from estrangement from God to be a son of God is the basic fact of conversion. That altered relationship with God gives you an altered relationship with yourself, with your brother man, with nature, with the universe.”

― E. Stanley Jones

“You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That’s what is important.”

― Earl Warren

“Because of its phantom nature, and despite elaborate defense mechanisms, the ego is very vulnerable and insecure, and it sees itself as constantly under threat. This, by the way, is the case even if the ego is outwardly very confident.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“My father also encouraged my love of nature. He urged me to become a Cub Scout, and later a Boy Scout, and I found I really liked being outdoors.”

― Ed Begley, Jr.

“This may come as a surprise, given the nature of my job, but I am very guarded and contemplative. I’m not a naturally boisterous person.”

― Ed Helms

“I enjoyed my stay in the Congress. Most people do not. And too many people who have been elected really don’t understand the nature of government.”

― Ed Koch

“I’m by nature someone that quite likes to understand how things are working, likes some sense of structure, and I’ve fallen into the worst possible trade for that.”

― Eddie Redmayne

“If I’m not on tour or in the studio, I’m in nature somewhere, usually some kind of ocean. Playing music has afforded me that. It’s not lost on me that it’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to spend your life being surrounded by nature.”

― Eddie Vedder

“It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“I have a deep fascination with human nature, with all its virtues and all its defects.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I’m acting for the same reasons I wanted to become a diplomat. I’ve thought about it a lot and concluded that I wanted to become a diplomat because it was a way to explore human nature. For the same reason that at one point in college, I wanted to be a sociologist.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.”

― Edgar Rice Burroughs

“Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.”

― Edith Hamilton

“It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”

― Edmund Burke

“There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.”

― Edmund Burke

“We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.”

― Edmund Burke

“The actuality of all of material Nature is therefore kept out of action and that of all corporeality along with it, including the actuality of my body, the body of the cognizing subject.”

― Edmund Husserl

“My god is all gods in one. When I see a beautiful sunset, I worship the god of Nature; when I see a hidden action brought to light, I worship the god of Truth; when I see a bad man punished and a good man go free, I worship the god of Justice; when I see a penitent forgiven, I worship the god of Mercy.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”

― Edouard Manet

“Disasters are called natural, as if nature were the executioner and not the victim.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Here in the United States, corporations has human rights. And then why not – why not nature also, if corporations can defend themselves, saying, ‘We have human rights?’ Well, let’s admit that nature also should be protected.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“If nature were a bank, they would have already rescued it.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Rio is an energetic, vibrant place, full of beauty and nature. But we face the kinds of problems any developing metropolis does – with pollution, traffic congestion, poverty. Distribution of green areas, for example, is not uniform. Madureira, the heart of the suburb in Rio, is a concrete jungle.”

― Eduardo Paes

“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”

― Edvard Munch

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

― Edward Abbey

“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

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”

― Edward Abbey

“Like all animals, human beings have always taken what they want from nature. But we are the rogue species. We are unique in our ability to use resources on a scale and at a speed that our fellow species can’t.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“Berlin has a uniquely haunting nature, symbolic of a problematic system that was created to oppress and divide a nation.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.”

― Edward Dahlberg

“The naturalists of our own time hold equal faith in the wonders of the sea, but seek therein rather for the links of nature’s chain than for apparent exceptions.”

― Edward Forbes

“Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light; every eye, looking on, finds its own.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.”

― Edward Gibbon

“Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.”

― Edward Hall

“My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.”

― Edward Hopper

“If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression.”

― Edward Hopper

“Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature’s phenomena before it can again become great.”

― Edward Hopper

“There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.”

― Edward Hopper

“The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases.”

― Edward Jenner

“I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.”

― Edward Steichen

“To the intelligent man with an interest in human nature it must often appear strange that so much of the energy of the scientific world has been spent on the study of the body and so little on the study of the mind.”

― Edward Thorndike

“It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly, soon or late, every advance in the sciences of human nature will contribute to our success in controlling human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal.”

― Edward Thorndike

“Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature.”

― Edward Thorndike

“Nowhere more truly than in his mental capacities is man a part of nature.”

― Edward Thorndike

“The speculative part of my work is that these particular cognitive tasks – ways of thinking analytically – are tied to nature’s laws.”

― Edward Tufte

“That is to say, nature’s laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space/time point.”

― Edward Tufte

“My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature’s laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.”

― Edward Tufte

“If I take the theory as we have it now, literally, I would conclude that extra dimensions really exist. They’re part of nature. We don’t really know how big they are yet, but we hope to explore that in various ways.”

― Edward Witten

“Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle.”

― Edward Witten

“String theory is an attempt at a deeper description of nature by thinking of an elementary particle not as a little point but as a little loop of vibrating string.”

― Edward Witten

“Read nature; nature is a friend to truth.”

― Edward Young

“The course of Nature is the art of God.”

― Edward Young

“If you take away scale, the nature of the story changes. I made a joke the other day: if I were to try to make ‘Glory’ now, rather than be about a regiment, it would be about a platoon. It would be seven men in the woods rather than all the men on the beach.”

― Edward Zwick

“But Nature cast me for the part she found me best fitted for, and I have had to play it, and must play it till the curtain falls.”

― Edwin Booth

“A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.”

― Edwin Hubbel Chapin

“You can tell the nature of the man by the words he chooses.”

― Edwin Louis Cole

“For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm.”

― Edwin Way Teale

“In nature, there is less death and destruction than death and transmutation.”

― Edwin Way Teale

“I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?”

― Egon Schiele

“People are always trying to figure me out, given the varied nature of my films and shows.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“I think it’s more optimistic about human nature to acknowledge that people are the products of their time but then to see that they have moments of grace and dignity that everybody has.”

― Eleanor Catton

“Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

― Eleonora Duse

“If I’m going to be working out two hours a day, I may as well have a goal… and I’m pretty competitive by nature. A triathlon is a new fun thing.”

― Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

“The fulness of the godhead dwelt in every blade of grass.”

― Elias Hicks

“And so about many other things of the same nature, we are trying to make people believe these things, and we make creeds of them; and thus we continue to do our own will, which is the ground of all sin.”

― Elias Hicks

“Just as a son, to be a son of man, must be of the same nature and spirit of his father; so with the sons of God, and so it will be with all who are born of the spirit of God.”

― Elias Hicks

“To a synthetic chemist, the complex molecules of nature are as beautiful as any of her other creations. The perception of that beauty depends on the understanding of chemical structures and their transformations, and, as with a treasured work of art, deepens as the subject is studied, perhaps even to a level approaching romance.”

― Elias James Corey

“In the ancient world and, above all, among the Greeks, human nature was held in high esteem.”

― Elie Metchnikoff

“The adoration of human nature by the Greeks appeared in Greek plastic art and was the cause of its excellence.”

― Elie Metchnikoff

“The Greek conception of a life in harmony with nature found its most complete development in the rationalism of the Renaissance and of the centuries that followed it.”

― Elie Metchnikoff

“Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now, or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice, selfishness, ambition, and injustice.”

― Elihu Root

“The limitation upon this mode of promoting peace lies in the fact that it consists in an appeal to the civilized side of man, while war is the product of forces proceeding from man’s original savage nature.”

― Elihu Root

“The point of departure of the process to which we wish to contribute is the fact that war is the natural reaction of human nature in the savage state, while peace is the result of acquired characteristics.”

― Elihu Root

“There is so much of good in human nature that men grow to like each other upon better acquaintance, and this points to another way in which we may strive to promote the peace of the world.”

― Elihu Root

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle.”

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“People in general romanticize nature, and they make it out to be something that it isn’t because humans are so awful. And yes, we are absolutely screwing up this planet, but that is only because we have the capabilities to do so. Animals are not better than us. They are not nicer than us.”

― Elise Andrew

“I think with comedy I get very sort of critical of myself and try and do the best I can and it doesn’t come as second nature. I work at those kinds of films. It doesn’t mean I can’t do them – I’ve done two now, and I have a great time doing them, but I just find myself a little bit more neurotic.”

― Elisha Cuthbert

“Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as miracles. But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law.”

― Elisha Gray

“I think people hear and feel the genuine nature of my passion for the causes. Specifically, with the non-profit in Uganda, my mother is the president, and she was an African politics professor for almost 50 years, so I think people know that I align myself with people who know what they’re talking about.”

― Eliza Dushku

“There is one Quality, which has somewhat so heavenly in it; that by so much the more we are possess’d of it, by so much the more we draw nearer to the Great Author of Nature.”

― Eliza Haywood

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

― Elizabeth Appell

“I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.”

― Elizabeth Bowen

“It’s just a part of our nature to hope.”

― Elizabeth Edwards

“Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.”

― Elizabeth Hardwick

“Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.”

― Elizabeth I

“All of us want to be better. Human nature is always seeking advancement.”

― Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

“’O sleep, O gentle sleep,’ I thought gratefully, ‘Nature’s soft nurse!’”

― Elizabeth Kenny

“I was a spooky kid; that was just my nature.”

― Elizabeth Marvel

“By nature, my default place is a very introverted one, so it’s funny to be in such an extroverted profession. I’m a little inappropriately in it.”

― Elizabeth Marvel

“Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature’s ways to bind you to the earth.”

― Elizabeth Smart

“I have had the same friends since college, although as time has gone on, the daily nature of those relationships has changed, such that it is not daily at all.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch.”

― Ella Maillart

“I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings.”

― Ella R. Bloor

“Some of his own closeness to nature, his great love for human beings, was passed on by Whitman to all of us who knew and loved him.”

― Ella R. Bloor

“So much inspires me. People living their lives with courage, beauty of all kinds, nature in all its aspects, people I love and people I hardly know, and, of course, other poets.”

― Ellen Bass

“All the food that is put into the stomach that the system cannot derive benefit from, is a burden to nature in her work.”

― Ellen G. White

“We need no fanciful teaching regarding the personality of God. What God desires us to know of Him is revealed in His word and His works. The beautiful things of nature reveal His character and His power as Creator.”

― Ellen G. White

“The havoc wrought by war, which one compares with the havoc wrought by nature, is not an unavoidable fate before which man stands helpless. The natural forces that are the cause of war are human passions, which it lies in our power to change. What are culture and civilization if not the taming of blind forces within us as well as in nature?”

― Ellen Key

“What would happen if we finally succeeded in following the directions of nature and recognized that the great secret of education lies hidden in the maxim, ‘Do not educate’?”

― Ellen Key

“When, in any ethical department, unity is attained between outer demands and inner desires, between nature and conscience, between the needs of society and the individual, the moral formula is void because inner necessity then makes it psychically and physically impossible to break the outer law. Thus, true morality is attained.”

― Ellen Key

“It is deep in our nature to make tools.”

― Ellen Ullman

“The nature of how we are as human beings is that we’re much more interested in being critical rather than praising something.”

― Ellie Goulding

“For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature. While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their ‘freedom deficit’ signaling the political underdevelopment that accompanied many other economic and social maladies.”

― Elliott Abrams

“We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one of Nature’s greatest healers.”

― Ellsworth Huntington

“Man could not stay there forever. He was bound to spread to new regions, partly because of his innate migratory tendency and partly because of Nature’s stern urgency.”

― Ellsworth Huntington

“No part of the world can be truly understood without a knowledge of its garment of vegetation, for this determines not only the nature of the animal inhabitants but also the occupations of the majority of human beings.”

― Ellsworth Huntington

“I’m constantly investigating nature – nature, meaning everything.”

― Ellsworth Kelly

“I can’t copy nature.”

― Elsa Peretti

“One of the funniest things about Mr. Kaufman is that all of his filmed scripts – ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Human Nature,’ ‘Adaptation’ and now ‘Sunshine’ – sound like titles from REM’s ‘Reckoning.’”

― Elvis Mitchell

“It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.”

― Elvis Presley

“What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?”

― Emil Cioran

“One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain, one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature.”

― Emile Durkheim

“I think as a woman it’s in our nature to nurture someone else. Sometimes at the expense of ourselves.”

― Emilia Clarke

“I love the instantaneous nature of filming rather than the repetition of working in the theatre, but that maybe because I haven’t had great experiences working in the theatre.”

― Emilia Fox

“We’ve lost touch and allowed technology to take precedence over organic nature. But let’s not forget that those microchips in our computers came from elements of the earth.”

― Emilio Estevez

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide.”

― Emily Bronte

“Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.”

― Emily Carr

“It’s nature that you’re going to have relationships in your life, and sometimes it’s with the people you work with.”

― Emily Deschanel

“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

“Nature is our eldest mother; she will do no harm.”

― Emily Dickinson

“How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!”

― Emily Dickinson

“I like to consider myself a detective, which is how I justify my obsession with my phone. By nature, since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a detective, and any portal to information and investigating things I have ever been given access to, I have dived into. With my phone, unfortunately, I have immediate access to everything.”

― Emily Meade

“I’m an optimist by nature, myself, I think.”

― Emily Mortimer

“I don’t think I set out to have a career in female groups, but it’s just kind of happened, and by nature of having worked with my sister – growing up with a sister who also plays, and being in communication with other female musicians.”

― Emily Robison

“We were raised without movies, theater or music. We had only nature, the hills, the trees. When I got on the set of ‘Manon,’ I wasn’t star-struck because I didn’t know what a star was.”

― Emmanuelle Beart

“I think musicians are always very generous in promoting anything good they hear. It’s just kind of in our nature.”

― Emmylou Harris

“The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.”

― Empedocles

“It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and – I remember – he constantly warned, don’t let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice.”

― Enrico Caruso

“My microphone skills were developed at a young age watching my dad on the microphone. My dad DJ’ed bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, things of that nature.”

― Enzo Amore

“Ethics, politics and psychology are all far more difficult to understand now that we know the depths to which human nature can sink.”

― Ephraim Mirvis

“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.”

― Epictetus

“By nature, I’m very care-taking. There’s something really beautiful about cooking for someone and feeding them.”

― Eric Balfour

“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

“There’s a roots nature to Appalachia – the origins of folk and bluegrass. I know guys there who are some of the best players I’ve ever heard but are playing on their porch tonight because they’ve never chased success. There’s simplicity to how they live and what they care about.”

― Eric Church

“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.”

― Eric Hoffer

“The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.”

― Eric Hoffer

“Man was nature’s mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.”

― Eric Hoffer

“A brain scan may reveal the neural signs of anxiety, but a Kokoschka painting, or a Schiele self-portrait, reveals what an anxiety state really feels like. Both perspectives are necessary if we are to fully grasp the nature of the mind, yet they are rarely brought together.”

― Eric Kandel

“I was interested in the nature of human mental processes, which is what got me interested in psychoanalysis. And it became clear to me after a while that mental processes come from the brain, and in order to understand them, you need to be a biologist of the brain.”

― Eric Kandel

“Since Socrates and Plato first speculated on the nature of the human mind, serious thinkers through the ages – from Aristotle to Descartes, from Aeschylus to Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman – have thought it wise to understand oneself and one’s behavior.”

― Eric Kandel

“Quite simply, our isolation from nature has become isolation from God’s Word. Cocooned in our manmade world of climate-controlled homes, cars, subways, and high-rises, we’re finding it easier to live as practical atheists.”

― Eric Metaxas

“The nature of human beings is to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, and therefore we have to kill animals. I don’t have a problem with that. But it’s a sacred moment. It’s a gift of life.”

― Eric Ripert

“I think violence, cynicism, brutality and fashion are the staples of our diet. I think in the grand history of story-telling, going back to people sitting around fires, the dark side of human nature has always been very important. Movies are part of that tradition.”

― Eric Stoltz

“I’m a self-confessed geek, and my whole concept of music at first was entirely electronic. In many ways, it turned out to be an advantage. I was so green, so utterly naive about the nature of classical music, that I did things that made me look totally, deliberately unorthodox.”

― Eric Whitacre

“The simplest of simplest things makes me happy. I love small gestures and nature in life.”

― Erica Fernandes

“The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.”

― Erich Fromm

“People don’t realize it’s not just about being funny, and they don’t know how perceptive a comedian needs to be about human nature. You have to really be able to read a situation and peoples’ emotions.”

― Erik Griffin

“But also, it’s a wonderful thing for children to see the birthing of puppies, to see nature at its best when it works and to have the experience of the puppies.”

― Erika Slezak

“You cannot put a contaminant in the ground and just think that Mother Nature whips it up and runs it off somewhere else and we never see it again.”

― Erin Brockovich

“I think any time you have a workplace that’s heavily weighted to men just by the nature of what it is, the same way you can say PR or fashion is heavily occupied by women, there’s always going to be a little bit of that sexism.”

― Erin Duffy

“I don’t see me doing $100 million films because $100 million films, the very nature of them, you need to offend as few people as possible just to make your money back.”

― Eriq La Salle

“Communism is in conflict with human nature.”

― Ernest Renan

“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

― Ernest Shackleton

“The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being, namely that she is inferior by her nature. Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman, under the same advantages could not do?”

― Ernestine Rose

“You do what you like because you just follow your curiosity, and you are happy when you find new things about nature, about how things work around us and inside us.”

― Erwin Neher

“I am insubordinate by nature. I can’t help it.”

― Esperanza Spalding

“We all have a loyalty to our country, we want to serve our country. It’s in our nature.”

― Essam El Hadary

“We feel we have to put concrete on every inch of land. It disturbs the ecology, and it takes away the experience of a child going out into the woods and seeing all of nature.”

― Esther Rolle

“Places are part of nature, of the bigger picture. We are interrelated. When we contemplate them in their own right, they can sometimes change our lives; they can become spiritual experiences.”

― Etel Adnan

“They should hold themselves absolutely upon the immovable foundation of truth and nature, whereby alone they can save themselves from misapprehensions and from the danger of being entirely carried away from reality into mere dreams and fictions.”

― Ethan A. Hitchcock

“While we are under the tyranny of Priests, it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.”

― Ethan Allen

“I think having nature be a part of people’s lives helps all of us see ourselves as part of something larger.”

― Ethan Hawke

“The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”

― Euclid

“Nature is a dictionary; one draws words from it.”

― Eugene Delacroix

“St. Pope John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Council because he understood, as no Holy Father had in a long time, religion spoke to and found its language and symbols – its entire sense of the sacramental nature of existence – in the imagination that reveals not just the penalties of living, but the wonder and awe of our existence.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“I always looked at myself as a physicist learning new tricks by looking at nature.”

― Eugene Parker

“Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It is taking so long, in fact, to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.”

― Eugene Wigner

“It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.”

― Eugene Wigner

“Sharks are among the most perfectly constructed creatures in nature. Some forms have survived for two hundred million years.”

― Eugenie Clark

“There is the sky, which is all men’s together.”

― Euripides

“The problem is that in order to publish a book in mainland China, you have to agree to be subject to censorship. That’s the nature of the system. I don’t challenge that system on its face. It’s their system. But as an author, I have a choice to make whether I’ll participate or I won’t.”

― Evan Osnos

“If you can’t sit in a cafe quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story?”

― Evangeline Lilly

“My favorite parts about ‘The Battle of Five Armies’ were the moments where you could clearly see that we were looking at New Zealand. That it wasn’t done in post, it wasn’t CGI, it was the beautiful, incredible creation of Mother Nature in all of her splendor.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Many have argued that a vacuum does not exist, others claim it exists only with difficulty in spite of the repugnance of nature; I know of no one who claims it easily exists without any resistance from nature.”

― Evangelista Torricelli

“You can’t forbid children to do things that are available to them at every turn. God told Eve, ‘Don’t give the apple to Adam,’ and look what happened. It’s in our nature to want the things we see.”

― Evel Knievel

“The idea that the Internet favors the oppressed rather than the oppressor is marred by what I call cyber-utopianism: a naive belief in the emancipatory nature of online communication that rests on a stubborn refusal to admit its downside.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“Technology changes all the time; human nature, hardly ever.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“Free open-source software, by its nature, is unlikely to feature secret back doors that lead directly to Langley, Va.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“The decentralized nature of online conversations often makes it easier to manipulate public opinion, both domestically and globally. Regimes that once relied on centralized systems of media control can now deliver ideological messages more subtly, with the help of little-known intermediaries like anonymous commenters on websites.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“The most important thing is the indigenous people are not vindictive by nature. We are not here to oppress anybody – but to join together and build Bolivia, with justice and equality.”

― Evo Morales

“Doing things like playing music, something that’s so natural and basic to human function, running around in nature, eating delicious food. These things are intrinsic in basic, primordial to human beings, so that’s sort of a way to return to a blank canvas, allowing my true personality to return.”

― Ezra Miller

“It should seem, then, that the nature of society dictates another, a higher branch, whose superiority arises from its being the interested and natural conservator of the universal interest.”

― Ezra Stiles

“One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all – to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God’s.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Callings in the church, as important as they are, by their very nature are only for a period of time, and then an appropriate release takes place.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.”

― F. H. Bradley

“The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn… tired of common sense and civilization.”

― F. L. Lucas

“The highest-quality protein in nature is whey.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“One time, I took a woman on a deserted island, and we lived like Mother Nature for 10 days.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“Like in nature, I like things which are based on a few simple principles, even though their manifestation can be very rich.”

― Fabiola Gianotti

“With the discovery of the Higgs boson, one of the questions has been ticked off the list, but there are many others. We hope that we can find answers or hints for answers to at least some of them. But of course, this is in the hands of nature.”

― Fabiola Gianotti

“I do think I tend to have a darker nature than most.”

― Fairuza Balk

“Usually when you’re working is when people want you to work. They don’t want you as much when you’re not working. That’s the frustrating nature of our business.”

― Faith Ford

“The desperate hunger our president has for approbation has led him to such lengths as claiming that God stopped the rain during his Inauguration. In fact, Mother Nature made sure it rained on Trump’s hair the minute he started his speech.”

― Faith Salie

“To be rude to someone is not my nature.”

― Farrah Fawcett

“I was born in Karachi, where my father used to work in the sales department of a pharmaceutical company. The nature of his job required him to travel, so we moved to Athens, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Riyadh and then went to Manchester during the Gulf War, moving back to Lahore closer to my father’s retirement.”

― Fawad Khan

“I do give interviews, but I am generally media-shy because I am an introvert by nature.”

― Fawad Khan

“Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.”

― Fay Weldon

“I’d like very much to make a confident picture. I would like to be as good as nature, which, with a shower, produces flowers and grass to cover the destruction. But we are surrounded by human fragmentation, by pessimism, and it is difficult to talk of other things.”

― Federico Fellini

“As nature discovered early on, vision is one of the most powerful secret weapons of an intelligent animal to navigate, survive, interact, and change the complex world it lives in.”

― Fei-Fei Li

“I think human nature is eternal and constant.”

― Felicity Jones

“Art is always an exaggeration in some sense; in color, in form, even in theme, etc… but it has always been this way. It is the same with the nature of some works by Giotto or Massacio, or the color of life as expressed by Van Gogh.”

― Fernando Botero

“Nature teaches us that tens of billions of light years may have passed, and life in all of its expressions has always been subjected to an incredible combination of matter and radiation.”

― Fidel Castro

“The Revolution did not assume a socialist nature because of support from the U.S.S.R.; it was the other way around: support from the U.S.S.R. was produced by the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution. To such a degree, that when the U.S.S.R. disappears, Cuba keeps on being socialist.”

― Fidel Castro

“Queen Latifah used to help me out with my kids, because while we were all out on tour – Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Heavy D – when Public Enemy went onstage, I didn’t have anybody solid to watch my kids. So, Latifah would help me out.”

― Flavor Flav

“The nature of the Catilinarian conspiracy was bad and bloody.”

― Florence Ellinwood Allen

“I’m a writer who simply can’t know what I’m writing about until the writing lets me discover it. In a sense, my writing process embraces the gapped nature of my memory process, leaping across spaces that represent all I’ve lost and establishing fresh patterns within all that remains.”

― Floyd Skloot

“Eliza Factor’s first novel, ‘The Mercury Fountain,’ explores what happens when a life driven by ideology confronts implacable truths of science and human nature. It also shows how leaders can inflict damage by neglecting the real needs of real people.”

― Floyd Skloot

“Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.”

― Fran Lebowitz

“If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.”

― Fran Lebowitz

“My position has always been that the way people age and the signs that we show of aging is nature’s way of tattooing. It’s natural scarification, and the life you lead gives you the symbols and the emblems of your life, the road map you followed.”

― Frances McDormand

“All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.”

― Frances Wright

“Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against.”

― Frances Wright

“Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us.”

― Frances Wright

“The truth is that the performative nature of social media can turn even the simplest conversations into a WWE style cage match with emojis and Internet slang taking the place of pratfalls and over the top costumes.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.”

― Francis Bacon

“The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.”

― Francis Bacon

“We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.”

― Francis Bacon

“Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.”

― Francis Bacon

“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.”

― Francis Bacon

“Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.”

― Francis Bacon

“If God is real, and I believe he is, then he is outside of nature. He is, therefore, not limited by the laws of nature in the way that we are.”

― Francis Collins

“It is one of the more striking generalizations of biochemistry – which surprisingly is hardly ever mentioned in the biochemical textbooks – that the twenty amino acids and the four bases, are, with minor reservations, the same throughout Nature.”

― Francis Crick

“It would appear that the number of nonsense triplets is rather low, since we only occasionally come across them. However this conclusion is less secure than our other deductions about the general nature of the genetic code.”

― Francis Crick

“Listen, if there’s one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it’s that I don’t know anything about human nature.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“Sympathy with nature is part of a good person’s religion.”

― Francis Herbert Hedge

“Painting (like poetry) chooses from universals what is most apposite. It brings together, in a single imaginary being, circumstances and characteristics which occur in nature in many different persons.”

― Francisco Goya

“Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Nature seems at each man’s birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“It’s more fun to have a name rather than a number. I think this gives our products a personality. I get the names from literature, movies, opera, traveling, nature, poetry, sometimes even the street. I keep a small book that I write in. I wake up in the middle of the night and jot down a name for a lipstick or an eyeshadow.”

― Francois Nars

“Nature abhors a vacuum.”

― Francois Rabelais

“It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.”

― Frank B. Kellogg

“I remember, when I was growing up in Baltimore, we’d get on a streetcar and go down to see the Orioles, and for a couple of bucks, you could get a pretty good seat. Kids can’t do that anymore. So I think that changes the whole nature of sports.”

― Frank Deford

“I think, in accepting the amount of money that athletes make, I think that fans accept that now. It’s the nature of the beast; that’s the way it is, so they understand it. All, I think, fans have changed – because the price of tickets has gone up so much – that they feel a certain sense of entitlement when they go to a game.”

― Frank Deford

“Nature never uses prime numbers. But mathematicians do.”

― Frank Drake

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“The New York playgoer is a child of nature, and he has an honest and wholesome regard of whatever is atrocious in art.”

― Frank Moore Colby

“It’s man’s nature to abuse knowledge and power, be it in the realm of science, government, or Wall Street. Take God out of the picture, and you have real trouble.”

― Frank Peretti

“Movies are more than a commodity. Movies are to our civilization what dreams and ideals are to individual lives: They express the mystery and help define the nature of who we are and what we are becoming.”

― Frank Pierson

“I’m like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life – in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God.”

― Frank Sinatra

“We’re not getting judged or rated by just our fighting ability. People want to watch guys who are flamboyant and have something to say, and that’s just the nature of the fight game and the game we’re in. I get it.”

― Frankie Edgar

“But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The fact that the apes exist and that we can study them is extremely important and makes us reflect on ourselves and our human nature. In that sense alone, you need to protect the apes.”

― Frans de Waal

“Many economists are great believers in the idea that everything in nature is competitive and that we should set up a society which is competitive to reflect that. Anyone who cannot keep up, well, too bad.”

― Frans de Waal

“Exclusive homosexuality is not very common in nature.”

― Frans de Waal

“Nature’s my muse and it’s been my passion.”

― Frans Lanting

“I became interested in photography during my first visit to the United States. I was a student at a university in Holland. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the American West. That was when I learned about the tradition of nature in American photography.”

― Frans Lanting

“Is it not in human nature sometimes, based on the facts that you now know, to reconsider?”

― Frans Timmermans

“Waste does not exist in nature because ecosystems reuse everything that grows in a never-ending cycle of efficiency and purpose.”

― Frans van Houten

“I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman’s candid brow.”

― Franz Grillparzer

“You 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.”

― Franz Kafka

“Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.”

― Franz Kafka

“The nature of anguish is translated into different forms.”

― Franz Kline

“It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.”

― Franz Liszt

“Today we are searching for things in nature that are hidden behind the veil of appearance… We look for and paint this inner, spiritual side of nature.”

― Franz Marc

“I’m not by nature a cynical person. But sometimes your expectations are different from reality.”

― Fred Armisen

“I used to ski across the vast white expanses of a quiet and lonely mountaintop. In the stillness and solitude… I pondered the mysteries of the universe, the planet, nature and of man. I’m still pondering.”

― Fred Kavli

“Physics is the most basic part of science and, of course, math. It gives you insight into everything – a foundation, I should say, to understand nature and the universe.”

― Fred Kavli

“Gary is a really impoverished town; it’s in industrial decay. There’s low employment and things of that nature.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“I just want people to recognize my father as an artist who was way ahead of his time. He was a genius. His life just burnt out quicker than it should have. And that is unfortunate, but what is more unfortunate is that everybody focuses on the nature of his death as opposed to the nature of his life, which was so much greater and more important.”

― Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“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

“Nature is in austere mood, even terrifying, withal majestically beautiful.”

― Frederick Soddy

“Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature.”

― Frederick Soddy

“With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have adhered to the view that the struggle for existence is a permanent and necessary condition of life.”

― Frederick Soddy

“To-day it appears as though it may well be altogether abolished in the future as it has to some extent been mitigated in the past by the unceasing, and as it now appears, unlimited ascent of man to knowledge, and through knowledge to physical power and dominion over Nature.”

― Frederick Soddy

“Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song, which had lost its way and come on Earth, and sang on undyingly, smiting the hearts of men with sweetest wounds, and putting for the while an angel’s nature into us.”

― Frederick William Faber

“Everything man is doing in architecture is to try to go against nature. Of course we have to understand nature to know how far we have to go against nature. The secret, I think, of the future is not doing too much. All architects have the tendency to do too much.”

― Frei Otto

“Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.”

― Freya Stark

“Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.”

― Friedrich Engels

“The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce.”

― Friedrich List

“Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“Now the relation which, in the sphere of nature, being and semblance or sensation bear to one another in this antithesis, is the same as that which in ethics exists between good and pleasure or feeling.”

― Friedrich Schleiermacher

“My connection with the Reich Ministers was of a purely official nature and was very infrequent.”

― Fritz Sauckel

“Stage outfits are loud, outspoken, glamorous, fancy, and very different from normal day-to-day clothing. Therefore, by its nature, it is experimental.”

― G-Dragon

“That’s the nature of this business. Something that took ten years to make can crumble in an instant. It could be snatched away from you at any moment.”

― G-Eazy

“I don’t see a lot of nature in L.A. Then again, I don’t see a lot when I go back to St. Louis, either.”

― Gabriel Basso

“I love romantic comedies. They’re for me the easiest thing to do and the most natural to do. There’s nothing natural about holding an uzi hanging out of a moving van shooting at people. That’s not second nature to me, thank God.”

― Gabrielle Union

“To study consumer behavior is to explore human nature at its most fundamental level using the modern world as its backdrop.”

― Gad Saad

“Nearly everything that defines much of our daily experiences is consummatory in nature. Yes, we consume products and services. But we also consume life experiences, religious narratives, art, literature, and ideas.”

― Gad Saad

“Migration is as natural as breathing, as eating, as sleeping. It is part of life, part of nature. So we have to find a way of establishing a proper kind of scenario for modern migration to exist. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean the world. We need to find ways of making that migration not forced.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I’ve always had an addictive nature.”

― Gail Porter

“First of all, I want to thank the Buccaneers for giving me the opportunity and for picking me in the draft. This is the nature of the beast, though, and this is a new start for me. I wish them the best of luck, and I am just glad to be a Bear.”

― Gaines Adams

“What’s so wonderful about ‘The Walking Dead’ is that we’re able to explore human nature in its most depraved as well as its most humanitarian in each episode.”

― Gale Anne Hurd

“These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message.”

― Galen Rowell

“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

“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.”

― Galileo Galilei

“The nature of the human mind is such that unless it is stimulated by images of things acting upon it from without, all remembrance of them passes easily away.”

― Galileo Galilei

“He who looks the higher is the more highly distinguished, and turning over the great book of nature (which is the proper object of philosophy) is the way to elevate one’s gaze.”

― Galileo Galilei

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.”

― Garrison Keillor

“Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.”

― Garry Kasparov

“I like going into nature and that’s where I’m happiest.”

― Garry Shandling

“One of the ways I stuck out was I was a very passionate reader. There was probably a cyclical nature to that; the more I felt like an outcast, the more I sought refuge in books, and the more I sought refuge in books, the more it made me not speak the same language as my peers.”

― Garth Risk Hallberg

“Relatively, a very small percentage of betting takes place on hockey and even baseball because of the nature of the game and the scoring.”

― Gary Bettman

“I think that in today’s world, by nature, we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness.”

― Gary Chapman

“When it comes down to hardball, we have a veto pen, and I’ve used it in the past, and I expect we will have opportunity to use it in the future. That’s the nature of the business.”

― Gary Herbert

“The message is not so much that the worms will inherit the Earth, but that all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm.”

― Gary Larson

“A long time ago, I became aware that many of us have a tendency to lump nature into simplistic categories, such as what we consider beautiful or ugly, important or unimportant. As human a thing as that is to do, I think it often leads us to misunderstand the respective roles of life forms and their interconnectedness.”

― Gary Larson

“The competitive nature of most mums and dads is astounding. The fear they instil in our promising but sensitive Johnny is utterly depressing. We need a parental cultural revolution.”

― Gary Lineker

“If you are going to make a change, don’t go halfway. Make it with conviction and stick with your new idea. Ignore the scoffers. Remember, it is a law of nature that if something is different you’re going to be taunted, jeered, and told the world is flat. Let the doubters fall off the edge.”

― Gary McCord

“Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That’s the nature of being a goalkeeper.”

― Gary Speed

“The human element should be the two players on the court, not the officials. The best officials are the ones you never notice. The nature of the game made officials too noticeable a part.”

― Gene Scott

“I’m not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy’s charm, but he took life just as it came.”

― Gene Tierney

“I love to talk about sports. I love sports; it’s just something that’s in my nature.”

― Genesis Rodriguez

“One of the things I’ve really come to realise is that the chances of arriving at a universal truth are increased if you remain absolutely faithful to the contingencies of your own experience and the vagaries of your own nature.”

― Geoff Dyer

“Clearly, Simon Baz brings such a different viewpoint to ‘Green Lantern.’ The very nature of the corps concept of overcoming fear, I felt Simon was a great character to explore, while getting a different viewpoint on things.”

― Geoff Johns

“By nature, men love newfangledness.”

― Geoffrey Chaucer

“Sometimes, I look out at nature and I think, ‘Everything here is obeying my conjecture.’ It’s a wonderfully narcissistic feeling.”

― Geoffrey West

“We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer’s own weaknesses reflected back from others.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“I realise that in this undertaking I place myself in a certain opposition to views widely held concerning the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently defended on the nature of numbers.”

― Georg Cantor

“Man’s nature, originally good and common to all, should develop unhampered.”

― Georg Simmel

“I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.”

― Georg Trakl

“Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.”

― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“With ‘Dawn,’ I wanted the slick look; I wanted to bring out the nature of the shopping center, the retail displays, the mannequins. There are times when maybe you reflect that the mannequins are more attractive but less real – less sympathetic, even – than the zombies. Put those kinds of images side by side, and you raise all sorts of questions.”

― George A. Romero

“Man does find in Nature deliverance from himself, oblivion of his past, with peace and purity!”

― George A. Smith

“Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“In her experience all her friends relied, Heaven was her help and nature was her guide.”

― George Crabbe

“If you will investigate all the Indian troubles, you will find that there is something wrong of this nature at the bottom of all of them, something relating to the supplies, or else a tardy and broken faith on the part of the general government.”

― George Crook

“In a broader sense, the rhythms of nature, large and small – the sounds of wind and water, the sounds of birds and insects – must inevitably find their analogues in music.”

― George Crumb

“Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature.”

― George Crumb

“Art does not, like science, set forth a permanent order of nature, the enduring skeleton of law. Two factors primarily determine its works: one is the idea in the mind of the artist, the other is his power of expression; and both these factors are extremely variable.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“It does not appear to me to be open to question that there is in the soul of man a nature and an order obtaining in it as permanent and universal as in the material world.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

― George Eliot

“In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.”

― George Eliot

“Changing your nature is the hardest thing to do. But I discovered that you can be who you choose to be.”

― George Foreman

“Recognition of this kinship with the rest of the universe is necessary for understanding him, but his essential nature is defined by qualities found nowhere else, not by those he has in common with apes, fishes, trees, fire, or anything other than himself.”

― George Gaylord Simpson

“To so enter into it in nature and art that the enjoyed meanings of life may become a part of living is the attitude of aesthetic appreciation.”

― George Herbert Mead

“It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.”

― George MacDonald

“All men are by nature born equally free and independent.”

― George Mason

“Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.”

― George Mason

“Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes.”

― George Mason

“The further you get from nature, the less happy you are; and the nearer, the more exultant you become over the world and all that there is in it.”

― George Matthew Adams

“The natural mind is ever prone to reason, when we ought to believe; to be at work, when we ought to be quiet; to go our own way, when we ought steadily to walk on in God’s ways, however trying to nature.”

― George Muller

“In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder’s Letter: probably because of its cohesive nature.”

― George Murray

“I’ve learned to be true to yourself, stick to the big arguments, don’t get distracted by the everyday kerfuffle that is in the nature of any democratic system.”

― George Osborne

“Margaret Thatcher’s government redistributed money from rich to poor. And that’s the nature of a modern western democracy.”

― George Osborne

“Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men.”

― George Pierce Baker

“I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.”

― George Sand

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

― George Santayana

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

― George Santayana

“By nature’s kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man’s power to answer do not occur to him at all.”

― George Santayana

“Our nature hardly allows us to have enough of anything without having too much.”

― George Savile

“I’m optimistic, and I have a lot of goals. And I obey the laws of nature: I eat, exercise, and rest properly. But mostly it’s about keeping the mind engaged. My grandmother lived to 104, and she had all of her faculties. I’m physically active and devout – just not as Buddhistic as she was.”

― George Takei

“I’m Greek, and we’re conspiratorial by nature.”

― George Tenet

“Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.”

― George W. Bush

“Look, when you’re the president, there’s all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it’s just the nature of the job.”

― George W. Bush

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”

― George Washington Carver

“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

“Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

― George Whitefield

“The reason why the Son of God took upon him our nature, was, the fall of our first parents.”

― George Whitefield

“Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children.”

― George Will

“Political nature abhors a vacuum, which is what often exists for a year or two in a party after it loses a presidential election.”

― George Will

“Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.”

― George William Curtis

“Secondly, the nature of the revolutions which have altered the surface of the earth must have had a more decisive effect on the terrestrial quadrupeds than on the marine animals.”

― Georges Cuvier

“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”

― Georges Simenon

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”

― Georgia O’Keeffe

“When you’re writing non-fiction, you go as far as you can go, and then ethically you have to stop. You can’t go. You can’t suppose. You can’t imagine. And I think there’s something in human nature that wants to finish the story.”

― Geraldine Brooks

“Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared.”

― Geraldo Rivera

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

― Gerard De Nerval

“My unrealized ambition is to tend my vines, produce wine, and work like an artisan. I dream of rediscovering the old traditions and customs of wine growing, not necessarily to deny the technology which we have today, but to harness it and work in harmony with nature.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“Authenticity is the ability to listen to what nature tells us. Listening isn’t the same thing as never making a mistake, but the important thing is to learn.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“I always had the feeling, even when I started, that my photography was meant to be archival in nature. Sort of like wine, I guess – they get better with age.”

― Gerard Malanga

“The nature of photography has always resisted that temptation of interpretation. I look, and what I see looks back at me.”

― Gerard Malanga

“Nothing is so beautiful as spring – when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.”

― Gerard Manley Hopkins

“It is often my nature to be abstract, hidden in plain sight, or nowhere at all.”

― Gerard Way

“That’s not in my nature to run away – I’ll stand up and fight.”

― Gerry Harvey

“Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.”

― Gertrude Stein

“Now that I’m older, I have a much better appreciation of nature, and I love being alone.”

― Gia Coppola

“The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.”

― Giacomo Casanova

“The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”

― Giambattista Vico

“The definition of political cinema is one I don’t agree with, because every film, every show, is typically political in nature. Political cinema is simply the brainchild of bad journalists.”

― Gian Maria Volonte

“It’s my nature to be fearless.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“I started doing videos in high school with my friends. I was very popular. I did my own kind of little reality show – mainly, my videos were about beauty and very gossipy in nature.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It’s beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can’t see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors. Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races, and ages.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.”

― Gilbert White

“It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.”

― Gilbert White

“Due to the hectic, non-stop nature of my work, I’m always using my BlackBerry to stay in touch with my studio, wherever I am.”

― Giles Deacon

“I’ve always wanted to work with Elizabeth Banks. She’s so talented and funny, and she’s become this force of nature – directing, producing. Being around her is kind of inspiring.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“Using science to tell us what customers are looking for is second nature for us here.”

― Gillian Tans

“For even the most seasoned diplomats and foreign policymakers, the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a pressure cooker assignment that can cause angst of an existential nature.”

― Gillian Turner

“In an era of rapidly evolving security threats that are often asymmetrical and unpredictable in nature, nuclear weapons are an existential threat we can count on.”

― Gillian Turner

“I’m not nomadic by nature.”

― Ginnifer Goodwin

“Just as Divinity descends in a certain manner, to the extent that one communicates with Nature, so one ascends to Divinity through Nature, just as by means of a life resplendent in natural things one rises to the life that presides over them.”

― Giordano Bruno

“There is one simple Divinity found in all things, one fecund Nature, preserving mother of the universe insofar as she diversely communicates herself, casts her light into diverse subjects, and assumes various names.”

― Giordano Bruno

“In our own time it has been seen… that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.”

― Giorgio Vasari

“Art owes its origin to Nature herself… this beautiful creation, the world, supplied the first model, while the original teacher was that divine intelligence which has not only made us superior to the other animals, but like God Himself, if I may venture to say it.”

― Giorgio Vasari

“Nature hath given not only to the highest, but also to the inferior, classes of the people of this nation, a boldness and confidence in speaking and answering, even in the presence of their princes and chieftains.”

― Giraldus Cambrensis

“If I could choose, I’d be bare feet with animals all around me and living in a tree house. Like Tarzan and Jane, that’s my dream. I’m at my happiest around nature.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“Portfolio investment, often called ‘hot money’ because of its volatile nature, can increase the economy’s vulnerability to the vagaries of international finance. Foreign direct investment, on the other hand, is far more stable and driven by domestic fundamentals.”

― Gita Gopinath

“The peacocking nature of baseball players and athletes in general – you’re all kinda competing for who’s got the most swagger.”

― Glen Powell

“I feel like that’s the nature of being a young guy – competition brings people closer. That’s how I bond with people.”

― Glen Powell

“My nature is that when I see abuses of power, I want to expose those abuses.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“I gotta tell you, my nature is not to be the center of attention.”

― Gloria Estefan

“Nature did not gift us with a mighty Mekong like Thailand and Vietnam, with their vast and naturally fertile plains. Nature instead put our islands ahead of our neighbours in the path of typhoons from the Pacific.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“It seems to me like Mother Nature’s mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I’ve gotta say, I don’t blame her. Not one bit.”

― Gloria Reuben

“I do spend money. I like to spend money, on houses – on furnishing houses. And I love to give presents to people. It’s just in my nature to be that way. I always spent money I had. And I always spent what I made. I’m not stingy.”

― Gloria Vanderbilt

“It’s not just the effect of technology on the environment, on religion, on the economic structure, on society, on politics, etc. It’s that everything now exists in technology to the point where technology is the new and comprehensive host of nature of life.”

― Godfrey Reggio

“Men are different than women, and men live with – with some very difficult obstacles. I mean, a man, basically, in his true nature, is to spread his seed, and a woman is a gatherer, and that’s kind of the way we’re – our limbic system is set up, you know.”

― Goldie Hawn

“Women, by nature, are a certain way; they think a certain way. Women are web thinkers. We think wide… Why? Because we have children. Why? Because we were born as women to have children and to be able to take care of them. We do so many things at once.”

― Goldie Hawn

“The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature.”

― Goldwin Smith

“The Romans, we are told, were by nature a peculiarly warlike race.”

― Goldwin Smith

“I submit that in the few minutes that Joseph Smith was with the Father and the Son, he learned more of the nature of God the Eternal Father and the risen Lord than all the learned minds in all their discussions through all centuries of time.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Jewish students, by culture and by ability and by the very nature of their liveliness, make a university a much more habitable place in terms of intellectual life.”

― Gordon Gee

“We have lost sight of nature’s role in the whole process of maturation and growing up. Parents and nature are a team. And nature can’t go on without the parental role of being able to foster individuality and viability unless the attachment needs are fully met.”

― Gordon Neufeld

“I think I have a normal threshold of anger, but it’s true that I am, by nature, belligerent.”

― Gore Vidal

“Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible. And these monads are the true atoms of nature and, in a word, the elements of things.”

― Gottfried Leibniz

“Indeed every monad must be different from every other. For there are never in nature two beings, which are precisely alike, and in which it is not possible to find some difference which is internal, or based on some intrinsic quality.”

― Gottfried Leibniz

“For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another.”

― Gottfried Leibniz

“I hold that the mark of a genuine idea is that its possibility can be proved, either a priori by conceiving its cause or reason, or a posteriori when experience teaches us that it is in fact in nature.”

― Gottfried Leibniz

“The things women find rewarding about work are, by and large, the same things that men find rewarding and include both the inherent nature of the work and the social relationships.”

― Grace Baruch

“I don’t have time to beat myself up over my fallible nature. Instead I use my energy to learn from my past and let it inform my future. It’s time to own all of our glory, mistakes, mess and light and be gentle to ourselves. Let’s be kind to our spirits and celebrate the truth of our hearts.”

― Grace Gealey

“It’s the nature of man to give and receive – to be man and woman, all in one.”

― Grace Jones

“I have pets, but they’re the really ordinary sort – yellow Labrador, tabby cat, white rabbit, a few goldfish – that kind of stuff. Nothing very… extravagant or unusual or exotic, but I find, in terms of inspiration, Mother Nature is just it.”

― Graeme Base

“I’m a relentlessly optimistic person, and I think ‘The Waterhole’ is a story of hope and that even though nature goes through cycles, we prevail in the end.”

― Graeme Base

“We can’t afford big symphonies but we commission works that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature of the instrumentation and the people we work with.”

― Graeme Murphy

“Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”

― Graham Greene

“All nature’s creatures join to express nature’s purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.”

― Graham Swift

“A character, their ability or inability to laugh at themselves should always be a very, very conscious choice. It’s a very big key to the nature of a human being.”

― Grant Bowler

“It’s either I have to be in the trees or in the ocean, otherwise I lose my mind. I have to get connected with nature, otherwise I don’t feel very good. And that’s what life’s about, feeling good, so nature knows best for me.”

― Greg Cipes

“I call myself a naturalist as opposed to an atheist, but there are different styles. Some people just like to be close to nature. And some people actually worship nature, which is too wishy-washy because – like a lot of religious believers – they don’t depend on facts.”

― Greg Graffin

“One of our great thematic traditions in Bad Religion has been to question human nature.”

― Greg Graffin

“I’m saying that there were many great naturalists before Darwin’s time who were very pious people and who knew more about nature than most of us. These were great naturalists; people I would admire for their knowledge of natural science given the time.”

― Greg Graffin

“Such is the nature of the ‘unity government’ Clinton helped institutionalize. In her book, ‘Hard Choices,’ Clinton holds up her Honduran settlement as a proud example of her trademark clear-eyed, ‘pragmatic’ foreign policy approach. Berta Caceres gave her life to fight that government.”

― Greg Grandin

“There’s something in human nature, the trying-to-get-on-with-it quality of people, the struggle to maintain or keep the show going can be exhausting.”

― Greg Kinnear

“What’s interesting about architects is, we always have tried to justify beauty by looking to nature, and arguably, beautiful architecture has always been looking at a model of nature.”

― Greg Lynn

“If someone arrives, fully functional yet a tabula rasa, how does their environment influence, educate, even mold them? And if that is a nurture question, then where does that character’s nature fit in? How does that manifest?”

― Greg Rucka

“I came away from the forums with a profound concern about the highly addictive and destructive nature of methamphetamine. Families are torn apart, lives are destroyed and treatment is difficult to get.”

― Greg Walden

“But epistemology is always and inevitably personal. The point of the probe is always in the heart of the explorer: What is my answer to the question of the nature of knowing?”

― Gregory Bateson

“Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains.”

― Gregory Bateson

“Invoking nature with its implied supremacy ignores that many cultures have fundamentally differing ideas of even what nature is, much less how it should work.”

― Gregory Benford

“A view of nature as dense and nonlinear is at the core of our contemporary science. Process and order emerge subtly.”

― Gregory Benford

“Get a composter and let nature breakdown your compostable trash and use the remains as mulch for your plants.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“Nature is impersonal, awe-inspiring, elegant, eternal. It’s geometrically perfect. It’s tiny and gigantic. You can travel far to be in a beautiful natural setting, or you can observe it in your backyard – or, in my case, in the trees lining New York City sidewalks, or in the clouds above skyscrapers.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Putting myself into categories is fun, and I think it also gives me insight into my own nature. When I see myself more clearly, I can more easily see ways that I might do things differently, to make myself happier. Categories can be unhelpful, however, when they become too all-defining, or when they become an excuse.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“I love to go hiking. There’s a lot of concrete in L.A., and I come from the Shires, so it’s important for me to get back in touch with nature.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“We need to be both conscious and competent to design products that emulate nature’s life cycles, making sure that they endure and are either recycled or absorbed.”

― Guilherme Leal

“Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

“A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

“The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

“Making a film is like raising a child. You cannot raise a child to be liked by everyone. You raise a child to excel, and you teach the child to be true to his own nature. There will be people who’ll dislike your child because he or she is who they are, and there will be people who’ll love your child immensely for the very same reason.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“A great deal has been learned about cell communication. The universal nature of cellular structure and organization in bacteria, plant and animal cells has been discovered.”

― Gunter Blobel

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.”

― Gunter Grass

“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.”

― Guru Nanak

“With the coming of spring, I am calm again.”

― Gustav Mahler

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”

― Gustav Mahler

“A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind.”

― Gustav Stresemann

“The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.”

― Gustave Courbet

“Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied.”

― Gustave Moreau

“When I want to render these fine nuances, I do not find them in the subject, but in the nature of women in real life who seek unhealthy emotions and are too stupid even to understand the horror in the most appalling situations.”

― Gustave Moreau

“Art knows neither doctrine nor idea; its nature is to show.”

― Guy Davenport

“Statistics vary, but in less than seven years there won’t be a single cell left in any of our bodies that’s the same as it is today. This means that any human being who ‘wants’ to change is like a mountain river wanting to reach the valley floor. It’s a done deal; that’s what mountain rivers do, and ‘changing’ should be our first nature.”

― Guy Finley

“If we’re interested in spiritual things, we gradually realize that what we really need is to understand this nature that seems to be a bottomless basket, because there is no peace in it.”

― Guy Finley

“What is the nature of that place where our original self is one with its longing to explore its own deepest possibilities, and where discovering the treasures waiting there is the same as fulfilling our purpose for being?”

― Guy Finley

“What world is there for us where our essential nature – and its right to live free – is one and the same?”

― Guy Finley

“I’m interested in the psychological exploration of human nature, and it just happens to come in the form of film-making.”

― Guy Pearce

“By nature, I am someone who hews to the middle. I need to hear all sides of a story. Unless I am engaged in a tough round of dominoes or Scrabble, I think of myself as unreasonably reasonable.”

― Gwen Ifill

“I love nature, and I love information.”

― Gza

“I’m a scientist by nature and not by trade.”

― Gza

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

― H. G. Wells

“Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.”

― H. G. Wells

“We must realise that man’s nature will remain the same so long as he remains man; that civilisation is but a slight coverlet beneath which the dominant beast sleeps lightly and ever ready to awake. To preserve civilisation, we must deal scientifically with the brute element, using only genuine biological principles.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“From my experience, I cannot doubt but that man, when lost to terrestrial consciousness, is indeed sojourning in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life we know; and of which only the slightest and most indistinct memories linger after waking.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“We’re so enamored of technological advancements that we fail to think about how to best apply those technologies to what we’re trying to achieve. This can mask some very important continuities in the nature of war and their implications for our responsibilities as officers.”

― H. R. McMaster

“What is certain about the future is that even the best efforts to predict the conditions of future war will prove erroneous. What is important, however, is to not be so far off the mark that visions of the future run counter to the very nature of war and render American forces unable to adapt to unforeseen challenges.”

― H. R. McMaster

“Be skeptical of concepts that divorce war from its political nature, particularly those that promise fast, cheap victory through technology.”

― H. R. McMaster

“Markets are, in the end, man-made devices for utilitarian purposes, not a force of nature that we should not try to resist. If they end up serving the interests of only a tiny minority, as is increasingly the case, we have the right – and indeed the duty – to regulate them in the interest of greater social good.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“It is time that we dispensed with the myth that the market is a force of nature that should not be meddled with. Markets are social creations that can be, and have been, modified for social purposes.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“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

“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

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”

― Hal Borland

“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

“I think, by nature, human beings are curious. And I think that’s only amplified as an artist.”

― Haley Bennett

“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

“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

“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

“Most days I struggle just to be accepted into the camp of plain old feminists. This is mainly because I am not by nature ideological and generally suspicious of people who are.”

― Hanna Rosin

“By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.”

― Hannah Arendt

“It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.”

― Hannah Arendt

“When you surround yourself with nature, it’s really powerful.”

― Hannah Teter

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

― Hans Christian Andersen

“In the main the Academy helped to frame only laws of an economic or social nature, since owing to the development of the totalitarian regime it became more and more impossible to cooperate in other spheres.”

― Hans Frank

“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.”

― Hans Hofmann

“Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world.”

― Hans Hofmann

“My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.”

― Hans Hofmann

“Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.”

― Hans Hofmann

“That nature does not care, one way or the other, is the true abyss. That only man cares, in his finitude facing nothing but death, alone with his contingency and the objective meaninglessness of his projecting meanings, is a truly unprecedented situation.”

― Hans Jonas

“For a scientific theory of him to be possible, man, including his habits of valuation, has to be taken as determined by causal laws, as an instance and part of nature.”

― Hans Jonas

“To be sure, the response of faith to revelation, which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love, occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature that provides the response, with its own nature and its natural powers of love.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“There is something uniquely American about the motel: It speaks to the transient nature of America itself, one enabled and encouraged by our roads and highways.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“Writing is, by its nature, interior work. So being forced to be around people is a great gift for a novelist. You get to be reminded, daily, of how people think, how they speak, how they live; the things they worry about, the things they hope for, the things they fear.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“Heckles always vary. I mean, some people are just drunk, and it’s nonsense, or, you know, some people just want to just repeat something I’ve said or add their own two cents about an opinion, but because of the nature of what I do and who I am, like, I also get the racist stuff, which is hard.”

― Hari Kondabolu

“There are things about our world that almost by their nature defy our ability to comprehend them. Some people use a religious register to deal with that – they call it God and that’s a way of domesticating it.”

― Hari Kunzru

“Culture is a part of basic human nature, of deep humanity.”

― Haris Pasovic

“Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.”

― Harlan Stone

“I’m not a quitter. All my career, I went through a lot of physical adversity, injuries. It’s in my nature to be a battler.”

― Harmon Killebrew

“Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.”

― Harold Coffin

“I love nature. I’m not going to do anything to detract from it.”

― Harold Hamm

“We are all several different people. There are different aspects of our nature that are competing.”

― Harold Ramis

“Nature can always be more complicated than we imagine.”

― Harold Urey

“Before I was hired by Obama’s team as the CTO for his 2012 re-election campaign, I had certainly never been involved with anything of that nature before. Yet, I somehow knew I could do the job. I attribute that confidence to my experience as a hacker and the subsequent willingness to take risks.”

― Harper Reed

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”

― Harriet Ann Jacobs

“Human nature is above all things lazy.”

― Harriet Beecher Stowe

“It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.”

― Harriet Martineau

“But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?”

― Harriet Martineau

“Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.”

― Harrison Ford

“I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I’m quite familiar with snakes and think they’re fantastic creatures.”

― Harrison Ford

“We have to understand in value what the services of nature are so that we can understand that degrading them is an irreplaceable resource that no amount of money or human ingenuity can replace.”

― Harrison Ford

“What the Court really has refused to recognize is the fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling the nature of their intimate associations.”

― Harry A. Blackmun

“Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn’t have to work to earn.”

― Harry Browne

“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”

― Harry Crews

“I am an actor and this is holding the mirror up to nature, as it were.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.”

― Harry Emerson Fosdick

“The thing is helicopters are different from airplanes An airplane by it’s nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or incompetent piloting, it will fly.”

― Harry Reasoner

“When I’m off the clock, I usually play video games – or do something nature-y so I can contribute to Mother Nature.”

― Harry Shum, Jr.

“Nature is the worst terrorist you can imagine.”

― Harvey V. Fineberg

“In the end, we are part of this region, and we are affected by its developments. What we may do or not do in the future depends on the nature of what happens here in the region.”

― Hassan Nasrallah

“I am fascinated by people’s flaws and delusions: all the messy bits of human nature we all try to pretend we don’t have.”

― Hattie Morahan

“If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other’s nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.”

― Havelock Ellis

“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”

― Havelock Ellis

“If any of us were faced with a huge bag of free money and very little accountability, it would be human nature that you would make the most of it.”

― Heather Brooke

“Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.”

― Heinrich Heine

“It is not always possible or even right for a man to make his wife number one in his life. This is due to the nature of his life. His number one responsibility is to provide the living.”

― Helen Andelin

“There is also a marked global trend towards sustainable agriculture, building on traditional methods which use fewer chemical inputs, carefully manage soil and water resources, and work hand-in-hand with nature.”

― Helen Clark

“The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall.”

― Helen Garner

“I’m a boss by nature. I’m bossy. I’m not imperious, but I don’t really want people to curtsy low before me and back out of rooms, but I do like to run things.”

― Helen Hayes

“I know the lands are lit, with all the autumn blaze of Goldenrod.”

― Helen Hunt Jackson

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

― Helen Keller

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”

― Helen Keller

“Any role that’s proactive is a great role, and action roles are by their very nature proactive. You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner – I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything.”

― Helen Mirren

“American actors who voice animated movies are so brilliant at it, because by the nature of American speak, it’s full of energy and full of commitment. And as a British actor, we have to kind of learn that.”

― Helen Mirren

“Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature – and another woman to help him forget them.”

― Helen Rowland

“It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead.”

― Helena Blavatsky

“The chief difficulty which prevents men of science from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism.”

― Helena Blavatsky

“The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life.”

― Helena Blavatsky

“Given the international nature of the tanker industry, it is important that global regimes are applied consistently and universally, not local or regional rules that do not recognise the total commercial and operating backdrop.”

― Helmut Sohmen

“He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.”

― Henri Frederic Amiel

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

― Henri Matisse

“An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.”

― Henri Matisse

“In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope.”

― Henri Matisse

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.”

― Henri Poincare

“If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”

― Henri Poincare

“One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics.”

― Henri Poincare

“A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.”

― Henri Poincare

“If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation of the universe at the initial moment, we could predict exactly the situation of the same universe at a succeeding moment.”

― Henri Poincare

“Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.”

― Henri Rousseau

“A forest bird never wants a cage.”

― Henrik Ibsen

“After a summer trip to Switzerland, which was rich in experiences, I started writing. In the beginning, I aimed at descriptions of nature and folk life until, as the years passed, the description of man became my chief interest.”

― Henrik Pontoppidan

“The Brazilians are amazing in their nature. You cannot describe it; you must feel that warmth when you’re around them to understand.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”

― Henry Adams

“Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.”

― Henry Adams

“Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that are the very nature of a family.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”

― Henry Beston

“People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature’s memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely.”

― Henry Cantwell Wallace

“To destroy a standing crop goes against the soundest instincts of human nature.”

― Henry Cantwell Wallace

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?”

― Henry David Thoreau

“All nature wears one universal grin.”

― Henry Fielding

“A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!”

― Henry Fielding

“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.”

― Henry Fuseli

“My years with failing vision have prompted me to learn about the nature of the eye and the incredible gift of sight, which I had always taken for granted until it began to slip away.”

― Henry Grunwald

“The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.”

― Henry James

“It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.”

― Henry Kissinger

“Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.”

― Henry Knox

“But I think the bomb instead constitutes merely a first step in a new control by man over the forces of nature too revolutionary and dangerous to fit into old concepts.”

― Henry L. Stimson

“Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.”

― Henry Miller

“Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.”

― Henry Moore

“The sky lovingly smiles on the earth and her children.”

― Henry Morton Stanley

“Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.”

― Henry Norris Russell

“I think politicians get hamstrung by the nature of politics when the private sector can really do great things.”

― Henry Rollins

“You know, I love stop-motion. I’ve done almost all the styles of animation: I was a 2D animator. I’ve done cutout animation. I did a CG short a few years ago, ‘Moongirl,’ for young kids. Stop-motion is what I keep coming back to, because it has a primal nature. It can never be perfect.”

― Henry Selick

“Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.”

― Henry Taylor

“There was nothing in all Douglas’s powerful effort that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature, while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords. Lincoln’s speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm of his audience to the end.”

― Henry Villard

“If we do not voluntarily bring population growth under control in the next one or two decades, the nature will do it for us in the most brutal way, whether we like it or not.”

― Henry W. Kendall

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Nature is wont to hide herself.”

― Heraclitus

“To deal with these problems – of world population and hunger, of peace, of energy and mineral resources, of environmental pollution, of poverty – we must broaden and deepen our knowledge of nature’s laws, and we must broaden and deepen our understanding of the laws of human behavior.”

― Herbert A. Simon

“Most of us really aren’t horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put ’em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature.”

― Herbert A. Simon

“The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.”

― Herbert Read

“I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence; but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature.”

― Herbert Read

“The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.”

― Herbert Spencer

“An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature.”

― Herbert Spencer

“It’s part of my nature. I get excited when trying out new stuff, whether it be an idea or equipment. It stimulates my juices.”

― Herbie Hancock

“Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?”

― Herman Melville

“The musician writes for the orchestra what his inner voice sings to him; the painter rarely relies without disadvantage solely upon the images which his inner eye presents to him; nature gives him his forms, study governs his combinations of them.”

― Hermann Ebbinghaus

“What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.”

― Hermann Hesse

“The law in question asserts, that the quantity of force which can be brought into action in the whole of Nature is unchangeable, and can neither be increased nor diminished.”

― Hermann von Helmholtz

“The older view of the nature of heat was that it is a substance, very fine and imponderable indeed, but indestructible, and unchangeable in quantity, which is an essential fundamental property of all matter.”

― Hermann von Helmholtz

“My tendency in life is to like movies that deal with heavy stuff, but it’s my nature.”

― Hiam Abbass

“Dark Souls is in some ways an incomplete game, and I like to think that it has been completed by players, by their discoveries, as they moved along. I’d love to say that the nature of this incompleteness was completely deliberate, but it is both deliberate and by accident in different ways.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“The grappling hook allows for versatile and dynamic movement through the map, while a variety of shinobi-esque tools allow for all sorts of tricks and finesse. These are very important elements of ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”s gameplay and the protagonist’s nature.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“It is difficult for me to make friends because of my nature.”

― Hina Khan

“Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”

― Hippocrates

“I believe that any auteur categorised in terms of an -ist or an -ism wouldn’t be able to capture the complex essence of human nature.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature.”

― Hjalmar Branting

“If you manifest your true self through nature and your normal surroundings, I find that the most eerie. Like when you see birds suddenly start flying in a different direction or when you see moths forming weird shapes, I think that’s the weirdest way to let yourself be known.”

― Holland Roden

“Faeries are associated with wild untamed nature, with art, and with death – so the folklore is rich with different stories to explore.”

― Holly Black

“Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.”

― Honore de Balzac

“What is art? Nature concentrated.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.”

― Honore de Balzac

“You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she’ll be constantly running back.”

― Horace

“Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.”

― Horace Walpole

“I will be guided by the Christian ethic and an awareness that human action is by nature transient.”

― Horst Koehler

“A writer has an inescapable voice. I think it’s inherent in the nature, and I think that we don’t control it anymore than we control what we want to write about.”

― Horton Foote

“Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.”

― Hosea Ballou

“Energy, like the biblical grain of the mustard-seed, will remove mountains.”

― Hosea Ballou

“Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment.”

― Howard Baker

“Climate change is not the fault of man. It’s Mother Nature’s way. And sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is too limited a solution. We have to be prepared for fire or ice, for fry or freeze. We have to be prepared for change.”

― Howard Bloom

“By nature, I am not an optimist, though I try to act as if I am.”

― Howard Gardner

“Collecting has been my great extravagance. It’s a way of being. I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I’m one of nature’s shoppers.”

― Howard Hodgkin

“Alone of prejudices, anti-Zionism is sacrosanct. How very dare we distinguish the motivation of one sort from another? Or question, in any instance, an anti-Zionist’s good faith? In fact, what determines whether anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic is the nature of it.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Every so often, we pass laws repealing human nature.”

― Howard Lindsay

“I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.”

― Howard Nemerov

“I read all of the books by Tolkien, including ‘The Hobbit,’ when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”

― Howard Shore

“Twilight – a time of pause when nature changes her guard. All living things would fade and die from too much light or too much dark, if twilight were not.”

― Howard Thurman

“By nature, I’m an awkward person; I’m a gangly introvert.”

― Hozier

“Technologies that exist between man and nature in a simple form and those that enable the interaction with other technologies are becoming significantly more complex and create their own information systems.”

― Hubert Burda

“A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“And film acting is incredibly tedious, just by its nature. It’s incredibly, mind numbingly slow.”

― Hugh Grant

“During the Second World War, nobody built any concert halls or theaters. After the war, Lincoln Center was a very brave project because all those architects had never built a theater before. We’ve learned a lot since then about the nature of materials and the isolation that’s required.”

― Hugh Hardy

“I’m very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What’s most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever.”

― Hugh Hefner

“That’s all about the natural order of things, the idea of nature protecting children but also children protecting nature.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I know I’m not known as method. By nature I’m not a brooder. What I continue to use is a mixture of the English school, which is traditionally outside-in, and the more American way of working from the inside out.”

― Hugh Jackman

“By nature I’m not a brooder.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I have two children and it’s amazing how in tune they are with nature, with light, with smells, with time.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I didn’t realize House would be the central character, more the bitter comic relief appearing occasionally. I relish his wounded nature – the lameness, the scarred Byronic hero.”

― Hugh Laurie

“I have a major respect for nature. I’m an environmentalist.”

― Hugh Masekela

“Life itself is a school, and Nature always a fresh study.”

― Hugh Miller

“What’s true will never contradict what’s true. Article 2 of the Belgic Confession, based on Psalm 19, Romans 1, and several other texts, declares that God has given us two reliable revelations: the words of Scripture and the facts of nature. Thus, it would be impossible for the facts of nature ever to contradict the words of the Bible.”

― Hugh Ross

“The age of the Earth makes no difference with respect to Christ’s atoning sacrifice for humanity’s sin or to the nature and character of God, Earth’s age has no bearing on any of the historic Christian doctrines. No mention of Earth’s age appears in even the most detailed creedal statements.”

― Hugh Ross

“The fans know what’s happened to me over the past couple of years. I lost my family. I pretty much got devastated financially and the fans know that I’ve had some hard times – and that’s the nature of loyal fans. They want to see the people that they love and believe in get back on their feet.”

― Hulk Hogan

“I am, by nature, a guitar player… I learned all of these other instruments around that, and around the theory that I built learning the guitar.”

― Hunter Hayes

“New York is a character, all on its own, and whenever you film there, it becomes part of the show. That’s just the nature of being there.”

― Hunter Parrish

“I am not a yachting person, by nature, but I have just enough experience on the sea under sail to feel a certain nostalgia for it when I see a big white racing yacht heeled over at cruising speed on the ocean, and I can still tie a mean bowline knot on just about anything in less than 10 seconds.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I am a generous man, by nature, and far more trusting than I should be. Indeed. The real world is risky territory for people with generosity of spirit. Beware.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“The modern period adds social ethics to religions agenda, for we now realize that social structures are not like laws of nature. They are human creations, so we are responsible for them.”

― Huston Smith

“In nature, the emphasis is in what is rather than what ought to be.”

― Huston Smith

“In northern architecture – the cathedrals of Europe and all the little churches – the details, the carving of stone, become necessary because the light is not there to help you very much. You have to enrich surfaces. The desert reduces form to its simplest nature. There is no need for gargoyles or flying buttresses in the desert.”

― I. M. Pei

“I have a great love for nature. That must have started somewhere down back home, I think, because my family own one of the better known gardens in Soochow, so I played there, and I lived there, and so I must have absorbed something there. So I continue to have a great interest in nature.”

― I. M. Pei

“The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen… We can drive it out with our busyness and plans.”

― Iain McGilchrist

“Any skills that I have, I couldn’t really make money with them. I would like to think that maybe I would be doing something in psychology or something of that nature because I love that vein of medicine – the getting down and getting nitty-gritty.”

― Ian Harding

“I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.”

― Ian Hunter

“Magneto wants to cope with the difficulties thrust upon him by society and by his own nature.”

― Ian Mckellen

“It is of course the nature of historical contraction that the shortest distance to a historical destination is never a straight line.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, ‘You’re the next this; you’re the next that.’ I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me. I can’t be myself, I can’t just be Idris Elba. But that’s just the nature of the business.”

― Idris Elba

“For me, my music is part of me, and which is why it seems second nature, and my compositions are instinctive.”

― Ilaiyaraaja

“By nature, I was a little guy with big legs – a stocky lad.”

― Ilya Ilyin

“I can’t begin to try to articulate the competitive nature I possess.”

― Iman Shumpert

“Looking back, there is nothing wrong with that peace, love and equality that the hippies espoused. In many ways, we have regressed because they were into organic food, back to nature, make love not war, be good to all men, share and share alike – which is what many are talking about now.”

― Imelda Staunton

“It’s the nature of a human that when you get neglected somewhere, you want to go back and prove a point.”

― Imran Tahir

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

― Ingrid Bergman

“It is in the nature of Smaland to be thrifty.”

― Ingvar Kamprad

“I feel like dance, by its nature, goes so easily to grand and beautiful.”

― Ira Glass

“I always think of my films within the context of where aesthetics meet economics. That’s the nature of making art – not being naive about what is possible and getting what you need to tell the story you want to tell.”

― Ira Sachs

“I’ve made four films about the destructive nature of relationships, of secrets and lies, and I think I’m no longer interested in that subject – which is a wonderful relief.”

― Ira Sachs

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”

― Iris Murdoch

“Show me a Scorsese film, and I’ll show you a movie where he’s taken risks. It’s just his nature. He’s an artist, and artists take risks. He always does what he believes in.”

― Irwin Winkler

“To insult someone we call him ‘bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, ‘human’ might be the greater insult.”

― Isaac Asimov

“What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.”

― Isaac Bashevis Singer

“To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty & leave the rest for others that come after you.”

― Isaac Newton

“Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure of the absolute spaces, which our senses determine by its position to bodies, and which is vulgarly taken for immovable space.”

― Isaac Newton

“It is reasonable that forces directed toward bodies depend on the nature and the quantity of matter of such bodies, as happens in the case of magnetic bodies.”

― Isaac Newton

“We are certainly not to relinquish the evidence of experiments for the sake of dreams and vain fictions of our own devising; nor are we to recede from the analogy of Nature, which is wont to be simple and always consonant to itself.”

― Isaac Newton

“Being by the nature of my upbringing, all my energies having been directed to one channel of activity, crippled from other activities and made helpless even to live.”

― Isaac Rosenberg

“I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.”

― Isabel Allende

“When I was 7, I went to school in Switzerland because everyone on my mom’s side of the family lives there. Then we were back in Australia, in Queensland. That’s where we had the chance to have lots of different animals. I spent a lot of time living in nature and building cubby houses in big old trees by the ocean.”

― Isabel Lucas

“Grandeur and sublimity, not softness, are the features of Estes Park. The glades which begin so softly are soon lost in the dark primaeval forests, with their peaks of rosy granite and their stretches of granite blocks piled and poised by nature in some mood of fury.”

― Isabella Bird

“Above Hilo, broad lands sweeping up cloudwards, with their sugar cane, kalo, melons, pine-apples, and banana groves suggest the boundless liberality of Nature.”

― Isabella Bird

“As a kid in Africa, you were so connected to nature itself because you went farming, watched the moon out at night, observed how the sky was different, and how the birds chanted different songs in the evening and the morning.”

― Ishmael Beah

“Nature in America does not arouse powerful emotions in me.”

― Italo Calvino

“A whole generation of veteran composers has never taken a stand or provided an example and has produced in the music academies generations of docile workers for the music industry. What can you expect from downtrodden workers who see music as a type of profession, like stenography, and not an act of creation that by its nature is subversive?”

― Itay Talgam

“True, Putin’s Russia does not dream of joining the E.U., but Russia’s stability depends on preserving the European nature of its regime.”

― Ivan Krastev

“It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread – the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature.”

― Ivan Pavlov

“However much you knock at nature’s door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.”

― Ivan Turgenev

“In the end, nature is inexorable: it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later, it takes what belongs to it. Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws, it doesn’t know art, just as it doesn’t know freedom, just as it doesn’t know goodness.”

― Ivan Turgenev

“Nature creates while destroying, and doesn’t care whether it creates or destroys as long as life isn’t extinguished, as long as death doesn’t lose its rights.”

― Ivan Turgenev

“Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.”

― Izaak Walton

“We print money. The people that print the money is actually us. The government of the United States of America. By its very nature, we control that, and this system is there as representation of us.”

― J. C. Chandor

“Sanctification is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration. He who is born again and made a new creature receives a new nature and a new principle and always lives a new life.”

― J. C. Ryle

“’Crash’ is a metaphor for what I see as the dehumanizing elements that are present in the world in which we live. We’re distanced by the nature of the society we inhabit from a normal human reaction.”

― J. G. Ballard

“We are not by nature cruel.”

― J. M. Coetzee

“Everyone in the entertainment business gets crappy contracts when we start out, and into the middle of our careers. It’s the nature of the business.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own.”

― J. P. Donleavy

“In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.”

― J. Paul Getty

“Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses.”

― J. Paul Getty

“A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature.”

― J. Paul Getty

“I boxed a lot as a kid, so it’s something that comes second nature to me.”

― J. R. Ramirez

“The world that you and I live in is increasingly challenged. Population growth, pollution, over-consumption, unsustainable patterns, social conflict, climate change, loss of nature… these are not good stories.”

― Jack Dangermond

“I’m not really part of any group or clique or gang because that’s always been my nature.”

― Jack Dee

“Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet.”

― Jack Herer

“There is a certain element of complementarity between men and women that is biological by nature.”

― Jack Kingston

“Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature; whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature.”

― Jack Kingston

“He was one of those inexplicable gifts of nature, an artist who leaps over boundaries, changes our nervous systems, creates a new language, transmits new kinds of joy to our startled senses and spirits.”

― Jack Kroll

“You don’t have to call it God or Jesus. That’s religious humbug to a lot of people, but you’ve gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.”

― Jack LaLanne

“There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you.”

― Jack Layton

“One cannot violate the promptings of one’s nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.”

― Jack London

“Why are we building golf courses? Because we enjoy being outside, bringing man and nature together.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“At first it was a bit surreal playing in the Premier League at 16, coming up against world-class players, because it had always been my dream. But quickly, it becomes second nature to you.”

― Jack Rodwell

“In Australia, I grew up watching ‘The Mickey Mouse Club,’ my son grew up watching ‘Sesame Street,’ my grandson’s growing up watching ‘Dora The Explorer.’ So we are sort of saturated with American culture from the day we’re born, and to those of those who do have an ear for it, it’s second nature.”

― Jacki Weaver

“Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.”

― Jacob Bronowski

“We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.”

― Jacob Bronowski

“We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.”

― Jacob Bronowski

“I prefer to sing in the shower vs. the car. The shower is just steam, you know, its just you, and nature, and no clothing. You know, there’s nothing separating you. It’s just you, and the voice – you, and the water.”

― Jacob Lusk

“Americans are defined by a history of immigration in pursuit of freedom and opportunity. We are more individualistic, enterprising, and protective of liberties that most Europeans do not expect, such as owning guns, working 70-hour weeks, or appreciating nature as it goes by at 60 mph on a snowmobile.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“The youth of the ANC, ever since 1944 when it was established, has been very vocal. It has made suggestions on things so that, at times, old people said, ‘What are you doing?’ That is its nature. Alliance partners, they have always raised issues. In fact, that is what brings vibrancy in the alliance. People misread that as huge fights.”

― Jacob Zuma

“I’ve probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal.”

― Jacqueline Bisset

“National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction.”

― Jacques Chirac

“All human language draws its nature and value from the fact that it both comes from the Word of God and is chosen by God to manifest himself. But this relationship is secret and incomprehensible, beyond the bounds of reason and analysis.”

― Jacques Ellul

“For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence.”

― Jacques Lacan

“Copy nature and you infringe on the work of our Lord. Interpret nature and you are an artist.”

― Jacques Lipchitz

“Nature is full of drama. I know nothing about biology, about birds, about insects, about the details of politics. I just make movies about human interest stories.”

― Jacques Perrin

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters… and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Most creatures in nature die consciously. Cobras, for instance, choose a particular place on a particular branch of the tree. Many a times, I would try to force-feed them out of my misplaced compassion, but they would just puke and go back to sit on the same branch.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“What people think is their individual nature is just a bundle of thoughts, emotions, ideas, opinions, and prejudices. The world can do without this individuality.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“When you stop people from doing certain things, there is a good chance that they will do exactly what they have been told to abjure. That is how human nature is.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“I am inherently a little brother – that’s just my nature. It has to do with my sister being very strong and wanting to protect me. It’s the natural order of things.”

― Jake Gyllenhaal

“I am big into water sports and just being out on the water. That is second nature to me, being from Florida.”

― Jake Owen

“When you write fiction, there were things about Washington that I’ve experienced and wanted to write about, including the swamping nature of it, the compromises people come to town and are forced to make, and also, when writing about Joe McCarthy, the indecency and lies that he put forward that people didn’t take a stand about.”

― Jake Tapper

“There is nothing in nature wherein there is not good and evil; everything moveth and liveth in this double impulse, working or operation, be it what it will.”

― Jakob Bohme

“A Christian is Christ in the inward humanity; and a Jew is Christ in the figure, and in the office of his law, viz. according to nature.”

― Jakob Bohme

“We are children of the eternity: But this world is an out-birth out of the eternal; and its palpability taketh its original in the anger; the eternal nature is its root.”

― Jakob Bohme

“Those things interest me a lot in songwriting – the human nature of how people think, and the muck that we wind up in.”

― Jakob Dylan

“The nature of television is that it’s a beast with a lot of opinions. I don’t consider myself typecast any more than Neil Patrick Harris was as Doogie Howser or James Gandolifini is as Tony Soprano.”

― Jaleel White

“Entrepreneurs need to recognize that, especially in the digital domain, they are unlikely to come up with something that is going to be permanently on top, that impermanence and ephemerality is the nature of the beast.”

― Jamais Cascio

“Nature stopped being natural decades ago.”

― Jamais Cascio

“The more intense the nature of a man, the more readily will he find meditation, and the more successfully will he practice it.”

― James Allen

“The secret of a person’s nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.”

― James Anthony Froude

“We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we’re small, nature’s big, and it’s everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen – a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption – we’re reminded of that.”

― James Balog

“We are now beyond nature’s normal variation in terms of how the atmosphere is composed. Nature did something for a million years. It actually goes back a lot further than that, but the ice core records show a million years. So, nature has this normal oscillation within this zone, and all of a sudden, we’re forty percent outside that zone.”

― James Balog

“To make a love story, you need a couple of young people, but to reflect on the nature of love, you’re better off with old ones. That is a fact of life and literature – and of the novel ever since it fell in love with love in the 18th century.”

― James Buchan

“Nature is not simply a technical or economical resource, and human beings are not mere numbers. To suggest that one can somehow align all the squabbling institutions of science, environmental management, government and diplomacy in an alliance of convenience to regulate the global climate seems to me optimistic.”

― James Buchan

“All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers, so that the aim of exact science is to reduce the problems of nature to the determination of quantities by operations with numbers.”

― James C. Maxwell

“Nature’s imagination is so boundless compared to our own meager human imagination.”

― James Cameron

“Any direct experience that I have with indigenous peoples and their plights may feed into the nature of the story I choose to tell. In fact, it almost certainly will.”

― James Cameron

“God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible.”

― James Clavell

“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

― James Dean

“Today, computers are almost second nature to most of us.”

― James Dyson

“Women have full equality with men before the Lord. By nature, the roles of women differ from those of men. This knowledge has come to us with the Restoration of the gospel in the fullness of times, with an acknowledgment that women are endowed with the great responsibilities of motherhood and nurturing.”

― James E. Faust

“In hard-core science fiction in which characters are responding to a change in environment, caused by nature or the universe or technology, what readers want to see is how people cope, and so the character are present to cope, or fail to cope.”

― James E. Gunn

“We are acknowledging the close personal nature of our 10 years at war and the strong bonds of fidelity that Marines have for one another, especially for those fellow Marines who we have lost.”

― James F. Amos

“They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that ‘one man is as good as another;’ a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.”

― James Fenimore Cooper

“It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil.”

― James Fenimore Cooper

“At the end of the day, I think my story is, we need black officers because African-Americans need a fair shot at good jobs in this country, but we cannot expect them and should not expect them to change the nature of policing.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“By religion, then, I understand a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to man which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life.”

― James G. Frazer

“People who don’t know me think I’m easy-going, but I’m a pessimist by nature and an old curmudgeon.”

― James Garner

“We have a habit of turning to scientists when we want factual answers and artists when we want entertainment, but where are the facts about the nature of the self? Neurologists peering at PET scans and fMRIs know they aren’t seeing the soul in there.”

― James Gleick

“Every new medium transforms the nature of human thought. In the long run, history is the story of information becoming aware of itself.”

― James Gleick

“Nature, God, Buddha – someone has given me this health. I can break dance still; I can run; I can play basketball. In my mind, I can do anything. As long as I have that spirit, I’m going to keep doing it.”

― James Hong

“Human settlements are like living organisms. They must grow, and they will change. But we can decide on the nature of that growth – on the quality and the character of it – and where it ought to go. We don’t have to scatter the building blocks of our civic life all over the countryside, destroying our towns and ruining farmland.”

― James Howard Kunstler

“Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature.”

― James L. Buckley

“I wouldn’t say that I’m very similar to the character of Nathan at all. Both of us have had very different upbringings and backgrounds. I have a competitive nature like the character of Nathan. That’s really easy to draw from when I’m acting; that’s probably the biggest similarity.”

― James Lafferty

“People would be shocked to know… that despite the nature of my TV character, I am actually a nice guy.”

― James Lafferty

“The nature of fiction is to make one distrustful of any character who lectures and castigates.”

― James Lasdun

“The mechanical and social achievements of our day must not blind our eyes to the fact that, in all that relates to man, his nature and aspirations, we have added little or nothing to what has been so finely said by the great men of old.”

― James Loeb

“Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.”

― James Lovelock

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”

― James Madison

“Pythagoras took the next important step by subordinating the mere matter of nature to its essential principle of form and order, identifying the latter with reason or the soul.”

― James Mark Baldwin

“I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn’t think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right – I did always want to be good.”

― James McAvoy

“I’m not one of those who can listen to music and write. I need the door closed. Windows shut. Facing the wall. No birds tweeting, views of nature, and so forth.”

― James McBride

“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?”

― James Montgomery

“I’m an underdog by nature, and I like to be fighting. I don’t make music for myself. I make music to fight.”

― James Murphy

“Nature of course is the best guide in the matter of choosing a pursuit.”

― James Payn

“Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”

― James Q. Wilson

“Being with nature opens us up to divine experience.”

― James Redfield

“I’m a sports fanatic. It’s hard for me to commit to the weekly, episodic nature of television, so for me, anytime that I can put a game on, that’s what I do.”

― James Roday

“The true nature of evil is that it is so very casual.”

― James St. James

“Any fool can wash himself, but every wise man knows that it is an unnecessary labour, for nature will quickly reduce him to a natural and healthy dirtiness again.”

― James Stephens

“I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness, and they like it when they feel the connection between themselves and someone else.”

― James Taylor

“I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence?”

― James Thomson

“But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers?”

― James Thomson

“The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people – that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.”

― James Thurber

“At Roden Crater, I was interested in taking the cultural artifice of art out into the natural surround. I wanted the work to be enfolded in nature in such a way that light from the sun, moon and stars empowered the spaces. I wanted to bring culture to the natural surround as if one was designing a garden.”

― James Turrell

“As a screenwriter, you always have frustrations. It’s just the nature of the job, and you have to live with it. Your vision is not going to be the same as the director’s vision. It doesn’t mean one is better or worse; it means they’re different.”

― James Watkins

“To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.”

― James Whistler

“When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”

― James Whitcomb Riley

“The nature of television – it’s quicker than both a play and a movie.”

― James Wolk

“That’s human nature – the ups and downs.”

― Jami Gertz

“I like playing characters who are fractured, broken. I find that more relatable, for some reason. I don’t feel that I’m like that myself by nature, but there’s just something that you can really grab hold of if people have a darkness in them, I think.”

― Jamie Dornan

“I think it’s just my nature to stay on the outside so that I can understand and observe.”

― Jamila Woods

“Publishing is, by its nature, about deadlines, and deadlines are toxic.”

― Jan Karon

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

― Jane Austen

“They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.”

― Jane Austen

“Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.”

― Jane Austen

“Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches.”

― Jane Jacobs

“I am a musician. I didn’t know I would be so when I was young. I do know that I have always heard music in my head that I wasn’t hearing somewhere else and I ‘needed’ this music. And obedient to the laws of nature, I created into this vacuum.”

― Jane Siberry

“English majors understand human nature better than economists do.”

― Jane Smiley

“Is human nature basically good or evil? No economist can embark upon his profession without considering this question, and yet they all seem to. And they all seem to think human nature is basically good, or they wouldn’t be surprised by the effects of deregulation.”

― Jane Smiley

“There can never be such a thing as a free market, because it is human nature to cheat, monopolize, and buy off others so as to corner the market.”

― Jane Smiley

“Nature did not put whales on this earth to splash kids while stuck in a pen.”

― Jane Velez-Mitchell

“A study, by its very nature, is an abstraction.”

― Jane Velez-Mitchell

“It is odd what notions men seem to have of the scantiness of a woman’s resources. They do not find it anything out of nature that they should be able to exist by themselves; but a woman must always be borne about on somebody’s shoulders, and dandled or chirped to, or it is supposed she will fall into the blackest melancholy!”

― Jane Welsh Carlyle

“My youngest son becomes an award-winning nature photographer, and I cannot resist writing poems to his pictures. My daughter loves to cook, though I do not. Yet together, we write a cookbook with fairy tales. And now a second.”

― Jane Yolen

“Whether being battered by the surf or swimming through the gentle undulating surface of lakes, I find inspiration in the movement of water. Sometimes I think about the journey the water has traveled, reconnecting me to the larger cycles of nature.”

― Janet Echelman

“The transgressive nature of biography is rarely acknowledged, but it is the only explanation for biography’s status as a popular genre.”

― Janet Malcolm

“Green chemistry is replacing our industrial chemistry with nature’s recipe book. It’s not easy, because life uses only a subset of the elements in the periodic table. And we use all of them, even the toxic ones.”

― Janine Benyus

“Nature works with five polymers. Only five polymers. In the natural world, life builds from the bottom up, and it builds in resilience and multiple uses.”

― Janine Benyus

“We have never observed infinity in nature. Whenever you have infinities in a theory, that’s where the theory fails as a description of nature. And if space was born in the Big Bang, yet is infinite now, we are forced to believe that it’s instantaneously, infinitely big. It seems absurd.”

― Janna Levin

“One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera.”

― Janos Bolyai

“People are always alert to any change and skeptical by nature.”

― Jared Kushner

“I’m an advocate of human nature.”

― Jaron Lanier

“Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future.”

― Jaron Lanier

“I’ve always had an eye for nature, but it’s the sort of thing to keep quiet about, because I don’t want to come across as a mad hippy. But it makes sense to appreciate those things.”

― Jarvis Cocker

“Nature and other human beings are something you have to respect and you need.”

― Jasmila Zbanic

“It’s not like what I do, how I write, changes depending on the nature of the project. I give each story my all, regardless of if there are a few thousand people reading it or a few hundred thousand.”

― Jason Aaron

“As an improviser, my nature is to take a theme and constantly rework it.”

― Jason Moran

“Whether or not I tour forever, I’m not sure. I would love to spend more time living in harmony with nature rather than flying all over the world and contributing to global warming, you know what I mean?”

― Jason Mraz

“Human nature says that you want a bargain, whether you want the goods or not. You think that something is a steal, you’ll buy it.”

― Jason Statham

“I learned a lot about human nature. So much, in fact, that human nature will be my specialist subject on ‘Mastermind’.”

― Jasper Carrott

“A proper respect for nature means that you can’t pollute the air, poison the rivers and chop down the forests indiscriminately without suffering greatly.”

― Jay Parini

“Some people it seems to me would like for me to crawl in a hole and disappear forever. That’s just not in my nature.”

― Jayson Blair

“Children are still in love with the wonders of nature, and I am, too. So I write them stories in hopes that they will want to protect all the beautiful creatures and places.”

― Jean Craighead George

“People must help one another; it is nature’s law.”

― Jean de La Fontaine

“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”

― Jean Giraudoux

“There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.”

― Jean Giraudoux

“The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.”

― Jean Ingelow

“Man is the miracle in nature. God Is the One Miracle to man.”

― Jean Ingelow

“Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself.”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Receptor chemistry, the chemistry of artificial receptor molecules, may be considered a generalized coordination chemistry, not limited to transition metal ions but extending to all types of substrates: cationic, anionic or neutral species of organic, inorganic or biological nature.”

― Jean-Marie Lehn

“Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.”

― Jean Paul

“Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Everything’s viewed with a political lens in Washington, and that’s just the nature of the beast, and it is what it is.”

― Jeb Bush

“Unless you’re a vegan freak of nature like Tony Gonzalez, I don’t think you can play sports much past your early 30s.”

― Jeff Ament

“By its nature, governments and taxes are not voluntary. Government actions are violent and coercive, and theft as well.”

― Jeff Berwick

“If I had it my way, I never would have left San Francisco, but things change and that’s the nature of this business. We have to move on. We hopefully get opportunities down the road that we take advantage of.”

― Jeff Garcia

“This is part of the involuntary bargain we make with the world just by being alive. We get to experiences the splendor of nature, the beauty of art, the balm of love and the sheer joy of existence, always with the knowledge that illness, injury, natural disaster, or pure evil can end it in an instant for ourselves or someone we love.”

― Jeff Greenfield

“One of the turning points in the look of the Guardian is when we decided Logan Thackeray would be a Guardian as opposed to a Warrior. Logan’s own protective nature and the fact that the humans have been knocked back into defensive positions informed a lot of what the Guardian became.”

― Jeff Grubb

“Nature is the purest thing we can touch and observe. It can be the most beautiful and also the most devastating.”

― Jeff Nichols

“What Richard and Mildred Loving did was, by their nature, not by any calculus, they separated themselves from the political conversation. They did not have an agenda. They did not want to be martyrs. They did not want to be symbols of a movement.”

― Jeff Nichols

“I always think I don’t have any songs, I don’t have anything I’m working on, and I get in the studio and realize there are 20 things I’m thinking about. It’s just kind of second nature.”

― Jeff Tweedy

“Writing songs has always been hard and easy. It’s not always easy when you want it to be, and then sometimes it’s just like turning on the faucet. That’s just the nature of it.”

― Jeff Tweedy

“The very nature of ‘UnREAL’ is that we are provocative, uncensored, and brutally tactless.”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“I only know from my own personal experience, and I personally feel that there’s a cyclical nature to things, so you don’t want to start making generalizations about how bad things have become in comparison to the old days.”

― Jeffrey Jones

“Every single thing you see on-screen came out of somebody’s creativity. It doesn’t exist. Nature didn’t deliver it to us. Everything had to be dreamed.”

― Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The nature of Homeland Security is that no news is good news. And no news sometimes means somebody got interdicted at the border, somebody got interdicted before they could get on an airplane, somebody was arrested providing material support to terrorism. Homeland Security means very often something you never hear about.”

― Jeh Johnson

“No matter how happy anyone is with their choices, I believe it’s human nature to wonder about the path not taken.”

― Jen Lancaster

“All living things come hardwired with certain traits and characteristics that are part of our nature, meaning that these things come naturally to us: they’re what we’re meant to do, and they’re how universal intelligence flows though us best. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, etc.”

― Jen Sincero

“By nature, I sit alone in a room and type… My goal was never celebrity.”

― Jenji Kohan

“The cathedral, at its noblest, is the best outward symbol of the spiritual nature of man, as it is also the most suggestive measure and prophecy of the corporate life of man.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“Something about being a dancer connects you to your physical body. It’s primal, earthy, sexual energy by nature. You feel your body in a certain way. Channing is very much the same way. He’s very in tune with that.”

― Jenna Dewan

“I’ve been trying really hard to be more domesticated. It’s not in my nature to clean and cook, and so I’ve been really good about it.”

― Jenna Dewan

“Growing up, being watched from the outside… it’s kind of very taxing and maybe I should just do some kind of manual labor-it might be more relaxing. But I can’t, it’s not in my nature.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“Startups, by their nature, are entrepreneurial – testing new things, launching new products, and disrupting themselves. That’s why you join a startup in the first place – to create, to stretch beyond your current capabilities, and to make an outsized impact.”

― Jennifer Hyman

“I’m a typical middle child. I’m the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody’s happy. It’s hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy.”

― Jennifer Jason Leigh

“By nature I am not tough, believe it or not.”

― Jennifer Lopez

“There is nothing in life I would want to control. I love the way nature has given a flow to everything and would love to go with the flow.”

― Jennifer Winget

“I’m not aggressive by nature and it was tough for me to make the transition to directing.”

― Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“I was really glad to meet Jane Clark because it did give me an insight. I couldn’t imagine what kind of woman she was. I was hugely impressed by her energy, straightforward nature and enthusiasm for life.”

― Jenny Agutter

“When I’m sick of myself, and when I don’t know what to say as a solo artist, I can write a song for a movie. When I don’t know where to turn musically, being in a band – Rilo Kiley or Jenny & Johnny – the collaborative nature is really exciting.”

― Jenny Lewis

“Parents of recovered children, and I’ve met hundreds, all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling us our child must have never even had autism or that the recovery was simply nature’s course. We all know better, and frankly we’re too busy helping other parents to really care.”

― Jenny McCarthy

“I think, from a really early age, I just wanted to be an actress. And I ended up doing comedy because it was the thing that kind of, like, came out of my nature the most easily. But, I’ve always wanted to do as many different kinds of performances – whatever I could.”

― Jenny Slate

“I feel like that nature has this great power.”

― Jenova Chen

“The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“I had a great career. I have no reason to complain. It’s the way it goes in nature. You slow down. And I believe I lasted a lot longer than a lot of people.”

― Jens Voigt

“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.”

― Jeremy Bentham

“I have agreed to lend my voice to Nature’s Guard, an animated series which hopefully will go into production in the near future. The characters are all animals. My voice will be for a character named Longtail.”

― Jeremy Bulloch

“Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty.”

― Jeremy Collier

“What I find appalling is the intrusive nature towards my extended family.”

― Jeremy Corbyn

“There is no single theory that is used in economics that considers the finite nature of resources. It’s shocking.”

― Jeremy Grantham

“All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.”

― Jeremy Northam

“Fashion should have a transgressive nature; it can make you feel like someone else, give you heightened emotion. It should bring you joy and uplift you.”

― Jeremy Scott

“I know that my image and my clothing and my output are very colorful and can be arresting and startling in some respects. That is the nature of my work, but I am a simple farm boy, and I am very calm by nature.”

― Jeremy Scott

“I’m very organic in nature with my creativity. It just kind of wraps around me, or it’s a moment I have, a click of inspiration. It’s never calculated.”

― Jeremy Scott

“By the nature of fashion, you’re only as good as your last collection, so I’m constantly striving to be better, so I don’t look at it as if I’ve made it.”

― Jeremy Scott

“Knowing what jokes will work is second nature; you just feel it.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed.”

― Jerome K. Jerome

“If the minority is able to successfully undo the Affordable Care Act by blackmail, it will be the undoing of the democratic nature of our government.”

― Jerrold Nadler

“America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That’s the nature of America, I think.”

― Jerry Garcia

“I know I could have a better public image if I were less open, if I ducked more issues and didn’t speak out. But it’s not my nature.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“The problem with fame is that you get frozen in one frame and nothing you can do can alter the nature.”

― Jerry Rubin

“Delphine Lucielle’s paintings are profound, unique, and moving. It is rare to find contemporary art that combines both beauty, innovation, and creates a new style of painting by fusing technology and nature. Delphine Lucielle is pushing the boundaries of what art is capable of.”

― Jerry Yang

“Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.”

― Jessamyn West

“I think it’s my nature to – every time I hear about an award or a nomination, it makes me realize how much I must’ve been losing before, because I was not aware that every major city had these critics’ awards.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“I think, when I was younger and I was on loan, I used to get nervous before games, but as you get older, you adapt to it, and it becomes second nature to walk out onto the pitch and perform.”

― Jesse Lingard

“I would rather be uncomfortable with the truth than to be lied to in comfort. That’s just my nature.”

― Jesse Ventura

“The communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole. But what he didn’t figure into was human nature, and that’s what corrupts it.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I think a person who is disabled should be disabled by no act of their own. If you become disabled because of alcoholism, drugs, or things of that nature, I do not think those conditions qualify someone to be called disabled. I think those conditions result from personal decisions.”

― Jesse Ventura

“The things you fear are undefeatable, not by their nature, but by your approach.”

― Jewel

“My second record I used a producer, which was frustrating in a way, because I think a lot of the punky spirit and provocative nature of the lyrics didn’t come across – the music was pretty.”

― Jewel

“I always think first about the nature of the story. When I had the idea for ‘The Namesake,’ I felt that it had to be a novel – it couldn’t work as a story.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“If we could establish a deep abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite; we would never harm, vivisect, a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“It is odd that we have so little relationship with nature, with the insects and the leaping frog and the owl that hoots among the hills calling for its mate. We never seem to have a feeling for all living things on the earth.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“When one travels around the world, one notices to what an extraordinary degree human nature is the same, whether in India or America, in Europe or Australia.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Presidential biography is, by its nature, out of scale; no character is bigger, no action greater, than the person and the doings of the American president.”

― Jill Lepore

“It’s one of the most basic laws of human nature, isn’t it? The more we are denied something, the more we want it. The more silence given to this or that topic, the more power.”

― Jill McCorkle

“People is, I think, it’s their nature – some people’s nature, in a way, to be angry or jealous or just spiteful about somebody else’s blessings.”

― Jill Scott

“I love the long grass coming up to meet the willows.”

― Jilly Cooper

“I think it bespeaks a generous nature, a man who can cook.”

― Jilly Cooper

“I think the job of leadership is to expand what can be talked about and to get consensus on the nature of the problem, and that is most of the job. Because once you do that, once you have diagnosis, treatment options are obvious.”

― Jim Cooper

“There are tons of people who are late to trends by nature and adopt a trend after it’s no longer in fashion. They exist in mutual funds. They exist in clothes. They exist in cars. They exist in lifestyles.”

― Jim Cramer

“Well, one of the most important things for Americans to be reminded of is that a lot of the exceptional nature of our country is founded in Judeo-Christian values that promotes individualism, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to family, charity.”

― Jim DeMint

“Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.”

― Jim Fowler

“Steakhouses sort of have this old-school nature to them; they’re like museums full of good food. It’s fun hearing the waiter share his expertise on the different cuts of beef and how they’re going to cut up your baked potato.”

― Jim Gaffigan

“I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn’t either a) the savage that must be eliminated, the force of nature that’s blocking the way for industrial progress, or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche. I wanted him to be a complicated human being.”

― Jim Jarmusch

“Politics has high and low moments. Sometimes it brings out the better angels of our nature; sometimes baser instincts.”

― Jim Leach

“It is not scientifically possible to accurately predict the outcome of an action. To suggest otherwise runs contrary to historical experience and the nature of war.”

― Jim Mattis

“There’s no traditional three act structure – or beginning, middle and end – to a family tree. By its nature, it has almost infinite different branches, or episodes, to explore in every direction.”

― Jim Piddock

“I love discussing the ins and outs of the collaborative nature of writing.”

― Jim Rash

“I am quite an animal and nature lover.”

― Jim Sarbh

“I don’t believe in the separation between mankind and nature. Mankind is nature.”

― Jim Sarbh

“I’m not an outdoors person by instinct or nature. I’m more of a city person.”

― Jim Sturgess

“My imagination was no competition for nature.”

― Jim Toomey

“Real shapes and real patterns are things you would observe in nature, like the marks on the back of a cobra’s hood or the markings on a fish or a lizard. Imaginary shapes are just that, symbols that come to a person in dreams or reveries and are charged with meaning.”

― Jim Woodring

“A tree is an incomprehensible mystery.”

― Jim Woodring

“My nature just changes.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”

― Jimmy Carter

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”

― Jimmy Carter

“I do have a treadmill desk in my office, and for a while, I would walk on it while checking email and going through jokes. I haven’t walked on it in probably four months. Now it’s more of an upright dining table for me. At some point, moss will grow over it, birds will build nests, and nature will reclaim the treadmill as its own.”

― Jimmy Kimmel

“I gave my heart to the Lord, and I remember the incident vividly. The Lord spoke to me. I know that sounds funny. It was not an audible voice or anything of that nature.”

― Jimmy Swaggart

“I don’t worry. It’s just not in my nature, really.”

― Jimmy Wales

“How does one gain confidence? It’s just the repetitive nature of telling you how good you are. How good of a putter and chipper you are. How you’ve got this. You can beat the best players in the world. You’ve got all the talent. You just have to believe in yourself.”

― Jimmy Walker

“We benefit from doing nothing, from going out to play, from giving from the heart and spending time in nature. Most of all we benefit from having healthy, strong, and loving relationships with other people and from exercising the altruistic parts of ourselves.”

― Jo Ann Davis

“The nature of Scandinavians is that they don’t talk so much, there will be these dark secrets, and most things are under-communicated.”

― Jo Nesbo

“I tell myself I write because I want to say something true and original about the nature of evil. That is very ambitious – to say something about the human condition that hasn’t been written before. Probably I will never succeed but that is what I strive to do.”

― Jo Nesbo

“It’s really important to have balance, spend some time in nature, go to a few parties, enjoy my friends and really chill out.”

― Joakim Noah

“My sister is a very peculiar lady. When we were young, I wasn’t allowed to talk to her friends. Now I’m not allowed to talk to her children, nor are they permitted to see me. This is the nature of the lady. Doesn’t bother me at all.”

― Joan Fontaine

“I’m concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet.”

― Joan Jett

“Learn from nature. Stuff lives and stuff dies all the time, you know. Animals and birds and flowers. Trees come and go, and we come and go. That’s it. So we should all seize life and make the most of what we have while we can.”

― Joanna Lumley

“My daughter, the one who lives nearby, is raising her children to be very much aware. We went on a nature walk on Monday; I’m learning so much from her.”

― Joanne Woodward

“We have to find alternative ways of producing our raw materials without asking nature to do it for us.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“Texans are by nature independent people.”

― Joe Barton

“I’ve been writing since 1973. I’ve written nonfiction things of that nature, but I’m probably best known for crime fiction and, to some extent, horror fiction.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“Hearing Jimi Hendrix as a little kid and falling in love with everything that he did on guitar rewired my basic nature. To me, that was a normal thing that you should do: you should strive to be as innovative as Hendrix.”

― Joe Satriani

“I just want to play like Jimi Hendrix. I love other forms of music and wish I could play classical piano, or saxophone like John Coltrane, but that will never happen. Because my nature is to play electric guitar really well and to emulate my heroes from the late 1960s.”

― Joe Satriani

“My favorite place in Indonesia is Bali. I was there with my family in Nusa Dua, and my kids loved it. I’m a workaholic, so for me, Bali is a place where you can have a vacation, but you can have your own moment as well. You feel like you blend with nature – and I love the beach.”

― Joe Taslim

“I’m cynical by nature, but I am also very hopeful because I see people from the Left and the Right showing up to these tea parties. You have people, bikers, union members and guys in three-piece suits showing up to these things.”

― Joe Wurzelbacher

“The nature of human beings is that we’re competitive, and the chances are there’s someone out there who’s going to work harder than you and want it more than you.”

― Joel Edgerton

“You may make some mistakes – but that doesn’t make you a sinner. You’ve got the very nature of God on the inside of you.”

― Joel Osteen

“What we’re looking at is God’s design, nature’s template, and using that as a pattern to cut around and lay it down on a domestic model to duplicate that pattern that we see in nature.”

― Joel Salatin

“There’s a big difference between industrializing production of tractors and industrializing production of food. We like technology, but we really like technology that allows us to do better what nature does itself.”

― Joel Salatin

“Nature moves towards balance.”

― Joel Salatin

“I grew up in Belle Harbor, which is in New York City, but it has the most powerful sense of nature and seasons. It wasn’t even the beach and the water. I just dreamt about everything that had to do with nature. I read about Thoreau.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“Some people consider utopia to be derived from nature. For some people, utopia is the city.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“Culture means control over nature.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Working with friends isn’t easy – the nature of an artistic project means it’s about two strong visions colliding and a bit of mental wrestling.”

― Johan Renck

“The thirst for vengeance was the beautiful nature which Homer imitated.”

― Johann Georg Hamann

“Every phenomenon of nature was a word, – the sign, symbol and pledge of a new, mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union, participation and community of divine energies and ideas.”

― Johann Georg Hamann

“Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical sense) or whatever you want to call it.”

― Johann Georg Hamann

“Physics is nothing but the ABC’s. Nature is an equation with an unknown, a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants to which reason has to add the dots.”

― Johann Georg Hamann

“I love old industrial imagery and smokestacks belching pollution, maybe because Iceland doesn’t have any industry, just mountains and beautiful nature.”

― Johann Johannsson

“The kind of industrial wasteland that you see in so much of Europe has a tremendous poignancy to me, especially when it’s run down and you see the collapse and failure of this system. And also how nature reclaims it.”

― Johann Johannsson

“Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nature uses as little as possible of anything.”

― Johannes Kepler

“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.”

― Johannes Kepler

“The most common and most important result of them is that the nature and size of the effect on corresponding series of different elements are largely an expression of the peculiarity of their atomic structure – or, at least, of the structure of the surface.”

― Johannes Stark

“In the most intimate, hidden and innermost ground of the soul, God is always essentially, actively, and substantially present. Here the soul possesses everything by grace which God possesses by nature.”

― Johannes Tauler

“There is something of the freshness of mind, of the lightness of spirit in Linne which for centuries has been linked in people’s minds with the mountains of Sweden and Swedish joy in nature.”

― Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”

― John Adams

“Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.”

― John Archibald Wheeler

“We’ve got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.”

― John Ashcroft

“If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.”

― John B. S. Haldane

“Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools.”

― John Barton

“The limit is not as narrow as it might be. I do not claim for this action, as it now goes on, an ideal degree of efficiency. What I do claim is that this type of competition already reveals its nature and its ultimate power to hold seeming monopolies in check.”

― John Bates Clark

“Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.”

― John Berger

“Traditional Chinese art looked at the Earth from a Confucian mountain top; Japanese art looked closely around screens; Italian Renaissance art surveyed conquered nature through the window or door-frame of a palace. For the Cro-Magnons, space is a metaphysical arena of continually intermittent appearances and disappearances.”

― John Berger

“I’m obviously aware that people are quite focused on the economy rather than foreign policy issues, but that is something that should and can be altered as people see the nature of the threats around the world that we face.”

― John Bolton

“There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side, he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman. And then he had this kind of romantic side to him. I think being true to both sides of your nature is important.”

― John Boorman

“In the last fifty years science has advanced more than in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods.”

― John Boyd Orr

“Virtue is an inner strength. It expands your nature.”

― John Bradshaw

“If nature offers no home, then we must make a home one way or another. The only question is how.”

― John Burnside

“With each passing decade, history becomes less real for us, less immediate and essential to our way of life, and so, like ‘green’ nature, more of a commodity or an advertising gimmick.”

― John Burnside

“As attractive as it is, the idea that nature can exist beyond our dangerous ‘instinct for happiness’ is never the whole story.”

― John Burnside

“In time, we will have to recognise that it is not ‘nature’ that we need to protect, but ourselves, and we can only do this by abandoning the old, grandiose, profit-seeking schemes so beloved of our masters and learning to till the soil, live to scale, and live within our means.”

― John Burnside

“We talk of communing with Nature, but ’tis with ourselves we commune… Nature furnishes the conditions – the solitude – and the soul furnishes the entertainment.”

― John Burroughs

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

― John Burroughs

“As with other phases of nature, I have probably loved the rocks more than I have studied them.”

― John Burroughs

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

― John Burroughs

“How many thorns of human nature are bristling conceits, buds of promise grown sharp for want of congenial climate.”

― John Burroughs

“Women are about the best lovers of nature, after all; at least of nature in her milder and more familiar forms. The feminine character, the feminine perceptions, intuitions, delicacy, sympathy, quickness, are more responsive to natural forms and influences than is the masculine mind.”

― John Burroughs

“We now use the word ‘nature’ very much as our fathers used the word ‘God.’”

― John Burroughs

“The Nature Lover is not looking for mere facts but for meanings, for something he can translate into terms of his own life.”

― John Burroughs

“The love of nature is a different thing from the love of science, though the two may go together.”

― John Burroughs

“Even in rugged Scotland, nature is scarcely wilder than a mountain sheep, certainly a good way short of the ferity of the moose and caribou.”

― 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.”

― John Burroughs

“If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature. And the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.”

― John Burroughs

“Why, we have invented the whole machinery of the supernatural, with its unseen spirits and powers, good and bad, to account for things, because we found the universal everyday nature too cheap, too common, too vulgar.”

― John Burroughs

“As life nears its end with me, I find myself meditating more and more upon the mystery of its nature and origin, yet without the least hope that I can find out the ways of the Eternal in this or in any other world.”

― John Burroughs

“To strong, susceptible characters, the music of nature is not confined to sweet sounds.”

― John Burroughs

“The Infinite cannot be measured. The plan of Nature is so immense, but she has no plan, no scheme, but to go on and on forever. What is size, what is time, distance, to the Infinite? Nothing. The Infinite knows no time, no space, no great, no small, no beginning, no end.”

― John Burroughs

“Next to the laborer in the fields, the walker holds the closest relation to the soil; and he holds a closer and more vital relation to nature because he is freer and his mind more at leisure.”

― John Burroughs

“By nature, every individual has the right to govern himself; and governments, whether founded on majorities or minorities, must derive their right from the assent, expressed or implied, of the governed,, and be subject to such limitations as they may impose.”

― John C. Calhoun

“Remember, it is a deep principle of our nature not to regard the safety of those who do not regard their own. If you are indifferent to your own safety, you must not be surprised if those less interested should become more so.”

― John C. Calhoun

“Fanatics, as a class, have far more zeal than intellect and are fanatics only because they have. There can be no fanaticism but where there is more passion than reason; and hence, in the nature of things, movements originating in it run down in a short time by their folly and extravagance.”

― John C. Calhoun

“The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.”

― John Cage

“Because of the nature of Moore’s law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.”

― John Carmack

“The approach to ‘Star Wars’ was more complicated than usual merely by the nature of its expansiveness.”

― John Cassaday

“The key for me with ‘Star Wars’ is to stay in their world. Don’t get in the way of what is already known and what works. I think of the basic nature of the filmmaking process that worked so well for the original trilogy. No stylistic flights of fancy for the sake of showing off. Tell the story, get the shot, get the performances, and move on.”

― John Cassaday

“’Star Trek’ seems to be an appeal to our better nature, the side of ourselves that works toward peace and cooperation and understanding and knowledge and yearns to seek out knowledge rather than the side that wants to divide and control one another.”

― John Cho

“And all men are ready to pass judgement on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature.”

― John Chrysostom

“Still, I have been no one’s enemy but my own. My easy nature, either in drinking or anything else, was always ready to submit to persuasions of profligate companions, who often led me into snares.”

― John Clare

“Marketplaces by their nature tend to grow faster than most other companies.”

― John Collison

“All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.”

― John Coltrane

“Writers are magpies by nature, always collecting shiny things, storing them away and looking for connections of things.”

― John Connolly

“The landscape painter must walk in the fields with a humble mind. No arrogant man was ever permitted to see Nature in all her beauty.”

― John Constable

“Nature is the fountain’s head, the source from whence all originality must spring.”

― John Constable

“The sky is the source of light in nature – and governs everything.”

― John Constable

“The world is wide. No two days are alike, nor even two hours, neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other.”

― John Constable

“When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture.”

― John Constable

“Painting is a science, and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature.”

― John Constable

“My art flatters nobody by imitation; it courts nobody by smoothness, tickles nobody by petiteness… there is no finish in nature.”

― John Constable

“Everything happens for a reason. Like, I kind of hear people go, ‘Man, you’ve been in a lot of bands.’ Yes, I have. I’ve also been married several times, too, and every time I get into something, I think, ‘This is the one.’ I think that’s just human nature.”

― John Corabi

“Dealing with chronic anxiety has taught me to better understand the nuances of mental illness and the very individual nature of it.”

― John Corey Whaley

“By combining chemical, biochemical and physical techniques, it has thus become possible to investigate the nature of enzymic catalysis in a novel manner, complementary to the other approaches which have developed over the same period.”

― John Cornforth

“I have a bit of a rebellious nature.”

― John Cusack

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

― John D. Rockefeller

“Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.”

― John Dalberg-Acton

“Most of my interests in terms of writing are dark, so it’s discordant how much I try to lock into the vibe of wherever I’m at. Inhabiting the life of the imagination is the nature of survival strategy – you build yourself little worlds to enjoy.”

― John Darnielle

“I think I am a religious person just by nature. I think I sort of view everything through the lens of some inner undying thing in people that drives them to act as they do or to feel ashamed of not acting in some other way.”

― John Darnielle

“The nature of a football team means you’re relying on 10 other guys. Even then, that doesn’t guarantee a win.”

― John David Washington

“Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.”

― John Dewey

“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.”

― John Donne

“Self-defence is Nature’s eldest law.”

― John Dryden

“How we come to be, and how we are what we are, is beyond any understanding. I have been obsessed by this, trying to understand the very nature of my existence.”

― John Eccles

“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

“Mother Nature comes up against reality, and the reality is that the system doesn’t work.”

― John Garamendi

“Being a professional screenwriter is perhaps the hardest occupation. Because nothing is ever yours and, by the nature of the medium, you are never ultimately responsible for your work. It can be interesting – if you have another outlet.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“Plays have a celebratory nature that no other form has. Theater always meant celebration, a birthday, a reward for good grades. I felt at home in a theater. I loved being part of an audience. All the rules – the audience has to see the play on a certain date at a certain time in a certain place in a certain seat.”

― John Guare

“As he is one, so we call Him God, the Deity, the Divine Nature, and other names of the same signification.”

― John Hales

“And, as if nature were protecting man against his own ingenuity, the reproductive processes were affected for a time; men became sterile, women had miscarriages, menstruation stopped.”

― John Hersey

“We need to recognize that we can’t allow people that are aberrations of nature to take away the joys and freedoms that we enjoy.”

― John Hickenlooper

“I think it’s human nature that if we don’t have our own family, we will create a family, because it’s human nature, and it’s that element of trust and dependency and love and all of those sort of things.”

― John Hillcoat

“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”

― John Hoeven

“Road testing the effects of regulation on European business must become second nature to the European Union.”

― John Hutton

“As I grew up I was fervently desirous of becoming acquainted with Nature.”

― John James Audubon

“The Fur Company may be called the exterminating medium of these wild and almost uninhabitable regions, which cupidity or the love of money alone would induce man to venture into. Where can I now go and find nature undisturbed?”

― John James Audubon

“During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.”

― John James Audubon

“Patiently and with industry did I apply myself to study, for although I felt the impossibility of giving life to my productions, I did not abandon the idea of representing nature.”

― John James Audubon

“I looked long and carefully at the picture of a stag painted by Landseer – the style was good, and the brush was handled with fine effect; but he fails in copying Nature, without which the best work will be a failure.”

― John James Audubon

“The eggers destroy all the eggs that are sat upon, to force the birds to lay fresh eggs, and by robbing them regularly compel them to lay until nature is exhausted, and so but few young ones are raised.”

― John James Audubon

“That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit.”

― John Joly

“Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer.”

― John Keats

“There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.”

― John Keats

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

― John Keats

“The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“Rising inequality is not a law of nature – it’s not even a law of economics. It is a consequence of political and economic arrangements, and those arrangements can be changed.”

― John Lanchester

“I am, by nature, an honest person. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. There is no ‘behind closed doors’ with me.”

― John Lasseter

“It’s the nature of Hollywood that there are the people in power and the people who tell them what they want them to hear.”

― John Lasseter

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”

― John Lubbock

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

― John Lubbock

“Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.”

― John Lubbock

“InSight will get to the ‘core’ of the nature of the interior and structure of Mars, well below the observations we’ve been able to make from orbit or the surface.”

― John M. Grunsfeld

“I’ve been doing long-distance backpacking since 2002 when I hiked the Appalachian Trail. You start to calm down and relax and get into the slower rhythm of nature.”

― John Mackey

“I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm.”

― John Mackey

“When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights.”

― John Marshall

“When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights. The people can act only by their agents and, within the powers conferred upon them, their acts must be considered as the acts of the people.”

― John Marshall

“I was born on the 24th of September 1755 in the county of Fauquier, at that time one of the frontier counties of Virginia. My father possessed scarcely any fortune and had received a very limited education – but was a man to whom nature had been bountiful, and who had assiduously improved her gifts.”

― John Marshall

“There’s a constantly applicable nature to soul music, whereas sometimes pop music can be a periodical.”

― John Mayer

“Belize is so raw and so clear and so in-your-face. There’s an opportunity to see something about human nature that you can’t really see in a politer society, because the purpose of society is to mask ourselves from each other.”

― John McAfee

“We are at war – undeclared and of such a subtle nature that few have noticed – but war nevertheless. It is a cyberwar on many fronts, in which it is difficult to identify who is friend and who is foe. I will predict now, as unintelligible as it may seem, that Anonymous will turn out to be more friend than foe.”

― John McAfee

“I am frustrated and outraged by the slow nature of change at the VA.”

― John McCain

“When thugs by nature meet thugs by political conviction, 5-0 is not surprising.”

― John McCarthy

“It’s only human nature to want to know what you can do on your own or with someone else.”

― John McEnroe

“My boy, one small breeze doesn’t make a wind storm.”

― John McGraw

“The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller.”

― John Milton

“Beauty is nature’s brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship.”

― John Milton

“Keep 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.”

― John Muir

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

― John Muir

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

― John Muir

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

― John Muir

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”

― John Muir

“Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally. But in some of nature’s forests, the adventurous traveler seems a feeble, unwelcome creature; wild beasts and the weather trying to kill him, the rank, tangled vegetation, armed with spears and stinging needles, barring his way and making life a hard struggle.”

― John Muir

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.”

― John Muir

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

― John Muir

“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.”

― John Muir

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

― John Muir

“The waving of a pine tree on the top of a mountain – a magic wand in Nature’s hand – every devout mountaineer knows its power; but the marvelous beauty value of what the Scotch call a breckan in a still dell, what poet has sung this?”

― John Muir

“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. Heaven knows that John the Baptist was not more eager to get all his fellow sinners into the Jordan than I to baptize all of mine in the beauty of God’s mountains.”

― John Muir

“The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.”

― John Muir

“Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, ‘convulsions of nature,’ etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God’s love.”

― John Muir

“I suppose we need not go mourning the buffaloes. In the nature of things, they had to give place to better cattle, though the change might have been made without barbarous wickedness.”

― John Muir

“Whenever a new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response – that is, high touch – or the technology is rejected… We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature.”

― John Naisbitt

“It strikes me as one of nature’s greatest jokes that the types of food we all like to eat more than anything (especially in winter) are the very things that cause the most insane weight gain – mounds of fluffy mashed potato, hot, thickly buttered toast, huge, steaming bowls of pasta, great big… actually, I’ll stop there.”

― John Niven

“The actions that we take on the counterterrorism front, again, are to take actions against individuals where we believe that the intelligence base is so strong and the nature of the threat is so grave and serious, as well as imminent, that we have no recourse except to take this action that may involve a lethal strike.”

― John O. Brennan

“We are always creating new tools and techniques to help people, but the fundamental framework is remarkably resilient, which means it must have something to do with the nature of organizations or human nature.”

― John P. Kotter

“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”

― John Paul Jones

“For me, if I have done my duty, the continued approbation of Congress and the Marine Committee will make me rich indeed, and far more than reward me for a life of service devoted from principles of philanthropy, to support the dignity of human nature.”

― John Paul Jones

“Love is of that excellent nature, that it is esteemed by the best of men, and accepted from the meanest persons; what then is the affection of a Father!”

― John Pearson

“However, as the Eastern churches have always maintained, through Christ creation is intended eventually to share in the life of God, the life of divine nature.”

― John Polkinghorne

“She’s not forgiven me, but we have a wonderful life from our family and that’s the nature and quality of that woman that she can say that.”

― John Prescott

“From the day of the Declaration, the people of the North American union, and of its constituent states, were associated bodies of civilized men and Christians, in a state of nature, but not of anarchy.”

― John Quincy Adams

“Humanism: an exaltation of freedom, but one limited by our need to exercise it as an integral part of nature and society.”

― John Ralston Saul

“Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are men at the top of their game, and Jackson especially is going to change the nature of film-making.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“If art is singular expression, then by nature, the best art is controversial. But when art stirs debate for reasons besides its artistic integrity, that’s when things get bent.”

― John Ridley

“In the Everybody-Give-Me-A-Hug victim culture in which we live, the obese want a spot at the table along with those who face discrimination based on the way that God or Nature or our Intelligent Designer created us.”

― John Ridley

“Fashion is instant – after six months, it disappears, and you have to start again. That’s the nature of it.”

― John Rocha

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

― John Ruskin

“The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.”

― John Ruskin

“An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.”

― John Ruskin

“It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.”

― John Ruskin

“As long as our quality and company continue to get better, by nature, we will get bigger.”

― John Schnatter

“I’m an optimist. You can’t be an entrepreneur if you’re not essentially an optimist, so I’m an optimist by nature.”

― John Sculley

“When I grew up in the South, I was taught that segregation was the will of God, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that women were by nature in inferior to men, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that it was okay to hate other religions, and especially the Jews, and the Bible was quoted to prove it.”

― John Shelby Spong

“I admire our ancestors, whoever they were. I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots. Because as he becomes self-conscious, he’s no longer part of nature. He sees himself against nature. He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.”

― John Shelby Spong

“Mother Nature is not sweet.”

― John Shelby Spong

“It appears to be in the nature of religion itself to be prejudiced against those who are different.”

― John Shelby Spong

“The nature of the South is changing faster than the stereotypes are. Much of the South now looks like San Jose. Is it still southern?”

― John Shelton Reed

“I’m cursed with empathy. I’m also by nature way too opinionated.”

― John Shirley

“Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It’s in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine.”

― John Shirley

“Sports occupies a central place in our society, and, as such, it is unavoidably cultural in nature and often engaged in societal issues.”

― John Skipper

“The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.”

― John Stuart Mill

“I carry out my work thus: I never use models or nature for the figure, drapery or anything else.”

― John Tenniel

“Planning to play: that’s what saving for retirement is today – and it is antithetical to the nature of play, fully within the definition of work, and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death.”

― John Thorn

“I don’t mind gearing my life towards privacy. It’s my nature.”

― John Travolta

“I was suited for fame, and I mean that in the most non-egocentric way. I don’t mind gearing my life towards privacy. It’s my nature.”

― John Travolta

“Nature governs man by no principle more fixed than that which leads him to pursue his interest.”

― John Tyler

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

― John Updike

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

― John Updike

“Nature refuses to rest.”

― John Updike

“Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.”

― John Webster

“The movies I like to make are very rich and full of passion. Some people see me as an action director, but action is not the only thing in my movies. I always like to show human nature – something deep inside the heart.”

― John Woo

“We all have these shades in our nature: it’s a spectrum within all of us.”

― Johnny Flynn

“We are caught in the contradiction of finding life a rather perplexing puzzle which causes us a lot of misery, and at the same time being dimly aware of the boundless, limitless nature of life. So we begin looking for an answer to the puzzle.”

― Joko Beck

“Surfing is such an amazing concept. You’re taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, ‘I’m gonna ride you!’ And a lot of times Nature says, ‘No you’re not!’ and crashes you to the bottom.”

― Jolene Blalock

“I’m a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn’t study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what I like to do.”

― Jon Favreau

“I can’t begin to tell you how fulfilling the perennial nature of ‘Elf’ on television has been for me. It’s great to be able to connect parents with children both emotionally and through humor.”

― Jon Favreau

“To drop into being means to recognize your interconnectedness with all life, and with being itself. Your very nature is being part of larger and larger spheres of wholeness.”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Short form media is reductionist by nature.”

― Jon Krakauer

“I’m an optimist by nature.”

― Jon Kyl

“If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one’s sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one’s identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow.”

― Jon Meacham

“I’m neurotic by nature, but I’m wary of becoming more of a play than a comic – you don’t want people coming to see a man having a breakdown for two hours. I’d prefer them coming to hear my astute and witty observations.”

― Jon Richardson

“Most people who get into the business are social animals by nature, but do they have the financial abilities to manage a business? A great bar owner has both.”

― Jon Taffer

“Nature is good at connectivity. The impact of diverse human activities is observed and absorbed throughout nature. Everything is linked. Nature has no problem with coherence. Ecosystems react with their own logic.”

― Jonas Gahr Store

“The nature of the video camera really makes you focus on the present. Since I have always been a diarist filmmaker, not one who stages scenes with actors, it has always been about the present moment.”

― Jonas Mekas

“Work is an addiction. I’ve always done too much. It’s in my nature.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“I’ve collected John Ward pieces for years. Ward represents ideas of nature and of sediments.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“Most of our social nature is like that of other primates – we’re mostly out for ourselves.”

― Jonathan Haidt

“The nature of having ideas and creativity is incredibly inspiring.”

― Jonathan Ive

“With a father who is a fabulous craftsman, I was raised with the fundamental belief that it is only when you personally work with a material with your hands, that you come to understand its true nature, its characteristics, its attributes, and I think – very importantly – its potential.”

― Jonathan Ive

“All civil rulers, as such, are the ordinance and ministers of God; and they are all, by the nature of their office, and in their respective spheres and stations, bound to consult the public welfare.”

― Jonathan Mayhew

“We have been crafted by disaster to push out to the utmost horizon to find out what’s on the other side of it. That’s in our nature. What’s also in our nature is a profound love and connection to our children and our communities. Those two things are very much at conflict with one another at certain moments.”

― Jonathan Nolan

“I’ve taught the better class of tourist both to see and not to see; to lift their eyes above and beyond the inessentials, and thrill to our western Nature in her majesty.”

― Jonathan Raban

“I eventually saw the satirical nature of caricaturing individuals.”

― Jonathan Shapiro

“Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.”

― Jonathan Swift

“Please don’t compare the nature and authenticity of ‘Queer Eye’ to ‘The Bachelor.’”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“No one likes to have less than they had before. That’s the nature of the human animal.”

― Joni Mitchell

“The thing that gave me the most pain in life, psychologically, and it gave me tremendous pain psychologically, is man’s disrespect for nature.”

― Joni Mitchell

“I’m a very analytical person, a somewhat introspective person; that’s the nature of the work I do.”

― Joni Mitchell

“I have two older brothers, and they were a huge part of life; we were very close. We used to run around and get into trouble. That’s what I came from – that exploring nature.”

― Jonny Weston

“Toronto is actually way more fast-paced than L.A. – I find the fast-paced nature of Toronto a bit obtrusive. In L.A., I love getting up and going hiking and going to the beach – that’s L.A. culture and it’s awesome and I miss it. Toronto culture is wonderful, but I miss L.A.”

― Jordan Gavaris

“As pessimistic as I am about the nature of human beings and our capacity for atrocity and malevolence and betrayal and laziness and inertia, and all those things, I think we can transcend all that and set things straight.”

― Jordan Peterson

“That’s another hallmark of truth, is that it snaps things together. People write to me all the time and say it’s as if things were coming together in my mind. It’s like the Platonic idea that all learning was remembering. You have a nature, and when you feel that nature articulated, it’s it’s like the act of snapping the puzzle pieces together.”

― Jordan Peterson

“It isn’t generally the case that liberals dominate entire hierarchies. That isn’t generally how it works, because the hierarchies are usually set up so that conservatives fill up the hierarchies; it’s in the nature of hierarchy.”

― Jordan Peterson

“It’s not just human nature to associate in tribes. It’s deeper than that.”

― Jordan Peterson

“I’m always surprised when people respond positively to what I am saying, given its seriousnessness and strange nature.”

― Jordan Peterson

“The ocean is 20 minutes away. Nature surrounds me 24/7. I wake up to the sounds of birds chirping. I also love that I can go out to dinner in jeans and flip-flops.”

― Jordana Brewster

“If the world is to avoid a collision with nature – one that humanity surely cannot win – we must act boldly on every front, particularly with respect to carbon pricing and the coherence of our economic and energy policies.”

― Jose Angel Gurria

“But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.”

― Jose Marti

“Law is born from despair of human nature.”

― Jose Ortega y Gasset

“Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.”

― Jose Ortega y Gasset

“The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.”

― Jose Ortega y Gasset

“When there is in nature no fixed condition, how much less must there be in the life of a people, beings endowed with mobility and movement!”

― Jose Rizal

“Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.”

― Josef Albers

“Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.”

― Joseph Addison

“To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.”

― Joseph Addison

“The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.”

― Joseph Addison

“Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.”

― Joseph Addison

“Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.”

― Joseph Addison

“There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.”

― Joseph Addison

“The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.”

― Joseph Addison

“Giant oak trees… have deep root systems that can extend two-and-one-half times their height. Such trees rarely are blown down regardless of how violent the storms may be.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“At the final day, the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame. He will ask if we ministered to the sick, gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“As parents know, little children are, by their nature, without guile. They speak the thoughts of their minds without reservation or hesitance as we have learned as parents when they embarrass us at times. They do not deceive. They set an example of being without guile.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The concept of historical necessity is the product of rational thought and arrived in Russia by the Western route. The idea of the noble savage, of an inherently good human nature hampered by bad institutions, of the ideal state, of social justice and so forth – none of these originated or blossomed on the banks of the Volga.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“Basically, it’s hard for me to assess myself, a hardship not only prompted by the immodesty of the enterprise, but because one is not capable of assessing himself, let alone his work. However, if I were to summarize, my main interest is the nature of time. That’s what interests me most of all. What time can do to a man.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not.”

― Joseph Butler

“Thus self-love as one part of human nature, and the several particular principles as the other part, are, themselves, their objects and ends, stated and shown.”

― Joseph Butler

“Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.”

― Joseph Butler

“Happiness or satisfaction consists only in the enjoyment of those objects which are by nature suited to our several particular appetites, passions, and affections.”

― Joseph Butler

“Man may act according to that principle or inclination which for the present happens to be strongest, and yet act in a way disproportionate to, and violate his real proper nature.”

― Joseph Butler

“Self-love then does not constitute THIS or THAT to be our interest or good; but, our interest or good being constituted by nature and supposed, self-love only puts us upon obtaining and securing it.”

― Joseph Butler

“The sum of the whole is plainly this: The nature of man considered in his single capacity, and with respect only to the present world, is adapted and leads him to attain the greatest happiness he can for himself in the present world.”

― Joseph Butler

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

― Joseph Campbell

“This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.”

― Joseph Conrad

“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

“Man in harmony with his Creator is sublime, and his action is creative; equally, once he separates himself from God and acts alone, he does not cease to be powerful, since this is the privilege of his nature, but his acts are negative and lead only to destruction.”

― Joseph de Maistre

“Without doubt, God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it.”

― Joseph de Maistre

“I meet people in my business who have this extraordinary ability to understand human nature in their work, but in real life, they don’t seem to have the first clue.”

― Joseph Fiennes

“The earth is yet the place of the domicile of man and all the offspring of the first man.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.”

― Joseph Joubert

“I like the busy-ness of office life. What I discovered, to my surprise, is that I love the solitary nature of writing. What happens is that you write when you’re ready.”

― Joseph Kanon

“The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances.”

― Joseph McCabe

“A man is most happy when he is most perfect, and he is most perfect when all his faculties are proportionately and harmoniously developed. Thus developed, nature and art and society supply him with a thousand sources of enjoyment.”

― Joseph P. Bradley

“Civil law, as well as nature herself, has always recognized a wide difference in the respective spheres and destinies of man and woman.”

― Joseph P. Bradley

“Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault.”

― Joseph Smith, Jr.

“The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.”

― Joseph Wood Krutch

“Toughing out the winter is a dedication to my heritage, both in terms of not going ‘soft’ by kowtowing to nature’s volatility and staying physically close to my family in New England. I don’t run from that kind of pressure.”

― Josh Gondelman

“We live in a very chaotic world that sometimes we – it just seems like a mess. One of the reasons why we listen to music, and to great classical music in particular, is that everything is in an order and in a place and has a beauty that you see in nature, that you see and that people look for when they look for God.”

― Joshua Bell

“I grew up playing sports, so I think of what it would be like to be in the NBA if you were a great player when Michael Jordan was playing. You could’ve been a phenomenal player, but you’re in the Jordan era. That’s the unfortunate thing about the competitive nature of entertainment. But we know what we signed up for.”

― Joshua Henry

“TV, particularly network television, gives you a much greater opportunity to tell a long-form story, to develop a character and keep it detailed. Film, by its nature, is more finite.”

― Joshua Jackson

“I like the concept of escalating warfare, but you need someone to fight back in order for things to escalate. If there’s no confrontation or argument going on, it’s too dull for me. I think that’s the nature of the prankster: Things are too quiet. What can I do?”

― Joshua Malina

“A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.”

― Joshua Reynolds

“Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.”

― Josiah Gilbert Holland

“’Tickle Monster’ is an interactive book and, by the nature of the story, bonds the parent and child through tickling and laughter.”

― Josie Bissett

“Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“I don’t think I’m morbid by nature. Serious writers have always written about serious subjects. Lighthearted material doesn’t appeal to me, and I don’t read it. I think I’m a realist, with a realistic sensibility of history and the tragedy of history.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing.”

― Joyce Cary

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.”

― Joyce Kilmer

“Teach a child to play solitaire, and she’ll be able to entertain herself when there’s no one around. Teach her tennis, and she’ll know what to do when she’s on a court. But raise her to feel comfortable in nature, and the whole planet is her home.”

― Joyce Maynard

“It’s just human nature to try and figure things out. So, when we’re in the midst of a situation, we usually try to reason our way through it.”

― Joyce Meyer

“The flesh, or human nature, is generally lazy and self-centered.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Take the decision in early March to arrest Muqtada al-Sadr. It was made apparently without knowledge or understanding of the nature of his movement or how widespread it is.”

― Juan Cole

“All of my work is based on nature. I grew up in a rural environment and living in the Bay Area allows for immediate access to wonderful natural environs. Basically nature is my Genus Loci, or the place where my spirit resides.”

― Judith Anderson

“Behind every cloud is another cloud.”

― Judy Garland

“Can I remember exactly when I ‘lost’ my husband? Was it the moment when I had to start tying his shoelaces for him? Or when we stopped being able to laugh with each other? Looking back, that turning point is impossible to pinpoint. But then, that’s the nature of dementia.”

― Judy Parfitt

“A crisis, by its very nature, is a negative event.”

― Judy Smith

“You are one of the forces of nature.”

― Jules Michelet

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”

― Jules Renard

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.”

― Jules Verne

“The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it?”

― Jules Verne

“You cannot oppose reasoning to pride, the principal of all the vices, since, by its very nature, the proud man refuses to listen to it.”

― Jules Verne

“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”

― Jules Verne

“In presence of Nature’s grand convulsions, man is powerless.”

― Jules Verne

“You seize sentiment better when you get clear of nature. You breathe it in every sense!”

― Jules Verne

“Those of you who have spent time with Australians know that we are not given to overstatement. By nature we are laconic speakers and by conviction we are realistic thinkers.”

― Julia Gillard

“I wonder if it’s in the nature of fiction writers to never quite see their own lives as ‘real,’ since we are always making stuff up!”

― Julia Glass

“I want to be in ‘The Hobbit.’ I love fantasy and mythical adventure films. I believe in fairies and angels. I believe in nature’s spirit, that there are other realms, other planets, life forms.”

― Julia Sawalha

“I love the interactive nature of theater. I just craved it. As much as I love working on a film or TV set, most of the storytelling happens in the editing, whereas when you’re doing a play, the storytelling is in your hands as an actor.”

― Julia Stiles

“God forgive me if I do wrong in following with ardor the strongest instincts of my nature.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“Marriage, like death, is a debt we owe to nature.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.”

― Julian Assange

“Nature deals the cards without thought or care, and there is no point in blaming the dealer. All we can do is make the best of the hands we have been dealt.”

― Julian Baggini

“Since Plato, we have been considering the nature of knowledge, the meaning of meaning and the status of the physical world.”

― Julian Baggini

“In an oppressive society the truth-telling nature of literature is of a different order, and sometimes valued more highly than other elements in a work of art.”

― Julian Barnes

“I don’t meditate in any formal way, but I often lie in bed or find myself in nature and enter into that state of quiet where I get images, feelings, or melodies.”

― Julian Lennon

“From the beginning, I’ve always had a knack for catchy melodies. But I went through a period when I was trying to be rock n’ roll and have a rock n’ roll attitude. I was fighting my nature by trying to play really hard and sing really hard. But at a certain point, I realized that I loved syrupy pop music with tons of harmony.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“By nature, I really am a fairly bouncy and sunny individual.”

― Julie Andrews

“I’ve always admired gardens. My father was a great nature lover and would always take me for walks. We lived not too far away from huge rhododendron estates and azalea estates, and when they’re in bloom in England, they’re just riotous.”

― Julie Andrews

“I think that the best way to explain that is that my mother gave me all the color and character and flare and liveliness, and my father gave me all the sanity and nature and all the things that helped me be a more rounded human being.”

― Julie Andrews

“I’m so not stylish by nature, but I’ve learned to work with what I have.”

― Julie Bowen

“There are good intentions behind many people’s conversion to veganism, including an admirable devotion to the well-being of animals and a justified skepticism about the crap the USDA allows manufacturers to put in our food. But it’s hard to ignore the often sanctimonious nature of what some nutritionists view as an ‘extremist’ way of eating.”

― Julie Klausner

“But I don’t think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare’s Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame.”

― Julie Taymor

“It’s not my nature to dominate and bully.”

― Juliette Lewis

“I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.”

― Julius Caesar

“Genre might certainly increase some of your narrative freedoms, but it also diminishes others. That’s the nature of genre.”

― Junot Diaz

“I mean, I’m an artist by nature; no one considers what I do and no one knows who the heck I am, but that anybody does – it is astonishing.”

― Junot Diaz

“Now the Bible tells us that we are all by nature, sinners, that we are slaves to sin and Satan, and that unless we are converted, or born again, we must be miserable forever.”

― Jupiter Hammon

“I’m a nature lover.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“Working together in concert more smoothly not only helps us move more quickly; it changes the nature of what we can undertake. When we have the confidence that we can orchestrate the group effort required to realize them, we dare bigger dreams.”

― Justin Rosenstein

“New York has always had a love for Southern artists. There’s no place else that makes me feel like the city does. I just love the immediate nature of the city, you can get whatever you want whenever you want it and do whatever you want whenever you want to.”

― Justin Townes Earle

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.”

― Juvenal

“My inspiration comes from the common man and nature.”

― Kailash Kher

“The business breeds such a deep insecurity. It’s the nature of the beast, and there is nothing you can do to get away from that.”

― Kaitlin Doubleday

“Listen to the sounds of nature. Wishing you the best on your trek towards your dreams.”

― Kalpana Chawla

“Normally, the law of nature is such that one who rises falls, and one who rises quickly falls as quickly. I don’t know how the law of nature will work as far as Modi is concerned. But some time or the other, all bubbles burst. This bubble will also burst.”

― Kapil Sibal

“It’s the nature of journalism to need to be close to your subjects. And either you’re able to be tough on them, which a lot of us are, or you get in bed with them, and some people do.”

― Kara Swisher

“I am flirtatious by nature, but I have never hurt anyone.”

― Karan Singh Grover

“In athletics there’s always been a willingness to cheat if it looks like you’re not cheating. I think that’s just a quirk of human nature.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time.”

― Karel Capek

“It’s a great event to get outside and enjoy nature. I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.”

― Karen Armstrong

“I don’t believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”

― Karen Blixen

“Do activities you’re passionate about – which make your heart and soul feel perky – including things like working out, cooking, painting, writing, yoga, hiking, walking, swimming, being in nature, being around art, or reading inspiring books.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“It is my nature to strive to do my best. This does tend to take a toll on you.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.”

― Karl Kraus

“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.”

― Karl Marx

“I am into nature and seeing whales. I went whale-watching, and I was really looking forward to that, but when you see it on TV and you see other programs do it, you’re seeing close-ups of these massive creatures, and the music that’s added gives you a certain feeling.”

― Karl Pilkington

“I don’t watch much telly, the telly hardly goes on, but the things I do watch are sort of nature programs, and something about the oceans and the amount of weird fish that’s in there.”

― Karl Pilkington

“I love nature – it’s probably my most favorite thing. I don’t watch much telly, the telly hardly goes on, but the things I do watch are sort of nature programs, and something about the oceans and the amount of weird fish that’s in there.”

― Karl Pilkington

“Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“God is each truly and exalted thing, therefore the individual himself to the highest degree. But are not nature and the world individuals?”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Mother Nature made me the way I am, and I should be happy.”

― Karolina Kurkova

“One of the things you hear about when studying the nature of fanaticism is that a lot of the time, people don’t start as fanatics. They shift and evolve into that state. That’s a process, a systematic process of losing your identity and sense of self.”

― Karyn Kusama

“As I read more and more fairy tales as an adult, I found massive collusion between their ‘subjects’ and those in my fiction: childhood, nature, sexuality, transformation. I realized that it wasn’t by accident that I was drawn to their narrative structure and motifs.”

― Kate Bernheimer

“With our evolved busy hands and our evolved busy brains, in an extraordinarily short period of time we’ve managed to alter the earth with such geologic-forcing effects that we ourselves are forces of nature. Climate change, ocean acidification, the sixth mass extinction of species.”

― Kate Bernheimer

“I think it’s almost a law of nature that there are only certain things that hit an emotive space, and that’s what was always special for me about music: it made me feel something.”

― Kate Bush

“As we become this one global culture, in some ways it’s things like the weather and nature that still hold our culture as unique to where we are.”

― Kate Bush

“The love story for me was the nature of the love and not the age of the lovers.”

― Kate Capshaw

“The generous abundance of her passion, without guile or trickery, was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached.”

― Kate Chopin

“I regretted the solitary nature of the writer’s life – other people, normal working people, spent their days with co-workers, rode the subway home with a crowd, walked through thronged streets. I worked at home, all by myself.”

― Kate Christensen

“I’m a nature girl. I grew up in Colorado and was always outside. I still am, even when I’m in the city.”

― Kate Hudson

“As writers, we must keep throwing problems at our characters. Conflict is the heart of good storytelling. Hiking in nature along a twisting trail can remind us what a good story feels like. It’s the opposite of a treadmill – or an interstate highway.”

― Kate Klise

“By nature, I’m a very positive person, and because I’m happy in myself, and in my life, and I’ve got a great husband, and beautiful children, and I have a job that I love that calls for a certain amount of emotional expression, I get to realise a lot of my dreams and aspirations.”

― Kate Winslet

“Well, it arose out of two long-term concerns – the first being the possibility of genetic manipulation, nature versus nurture, what constitutes how people get to be how they are.”

― Katherine Dunn

“I’d be a terrible journalist. I wouldn’t want to pry; I just don’t have that nature.”

― Katherine Kelly

“I’m a flirt by nature, and I like flirting with that line of what’s passable and what’s not, and I genuinely don’t believe that I cross it.”

― Katherine Ryan

“The Russian revolution is one of history’s car wrecks. We do know the ending, but we continue to watch. It expresses aspects of human nature we find unacceptable.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“To me, the most important thing is to tell a good story. If I can do that, I think that enlightenment, respect of nature, etc. follows.”

― Kathryn Lasky

“Call it nature or nurture, there are differences in how men and women approach professional conduct, and facing these issues head-on will make us all more equipped to succeed.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“First, philosophy concerns itself with all kinds of issues that don’t get much airtime in day-to-day life. What’s the nature of reality? Can we ever truly know anything, and if so, how? What does it mean to be a moral agent? And while we’re at it, is there any such thing as agency anyway?”

― Kathryn Schulz

“Setting shouldn’t just consist of describing nature or a landscape, or of saying where something takes place. It is the world of specific people. It’s not enough for it to feel vivid or credible; it should feel necessary.”

― Kaui Hart Hemmings

“I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged.”

― Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

“A poet can feel free, in my estimation, to write a poem for himself. Or a painter can paint a painting for himself. You can write a short story for yourself. But for me, comedy by its nature is communal. If other people don’t get it, I’m not sure why you are doing it.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“Besides what I do, I love fishing; I love bringing my children to the forest, getting outdoors in nature. Get outside, people! Stop looking at screens.”

― Keith Barry

“Shapes that contain no inner components of positive/negative relationships will function better with other shapes of the same nature.”

― Keith Haring

“Shakespeare has great ability to skirt around a subject and portray human nature.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“All my work is always that exploration of human nature.”

― Kelly Masterson

“Because of the nature of monthly comics and deadline, I pretty much have to work on whatever’s on fire, I’m afraid.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“I just want to win. My competitive nature just comes out in me.”

― Kemba Walker

“By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz.”

― Ken Burns

“Our public schools arbitrarily define science as explaining the world by natural processes alone. In essence, a religion of naturalism is being imposed on millions of students. They need to be taught the real nature of science, including its limitations.”

― Ken Ham

“Researching real history has taught me to be bolder and more imaginative in building fantasy worlds and writing fantasy characters, to seek out the margins of history and the forgotten tales that illuminate the whole, complex truth of our flawed yet wondrous nature as a species.”

― Ken Liu

“I think male authors who want to try to tackle these issues of representation of women can generally do a better job if they try to question traditional notions of masculinity and the sort of toxic nature of traditional ways of presenting masculinity.”

― Ken Liu

“But the nature of my main work in chemistry can be better represented by more than 280 English publications, of which roughly 200 concern the theory of chemical reactions and related subjects.”

― Kenichi Fukui

“Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language.”

― Kenneth Burke

“Despite its many critics, hydraulic fracturing will change the nature of energy production.”

― Kenneth Fisher

“The scientist’s inquiry into the causes of things is providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature.”

― Kenneth G. Wilson

“Revelation and the nature of truth must be viewed in reference to the structure of language.”

― Kenneth L. Pike

“When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God.”

― Kenneth L. Pike

“I am always struck by the fact that human awareness of our place in nature, like so much of modern science, began with the Industrial Revolution.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“All too often, the word ‘religion’ has become identified with those promoting a frankly anti-scientific view of nature and of our place in the natural world.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“Evolution isn’t just a take-it-or-leave-it story about where we came from. It’s an epic at the centre of life itself. It tells us we are part of nature in every respect.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“The nature of Ebola is that health-care workers are predominantly affected because of the way that it is spread.”

― Kent Brantly

“I want my children to live in the country, to be a part of nature.”

― Kent McCord

“I have five kids, and people can say ‘nature versus nurture,’ but it is nature! Nurture has so little to do with it. I have five kids, and there are five totally different people in my house.”

― Kenya Barris

“Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.”

― Kenzo Tange

“I grew up in a small town in the woods of Estonia, and there was not much else around me besides nature. It was stunning, but I dreamt of meeting eccentric people and going exciting places. Music became my escape. I thought if I got good enough, I could leave.”

― Kerli

“I’ve played a lot of bad guys, and I’m pretty good at leaving my work at the office. And I look at acting as having a certain sort of therapeutic nature to it.”

― Kevin Bacon

“Strictly by the nature of ‘Veep,’ in any given moment, a lot can go wrong.”

― Kevin Dunn

“Lunchroom economic conversations are inevitably graced with at least one statement from an old-timer along the lines of, ‘In my day, we walked 10 miles in the snow just to get to the recession.’ In fact, the nature of recessions hasn’t changed much over the years.”

― Kevin Hassett

“I like examining the ordinary, and by doing so, one hopefully reveals the extraordinary nature within.”

― Kevin Henkes

“There are guitars everywhere around all of our houses. Pianos. Guitars. It’s kind of just in our blood. It’s in our nature.”

― Kevin Jonas

“The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.”

― Kevin Kelly

“It’s human nature when you first make your big fortune to want to show off a bit. I don’t begrudge that whatsoever.”

― Kevin Kwan

“I think we’re all greedy. Who do you know who says, ‘I have enough! I don’t need any more!’? It’s part of human nature.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“’Grey’s’ is just a machine. I wasn’t really prepared for the epic nature of how popular the show is.”

― Kevin McKidd

“Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in conjuring up new ways to hijack your system by exploiting technical vulnerabilities or human nature. Don’t become the next victim of unscrupulous cyberspace intruders.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“One of the things I truly enjoy about my job is the dynamic nature of having a foot in each world – the world of the talent, who create our product – and the world of our business in which we market, distribute, and monetize that product.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Pilots are useful. You just learn things during a pilot – the piece of casting that just wasn’t right or things about the storytelling nature.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

― Khalil Gibran

“I do believe very strongly that all of us and all of the other things in the context of our planet with Mother Nature, all of these things absolutely have a profound effect.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“I worry a lot. I’m a catastrophizer by nature.”

― Kiernan Shipka

“My family was going back to England to visit my mother’s grandmother, who was very ill. We went up to Liverpool and I met my great-aunt, who was just a force of nature. She was an elocution teacher and a huge enthusiast for theater and the classics. I took her amateur acting class, and she was really impressed with me.”

― Kim Cattrall

“Forest restoration is a challenging and complex undertaking of raising young trees, transplanting them, and then cultivating them year in, year out in the face of harsh challenges of nature; it is a gigantic nature transformation project to turn all the mountains of the country into ‘treasure mountains,’ into ‘gold mountains.’”

― Kim Jong-un

“We should ensure that the people-first principle runs through the whole of Party work as appropriate for its nature as a motherly party to make the climate of respecting, loving and depending on them pervade it and Party work focus on improving their living standards.”

― Kim Jong-un

“The forest restoration campaign is a war to ameliorate nature.”

― Kim Jong-un

“I did not grow up around computers, so technology was not a tool used every day in my household. I was drawn to computer science due to the creative nature of programming and the technology focus.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.”

― Kin Hubbard

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”

― Kin Hubbard

“There is artistic beauty to the way biology functions, nature functions, and science functions. I am trying to bring that kind of understanding in the design space.”

― Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

“Man’s nature is fundamentally good, or perhaps it is neither good nor evil. In any case, man is something to work on. We must hold fast to this fact – man is something to work on.”

― Klas Pontus Arnoldson

“I like, very much, nature. Since I’m always together with people, I like to retreat.”

― Klaus Schwab

“I’ve always wanted to answer all the questions that nature posed for us.”

― Klaus von Klitzing

“We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step.”

― Kofi Annan

“All the universe is full of the lives of perfect creatures.”

― Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

“It’s no wonder the narcissistic mother will always have a place in literature: she’s a freak of nature.”

― Koren Zailckas

“Arkansas is really, really nice. It’s got the nature feel.”

― Kris Allen

“Structure is something that calms our nature; we know this of toddlers.”

― Krista Tippett

“Runners, by nature, are intentional people and normally pretty light on our feet.”

― Kristin Armstrong

“I truly believe that everything I need to flourish nutritionally is found in nature and that some stuff just shouldn’t be messed with, especially the food I’m putting in my body.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“French is a foreign language, but I’ve been speaking it since I was 18 so it’s second nature to me.”

― Kristin Scott Thomas

“If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don’t need an enemy.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“Sherlock is a portrait of humanity – he takes nature’s gift of thought and runs with it, bringing along all the human struggles, fears, and insecurities. He’s the hero we could see ourselves being.”

― Kyle Hill

“If a process or adaptation seems too smart for nature, that’s a failure of your imagination, not the hand of God. I can make that claim because we have a working model of life’s morphing and molding without it.”

― Kyle Hill

“It is as though nature is a wonderful symphony that science sits in awe of. It looks closely at each player, how the tubas are tuned and how the strings are strung. Creationism lets out a loud ‘shush’ at such excitement. Just enjoy the show and stop asking questions.”

― Kyle Hill

“We brick-and-mortar ourselves away from nature. The outside world is behind glass, underneath a slab of concrete, running through PVC. Our steel and concrete are suitable enough until nature comes knocking. And when she wants to get in, nothing can stop her.”

― Kyle Hill

“A lot of things in life, you can be told the right way to do it, but you’ve kind of got to learn by your own mistakes. It’s just human nature.”

― Kyle Korver

“The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering – that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man’s good.”

― L. Sprague de Camp

“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.”

― L. Wolfe Gilbert

“Cicero, in his treatise concerning the Nature of the Gods, having said that three Jupiters were enumerated by theologians, adds that the third was of Crete, the son of Saturn, and that his tomb is shown in that island.”

― Lactantius

“I’m definitely a Polaroid camera girl. For me, what I’m really excited about is bringing back the artistry and the nature of Polaroid.”

― Lady Gaga

“I think what made it difficult for people to get, and still makes it difficult for people to get, is the theatrical nature of the work and the fact that, my music doesn’t exist without the performance-art element.”

― Lady Gaga

“The essential nature of all filmed entertainment is that you area always straddling the line of whether or not you can realize something that you want to do.”

― Laeta Kalogridis

“No two dramatists think or write alike. Ten thousand playwrights can take the same premise, as they have done since Shakespeare, and not one play will resemble the other except in the premise. Your knowledge, your understanding of human nature, and your imagination will take care of that.”

― Lajos Egri

“To the general public, it’s the nature of the sport that it’s a car-dominant sport.”

― Lance Stroll

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

― Langston Hughes

“Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.”

― Langston Hughes

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

― Lao Tzu

“It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.”

― Lao Tzu

“Nature is not human hearted.”

― Lao Tzu

“Nature. That’s the one thing that tips the balance in terms of living here in California. Within minutes, I can be in a desert, at the ocean, in a park, and that’s the most nourishing food for my soul.”

― Lara Pulver

“While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.”

― Larry Bird

“The more playoff games and Super Bowls and things of that nature that you’re in obviously is going to build your portfolio and raise your visibility.”

― Larry Fitzgerald

“I’m actually a very shy person. You’d be surprised how many leaders are shy. They’re not all extroverts by nature.”

― Larry Harvey

“By nature, I’m an optimistic person. No one believes it, but I am.”

― Larry Kramer

“There’s something always instinctively visually right about nature. There’s no difference, to my eye, between looking at a great painting and looking at nature. Because painting, when it’s great, has the same immutable rightness, unquestioned rightness, about it.”

― Larry Poons

“Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.”

― Larry Wilcox

“We will see about Obama’s legacy. I still think the historical nature of his candidacy will be the biggest part of his legacy.”

― Larry Wilmore

“I would say that I am a poor Christian; I’m not a believer. It was this idea very early in my life that life on Earth, nature or man could not be a creation of a merciful God.”

― Lars von Trier

“Winemakers have to adapt to what they’re given by nature: the vines, the fruit, the soil and the weather.”

― Laura Anne Gilman

“I’m very grateful for social media. I think it has shown people my true nature, and through that has come a book deal, and I think it certainly contributes to people’s view of me as a person with a sense of humor, which is only helpful in my industry.”

― Laura Benanti

“I like to play people who are deeply flawed, and I want to find the good nature in them. I even try to be kind to myself when I’ve made big mistakes.”

― Laura Dern

“When man decides he can control nature, he’s in deep trouble.”

― Laura Dern

“I’m interested in human nature. That’s why I chose to become an actor.”

― Laura Dern

“Hopefully, film inspires you to think about human nature. It make us consider how we treat strangers and our most intimate.”

― Laura Dern

“Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values.”

― Laura Esquivel

“There are still some natural forces that everybody understands. Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values.”

― Laura Esquivel

“I am not ‘in pursuit of truth.’ It is not my ‘quarry.’ I am of my human nature a thinker, and conscious of need, responsibility of thinking-speaking with truth. I do not go about hunting ‘truths.’”

― Laura Riding

“In my own life, I have found grief to be enormously distorting, particularly if it’s sudden or extreme in nature.”

― Laura van den Berg

“It’s the nature of the freelancer: you never know where you’re going to be. You get great opportunities, and you miss great opportunities all the time.”

― Lauren Ambrose

“Makeup and clothing and all that should be a fun way to be creative and express yourself. Just like in nature, where birds have all the colors. But instead, it’s all focused on the aesthetics of being attractive to men. Even if you really don’t think it is that, that’s what we’re doing.”

― Lauren Mayberry

“Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.”

― Laurence J. Peter

“Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.”

― Laurence Sterne

“Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.”

― Laurence Sterne

“We need to recover our true nature by relocating ourselves on this planet, being respectful of our environment, and living in harmony with other species – like a big family.”

― Laurent Baheux

“Since I was a kid, I inherited my dad’s love for animals and wildlife, even for the ones we had around the house in the French countryside, a ‘smaller’ kind of nature. Then, as I grew up, I looked more deeply into the African continent and its wildlife.”

― Laurent Baheux

“Noise does not disturb me, as I think that it gives a quaint atmosphere to a picture that fully matches my vision of nature and the wild species I like to photograph.”

― Laurent Baheux

“Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities.”

― Lauryn Hill

“Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.”

― Lauryn Hill

“Because the quality of living with nature and allowing it to manifest itself is different than the quality of living in a city, especially a dense city.”

― Lawrence Halprin

“New WikiLeaks-provided e-mails from Clinton aide Doug Band reveal the true nature of the Clinton cash operation: No matter what the stated humanitarian goals of the Clinton Foundation, every fiber and sinew of the organization is wrapped in self-dealing, self-enrichment, fraud, and corruption.”

― Lawrence Kudlow

“Believing we know what makes prosperity work, ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around, we change the rules within which the Internet revolution lives. These changes will end the revolution.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Symmetries are the playing field on which the physical world works and which determine the rules of the game. The symmetries of nature determine for us things that remain constant, that can’t be changed. Those are the guideposts in physics, the quantities like energy and momentum.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“One of the reasons I like living in Bangkok is that, although it’s a megacity, it’s very saturated with nature – the vast and brooding skies, the sudden storms and rains, the vegetation and even the animals that abound.”

― Lawrence Osborne

“There’s something attractive about making people temporarily forget their actual age by taking them out of their normal lives so completely. Doesn’t travel, by its very nature, strive to do this?”

― Lawrence Osborne

“Military history is essential to understanding any history and, moreover, is a terrifying and sobering study in the realities of human nature – for yes, to me, such a thing exists, and history indeed proves it.”

― Lawrence Osborne

“I like to let my work ethic speak for itself, just things of that nature, like the way I go about practice and show these guys how to do it.”

― Lawrence Timmons

“I don’t stop. It’s my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. I want to do ‘Evita.’ I want to do ‘Sweeney Todd’ with Chris Colfer. We want to do ‘Wicked.’ I’ll be Elphaba and he wants to play ‘Guy-linda.’ I want to do movies, make music. ‘Glee’ is only the beginning.”

― Lea Michele

“My illness has taught me something about the nature of humanity, love, brotherhood and relationships that I never understood, and probably never would have. So, from that standpoint, there is some truth and good in everything.”

― Lee Atwater

“Mother Nature just gave me the ultimate physique.”

― Lee Haney

“At some point, there will be some other financial crisis. It’s in the nature of a capitalist system.”

― Lee Hsien Loong

“The beauty of this country and what people participate in is the competitive nature that we allow to exist and the fact is that we are better because we have great competitors.”

― Lee Scott

“In 1986, human nature in America started to change. That year, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ based in Chicago, became nationally syndicated, and the country entered the beginning stages of a quiet cultural revolution.”

― Lee Siegel

“When we human beings hypothesize that a law of nature holds – even temporarily or situationally – we are creating an idea, but we are also making a hypothesis about how nature behaves, whose truth or usefulness has nothing to do with what we know or believe.”

― Lee Smolin

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

― Leigh Hunt

“Human nature is to blame for everything, innit? We’re just a disease on this planet.”

― Lemmy

“I’m a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.”

― Len Wein

“I never sort of thought of myself as a comedy writer, by nature.”

― Lena Dunham

“I’d love to do a comedy. Umm, I don’t know when that will happen – maybe when I’m, like, 80 or something. But yeah, I’d love to. I’m just waiting for the right person to see my hilarious nature and offer me a comedy.”

― Lena Headey

“Physics is about questioning, studying, probing nature. You probe, and, if you’re lucky, you get strange clues.”

― Lene Hau

“Science will liberate us from the chains of big cities and lead us back to nature.”

― Lennart Meri

“It’s to surprise people about something that is extremely well known. I mean human reproduction, the human body, nature and so on. To surprise them with a new technique.”

― Lennart Nilsson

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.”

― Leon Battista Alberti

“Human passions, like the forces of nature, are eternal; it is not a matter of denying their existence, but of assessing them and understanding them. Like the forces of nature, they can be subjected to man’s deliberate act of will and be made to work in harmony with reason.”

― Leon Bourgeois

“True enough, nature has endowed me with a fair measure of patience and composure, yet I should be lying if I told you that, having seen the reporter off on his way to make his deadline, I fell peacefully asleep.”

― Leon Jouhaux

“When you play with another piano player, it’s just second nature to play the parts that need to be played.”

― Leon Russell

“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.”

― Leon Trotsky

“I love nature and enjoy learning new skills.”

― Leona Lewis

“I believe in a kind of God. I think all scientists, in a way, believe in a certain God, in a certain order of nature.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“Most of my images have been done in-studio, under very controlled lighting conditions. There have been a few that have been shot in nature, but even then they were shot almost exclusively at night, and again, under controlled lighting conditions.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“The painter who is familiar with the nature of the sinews, muscles, and tendons, will know very well, in giving movement to a limb, how many and which sinews cause it; and which muscle, by swelling, causes the contraction of that sinew; and which sinews, expanded into the thinnest cartilage, surround and support the said muscle.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Nature never breaks her own laws.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“I love being immersed in nature, going to places in the world that are pristine and untouched by man. It’s almost a religious experience when you go to a place like the Amazon, and there’s no civilisation for thousands of miles.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“I don’t think anyone really gets used to being recognized around the world. It kind of feels like a videogame at times, especially with paparazzi and people following you and things of that nature. But it’s part of who I am now.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“I like stories in specific time periods. ‘The Revenant’s’ era of American history was fascinating because it was this lawless no-man’s land. It defined the idea of the American frontiersman as man conquering nature. In a way, the story of Hugh Glass is about man dominating nature.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“Tinkering is something we need to know how to do in order to keep something like the space station running. I am a tinkerer by nature.”

― Leroy Chiao

“I enjoy my John Deere tractor quite a lot. It’s a tool that I must use to keep Mother Nature at bay. I have all kinds of things encroaching on my property.”

― Les Claypool

“Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for life is never so low or so little as when occupied with the present.”

― Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“Juries must, of necessity, be governed, in reaching many results through inferences from other facts, by certain laws of nature and human reason. They are often obliged to infer one thing from another, and this, whether that other be a fact direct or circumstantial.”

― Levi Woodbury

“We are told that the trouble with modern man is that he has been trying to detach himself from nature… In this scenario, Man comes on as a stupendous lethal force, and the Earth is pictured as something delicate, like rising bubbles at the surface of a country pond, or flights of fragile birds.”

― Lewis Thomas

“We tend to think of our selves as the only wholly unique creations in nature, but it is not so. Uniqueness is so commonplace a property of living things that there is really nothing at all unique about it. A phenomenon can’t be unique and universal at the same time.”

― Lewis Thomas

“We habitually engage in meddling with nature. Until this century most of this meddling was good. Witness the preservation of the European countryside. But since then we’ve smoked it up and littered it and dumped too much in too many waters. I don’t think it’s our privilege to behave this way.”

― Lewis Thomas

“Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and most unaccountable of all the phenomena with which we are obliged to live. In all of nature, there is nothing so threatening to humanity as humanity itself.”

― Lewis Thomas

“The most solid piece of scientific truth I know of is that we are profoundly ignorant about nature.”

― Lewis Thomas

“The central task of science is to arrive, stage by stage, at a clearer comprehension of nature, but this does not at all mean, as it is sometimes claimed to mean, a search for mastery over nature.”

― Lewis Thomas

“Well, biology today as I see it has an amiable look – quite different from the 19th-century view that the whole arrangement of nature is hostile, ‘red in tooth and claw.’ That came about because people misread Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest.’”

― Lewis Thomas

“We carry stores of DNA in our nuclei that may have come in, at one time or another, from the fusion of ancestral cells and the linking of ancestral organisms in symbiosis. Our genomes are catalogues of instructions from all kinds of sources in nature, filed for all kinds of contingencies.”

― Lewis Thomas

“I was trying to be 27 at age 47, but God had to get rid of my vanity. I had trouble letting go of the old Lex physically. My human fleshly nature didn’t want to let go of what had come to be billed as ‘The Total Package.’ I guess God had to help me get rid of the last remnant of that vanity and pride.”

― Lex Luger

“Smog is affecting larger parts of China, and environmental pollution has become a major problem, which is nature’s red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development.”

― Li Keqiang

“For all of nature’s wonder and beauty, it is also hostile and unpredictable.”

― Liam Neeson

“It’s in the nature of Italians to live life with a positive tone and to celebrate the invitations that come along in life. Italian food is so conducive to all of that.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“Nature recharges me.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“My grandmother taught me the seasonality of food. She lived with the rhythms of nature. That’s the way we should live. Why do we need raspberries in January flown from Chile?”

― Lidia Bastianich

“You can rest a lot in an hour or have a whole day and not do it properly. One way I get a quality recharge is to connect with nature. To experience something that’s bigger than me.”

― Lili Taylor

“I’m constantly surprised by human nature and humanity. And I think that’s why I love what I do: because I love to story-tell and bring new characters to life.”

― Lily Collins

“I have three stepfamilies as well as my family of origin. I’ve had to adjust to them and also go back and forth among them. I became an observer of human nature because when you are in those situations you have to be.”

― Lily King

“Because I live in London I’m always at busy places like airports and gigs. When you’re up in the mountains the air’s so clean and there’s nature and the awesomeness of the slopes. It makes me reflective and think about the bigger picture.”

― Limahl

“I think I’m curious by nature because I always want to learn, and I think you can learn from so many things around you on an everyday basis.”

― Linda Johnson Rice

“Beauty is grace and confidence. I’ve learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.”

― Lindsay Lohan

“I’m a really natural person; I love nature.”

― Lindsey Wixson

“I don’t consider myself a political artist, but I am political just by nature of being a woman.”

― Lisa Hanawalt

“Fashion blogs are great, but I also take inspiration from movies, nature, everyday objects.”

― Lisa Hanawalt

“Comedy is like music – there are genres and styles for every taste. Katy Perry is there for people who like frothy pop music. Metallica is there for people who like head-banging metal. And Susan Boyle is there for… well, I don’t who the hell is listening to that freak of nature, but that’s not the point. In art, there’s something for everybody.”

― Lisa Lampanelli

“Finally, I’m recognizing that rewrites aren’t some cosmic punishment for childhood wrongs but the nature of the business.”

― Lisa Lutz

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“My real personality comes out in the country. More spontaneous, more excited. There’s always someone watching you in the city – you’re a sort of zoo animal. My true nature is to want to hide a bit.”

― Liv Tyler

“Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.”

― Livy

“Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond.”

― Livy

“I think living in a way that’s close to nature makes you feel like that – makes you feel how thin the veil is between life and death.”

― Lizz Wright

“I call myself a singer-songwriter influenced by the gospel and jazz tradition. Naturally, because of my lifestyle and love for nature, there’s a lot of folk and Americana there because that’s just my life.”

― Lizz Wright

“No matter what happens, I can go back to the mountains. I have nature and my wonderful friends and neighbors. I get so much by being there.”

― Lizz Wright

“The nature of the game is pain.”

― LL Cool J

“You need not search for the compassionate mind from outside. To know yourself, to know your nature, your mind will automatically be the compassionate one.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“A religion must be instrumental in spiritualising the individual into a boundless and holistic nature.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“Do not lose your independent mind, unconditioned mind. You have by nature a very powerful mind. You can find everything for yourself; you can know everything for yourself.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“I have an interest in understanding evil. Who is the bad guy – the vampire who kills people and sucks their blood, or the survivalists who kill people to save their own lives? Is evil merely a creation of people? Or is there an evil nature? Or is it in the eye of the beholder? I really like these questions.”

― Lois Tilton

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

― Lord Byron

“I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

― Lord Byron

“As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.”

― Lord Byron

“One could not pluck a flower without troubling a star.”

― Loren Eiseley

“I know what it’s like to be denied opportunity based on the nature of your skin.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“I think it is about time that equipped women began to take on some of the ethical questions which a male-dominated culture has produced and dissect and analyze them quite to pieces in a serious fashion. It is time that ‘half the human race’ had something to say about the nature of its existence.”

― Lorraine Hansberry

“If you record the world honestly, there’s no way people can stop being funny. A lot of fiction writing doesn’t get that idea, as if to acknowledge it would trivialize the story or trivialize human nature, when in fact human nature is reduced and falsified if the comic aspects are not included.”

― Lorrie Moore

“Every time anybody in Washington talks about legal status, amnesty, anything of that nature, it becomes a magnet that lures people in quickly into the United States.”

― Louie Gohmert

“When a dragonfly flutters by, you may not realize, but it’s the greatest flier in nature. It can hover, fly backwards, even upside down.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“Beauty and seduction, I believe, is nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I realized that nature had invented reproduction as a mechanism for life to move forward, as a life force that passes right through us and makes us a link in the evolution of life. Rarely seen by the naked eye, this intersection between the animal world and the plant world is truly a magic moment.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I love all of the ecosystems – mountains, deserts, rainforests. They’re beautiful, and nature has so many different flavors to it.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“With high-speed cameras, we can do the opposite of time lapse. We can shoot images that are thousands of times faster than our vision. And we can see how nature’s ingenious devices work, and perhaps we can even imitate them.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I became passionate about nature filmmaking when I graduated from UCLA, and one of the things I always wanted to do was shoot really high quality film, so I got into time-lapse photography – so that means when you shoot a flower, you’re shooting, like, one frame every twenty minutes, so that’s basically two seconds of a film per day.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what’s important in our lives and renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking, whether it’s through faith-based religion or just through loving nature or helping your fellow man.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I’m Jewish and respect the traditions of Judaism, but through all the time I’ve spent photographing nature, I also have a deep appreciation for the power of the universe. No, not the power of the universe, but just celebrating life.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“I grew up in Brooklyn, and my parents were Holocaust survivors, so they never taught me anything about nature, but they taught me a lot about gratitude.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“The study of Nature is intercourse with the Highest Mind. You should never trifle with Nature.”

― Louis Agassiz

“Study nature, not books.”

― Louis Agassiz

“We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.”

― Louis Aragon

“How does nature amplify the intelligence of groups? It forms swarms.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“Beyond individual intelligence, nature has also cultivated intelligence through swarms. For example, bees, birds and fish act in a more intelligent way when acting together as a swarm, flock or school.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“Nature creates natural swarms. UNU uses networking technology and algorithms to take advantage of the knowledge, wisdom, and insights of a large group of people by allowing them to think as one.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.”

― Louis Nizer

“The problem of the tall office building is one of the most stupendous, one of the most magnificent opportunities that the Lord of Nature in His beneficence has ever offered to the proud spirit of man.”

― Louis Sullivan

“I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within.”

― Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

“In the rush of today’s world, and with more than half of us now living in cities, the majority of people are less and less connected with the spectacle of nature.”

― Louise Leakey

“The nature of the internet is that you don’t know who is behind the screen.”

― Louise Mensch

“During one new moon at perigee, I stood on high ground, watching salt ponds overflow, cover the beach, and meet the ocean. Because the moon was invisible, the water was black as it drowned the sand, and the event felt primal – which in fact it was, because it was nature.”

― Luanne Rice

“The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.”

― Luc de Clapiers

“The character of the artist doesn’t enter into the nature of the art.”

― Lucian Freud

“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“For greed all nature is too little.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“All art is but imitation of nature.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“It is a law woven into the nature of man, attested by history, by science, by literature and art, and by dally experience, that strength of mind and force of character are the supreme rulers of human affairs.”

― Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II

“My parents always traveled a lot with their job, so it became embedded in my nature quite early on that I would crave that constant change and traveling.”

― Lucy Boynton

“The earliest movies that I loved were French movies and Italian movies. I grew up watching those kind of movies and often find the truest looks at human nature – you can find them in another country’s movies.”

― Lucy Fisher

“But little white lies here and there is human nature. Everybody does that.”

― Lucy Hale

“No one can feel more gratefully the charm of noble scenery, or the refreshment of escape into the unspoiled solitudes of nature, than the laborer at some close in-door employment.”

― Lucy Larcom

“Everything in nature has its own intrinsic charm, as the work of its Creator’s hand; but the chief beauty of the whole lies in its suggested relations to humanity. Things announce and wait for persons. The house would not have been thus beautifully built and furnished, except for an expected tenant.”

― Lucy Larcom

“A man may make a misanthrope of himself, but he is never one by nature.”

― Lucy Larcom

“Whether rich or poor, a home is not a home unless the roots of love are ever striking deeper through the crust of the earthly and the conventional, into the very realities of being, not consciously always; seldom, perhaps; the simplicity of loving grows by living simply near nature and God.”

― Lucy Larcom

“Whoever claims to understand another person completely, is either entirely ignorant of himself, or else has a nature so small that he can measure it easily, and supposes it to be the standard of every other nature.”

― Lucy Larcom

“Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.”

― Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Such fire was not by water to be drowned, nor he his nature changed by changing ground.”

― Ludovico Ariosto

“Nature made him, and then broke the mold.”

― Ludovico Ariosto

“We should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together in a higher unity.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Reinforced concrete buildings are by nature skeletal buildings. No noodles nor armoured turrets. A construction of girders that carry the weight, and walls that carry no weight. That is to say, buildings consisting of skin and bones.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Create form out of the nature of the task with the means of our time. This is our work.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Nature, too, shall live its own life. We must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior fittings. yet we should not attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together into a higher unity.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“It must be possible to solve the task of controlling nature and yet simultaneously create a new freedom.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Technology is far more than a method, it is a world in itself. As a method, it is superior in almost every respect. But only where it is left to itself, as in gigantic structures of engineering, there technology reveals its true nature.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“When one looks at Nature through the glass walls of the Farnsworth House, it takes on a deeper significance than when one stands outside. More of Nature is thus expressed – it becomes part of a greater whole.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.”

― Ludwig von Mises

“I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse’s good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.”

― Luigi Pirandello

“Most of us who become experimental physicists do so for two reasons; we love the tools of physics because to us they have intrinsic beauty, and we dream of finding new secrets of nature as important and as exciting as those uncovered by our scientific heroes.”

― Luis Walter Alvarez

“I feel best in nature or near nature.”

― Luise Rainer

“If you violate Nature’s laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.”

― Luther Burbank

“Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature.”

― Luther Burbank

“We must return to nature and nature’s god.”

― Luther Burbank

“I can’t really connect with things unless they are spiritual in nature, so I have to make acting spiritual for myself, and each role a spiritual journey for me.”

― Lynn Collins

“What I do is very spiritual to me. I can’t really connect with things unless they are spiritual in nature, so I have to make acting spiritual for myself, and each role a spiritual journey for me.”

― Lynn Collins

“Expecting to be able to get rid of the competitive drive, first of all, flies in the face of human nature – and little girls certainly have this drive, as much as little boys do, or at least the little girls I have observed in my immediate family have it.”

― Lynne Cheney

“Any rule, not existing in the nature of things, or that is not permanent, universal and inflexible in its application, is no law, according to any correct definition of the term law.”

― Lysander Spooner

“Majorities, as such, afford no guarantees for justice. They are men of the same nature as minorities. They have the same passions for fame, power, and money, as minorities; and are liable and likely to be equally – perhaps more than equally, because more boldly – rapacious, tyrannical and unprincipled, if intrusted with power.”

― Lysander Spooner

“For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be falsehood, or falsehood truth.”

― Lysander Spooner

“Insecurity is a natural part of human nature, and there are times we feel our stories are not worth telling, so we turn to the people we admire for strength. If we dress like someone everyone thinks is cool, perhaps we’ll be seen as cool.”

― LZ Granderson

“The first test any poem must pass is no longer, ‘Is it true to nature?’ but a criterion looking in a different direction: namely, ‘Is it sincere? Is it genuine?’”

― M. H. Abrams

“In ‘Power Play’, Finder uses the thriller structure to make pointed observations about gender in the workplace, the corporate caste system, and the true nature of risk in the global business environment.”

― M. J. Rose

“I’m a big believer in our connection to nature.”

― M. Night Shyamalan

“On April 16, 2010, 34 Chinese environmental organizations, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Green Beagle, questioned heavy metal pollution in a letter sent to CEO Steve Jobs.”

― Ma Jun

“The way a human can coexist with nature has to be at the spiritual level.”

― Ma Yansong

“We try to turn buildings into landscapes – defying the idea of modernism which sees nature and buildings as two distinct elements.”

― Ma Yansong

“Since the Industrial Revolution, we tend to use technology to show our power: you know, we build high-rises, towers, big buildings that become symbols of power and capitalism. We don’t talk about how emotions and nature can be connected.”

― Ma Yansong

“Traditionally, in the Eastern World, man and nature are close: men find happiness and prosperity in the beauty of nature, even if the nature is actually built to match this very need.”

― Ma Yansong

“I think where traditional values are concerned, Chinese people see nature as very symbolic. It’s a form of culture.”

― Ma Yansong

“I’m trying to express nature in big cities.”

― Ma Yansong

“A pool at the edge of the ocean is the simplest geometry, yet you feel connected to the sea. In a forest with the mountains in the background, you also feel the connection to nature, yet it’s a very complex geometry. I think architecture is about controlling these feelings.”

― Ma Yansong

“To allow millions of people to live together on limited land, we have to go to the sky; we have to build a high rise. But we can still build nature and social space into the towers. Each family can have their own courtyard in the sky.”

― Ma Yansong

“A lot of ancient poetry sees in nature a reflection of human emotions, and in a post-industrialized era, once people have become more aware of the necessity of a more harmonious relation between man and nature, we need to build cities which can connect with human spiritual needs instead of being merely functional.”

― Ma Yansong

“We need to enter a new era to make nature and humans more emotionally connected in modern cities.”

― Ma Yansong

“In our traditional culture, people have a very different view towards nature than in Western culture. We consider humans as part of nature. But in the West, they talk about protecting nature. That’s a joke because nature doesn’t care; it’s humans who need to protect themselves.”

― Ma Yansong

“People love to go closer to nature and other people, so we need to create environments that let people have these emotional connections.”

― Ma Yansong

“In traditional cities like Beijing, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, nature was a very important part of urban planning – not only as a landscape but a part of daily life.”

― Ma Yansong

“I’m trying to create architecture as landscape. But I’m not copying nature.”

― Ma Yansong

“There must be a way to combine the high rise and high-density environment with nature. Maybe we can have our gardens in the sky.”

― Ma Yansong

“Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, our office has been discussing how we can make architecture more human and at one with nature. We need to ask ourselves, what legacy do we want to leave behind on humankind’s urban culture?”

― Ma Yansong

“People can live in nature, and they won’t necessarily destroy it.”

― Ma Yansong

“Oscar Niemeyer really inspired me. He’s from South America, where nature has meaning. And his architecture was not expensive or high tech but artistic and spiritual. I like that.”

― Ma Yansong

“The city of the future development will be shifted from the pursuit of material civilisation to the pursuit of nature. This is what happens after human beings experience industrial civilisation at the expense of the natural environment.”

― Ma Yansong

“I think Julianne Moore is the most radiantly beautiful human being and isn’t messing with nature too much. She seems like a woman who treats her body like a temple. I cannot relate to that!”

― Mackenzie Davis

“My dad is very environmentally conscious, and so I’ve always been close to nature.”

― Madelaine Petsch

“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“I have always had a mystical attitude toward inspiration. That’s my nature.”

― Madison Smartt Bell

“I weirdly feel very natural, in the physicality that comes my way, whether it’s guns, cars or whatever. For some reason, it’s second nature to me.”

― Maggie Q

“As women, I think it helps that we are complex creatures by nature so just being a woman helps to understand a woman’s journey.”

― Maggie Q

“There’s so many issues tied to the meat industry. I mean, social, environmental, humanitarian – all of them. I know that when I’m eating that I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals… and I’m not hurting nature.”

― Maggie Q

“I kind of always get described as this, like, ‘nature girl’… I’ve lived in New York for the last five years.”

― Maggie Rogers

“I really love nature. I grew up in the country. But one of the things about nature is that it is beautiful but it’s also very dangerous.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“It’s just not my nature to go around idolizing people.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“Rather than just mimic processes in nature, I think we can harness the powers of nature itself and allow it to help us create. That, in a way is what the ‘Dune’ project is all about.”

― Magnus Larsson

“The good man is the friend of all living things.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“All souls are equal and alike and have the similar nature and qualities.”

― Mahavira

“The nature of things is dharma.”

― Mahavira

“Global equations undergo changes, this is their nature.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“Form can only be destroyed accidentally, i.e., on account of its connexion with substance, the true nature of which consists in the property of never being without a disposition to receive form.”

― Maimonides

“Our essential differences from the norm are both huge and deeply offensive to those among us who wish to be quietly integrated into society without particular reference to our nature.”

― Malcolm Boyd

“Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.”

― Malcolm de Chazal

“You can’t expect to go about change – especially change of this nature, when you talk about racial equality and justice – you can’t expect to go about or engage in that without resistance, and so you’re going to have some people who aren’t on board.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“The proliferation of outlets that digital technology has enabled has itself contributed to the changing nature of what we regard as ‘news’ and the way in which many citizens perceive politics.”

― Malcolm Turnbull

“Power doesn’t back up in the face of a smile, or in the face of a threat of some kind of nonviolent loving action. It’s not the nature of power to back up in the face of anything but some more power.”

― Malcolm X

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”

― Man Ray

“I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“There were definitely auditions and even bookings and jobs where I played your typical Asian model minority: an IT tech guy or something of that nature. It’s tough sometimes, especially when you’re starting out, because they make these roles sound as if they won’t be a typical nerd.”

― Manny Jacinto

“The more you consume, the more insecure you are. It’s the nature of the world.”

― Manoj Bhargava

“Some people just use beautiful things to just shop or to have a tribal feeling – ‘Oh, blah, blah, blah, I’m wearing Hermes; blah, blah, blah, I’m wearing Saint Laurent; blah-blah blah’ – because it’s like a need, a tribe, recognition: ‘Ahh, my Rolex.’ But I run away from anything which is too recognizable – it’s my nature.”

― Manolo Blahnik

“I can work in films as long as the story doesn’t have a realistic nature. If I’m working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.”

― Manuel Puig

“Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.”

― Mao Zedong

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

― Marc Chagall

“Yes, we’re trying some new stuff. Some of it might work. Some of it might not. This, of course, is the nature of episodic television. They can’t all be gems.”

― Marc Cherry

“Traditional horizontal search engines cannot always identify the target audience, niche or vertical industry of a page or site. Vertical search engines address this issue by the nature of their design. They identify sites according to more specific criteria and sometimes even by human input.”

― Marc Ostrofsky

“If Senator Kerry understands the nature of this threat and the need to take on terror, then he should immediately repudiate these troubling comments, and stop all efforts on behalf of his surrogates to blame America for these attacks.”

― Marc Racicot

“Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.”

― Marcel Proust

“All great chefs have two things in common. First, they respect nature as the true artist, and they are just cooks. Second, everything that they do is an extension of them as a person.”

― Marco Pierre White

“I’m happiest walking through fields, on beaches, and over riverbanks. Nature is my surrogate mother.”

― Marco Pierre White

“It’s not in our nature. Americans have never been a people that drive through a nice neighborhood and say, ‘Oh, I hate the people who live in these nice houses.’”

― Marco Rubio

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

― Marcus Garvey

“Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.”

― Marcus Terentius Varro

“Nature made the fields and man the cities.”

― Marcus Terentius Varro

“It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Of all nature’s gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Nature abhors annihilation.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Some people mistakenly think nature is very nice and benevolent and never betrays.”

― Margaret Atwood

“Not that I am ashamed of my mind or body, my birth or breeding, my actions or fortunes, for my bashfulness is in my nature, not for any crime.”

― Margaret Cavendish

“A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.”

― Margaret Cavendish

“Pandemic influenza is by nature an international issue; it requires an international solution.”

― Margaret Chan

“The unique nature about the influenza virus is its great potential for changes, for mutation.”

― Margaret Chan

“It is a holy blessing to be born with the exquisite qualities of a daughter of God. Women of God, both old and young, are spiritual and sensitive, tender and gentle. They have a kind, nurturing nature. This is your inheritance. Never belittle the gifts God has given to you. Develop the divinity that is within you.”

― Margaret D. Nadauld

“I have always loved young women for their sensitive spiritual nature, gentleness, and special beauty.”

― Margaret D. Nadauld

“Nature provides exceptions to every rule.”

― Margaret Fuller

“There’s something really beautiful about science, that human beings can ask these questions and can answer them. You can make models of nature and understand how it works.”

― Margaret Geller

“The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.”

― Margaret J. Wheatley

“Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.”

― Margaret Mead

“Film actors are, by nature, more complicated than stage actors.”

― Margaret Rutherford

“Nature doesn’t feel compelled to stick to a mathematically precise algorithm; in fact, nature probably can’t stick to an algorithm.”

― Margaret Wertheim

“In the Pythagorean system, thinking about numbers, or doing mathematics, was an inherently masculine task. Mathematics was associated with the gods, and with transcendence from the material world; women, by their nature, were supposedly rooted in this latter, baser realm.”

― Margaret Wertheim

“I am one of those people who are blessed, or cursed, with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.”

― Margery Allingham

“Clever of me to become a critic. We critics scrutinize and show off to a higher end. For a greater good. Our manners, our tastes, our declarations are welcomed. Superior for life. Except when we’re not. Except when we’re dismissed or denounced as envious or petty, as derivatives and dependents by nature. Second class for life.”

― Margo Jefferson

“Who, adult or child, is Michael Jackson truly close to? What and who is he trying to flee? What’s the nature of the psychic damage he has so clearly sustained? I suspect his racial identity is more a byproduct of that damage than the primal cause.”

― Margo Jefferson

“I know that there are people who believe that if they get to the stage where life is absolutely intolerable because of pain and indignity… they would like to end their life before nature intended, and we think they should have the choice to do so.”

― Margo MacDonald

“The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that I have observed in human nature.”

― Margot Asquith

“Horrifying as it was to crack up in the public eye, it made me look at myself and fix it. People were exploitative; that’s human nature.”

― Margot Kidder

“When a woman drinks it’s as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It’s a slur on the divine in our nature.”

― Marguerite Duras

“There’s an easygoing nature that comes with a perspective of things that aren’t as important as we make them sometimes.”

― Marguerite Moreau

“Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.”

― Maria Mitchell

“The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.”

― Maria Montessori

“Speech is one of the marvels that characterize man, and also one of the most difficult spontaneous creations that have been accomplished by nature.”

― Maria Montessori

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted. It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for, and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions. Because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”

― Maria Montessori

“Observation, very general and wide-spread, has shown that small children are endowed with a special psychic nature. This shows us a new way of imparting education!”

― Maria Montessori

“The selfsame procedure which zoology, a branch of the natural sciences, applies to the study of animals, anthropology must apply to the study of man; and by doing so, it enrolls itself as a science in the field of nature.”

― Maria Montessori

“It is fortunate, I think, that nature is not bounded by human reason and by laboratory work and experimentation, for by the laws of pure reason and by microscopic investigation, it might easily have been proved, long before this, that children could not be born.”

― Maria Montessori

“I quickly realized that shopping on Amazon had made the idea of parking my car and going into a store feel like an outrageous imposition on my time and good nature.”

― Maria Semple

“I’ve been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line.”

― Maria Sharapova

“Art and nature shall always be wrestling until they eventually conquer one another so that the victory is the same stroke and line: that which is conquered, conquers at the same time.”

― Maria Sibylla Merian

“None 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.”

― Marian Anderson

“I 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.”

― Marian Anderson

“It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.”

― Marianne Moore

“Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.”

― Marianne Williamson

“There’s a certain je ne sais quoi that Americans have in spades – a we-can-do-anything spirit that makes so many things possible for all of us. We’re rugged individualists, aspirational in nature, and we like to think for ourselves.”

― Marianne Williamson

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

― Marie Curie

“It’s human nature to take the easy route and leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, and the room once again overflows with things.”

― Marie Kondo

“I felt I had to share Idaho with my friend from New York because he’d shared New York with me, so I was going to share the beauty of nature with a man who went to museums and clubs late at night. But there was nothing to do where I lived at night.”

― Mariel Hemingway

“Nothing can prepare you for the all-consuming nature of motherhood, and I am very aware of my good fortune, as I spent years fretting about whether I’d ever meet anyone to have a baby with.”

― Mariella Frostrup

“Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental. All important advances are sudden intuitions, new principles, new ways of seeing.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“Victory doesn’t lie in taming our nature but in progressively discovering and revealing more of it.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“The paradigm of the ‘Aquarian Conspiracy’ sees humankind embedded in nature. It promotes the autonomous individual in a decentralized society… The new perspective respects the ecology of everything: birth, death, learning, health, family, work, science, spirituality, the arts, the community, relationships, politics.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.”

― Marilyn French

“All the seven deadly sins are man’s true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you’re made to feel guilty for being human, then you’re going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can’t escape from.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I don’t try to be bad as much as I just am by nature.”

― Marilyn Manson

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.”

― Marilyn Monroe

“The big problem of our modern society is that we feel that we are separated from the nature. But it’s just the opposite. We are interrelated and our DNA is the same. And only when human beings understand that, the nature will not be obstacle.”

― Marina Abramovic

“Even when I see a beautiful woman, I think, ‘Aw, her life must be amazing.’ Everyone does it. That’s human nature to believe that beauty is everything.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“The fact is that war films, by their very nature, are pitched at a high dramatic range.”

― Mark Boal

“The grand scale and immersive nature of The IMAX Experience gives ‘Spiderwick’ a brand new level of excitement. In IMAX theatres, fans will be drawn into the movie even further and feel as if they are actually part of the story.”

― Mark Canton

“I have always been selling. I always had something going on. That was just my nature.”

― Mark Cuban

“I am and have always been a strong proponent of public education. But by the virtue of its very nature – publicly funded schools cannot offer the type of spiritual education that Catholic schools have long provided.”

― Mark Foley

“I see my responsibility as to give people something they want to keep turning the pages of and giving people something to chew on, looking at some aspect of human nature that hadn’t occurred to them recently.”

― Mark Frost

“Criminality is a basic part of human nature.”

― Mark Frost

“I don’t normally associate bingeing of any kind with healthy results in life. And I’m not a binge-watcher by nature myself.”

― Mark Frost

“If Shakespeare thought comedy worthwhile, that means the rest of us can take a break from tragedy now and then without betraying our calling, even if the modern professional intellectual, a poseur by nature, has yet to discover this.”

― Mark Helprin

“Seems you can’t outsmart Mother Nature.”

― Mark Hyman

“Stay away from milk. It is nature’s perfect food – but only if you are a calf.”

― Mark Hyman

“Unlike your fish tank, in nature, fish eat each other. When the population of a species gets too low, it will die out.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Talking about myself is difficult for me. It’s anti my true nature.”

― Mark Lanegan

“Aside from birthing me my first grey hairs and keeping me up at night more times than I’d like to count, ‘The Subtle Art’ taught me a lot about the nature of work. And a lot of that had to do with how my perception of the work itself evolved over the course of writing the book.”

― Mark Manson

“As in nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Without a strong voice for more moderate leadership, the Tea Party is filling that vacuum.”

― Mark McKinnon

“The problem with State of the Union speeches is that they are, by their nature and design, alphabet soup. It’s hard to know what a president really cares about when they run down a laundry list and check every issue box under the sun for fear they will offend some constituency if they don’t.”

― Mark McKinnon

“George W. Bush was president through some of the darkest days of our history and yet his optimism never waned. He is optimistic by nature, but he also understood the importance of always communicating a sense that things will get better.”

― Mark McKinnon

“When you play long enough, everybody goes through spells and streaks and slumps of some nature. I think it’s just one of the those things where you have to play yourself out of it.”

― Mark Messier

“I think a really great creative person is almost by nature incredibly curious and digging deeply into cultures and technologies and getting all this input and using it to make things better – basically, creating better solutions.”

― Mark Parker

“Evolutionary science kind of bears that out: When species are rivals and competing for space and resources, the superior one wins. Nature has no compunction about that; it just is.”

― Mark Pellegrino

“What do I mean when I say ‘suspended animation’? It is the process by which animals de-animate, appear dead and then can wake up again without being harmed. OK, so here is the sort of big idea: If you look out at nature, you find that as you tend to see suspended animation, you tend to see immortality.”

― Mark Roth

“The laws of nature tell us there’s a finite amount of any substance on the face of the earth, and at some point, that’s going to run out. And if we’re smart and we have some grace and we have some willingness about our destiny, then we will take ourselves into the renewable world.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“You know that a given in life in human nature, is that at a sporting event, a baseball game, a football game, you never introduce a politician, is because he’ll be booed. I don’t care if he’s the most beloved person in the world, its part of the game.”

― Mark Russell

“You feel a lot of rage when someone dies. I have a lot of faith in nature, but it can be cruel.”

― Mark Rylance

“Nature is very cruel. It is much riskier to love any living being than not. I’m painfully aware that even my little dog is a walking bundle of mortality. I’m painfully aware he’s going to pass.”

― Mark Rylance

“I play a bad boy on television, but in real life I have a passion for nature and nature conservancy, specifically bird rehabilitation.”

― Mark Salling

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

― Mark Twain

“Some of the best times I’ve spent in Colorado have been in the backcountry with my mom and siblings, and more recently, with my own kids. That is why I’m concerned to see today’s kids spending more time browsing the Internet than exploring nature.”

― Mark Udall

“There is a reductive nature to the Internet, and it’s not limited to comic book news sites and stuff: it’s everybody. There is a reductive nature of it, by which anything that’s said very quickly gets reduced down to the next. Reduced, reduced, reduced to the point where rumors with some sense of nuance to them just become fact.”

― Mark Waid

“’House of Leaves’ is certainly about the unsettling nature of fear – and it was my aim to address that – but it’s also about recovering from fear.”

― Mark Z. Danielewski

“We’re very focused on making News Feed really good, making our photos experience really good, making messaging really good, and creating great location apps. That’s the nature of a platform business of our scale. Most companies that are relevant to us will have some overlaps in some competitive way.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“By the nature of how a personal computer works and how open they are, modding has always been a big part of PC games, and it can really enhance the experience and extend the lifespan of a game.”

― Markus Persson

“I don’t think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it’s a choice, but in fact, it’s in one’s nature. The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it.”

― Marlo Thomas

“Most of my playing style is very on point – the tapping, just by nature of being rhythmic, is tight – so I’d like to explore something looser and less precise.”

― Marnie Stern

“Nature has made men free and equal. The distinctions necessary for social order are only founded on general utility.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.”

― Marquis de Sade

“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.”

― Marquis de Sade

“There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.”

― Marquis de Sade

“The primary and most beautiful of Nature’s qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“To know what that true self is without social pressure is to know your true nature.”

― Martha Beck

“Given the eclectic and constantly shifting nature of my metaphysical inclinations, I will probably never feel certain exactly what an angel is.”

― Martha Beck

“My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I’ve developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day.”

― Martha Beck

“I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.”

― Martha Graham

“I’m very inspired by nature – you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily.”

― Martha Stewart

“For sin is just this, what man cannot by its very nature do with his whole being; it is possible to silence the conflict in the soul, but it is not possible to uproot it.”

― Martin Buber

“I was interested in science or, at least, nature from an early age, learning the names of planets, cutting cartoons with facts about animals out of the newspaper and gluing them into a scrapbook, and, with a friend when I was five or six, trying to design a submarine.”

― Martin Chalfie

“In the first place, our faith ought to lay hold on Christ as God and man in that nature by which He has been made our neighbor, kinsman, and brother.”

― Martin Chemnitz

“Thus first of all in His own person He sanctified, restored, and blessed human nature.”

― Martin Chemnitz

“Here’s good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee.”

― Martin H. Fischer

“I am, by nature, an optimist.”

― Martin Heinrich

“Most people start eating healthy after the doctor says they have a problem. That’s just human nature.”

― Martin Henderson

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”

― Martin Luther

“Photography is, by its nature, exploitative. It’s whether you use this process with a sense of responsibility or not. I feel that I do so. My conscience is clear.”

― Martin Parr

“Over most of history, threats have come from nature – disease, earthquakes, floods, and so forth. But the worst now come from us. We’ve entered a geological era called the anthropocene. This started, perhaps, with the invention of thermonuclear weapons.”

― Martin Rees

“A monkey is unaware that atoms exist. Likewise, our brainpower may not stretch to the deepest aspects of reality. The bedrock nature of space and time, and the structure of our entire universe, may remain ‘open frontiers’ beyond human grasp.”

― Martin Rees

“It might seem paradoxical that the biggest scientific instruments of all are needed in order to probe the very smallest things in nature. The micro-world is inherently ‘fuzzy’ – the sharper the detail we wish to study, the higher the energy that is required and the bigger the accelerator that is needed.”

― Martin Rees

“Darwin and his successors taught us how our biosphere evolved, and thereby transformed our conception of humanity’s place in nature. In the twenty-first century, space scientists are setting Darwin in a grander cosmic context – probing the origins of Earth, stars, atoms and the universe itself.”

― Martin Rees

“The bedrock nature of space and time and the unification of cosmos and quantum are surely among science’s great ‘open frontiers.’ These are parts of the intellectual map where we’re still groping for the truth – where, in the fashion of ancient cartographers, we must still inscribe ‘here be dragons.’”

― Martin Rees

“I would ask: Given the nature of free-market capitalism – where the rule is to rise to the top at all costs – is it possible to have a financial industry hero? And by the way, this is not a pop-culture trend we’re talking about. There aren’t many financial heroes in literature, theater or cinema.”

― Martin Scorsese

“Part of making any endeavour is that each one has its own special problems. It’s the nature of the process.”

― Martin Scorsese

“Teaching is very important. The nature of your personality isn’t that important. Lombardi was very extraverted, very bombastic. Landry very quiet, reserved. Both were great teachers and great coaches.”

― Marv Levy

“I think I’ve got a real love thing going. I love people, I love life, and I love nature, and I can’t see why other people can’t be like that.”

― Marvin Gaye

“None of God’s Creatures absolutely consider’d are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.”

― Mary Astell

“Nature’s laws have to supersede man’s law.”

― Mary Beth Whitehead

“I don’t ever want to get too comfortable in my career or life. My nature is such that I’m always looking for new challenges.”

― Mary Frann

“Married, you’re basically part of the herd, and that makes life easier in a lot of ways in terms of social support. But if you’re not by nature a herd animal, you start to feel like you’re passing.”

― Mary Gaitskill

“What I’m finding is there’s an awful lot about adoption and relinquishment and the complicated nature of family that we, as human beings, haven’t been able to have a real discussion about yet without a lot of censorship.”

― Mary Gauthier

“I’ve learned that there are many people out there who want to feel powerful and strong on their own terms, who want to tune out the noise and the punishing nature of grueling workouts. With ‘Ballet Beautiful,’ we have peeled back the mystery of ballet and allowed people to do these workouts anywhere and in their own time.”

― Mary Helen Bowers

“When people suffer, their relationships usually suffer as well. Period. And we all suffer because, as the Buddha says, that’s the nature of being human and wanting stuff we don’t always get.”

― Mary Karr

“Conservatism vests in and depends on the widespread, informed understanding of human nature, self-governance and the First Principle of Progress: free people interacting in free markets produce the greatest good for the greatest number always, but only, when tethered to virtue and morality.”

― Mary Matalin

“The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.”

― Mary Shelley

“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.”

― Mary Webb

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft

“The attention span of children may be one of the main reasons why an immersion in on-screen reading is so engaging, and it may also be why digital reading may ultimately prove antithetical to the long-in-development, reflective nature of the expert reading brain as we know it.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“The act of learning to read added an entirely new circuit to our hominid brain’s repertoire. The long developmental process of learning to read deeply changed the very structure of that circuit’s connections, which rewired the brain, which transformed the nature of human thought.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“As we kill nature, we are killing ourselves, and God incarnate as the world as well.”

― Masanobu Fukuoka

“Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature.”

― Masanobu Fukuoka

“Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.”

― Mason Cooley

“Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.”

― Mason Cooley

“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”

― Matsuo Basho

“I’m a songwriter; it’s in my nature to express things openly.”

― Matt Bellamy

“I have always connected to stories with characters that don’t fit in and have a constant internal battle between their better nature and the darkness within.”

― Matt Czuchry

“Teenagers watch and listen to all kinds of things. It is the nature of being a teenager to seek out intense stuff. Stuff about death and sex and love and fear. Teenagers are the bravest, most curious, most philosophical, most open-minded readers there are, which is why so many less-than-young adults like writing for them.”

― Matt Haig

“I believe that laughter is the best emotional Band-Aid in the world. It’s like nature’s Neosporin.”

― Matt LeBlanc

“The power of the web is not in centralization; it’s not in closed systems or anything like that. It’s in its open nature, and that’s what allowed it to flourish for the first 10 or 15 years.”

― Matt Mullenweg

“That’s my nature: I’m going to be aggressive, but it has to be calculated.”

― Matt Nagy

“I thought this was the most incredible opportunity. Because ‘Planet Of The Apes,’ aside from the fantasy element of talking apes, is such an amazing franchise, because under the surface of that genre, you’re actually looking at human nature.”

― Matt Reeves

“It’s hard work, ‘Doctor Who,’ but let’s be frank about it, I’m fortunate to be rewarded in the ways that I am. I don’t just mean financially, I mean the nature of the part and everything that comes with it.”

― Matt Smith

“Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.”

― Matthew Arnold

“Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.”

― Matthew Arnold

“If we take a hard look at what poverty is, its nature, it’s not pretty – it’s full of trauma.”

― Matthew Desmond

“If we take a hard look at what poverty is, its nature, it’s not pretty – it’s full of trauma. And we’re able to accept trauma with certain groups, like with soldiers, for instance – we understand that they face trauma and that trauma can be connected to things like depression or acts of violence later on in life.”

― Matthew Desmond

“The nature of storytelling, since the dawn of man, has a beginning, a middle, and an end.”

― Matthew Gray Gubler

“Though pleas’d to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way.”

― Matthew Green

“In whatever adulation you get, there’s truth and there’s not truth. And wherever they dog you, and they say it was horrible – there’s truth and there’s not truth. It’s human nature to like to read the adulation more.”

― Matthew McConaughey

“The temptations to wrong are many; they spring out of a corrupt nature.”

― Matthew Simpson

“Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended.”

― Matthew Simpson

“It is a principle of our nature that feelings once excited turn readily from the object by which they are excited to some other object which may for the time being take possession of the mind.”

― Matthew Simpson

“Nature’s God really descends from an ancient Greek tradition that was passed along to the early modern philosophers. And these were quite radical thinkers who were really challenging the ways of thinking of their time and the established religion.”

― Matthew Stewart

“We are all equal not because we partake in some peculiar nature or because we share in the same credo of unreasoned beliefs, but because we take it that no thinking being is incapable of seeing reason.”

― Matthew Stewart

“If we didn’t need eight hours of sleep and could survive on six, Mother Nature would have done away with 25 percent of our sleep time millions of years ago. Because when you think about it, sleep is an idiotic thing to do.”

― Matthew Walker

“Sleep is Mother Nature’s best effort yet to counter death.”

― Matthew Walker

“I’m continually inspired by nature, and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenons. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain.”

― Matthew Williamson

“The peacock has become one of my regular sources of inspiration from nature.”

― Matthew Williamson

“I love taking elements and colours from nature and then distorting them somehow.”

― Matthew Williamson

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.”

― Mattie Stepanek

“One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.”

― Maureen Dowd

“Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I’m different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy.”

― Maurice Ravel

“Human nature is not amenable to prediction based on the trends or tendencies prevailing at the time. It is amenable to startling creativity of the kind practiced by great artists, directors, writers, musicians, actors, who know how to touch a chord in humans everywhere.”

― Maurice Saatchi

“It is always in my nature to work like you are going to be at the club forever, for your life.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“A lot of America is stressed by Mother Nature.”

― Max Baucus

“To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.”

― Max Beerbohm

“It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.”

― Max Beerbohm

“Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art.”

― Max Bill

“Zombies are apocalyptic in nature. They belong to a class of monster that doesn’t just hunt humans, but seeks to obliterate that entire human race.”

― Max Brooks

“If we aim to act in harmony with the laws of Good, we rise above all other laws and become a law unto ourselves; co-workers with God and helpers in nature. Ours is the privilege, ours the loss, if we fail to live up to our highest possibilities.”

― Max Heindel

“Science is to be much commended for the ingenuity, the patience, and the persistency it displays in the invention of instruments wherewith to ferret out the secrets of nature.”

― Max Heindel

“As exercise is necessary to the development of physical muscle, so development of the moral nature is accomplished through temptation. The soul being given choice, may exercise it in whatever direction it chooses, for it learns just as well by its mistakes as by right action in the first place, perhaps even better.”

― Max Heindel

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

― Max Planck

“I would say it’s human nature to be ignorant and go straight to war, but ‘Sense8’ tries to illuminate the positive side of humanity.”

― Max Riemelt

“Christianity has aimed to deliver us from a life determined by nature, from the appetites as actuating us, and so has meant that man should not let himself be determined by appetites.”

― Max Stirner

“Christianity has aimed to deliver us from a life determined by nature, from the appetites as actuating us, and so has meant that man should not let himself be determined by his appetites.”

― Max Stirner

“To me, part of the fascinating profession of acting is to participate in all these strange situations, to try to understand all these interesting characters, fictitious or real, their human nature… It’s extraordinarily fascinating.”

― Max von Sydow

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

― May Sarton

“I’m a real nature girl, and I love the Earth.”

― Maya Hawke

“I really enjoyed shooting in Ireland. The people are so lovely. I hope I don’t offend anyone in saying this, but the nature reminded me of Americans: everyone was warm and open and easy to talk to. And Ireland is so beautiful and lusciously green.”

― Maya Hawke

“I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.”

― Maya Lin

“But I’m a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I’m going to make something out of it.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“’Hell in a Handbasket’ is not dealing with the political nature of the country. It’s dealing with the humanity and the compassion of the world.”

― Meat Loaf

“When you start learning how to give when you’re young, when you get older it is second nature. Just like stealing. Start young and you keep on stealing forever. Ask my politicians.”

― Mechai Viravaidya

“I’m steeped in the news because I enjoy the news – I like reading papers, I like reading the blogs, I love talking to newsmakers and pundits, for that matter, about their opinions. I’m an information gatherer by nature, so that’s what attracted me about this industry.”

― Megyn Kelly

“I felt the call to this industry because I enjoy broadcast journalism. I’m steeped in the news because I enjoy the news – I like reading papers; I like reading the blogs. I love talking to newsmakers and pundits, for that matter, about their opinions. I’m an information gatherer by nature, so that’s what attracted me about this industry.”

― Megyn Kelly

“Food is no longer sacred to us: in becoming too efficient we’ve changed its nature.”

― Mehmet Oz

“We all want to judge; it’s an intrinsic part of our society and human nature. I’m not surprised that talent shows are hits, but I’m glad some of them aren’t so brutal.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“If I meet pals, we do hug each other, and it’s very nice, you know… it’s something that’s come on me late and became second nature, and it’s first nature now!”

― Melvyn Bragg

“Nature chooses who will be transgender; individuals don’t choose this.”

― Mercedes Ruehl

“It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy.”

― Mercy Otis Warren

“When I grew up there wasn’t air-conditioning or anything of that nature, and this old car had a wall thickness of about ten inches. So we had a little warmer house in the winter and a little cooler in the summer.”

― Merle Haggard

“I was 48-years old before anybody talked me into it for medicinal purposes, instead of some of these drugs that they give you that will lead you to heart surgery and things of that nature.”

― Merle Haggard

“Playing a bad guy would be fun, I’m not going to lie. I’d definitely do that in a heartbeat, because it’s so out of my nature.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“American political scions evoke a central contradiction in our thinking. We believe – or say we do – in nurture, not nature. Yet we are comforted by the aristocratic notion that leadership might run in the bloodlines.”

― Michael Beschloss

“I think it’s just in human nature: if you’ve got two guys fighting, and you don’t really know them, you’re going to root for the guy who comes from your country.”

― Michael Bisping

“Alan Funt was the first hidden-camera magician. It was the playful nature of the way he worked that really inspired me. A lot of prank shows and hidden-camera shows can be a little mean-spirited. Funt was never like that.”

― Michael Carbonaro

“I’m a competitive person and it is in my nature to try hard in every match I play. The only time I’m not competitive is when I’m playing against my mom.”

― Michael Chang

“Writing, by nature, is a fairly solitary occupation.”

― Michael Cimino

“My wife tells me I should check out ‘Downton Abbey’, but I gather that series might be almost too intense for my temperate nature.”

― Michael Dirda

“Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.”

― Michael Faraday

“I think that it’s human nature to categorize and label things. That’s generally the way that the medical and psychological professions work. You look at elements of what you have, and you are able to categorize it, and then you can cure it. That’s generally what works.”

― Michael Finkel

“For me, travelling and drawing the world, experiencing as much as possible first hand, has been very important. Making notes, drawing and writing on the move, became second nature.”

― Michael Foreman

“A national park is not a playground. It’s a sanctuary for nature and for humans who will accept nature on nature’s own terms.”

― Michael Frome

“Wild nature… is enriched by sensuality.”

― Michael Frome

“In the separation of the human species from nature, life goes awry.”

― Michael Frome

“Autos for years seemed to give us freedom and independence, but when they create traffic jams and other problems in the parks, the experience of serenity in nature that visitors expect is seriously diminished, if not destroyed.”

― Michael Frome

“Everywhere you turn, there are lists and statistics. Any business, any sport, any hobby – we will try to categorize who is the best at some component of that endeavor. It’s part human nature and part technology, since we have been conditioned to have access to answers and trivial problems at our fingertips.”

― Michael Gerber

“Trendy gadgets and edgy pitches inevitably get replaced due to the fickle nature of the buying public, but a business designed from the start to play big has the ability to weather trends and redirect itself to venues and products that its customers want and need.”

― Michael Gerber

“In ‘Ratatouille,’ there are two different themes that express the two sides of Remy’s personality: the creative side: the chef, and the ‘thief’ side: his nature as a mouse.”

― Michael Giacchino

“Milk contains growth hormones designed by Mother Nature to put a few hundred pounds on a baby calf within a few months.”

― Michael Greger

“In nature, disease-causing strains of avian influenza rarely spread far because the birds sicken and die before they can fly to spread it to others.”

― Michael Greger

“Andrew Warren was a rarity in the CIA’s Clandestine Service – African-American, fluent in Arabic, and relatively young for an agent who’d already spent nearly a decade chasing terrorists in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq and Algeria, so deep undercover that few of his friends or family knew the nature of his work.”

― Michael Hastings

“Obama’s people will all often complain about how trivial and silly the media is, but there’s no president who’s probably benefited from this sort of trivialness or superficial nature as President Obama.”

― Michael Hastings

“I was taught that you can’t be a healthy individual without art, music, or nature in your life. All my art is tied into inner cultural experience. It has to do with music or ceremonies or nature, even the funny ones.”

― Michael Horse

“Zoos are becoming facsimiles – or perhaps caricatures – of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.”

― Michael J. Fox

“Life is the power that’s greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature – that makes me humble.”

― Michael J. Fox

“Just by nature, I think in comedy. I think in sketches and what have you. In every drama or action movie I’ve been in, I have to make a concerted effort not to turn it into a comedy. Every shot, before action is called and after cut is called, I’m usually in some goofy head space. It feels natural to me.”

― Michael Jai White

“Even almost a century after her death, Sarah Bernhardt, the French actress whose extraordinary personality, flamboyant life and passionate nature became a legend in her own lifetime, remains the byword among most people as the supreme theatrical star.”

― Michael Korda

“I don’t think I have spiritual beliefs in the structured sense – but I believe in the absolute necessity of spirit and a healthy spiritual life. It grew inside me by itself, which is surely the very nature of spirit, and instinctively I protected and nourished it. I also absorbed spirituality by osmosis.”

― Michael Leunig

“All nations that throw their military weight around, occupying neighboring lands and treating the residents with callous and humiliating disregard, are already sliding towards the dark possibilities in human nature.”

― Michael Leunig

“Life itself is offensive and certainly does not apologize – in fact, it hurts considerably and, as we all know, is often very rude and troublesome, just as nature or art can be.”

― Michael Leunig

“Socialised humanity represses nature and degrades human nature; it takes life and waters it down – probably to control it – diluting existence with water that is lukewarm, sweet and murky.”

― Michael Leunig

“I see the world from the perspective of a 5’8″ person, not someone who is 6’4″. so naturally, I’m going to choose certain lens heights over and again… Sometimes nature makes choices for you.”

― Michael Mann

“The challenges I face in the studio pale in comparison to when I’m out in nature.”

― Michael Muller

“These ivy league students are in the upper echelon of the college boards and had great opportunity in front of them regardless of where they go to college. Its in their very nature and it is something they expect.”

― Michael N. Castle

“My Catholic faith is my life. Any artist, if he is to be faithful to how he perceives the world and to the nature of his creative gifts, cannot divorce the two. To create is to love. To love is to create.”

― Michael O’Brien

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”

― Michael Pollan

“Looking at the world from other species’ points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance. You suddenly realize that consciousness – which we value and we consider the crowning achievement of nature, human consciousness – is really just another set of tools for getting along in the world.”

― Michael Pollan

“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.”

― Michael Pollan

“Agriculture changes the landscape more than anything else we do. It alters the composition of species. We don’t realize it when we sit down to eat, but that is our most profound engagement with the rest of nature.”

― Michael Pollan

“My whole interest in food grew from my interest in gardens and the question of how we engage with the natural world. To go back even further, I got interested in gardens because I was interested in nature and wilderness and Thoreau and Emerson.”

― Michael Pollan

“This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.”

― Michael Pollan

“There’s been progress toward seeing that nature and culture are not opposing terms, and that wilderness is not the only kind of landscape for environmentalists to concern themselves with.”

― Michael Pollan

“In general, science journalism concerns itself with what has been published in a handful of peer-reviewed journals – Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine – which set the agenda.”

― Michael Pollan

“Our situations… are very different. The nature of our politics is different. I don’t deny, though, that political cycles, which are observable in the United States, are sometimes observable here.”

― Michael Portillo

“I’m much better informed than Mr. Clarke ever was about the nature of the intelligence that was available again Osama bin Laden and which was consistently denigrated by himself and Mr. Tenet.”

― Michael Scheuer

“If you don’t believe there’s some organising principle, or somebody up in the sky pulling the strings, then it can be very stressful. And nature itself is very arbitrary – it’s not malevolent or benevolent; it doesn’t even know we’re here.”

― Michael Shannon

“I’d love to go back to Europe in the ’20s and ’30s, for the beginning of the Psychoanalytic Movement, and Freud and Jung, and all that was going on with discoveries in quantum physics. The whole nature of reality was changing and being challenged.”

― Michael Sheen

“I say you don’t need religion, or political ideology, to understand human nature. Science reveals that human nature is greedy and selfish, altruistic and helpful.”

― Michael Shermer

“The natural inclination in all humans is to posit a force, a spirit, outside of us. That tendency toward superstitious magical thinking is just built into our nature.”

― Michael Shermer

“E. B. White had a romantic tenderness toward nature in a capital R, 19th-century way. He was knowledgeable, a part-time farmer, and a hardheaded realistic person.”

― Michael Sims

“If people want to believe that our ancestors were riding around on dinosaurs or that the protracted, increasing, and devastating warming of the Earth is just nature doing its thing – I guess I feel I have more useful battles to fight.”

― Michael Specter

“They are representations of many shared hours of collaboration between us all. That’s the real nature of the relationship the orchestra and I are trying to build.”

― Michael Tilson Thomas

“Nature has different times.”

― Michael Tippett

“Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don’t bother your head about it.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“Knowledge doesn’t really form part of human nature. Conflict, combat, the outcome of the combat, and, consequently, risk and chance are what gives rise to knowledge. Knowledge is not instinctive; it is counter instinctive, just as it is not natural but counter natural.”

― Michel Foucault

“When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them.”

― Michelangelo Antonioni

“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”

― Michelangelo

“I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.”

― Michelangelo

“The extraordinary nature of individual black achievement in formerly white domain certainly does suggest that the old Jim Crow is dead, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of racial caste – if history is any guide, it may have just taken a different form.”

― Michelle Alexander

“I no longer believe that we can ‘fix’ the police, as though the police are anything other than a mirror reflecting back to us the true nature of our democracy.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Having experienced personally and through my family the tragedy of Chile is something always present in my memory. I do not want events of that nature ever to happen again, and I have dedicated an important part of my life to ensuring that and to the reunion of all Chileans.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“I took a gamble to exercise leadership without losing my feminine nature.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“It’s become a cliche to say that a piece of drama is about ‘the nature of truth.’ But ‘Rectify’ so openly plays with the slippery nature of memory that the label directly applies.”

― Michelle Dean

“Everybody is vulnerable to being in relationships where they get fooled. I’m no different. It’s just human nature.”

― Michelle Pfeiffer

“People might say I’m difficult, but did you ever hear anyone describe a label as ‘difficult’? By nature, artists should challenge. When they call you difficult, it is a reflection of the imbalance of power.”

― Michelle Shocked

“On ‘Far North,’ we were always aware of being at the whim of mother nature. She’s the biggest star in the film.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“I’m becoming more and more of a backwoodsman. I always used to be more of a city guy, and more and more, I’m starting to enjoy being in nature. Just to sit and slow down a little bit.”

― Michiel Huisman

“Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math. Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.”

― Michio Kaku

“For relaxation, I like to figure skate. Being on the ice and spinning and jumping, I feel very close to nature. In particular, I feel very close to Newton’s laws of motion. On the ice, you can experience Newton’s laws of motion in their purest, most elegant form.”

― Michio Kaku

“Mother Nature and Father Time have not been happy with me.”

― Mick Foley

“I saw James Ellsworth at an independent wrestling show where I was signing autographs, so I took a photo with him and put up a post on Facebook called ‘The night I met James Ellsworth.’ Just by nature of how popular that post was, how many comments there were and likes and shares, I was like, ‘people love this kid.’”

― Mick Foley

“The elusive nature of love… it can be such a fleeting thing. You see it there and it’s just fluttering and it’s gone.”

― Mick Jagger

“I think it’s human nature to say, ‘You’re a wrestler. That is what you do.’ I think it can be hard sometimes for people to understand that you can have more than one thing you like to do.”

― Mickie James

“That’s the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.”

― Miguel de Cervantes

“I think the word ‘soul’ – it depends on what you define by ‘soul.’ If you’re defining it as a mystical aura that is outside the body, I cannot measure that. If you’re talking about soul as human nature, the rank of spectrum of behaviors and reactions that we know humans produce under certain circumstances, that is measurable.”

― Miguel Nicolelis

“Essentially, all expressions of human nature ever produced, from a caveman’s paintings to Mozart’s symphonies and Einstein’s view of the universe, emerge from the same source: the relentless dynamic toil of large populations of interconnected neurons.”

― Miguel Nicolelis

“’JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures’ – it took a long time for that to get animated because the old-school animation wouldn’t have the glorious nature of JoJo justice. Watching shows like that and ‘Super Kia,’ ‘Black Clover,’ ‘Attack on Titan,’ being able to watch some anime the night before the game definitely helps relax me.”

― Mike Daniels

“If I had quietly retired as governor in 2007 and went into banking or something of that nature, I would have been, at most, a footnote in the story and probably never mentioned.”

― Mike Huckabee

“It is an oftentimes dangerous world, and not all of the people in it are nice, sweet and benevolent. It is the nature of man to behave otherwise, and we must find leaders who can show us a better way and still maintains a balanced view.”

― Mike Medavoy

“A lot of people assume that musicians are comrades by nature. It’s cutthroat like anything else.”

― Mike Patton

“I’m inspired by nature. Other artist’s work is important for developing my perception.”

― Mike Thompson

“The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual.”

― Mikhail Bakunin

“We could only solve our problems by cooperating with other countries. It would have been paradoxical not to cooperate. And therefore we needed to put an end to the Iron Curtain, to change the nature of international relations, to rid them of ideological confrontation, and particularly to end the arms race.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“A carbon nanotube is just a graphene sheet that’s rolled up seamlessly, and this happens in nature; carbon nanotubes are found in mineral deposits around the planet.”

― Mildred Dresselhaus

“Nations, like individuals in a state of nature, are equal and independent, possessing certain rights and owing certain duties to each other.”

― Millard Fillmore

“I’m from a really nice town. Full of nature, mountains, clean air, rock climbing. But I’d prefer New York City. I love the diversity here, the religions, the food – especially the food.”

― Millicent Simmonds

“I love the beach and rock climbing and boxing and nature, so I like to stay away from my phone as much as possible.”

― Millie Bobby Brown

“Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms.”

― Milton Avery

“When we are caught up in the nature of our work and are asked to take on another job or position, rarely do we step back and ask ourselves, ‘What do I really want to do? What is it at this point in my career and life that is important to me?’”

― Mindy Grossman

“In some movies you feel like you’re a very small part of a huge machine. Whereas in the theater you can have a very small part, but you can still feel the weight and the gravity of it. Given the nature of theater, it’s a more concentrated and quiet experience.”

― Minnie Driver

“And I think that the environment is one very strong way to counterbalance the chaotic nature of our life.”

― Minoru Yamasaki

“I think optimism springs from nature. I’m a gardener. Nature has taught me about rhythm, the essence of every art. With so much that is terrible, nature gives me pleasure.”

― Mira Nair

“When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It’s about having an attitude of gratitude.”

― Miranda Kerr

“I love being outdoors. I love listening to the crickets. I want to embrace nature.”

― Miranda Kerr

“It’s kind of part of human nature to want to know the truth or want to be in on the secret. For stories that focus in on that – like whodunits – it’s easy to get drawn into.”

― Mireille Enos

“Experience has shown us that attempts to control the Internet will invariably fail. We should be instructed by the failed efforts of China to regulate political content, the efforts of America to regulate Internet gambling, or the efforts of Australia to regulate certain speech. By its very nature, the Internet will always resist such controls.”

― Miriam Defensor-Santiago

“I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.”

― Miriam Makeba

“I’ve won fair-play prizes, but that’s just my nature, my character. This is who I am, and I do not feel the need to hide the real me.”

― Miroslav Klose

“You can get anything from Mozilla Firefox-based themes to nature themes to your own photographs.”

― Mitchell Baker

“Ponzi and all of his successors tap into a fundamental part of human nature. One part of our brain tells us this is too good to be true. The other side tells us this is too good to miss. The key to any con is getting a mark to tip to the too-good-to-miss side.”

― Mitchell Zuckoff

“For American foreign aid to become more effective, it must embrace the power of partnerships, access the transformative nature of free enterprise, and leverage the abundant resources that can come from the private sector.”

― Mitt Romney

“Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation.”

― Mitt Romney

“The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.”

― Mo Udall

“A writer should express criticism and indignation at the dark side of society and the ugliness of human nature, but we should not use one uniform expression.”

― Mo Yan

“I remember New York in the ’80s as a place with vacant lots that would eventually give over to nature. Weeds would grow up, squirrels would move in. That entropy is gone now. It’s too expensive to let a vacant lot go natural.”

― Moby

“I am an Egyptian Muslim, educated in Cairo and New York, and now living in Vienna. My wife and I have spent half our lives in the North, half in the South. And we have experienced first hand the unique nature of the human family and the common values we all share.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“It’s always good to be under pressure. That’s when you perform the best. At least, I do. It’s in my nature.”

― Mohammad Azharuddin

“I like being to the point. It is not my nature to talk too much or indulge in loose talk. I like being brief, and beyond a certain point, I have nothing to say.”

― Mohammad Azharuddin

“I know about technology, about research, scientific applications, culture, civilization, differences between nations of the world, the nature of history.”

― Mohammed Morsi

“Digitization has altered the nature of the film industry. Social media, especially, has become a decisive factor in determining a film’s box office success.”

― Mohanlal

“The whole basis of conserving is not about nature – it is about people. If we don’t look after the people surrounding the place, and if they don’t have the value of preserving it in their pockets, then they are not going to preserve it.”

― Mohit Chauhan

“I’m pro-human. And I think recognizing the human nature of migration is very important.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“I am a strong believer in the intertwined nature of the personal and the political; I think they move together.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“I think the most effective forms of critique are ones that establish a common ground for people to occupy, and then appeal to the best nature of people on that common ground.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“There’s a real, brutal nature to the capitalism practiced by the main character in ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.’ And I think playing dirty is certainly part of that.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

― Moliere

“I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there’s something I believe in, it’s a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings.”

― Monica Bellucci

“Envy is human nature.”

― Monica Bellucci

“President George W. Bush’s aggressive war on Islamic terrorism produced a 100 percent perfect track record of keeping the United States safe from another attack. The result has been increased security for the American people, who, in turn, have become complacent about the true nature of the threat.”

― Monica Crowley

“Little white lies are part of everyday life. If you’re in court being charged with a felony, you’re probably going to be tempted to lie. Or if your girlfriend asks you if the sweater she is wearing makes her look fat; you’re going to lie because you love that person. There are different reasons and justifications to lie; it’s human nature.”

― Monica Raymund

“I’m lively and gay by nature.”

― Monica Vitti

“Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one’s wit at the expense of one’s better nature.”

― Montesquieu

“The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.”

― Montesquieu

“The only line that’s wrong in Shakespeare is ‘holding a mirror up to nature.’ You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with the situation. If it were a mirror, we would have no art.”

― Montgomery Clift

“None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what’s going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature.”

― Morris West

“Surely, if Mother Nature had been consulted, she would never have consented to building a city in New Orleans.”

― Mortimer Zuckerman

“Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God.”

― Moses Mendelssohn

“I must not permit the evil capabilities of human nature to sour my faith in the tremendous good that is possible despite the frailty of that nature.”

― Mother Angelica

“At Baptism, I received grace – that quality that makes me share in the very nature of God.”

― Mother Angelica

“No man can see God in this life and live because His glory would annihilate our poor, weak human nature.”

― Mother Angelica

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

― Mother Teresa

“Self-confidence has always been one of my good qualities. I am always very confident. It is in my nature to be confident, to be aggressive. And it applies in my batting as well as wicketkeeping.”

― MS Dhoni

“The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Boys are quite often whimsical. Whereas girls are modest by nature and know their responsibilities very well. Their weapons are service, sacrifice, and love, by which they conquer over the males.”

― Munshi Premchand

“I’m a real nature lover, so whenever possible, I like to get to the beach or get to a forest or get somewhere there’s fresh air. Apart from that, I’m a film addict and a DVD freak.”

― Murray Bartlett

“For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from a love of Nature in all its manifestations.”

― Murray Gell-Mann

“A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature.”

― Murray Kempton

“Nature is simply the environment on earth in which man finds himself, and to treat it as a separate being in the image of man is sheer nonsense.”

― Murray Rothbard

“In order to continue in office, any government (not simply a ‘democratic’ government) must have the support of the majority of its subjects. This support, it must be noted, need not be active enthusiasm; it may well be passive resignation as if to an inevitable law of nature.”

― Murray Rothbard

“Among intellectuals who consider themselves ‘scientific,’ the phrase ‘the nature of man’ is apt to have the effect of a red flag on a bull.”

― Murray Rothbard

“The fact that natural-law theorists derive from the very nature of man a fixed structure of law independent of time and place, or of habit or authority or group norms, makes that law a mighty force for radical change.”

― Murray Rothbard

“It is human nature that when you see something work well, you do more of it. If, in its ceaseless quest for revenue, government sees a seemingly harmless method of raising funds without causing much inflation, it will grab on to it.”

― Murray Rothbard

“The great fact of individual difference and variability (that is, inequality) is evident from the long record of human experience: hence, the general recognition of the antihuman nature of a world of coerced uniformity.”

― Murray Rothbard

“I think one of the most important directions to be pursued in the ‘sciences of human action’ is to develop a natural-law ethics based on nature rather than, or at least to supplement, ethics based on theological revelation.”

― Murray Rothbard

“My nature is to compromise and get things done for the state.”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“It’s human nature that we come in our own flavours, and it doesn’t make any sense to write a monochromatic or monocultural story unless you’re doing something extremely small – a locked room-style story.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“Science is about unravelling nature.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“Polo is a great thing to do with your kids and your family – it is a great day out. And to me, horses are amazing creatures that give you this cable to Earth and put you in contact with nature.”

― Nacho Figueras

“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.”

― Nagarjuna

“People tend to compartmentalize themselves into IT people, and movie star people, and scientists, but when we share our perspectives about nature, we find a common denominator.”

― Nalini Nadkarni

“If you want to go beyond that small percentage of people who are already environmentally and scientifically aware, you have to make your work somehow link with a passion, interest, or profession of someone who isn’t interested in science or nature.”

― Nalini Nadkarni

“There isn’t a person on Earth who couldn’t use a connection with nature.”

― Nalini Nadkarni

“When we come to understand nature, we are touching the most deep and most important parts of ourself.”

― Nalini Nadkarni

“When you refer to terra entities, you ornately say Mother Nature and Mother Earth. How much honour and care do all of us accord to any of the three – including our real life mother?”

― Nana Patekar

“I’ve lost a lot in life because of my nature.”

― Nana Patekar

“America’s presidents tend to die young. Maybe it is in the nature of the men who reach such heights, or of the job once they attain it.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“Falling down became second nature and it really didn’t bother me.”

― Nancy Kerrigan

“There was a lot of procrastination on Cameron’s part because of the personal nature of ‘Almost Famous.’ There was a lot of deep, dark doubt about even doing it. I don’t mind being a cheerleader, but I did reach my limit quite a few times. I do my own writing, so I understand, but I was pushed to the point of anger with the insecurity of it.”

― Nancy Wilson

“Psychologists have set about describing the true nature of women with a certainty and a sense of their own infallibility rarely found in the secular world.”

― Naomi Weisstein

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.”

― Napoleon Hill

“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”

― Napoleon Hill

“I think the hip-hop purists are purists through and through. They’re here to criticize all of us. That’s just how it is. We as MC’s criticize each other. That’s the nature of hip-hop.”

― Nas

“Our object in these remarks has been not only to account for the slow progress which has as yet been made by Political Economy, and to suggest means by which its advancement may be accelerated, but also to warn the reader of the nature of the following Treatise.”

― Nassau William Senior

“The first, or theoretic branch, that which explains the nature, production, and distribution of wealth, will be found to rest on a very few general propositions, which are the result of observation, or consciousness.”

― Nassau William Senior

“We propose in the following Treatise to give an outline of the Science which treats of the Nature, the Production, and the Distribution of Wealth. To that Science we give the name of Political Economy.”

― Nassau William Senior

“Nature builds things that are antifragile. In the case of evolution, nature uses disorder to grow stronger. Occasional starvation or going to the gym also makes you stronger, because you subject your body to stressors and gain from them.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that’s a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull.”

― Natalie Dormer

“There are a lot of parallels between the historical Henry VIII and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. There’s an oscillation and extremity of emotion throughout his repertoire that lends itself beautifully to the nature of Henry VIII, definitely. He will push things to the limit, and yet remain in emotional control.”

― Natalie Dormer

“Dormer by name, Dormer by nature: I love to sleep.”

― Natalie Dormer

“Unfortunately, little attention was paid to how Arafat ruled. In fact, some saw the harsh and repressive nature of Arafat’s regime as actually bolstering the prospects for peace.”

― Natan Sharansky

“To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace – or at least a genuine peace – the link between the nature of a regime and its external behavior must be understood.”

― Natan Sharansky

“I was brought up by a Marxist rationalist stepfather, so I don’t believe in the supernatural or religion or horoscopes, and the absolute nature of death is quite helpful for me. My husband was there, then he wasn’t.”

― Natascha McElhone

“I was always very aware of the nature of the place where I was growing up in Gulfport, Mississippi, how that place was shaping my experience of the world. I had to go to the Northeast for graduate school because I felt like I had to get far away from my South, be outside it, to understand it.”

― Natasha Trethewey

“When I see a wall that’s hung with different objects, framed or unframed, what I like about it is its fluidity and rule-breaking nature. Just experiment a bit.”

― Nate Berkus

“You want to put out a TV show? If you have the money to do it on your own, by yourself, and you have a TV network, you can do it by yourself. But the nature of the beast is, art needs finance. That’s how this industry works. So until the Internet becomes our source of entertainment – and watch it, I believe it will – this is how things go.”

― Nathan Fillion

“Capsizes kind of go hand in hand with 49er racing. I’ve had four to five capsizes in races and still won the event. It’s just the nature of this type of sailing.”

― Nathan Outteridge

“Between the ages of 24 and 27, I read Freud’s complete works, everything that had been translated into English. It was very stimulating intellectually. But I did not accept his view of neurosis or of human nature.”

― Nathaniel Branden

“Sunlight is painting.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Moonlight is sculpture.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“If the people in Britain knew the nature and disposition of the New England people as well as we do they would not find so many friends in England as I suppose they do.”

― Nathaniel Smith

“I believe our legacy will be defined by the accomplishments and fearless nature by which our daughters and sons take on the global challenges we face. I also wonder if perhaps the most lasting expression of one’s humility lies in our ability to foster and mentor our children.”

― Naveen Jain

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”

― Neil Armstrong

“The tobacco companies knew quite early on the addictive nature of their product.”

― Neil Cavuto

“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The methods and tools of science perennially breach barriers, granting me confidence that our epic march of insight into the operations of nature will continue without end.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In nature, when you conduct science, it is the natural world that is the ultimate decider in what is true and what is not.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Earth is a flower and it’s pollinating.”

― Neil Young

“I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.”

― Neil Young

“I just really dig feeling subservient to nature. It brings me a peace and calm. Kind of like a Faustian thing, I think.”

― Neko Case

“Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with ‘the world’; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous.”

― Nelson Goodman

“In nature, there is no separation between design, engineering, and fabrication; the bone does it all.”

― Neri Oxman

“For the same reason we have the Brad Pitts and the George Clooneys, it’s just part of human nature to idolize stereotypes.”

― Neri Oxman

“In the end, it’s clear that the incorporation of synthetic biology in product and architectural design will enable the transition from designs that are inspired by nature to designs made with and by nature to, possibly, designing nature herself.”

― Neri Oxman

“Nature is a brilliant engineer and builder. It knows how to create seashells that are twice as strong as the most resistant ceramics human beings can manufacture, and it produces silk fibers five times stronger than steel. Nature also knows how to create multipurpose forms.”

― Neri Oxman

“I’m not a mother of children, but I’m a different type of mother where my approach to design is more in line with nature. It’s less about dictating and more about editing and listening and allowing something to grow. So I nourish and let the material express what it wants to be.”

― Neri Oxman

“Forms in nature are a byproduct of a reciprocal action between a given material and the conditions of the environment. But in architecture, the process is the direct opposite: First you decide on the form, and then you think how to build it in reality.”

― Neri Oxman

“Our schedule is intense. We do this for five nights a week, so injuries can happen very easily with the demands of the job. It’s just the nature of what we do and sports in general.”

― Neville

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.”

― Newt Gingrich

“Like most women, I thought it would be easy once I decided to start a family. I was surprised that Mother Nature kept poking me in the eye, saying, ‘Nope, nope, nope.’”

― Nia Vardalos

“I grew up in Louisiana and spent my formative years there. There’s a contradictory nature to the place and a sort of sinister quality underneath it all.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.”

― Niccolo Machiavelli

“To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.”

― Niccolo Machiavelli

“Let your Medicine be something of the Nature of the Sign ascending.”

― Nicholas Culpeper

“Literature seems to offer lessons in human nature that help us decode the world around us and be better friends.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Nature is pretty good at networks, self-organizing systems. By contrast, social systems are top-down and hierarchical, from which we draw the basic assumption that organization and order can only come from centralism.”

― Nicholas Negroponte

“The more nature and stuff, the better. The source of our power comes from nature, and the closer to nature you are, the more you can power up.”

― Nick Cummins

“We played a lot of sandlot ball, so we were used to tackling each other, or falling on the concrete, things of that nature. And nine times out of 10, our flag games turned into tackle anyway. So when I got to high school, tackle football was kind of natural.”

― Nick Ferguson

“Prize lists are out, and you’re not on them? Nature of the world – means nothing. Prizes are a lottery.”

― Nick Harkaway

“I’m not an absolutist about free speech. Intellectually, I believe that most of the time it’s better to let things get said, argue them, and put lies and stupidities to rest. Practically, I know that newspapers rarely issue corrections with the same prominence they give to denouncements – and Twitter, by its nature, never does.”

― Nick Harkaway

“We’re social animals. We’ve got to get along together. It’s in our nature. We’re hardwired that way.”

― Nick Nolte

“I think when you win the national championship, it works throughout your team. Where human nature is to say, I did well. I got my quota this month. Now do I get some time off? Do I get a bonus? Do I get to go on a cruise? But it’s not to keep trying to be the best. That’s not necessarily human nature.”

― Nick Saban

“Having plants and flowers in my space makes me feel very calm and Zen. For me, it’s important to meditate every morning to be very clear in the head, and nature really helps me do the same thing.”

― Nicola Formichetti

“High-end divorce is a closed world. When I tried to research it, I was really surprised about how little there is out there. I think that’s because of the nature of the subject matter – privacy is incredibly important to this level of client.”

― Nicola Walker

“Zoology has always been interesting to me. Nature is fascinating.”

― Nicolas Cage

“When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“Nature repeats itself, but it never starts from the beginning.”

― Nicolas Roeg

“I’m kind of floating out there as an artist. I’m in a safe place where I can play a girlfriend or a best friend or a mommy or a lawyer, but a huge part of me is unused. I’m classically trained, historically inclined and somewhat revolutionary by nature, so I’m frustrated as an artist.”

― Nicole Ari Parker

“I think our society has sort of built this gender binary, and the way we’ve said it exists does not really exist in nature.”

― Nicole Maines

“The state of emergency and critical nature of the times do not allow me, as they do not allow anyone, to embark on a blame game.”

― Nicos Anastasiades

“I think if there was no violence in our world, there would be no violence in film. Violence is a part of human nature, and obviously it’s a troublesome part of human nature. You always have responsibilities when you portray violence in what angle you put down on that scene.”

― Niels Arden Oplev

“It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature.”

― Niels Bohr

“Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.”

― Nigel Dennis

“A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock.”

― Nigel Dennis

“Selective memory is surely one of nature’s most effective ways of ensuring the survival of our species.”

― Nigel Hamilton

“It would be wholly wrong constitutionally for the unelected House of Lords to do anything, to kill anything of a financial nature that has been through the House of Commons not once but twice.”

― Nigel Lawson

“The heart of the matter is that the very nature of the European Union, and of this country’s relationship with it, has fundamentally changed after the coming into being of the European monetary union and the creation of the eurozone, of which – quite rightly – we are not a part.”

― Nigel Lawson

“One of the things I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature.”

― Nik Wallenda

“Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man.”

― Nikita Khrushchev

“Something about your life always makes its way into your stories. That’s just the nature of the beast.”

― Nikki Grimes

“I’m a strong voice by nature. I’m sometimes a bull in a china shop.”

― Nikki Haley

“I’m not religious, but by nature I am spiritual. I’m an artist, and creativity seems to go hand in hand with spirituality. But I have a knee-jerk reaction against organized religions. Actually, I have knee-jerk reactions against anything that’s organized.”

― Nikki Sixx

“Modern science says: ‘The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.’ From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.”

― Nikola Tesla

“Electrical science has revealed to us the true nature of light, has provided us with innumerable appliances and instruments of precision, and has thereby vastly added to the exactness of our knowledge.”

― Nikola Tesla

“The history of science shows that theories are perishable. With every new truth that is revealed we get a better understanding of Nature and our conceptions and views are modified.”

― Nikola Tesla

“As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion, so it seems that in all branches of industry, alternating currents – electric wave motion – will have the sway.”

― Nikola Tesla

“The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man’s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit.”

― Nikola Tesla

“Electrical science has disclosed to us the more intimate relation existing between widely different forces and phenomena and has thus led us to a more complete comprehension of Nature and its many manifestations to our senses.”

― Nikola Tesla

“That part of Christ’s nature which was profoundly human helps us to understand him and love him and to pursue his Passion as though it were our own. If he had not within him this warm human element, he would never be able to touch our hearts with such assurance and tenderness; he would not be able to become a model for our lives.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“We like to think that a free market’s greatest strength is its self-corrective nature.”

― Nina Easton

“I am, by nature, pretty reserved. It was after I became an actor that I started interacting more with people from different walks of life!”

― Nivin Pauly

“Human nature is not totally fixed, but on any realistic scale, evolutionary processes are much too slow to affect it.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That’s human nature.”

― Noam Chomsky

“If you’re in favour of any policy – reform, revolution, stability, regression, whatever – if you’re at least minimally moral, it’s because you think it’s somehow good for people. And good for people means conforming to their fundamental nature.”

― Noam Chomsky

“An individual’s refusal to carry out the criminal acts of his government sets the stage, in the most effective way possible, for the attempt to demonstrate the criminal nature of these acts.”

― Noam Chomsky

“To summarize, draft resistance can make use of the inegalitarian nature of American society as a technique for increasing the cost of American aggression, and it threatens values that are important to those in a decision-making position.”

― Noam Chomsky

“’Pong’ hit the fancy. It was sort of the perfect storm of a game which has two players highly social, a game that women could play better than a guy, and sort of an acceptance of this social nature of games in a bar.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“There’s a snobbery at work in architecture. The subject is too often treated as a fine art, delicately wrapped in mumbo-jumbo. In reality, it’s an all-embracing discipline taking in science, art, maths, engineering, climate, nature, politics, economics.”

― Norman Foster

“All views can’t be true because all views are opposite; this is the logical aspect. For example, Islam says we are good in nature; Christianity says we are born in sin. Islam says God is a man; Christianity says He is more than a man, He is God. All truths can’t be the same.”

― Norman Geisler

“I’m very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.”

― Norman MacCaig

“I am an environmentalist, but I’m not a wacko environmentalist. I believe that mankind and nature can live side-by-side for the mutual benefit of both.”

― Norman Schwarzkopf

“Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.”

― Northrop Frye

“The perfect knowledge of events cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the creator, then from good fortune and nature.”

― Nostradamus

“I’m not a pessimist by nature. I’m not someone who sees things in a bleak way.”

― Nouriel Roubini

“The confidence is there, the game is there, but physically you can’t fight nature sometimes. You can’t do much about it.”

― Novak Djokovic

“Nature is a petrified magic city.”

― Novalis

“I do not like to go to the gym; I am more of a nature person.”

― Nushrat Bharucha

“By nature and doctrines I am addicted to the habit of discovering choice places wherein to feed.”

― O. Henry

“Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.”

― Octavio Paz

“Technology is neutral and sterile. Now, technology is the nature of modern man; it is our environment and our horizon. Of course, every work of man is a negation of nature, but at the same time, it is a bridge between nature and us. Technology changes nature in a more radical and decisive manner: it throws it out.”

― Octavio Paz

“Despite the often illusory nature of essays on the psychology of a nation, it seems to me there is something revealing in the insistence with which a people will question itself during certain periods of its growth.”

― Octavio Paz

“For the Chinese, the Greeks, the Mayans, or the Egyptians, nature was a living totality, a creative being. For this reason, art, according to Aristotle, is imitation; the poet imitates the creative gesture of nature.”

― Octavio Paz

“Yes, I am well aware that nature – or what we call nature: that totality of objects and processes that surrounds us and that alternately creates us and devours us – is neither our accomplice nor our confidant.”

― Octavio Paz

“The presence and the present of America are a future; our continent is, by its nature, the land which does not exist on its own, but as something which is created and invented.”

― Octavio Paz

“Poetry is not a genre in harmony with the modern world; its innermost nature is hostile or indifferent to the dogmas of modern times, progress and the cult of the future.”

― Octavio Paz

“Hiking is something that I really, really like to do. It’s distracting, you’re in nature, and you get a nice workout that way. I would tell everyone to hike as much as they can – you just feel so much better when you get outdoors. I’m also into yoga.”

― Odette Annable

“I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me.”

― Oksana Baiul

“In 2013, I had the chance to try cross-country skiing on snow and just fell in love with being in nature and how hard it was to pick up the sport. And the snow is sparkly.”

― Oksana Masters

“I moved about 45 minutes from West Hollywood, and I live surrounded by nature and the wilderness, but I constantly find myself walking around, like in the commercial, saying, ‘Can you hear me now?’”

― Olga Fonda

“Nature can do more than physicians.”

― Oliver Cromwell

“Ronald Coase, in his classic 1937 paper on ‘The Nature of the Firm,’ was the first to bring the concept of transaction costs to bear on the study of firm and market organization.”

― Oliver E. Williamson

“Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!”

― Oliver Goldsmith

“But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature, of its being able to cut through time with editing.”

― Oliver Stone

“The Amen of nature is always a flower.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It’s better than art because it’s from the creator.”

― Olivia Newton-John

“Family, nature and health all go together.”

― Olivia Newton-John

“The older I get and the longer I live in New York City, the more I have the desire to go elsewhere and be surrounded by nature.”

― Olivia Thirlby

“I do not tweeze my eyebrows. I’ve been letting them grow out for years. I try to fill them in wherever nature has abandoned me.”

― Olivia Wilde

“Instead of ideological objectives of a political nature, today we are faced with ideological objectives of economic nature.”

― Omar Bongo

“I think, by nature you know, I’m very attracted and I gravitate toward the very strong girl who can watch a ballgame, but who’s also extremely feminine.”

― Omari Hardwick

“I’m a big fan of David Attenborough, who I think is the most adventurous of the nature program presenters.”

― Oona Chaplin

“We have an obligation to figure out how to help people cope with the rapidly changing nature of technology.”

― Oren Etzioni

“People 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.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“I must admit that I am not generous with weak people. It’s not in my nature or in my personality. My parents were not generous with weak people, see?”

― Oriana Fallaci

“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Sweeter than the perfume of roses is a reputation for a kind, charitable, unselfish nature; a ready disposition to do to others any good turn in your power.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Without this tremendous passion for power, influence, and advantage which money gives, how could nature develop the highest type of man? Without this infinite longing, whence would come the discipline which industry, perseverance, tact, sagacity, and frugality give?”

― Orison Swett Marden

“You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“No matter how badly senators want to know things, judicial nominees are limited in what they may discuss. That limitation is real, and it comes from the very nature of what judges do.”

― Orrin Hatch

“The kingdom of God is a theocracy. And as it is the only form of government which will redeem and save mankind, it is necessary that every soul should be rightly and thoroughly instructed in regard to its nature and general characteristics.”

― Orson Pratt

“Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.”

― Orson Welles

“Anything that’s made by humans is about humans, whether it’s about gods or aliens or anything; it’s about some sort of expressive nature about us.”

― Oscar Isaac

“I’d like to think that the nature of the two teams – Boston being a championship team over the years and the Lakers, same thing – was a lot bigger than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.”

― Oscar Robertson

“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.”

― Oscar Wilde

“In nerve-free multicellular organisms, the relationships of the cells to each other can only be of a chemical nature. In multicellular organisms with nerve systems, the nerve cells only represent cells like any others, but they have extensions suited to the purpose which they serve, namely the nerves.”

― Otto Loewi

“As soon as we can wrest from Nature the secret of the internal structure of the compounds produced by her, chemical science can then even surpass Nature by producing compounds as variations of the natural ones, which the living cell is unable to construct.”

― Otto Wallach

“Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.”

― Ovid

“The nature of an ensemble means when you’re a supporting character and not the lead character, you get little tidbits here and there, but you’re usually there to provide bits of comic relief and little bits of action or something.”

― Owain Yeoman

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”

― P. D. James

“Art Nouveau got its inspiration from nature. The Bauhaus got its inspiration from engineering.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“We need a government, alas, because of the nature of humans.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Jeans fit the mature male one of two ways, both dirigible in nature. You make a public impression that’s either Hindenburg or Goodyear blimp.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.”

― P. T. Barnum

“Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation.”

― P. T. Barnum

“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.”

― Pablo Neruda

“My fascination is not for cinema; it’s for human nature and human beings because I find it quite difficult being one at times.”

― Paddy Considine

“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

“I’m more of somebody who’ll bend over backwards for people and, you know, wait at the back of the line until everybody’s taken care of. That’s really my nature.”

― Pamela Adlon

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.”

― Pamela Hansford Johnson

“Politicians aren’t special. They lie the same way we all do, revealing their true nature under pressure.”

― Pamela Meyer

“A wise human would have an understanding of the supply chain and how the pieces fit together. But it’s against our nature to think about it.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“By nature I’m sort of an introvert.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.”

― Paracelsus

“Nature also forges man, now a gold man, now a silver man, now a fig man, now a bean man.”

― Paracelsus

“Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.”

― Paracelsus

“If we want to make a statement about a man’s nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed.”

― Paracelsus

“Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more than does the healing and equitable light of the sun.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“The physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“The physical ego serves as its own worst enemy when, by delusive material behavior, it eclipses its true nature as the ever blessed soul.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“The Western day is indeed nearing when the inner science of self-control will be found as necessary as the outer conquest of nature. This new Atomic Age will see men’s minds sobered and broadened by the now scientifically indisputable truth that matter is in reality a concentrate of energy.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“The culture is eating nature; it’s overpowering storytelling. Movies are turning into games – it’s abut the image, not nuance.”

― Parker Posey

“I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.”

― Pat Buckley

“I have found human nature a bit contradictory in my living of it. Human life is incredibly strange.”

― Pat Conroy

“I mean, if a person acts irresponsibly in his own life, he will pay the consequences. And it’s not so much divine retribution as it’s built into the law of nature.”

― Pat Robertson

“God created the world; the laws of nature were created by God. True science tries to find out what God put in the world. The trouble is where scientists speculate about theology and they don’t know what they’re talking about because they weren’t there. They can’t speculate about the origins of life because they weren’t there.”

― Pat Robertson

“Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind.”

― Patanjali

“Is letting our children watch TV a form of child abuse? If our children grow up knowing everything about Britney Spears and nothing about nature or faith, about anything, is that not a form of child abuse?”

― Patch Adams

“For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.”

― Patricia Highsmith

“We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it’s a public and political problem. It’s a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places.”

― Patricia Ireland

“We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”

― Patrick Henry

“Your focus should be on creating an environment where growth can occur and then letting nature take its course.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“The key is to work with people who are passionate about storytelling and who have a similar sensibility of the type and nature of the stories that you want to tell.”

― Patrick Lussier

“We’re in the service business by nature, but when we can transition that into ownership things, we love it. Our clients love it, too. We get deluged with offers to get involved with this or that. Silver Lake helps us funnel those opportunities.”

― Patrick Whitesell

“A heroic nature is very Greek.”

― Patrick Wilson

“Polaroid by its nature makes you frugal. You walk around with maybe two packs of film in your pocket. You have 20 shots, so each shot is a world.”

― Patti Smith

“Usually when I go to a place for the first time, unless there’s something historical or spectacular that nature has to offer, the first thing I like to do is see what’s on the minds of the people.”

― Patti Smith

“A man can be drawn across the room with the simplicity of a smile. That’s why your pearly whites should always be straight and shiny. I think most of my clients are drawn to a fun, flirty nature in a woman. The problem is, most women do not often feel fun and flirty.”

― Patti Stanger

“Men like to provide for women and their families. It’s in their DNA. I’m obviously no scientist, but I bet if you could hear a Y-chromosome talk, it would say, ‘I want to provide and hunt.’ When the woman is the primary breadwinner, it’s going against nature. I’m not saying that it’s bad or wrong, I’m just saying that it can feel off.”

― Patti Stanger

“I had to find a diet that would kick me back into dating shape, because I know that I can’t date at size 8. I have to date at size 2. And it’s just a fact of nature. Go get your injections and your chemical peels. You gotta look good to attract a man.”

― Patti Stanger

“I joke around a lot about the manic times because they’re funny. We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.”

― Patty Duke

“I’m never very quiet; that’s not my nature.”

― Patty Judge

“I get around nature. I have a vegetable garden, and I enjoy being outside. I do work quite a bit around the house.”

― Patty Loveless

“If you’re in pop music, you’ve got to deal with the changing of the guard every few years. By the time the ’70s arrived, I was well aware of the cyclical nature of the game. Pop music is a creature of the moment; it thrives on the mood of its time. Either you hook into that or you’re not going to be part of it.”

― Paul Anka

“Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among species would breach customary breeding barriers and have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes has substantially disappeared as the science revealed that such exchanges occur in nature.”

― Paul Berg

“I want to convince you that humans are, to some extent, natural born essentialists. What I mean by this is we don’t just respond to things as we see them or feel them or hear them. Rather, our response is conditioned on our beliefs, about what they really are, what they came from, what they’re made of, what their hidden nature is.”

― Paul Bloom

“Natural selection shaped the human brain to be drawn toward aspects of nature that enhance our survival and reproduction, like verdant landscapes and docile creatures. There is no payoff to getting the warm fuzzies in the presence of rats, snakes, mosquitoes, cockroaches, herpes simplex and the rabies virus.”

― Paul Bloom

“One way to make a baby cry is to expose it to cries of other babies. There’s sort of contagiousness to the crying. It’s not just crying. We also know that if a baby sees another human in silent pain, it will distress the baby. It seems part of our very nature is to suffer at the suffering of others.”

― Paul Bloom

“Relying on the face might be human nature – even babies prefer to look at attractive people. But, of course, judging someone based on the geometry of his features is, from a moral and legal standpoint, no better than judging him based on the color of his skin.”

― Paul Bloom

“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.”

― Paul Cezanne

“Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.”

― Paul Cezanne

“We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.”

― Paul Cezanne

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.”

― Paul Cezanne

“I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.”

― Paul Cezanne

“The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.”

― Paul Cezanne

“Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.”

― Paul Cezanne

“For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.”

― Paul Cezanne

“It is the nature of government and of technology to establish control.”

― Paul Craig Roberts

“For me, science is already fantastical enough. Unlocking the secrets of nature with fundamental physics or cosmology or astrobiology leads you into a wonderland compared with which beliefs in things like alien abductions pale into insignificance.”

― Paul Davies

“My feeling is that scientific method has the power to account for and interlink all phenomena in the universe, including its origin, using the laws of nature. But that still leaves the laws unexplained.”

― Paul Davies

“Cosmologists have attempted to account for the day-to-day laws you find in textbooks in terms of fundamental ‘superlaws,’ but the superlaws themselves must still be accepted as brute facts. So maybe the ultimate laws of nature will always be off-limits to science.”

― Paul Davies

“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves.”

― Paul Davies

“Traditionally, scientists have treated the laws of physics as simply ‘given,’ elegant mathematical relationships that were somehow imprinted on the universe at its birth, and fixed thereafter. Inquiry into the origin and nature of the laws was not regarded as a proper part of science.”

― Paul Davies

“Although the elusive ‘cure’ may be a distant dream, understanding the true nature of cancer will enable it to be better controlled and less menacing.”

― Paul Davies

“General relativity is the cornerstone of cosmology and astrophysics. It has also provided the conceptual basis for string theory and other attempts to unify all the forces of nature in terms of geometrical structures.”

― Paul Davies

“The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature.”

― Paul de Man

“Only a minority of science fiction dystopias attempt to plumb the real existential roots of oppression, the flaws in humanity’s nature that undermine our best attempts at organizing ourselves into social units.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.”

― Paul Dirac

“Haiti is always talking about decentralization and nothing has been so obvious, perhaps a weakness, as the centralized nature of Haitian society as being revealed by the earthquake. I mean, they lost all these medical training programs because they didn’t have them anywhere else.”

― Paul Farmer

“Science explains what nature is doing; money often explains what we’re doing.”

― Paul Fleischman

“The American economy has always been driven by the entrepreneurial nature of its citizens, and blocking access to affordable health care will only suffocate growth within the small business sector of our economy.”

― Paul Gillmor

“Deep down, all directors feel like frauds – because it’s built into the nature of the job. You’re the jack of all trades and the master of none. The cameraman knows the camera, the sound man knows the sound equipment – and you? You can’t do anything: You can’t do the acting, you can’t dress the set, you don’t record the sound or shoot the images.”

― Paul Greengrass

“Natural capital is easy to overlook because it is the pond we swim in. One can live perfectly well without ever giving a thought to the sulfur cycle or wetland functions. Only when the benefits nature provides are disrupted do we take notice.”

― Paul Hawken

“Germany’s Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain’s David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and sound glum. And France’s leader, Francois Hollande, seems determined to drive every successful businessman out of the country.”

― Paul Johnson

“Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity. As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the existential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable.”

― Paul Kalanithi

“Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.”

― Paul Klee

“I remember being fascinated by the very nature of comedy from the age of 10; why is this funny, and that isn’t?”

― Paul Merton

“You can’t have the real thing on camera – that’s the nature of cinema. When you see people like Daniel Day-Lewis and Ralph Fiennes screaming and hyperventilating, you’re seeing the phoniest kind of bad acting. You may as well have a ‘men at work’ sign. It’s not acting if you can see it.”

― Paul Morrissey

“Nature’s far too subtle to repeat herself.”

― Paul Muni

“Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle responsible for the reproduction of cells was important and might even be illuminating about the nature of life.”

― Paul Nurse

“I’m not a guy who goes into the neighborhood, gets beat up by the bully’s gang, and then now I want to join their gang. That’s just not me. I wanna fight – let’s go! I mean, I’m gonna stand up for myself. That’s just the competitive nature of where I come from, the era I grew up in.”

― Paul Pierce

“As economies have evolved, the nature of work has always changed.”

― Paul Polman

“What must be the nature of the world… if human beings are able to introduce changes into it?”

― Paul Ricoeur

“Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.”

― Paul Ryan

“Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.”

― Paul Stamets

“The majority of modern medicines originate in nature. Although some mushrooms have been used in therapies for thousands of years, we are still discovering new potential medicines hidden within them.”

― Paul Stamets

“Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase.”

― Paul Stamets

“Today, reishi stands out as one the most valuable of all polypore mushrooms in nature for the benefit of our health. Many naturopaths and doctors prefer organically-grown reishi from pristine environments because they are more pure.”

― Paul Stamets

“I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature. After all, we shouldn’t be here, with all the odds against us in nature. It’s kind of unusual and wonderful!”

― Paul Taylor

“The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snowboarding, and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.”

― Paul Walker

“I experienced the California Northridge Earthquake of 1994 and the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, and I have thus seen firsthand how terrible and awesomely devastating a force of nature can be.”

― Paul Watson

“The United Nations World Charter for Nature, section 21, empowers any nongovernmental organisation or individual to uphold international conservation law in areas beyond national jurisdiction and specifically on the high seas.”

― Paul Watson

“It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one’s own view of the nature of one’s relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person.”

― Paul Watzlawick

“Above all, in comedy, and again and again since classical times, passages can be found in which the level of representation is interrupted by references to the spectators or to the fictive nature of the play.”

― Paul Watzlawick

“Entrepreneurs, by their nature, see not only problems but solutions and opportunities.”

― Paul Zane Pilzer

“I am interested in the ordinary sort of threat. I know that people are interested in things like serial killers and what have you, but actually, those aren’t the sort of crimes that really happen very much. The sort of crimes that happen tend to be more of a domestic nature and quite banal, but the psychology behind them is always fascinating.”

― Paula Hawkins

“It had never occurred to me to write a historical novel, but then I found Hadley in the pages of Hemingway’s ‘A Moveable Feast’ and wanted to know more about her – who she was, how she and Ernest met and fell in love, what it was like for her to be married to such a demanding and stormy force of nature.”

― Paula McLain

“I’m a boxer by nature, so, obviously, the jab is always key – but it is nice to know you’ve got a right hand behind it.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”

― Paulo Coelho

“Nature, philosophy and social issues are the three things that always occupy my mind. You do not have any power over others but can only change yourself.”

― Pawan Kalyan

“My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.”

― Peace Pilgrim

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

― Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night’s arms.”

― Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”

― Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“I am living for every day and trying to have less fear, less worry. But I have always worried about everything; it’s in my nature. It’s the thing that makes me suffer the most.”

― Penelope Cruz

“This is the nature of football – when you are loved by a team, you really feel it, but when you go through bad moments, you are treated differently.”

― Pepe Reina

“I don’t know if nature is a direct literary influence on my writing, but it is certainly important to me. I take great joy in writing about it. It is something I have taken with me from my childhood; the body exposed to the threat of the physical world and at the same time being at home in it.”

― Per Petterson

“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“’The Da Vinci Code’ and films of that nature are the ones that I really enjoy because you are learning and working out riddles as you go along.”

― Perdita Weeks

“The Sanctuary at Two Rivers offers a much needed escape or retreat from the fast paced, modern lifestyle we have all become accustomed to, with its exquisite beauty, serenity, and raw nature. Costa Rica was the perfect place for developing such an important project.”

― Perrey Reeves

“When you’re in nature, when you’re going to bed when the sun goes down and getting up when the sun rises, and you get into that rhythm, your body just really responds positively to it.”

― Perrey Reeves

“The historic nature of Israel’s struggle for self-determination, freedom, and prosperity underscores the gravity of their circumstances and fortifies my commitment to America’s responsibility as their ally.”

― Pete Hegseth

“Military deployments have never been something to enjoy, but the consequence of the actions, the shared nature of the sacrifices, and the nobility of the cause are invigorating. To be clear, I’m not talking about the killing and the death; rather, the sense of purpose that pervades every action, reaction, and outcome.”

― Pete Hegseth

“I think it’s important to look at the world as a bigger place than just the bubble that we live in. It’s so easy to get caught up in things of a trivial nature.”

― Pete Wentz

“Though suffering and trauma are not identical, the Buddha’s insight into the nature of suffering can provide a powerful mirror for examining the effects of trauma in your life. The Buddha’s basic teaching offers guidance for healing our trauma and recovering a sense of wholeness.”

― Peter A. Levine

“The Son of God took our nature, and in it took upon himself to teach us by both word and example even to the point of death, thus binding us to himself through love.”

― Peter Abelard

“Why should a novelist not also be a historian? To force unnatural divisions within the English language is to work against its capacious and accommodating nature. To expect a writer to produce only novels, or only histories, is equivalent to demanding from a composer that he or she write only string quartets or piano sonatas.”

― Peter Ackroyd

“The last thing left in nature is the beauty of women.”

― Peter Beard

“We’re adding a billion people every decade. We’re just spin doctors. Whatever we do is supposedly great, and yet it’s always at the expense of diversity and nature. We’re like elephants. The ecology of the elephant is more similar to human than any other.”

― Peter Beard

“Young boys must be taught to play football without leading with or lowering their heads. Young players must be drilled over and over and over with Heads Up Football skills until that skill set becomes muscle memory and second nature.”

― Peter Berg

“The diagnosis that poverty, lack of education, or lack of opportunities have much to do with terrorism requires a fundamentally optimistic view of human nature. This diagnosis leads to the prognosis that all we need to do to solve the terrorism problem is to create societies that are less poor, better educated and have more opportunities.”

― Peter Bergen

“This year, 1996, has been designated the ‘Year of the Vaccine,’ commemorating the 200th anniversary of Edward Jenner’s vaccination of James Phipps with cowpox virus and subsequent challenge with smallpox virus. Insight into the nature of viruses, and how viruses interact with mammalian cells, has evolved since the turn of the century.”

― Peter C. Doherty

“Many key concepts concerning the nature of immunity have originated from the very practical need to control virus infections.”

― Peter C. Doherty

“My house and my garden are built as part of nature, not over it.”

― Peter Coyote

“Meanwhile, the originator of a theory may have a very lonely time, especially if his colleagues find his views of nature unfamiliar, and difficult to appreciate.”

― Peter D. Mitchell

“Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such.”

― Peter Davison

“There will always be people treated badly, which I feel is basic human nature and difficult to eliminate.”

― Peter F. Hamilton

“I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words.”

― Peter Garrett

“It’s very difficult to understand, but I’m looking for a nonnarrative, multiscreen, present-tense cinema. Narrative is an artifact created by us. It does not exist at all in nature; it is a construct made by us, and I wonder whether we need the narrative anymore.”

― Peter Greenaway

“Social cohesion was built into language long before Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter – we’re tribal by nature. Tribes today aren’t the same as tribes thousand of years ago: It isn’t just religious tribes or ethnic tribes now: It’s sports fans, it’s communities, it’s geography.”

― Peter Guber

“I just love when the learning curve is steep. And I love being in nature, in the wild.”

― Peter Heller

“Revolutions are all based on the false idea that humans and their nature can be changed.”

― Peter Hitchens

“It’s human nature to keep doing something as long as it’s pleasurable and you can succeed at it – which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years.”

― Peter Lynch

“This is a day of little faith – of few convictions – a day when men seem to have no great causes and no great passions. So in frustration, in disappointment, they are inclined to say, ‘You can’t change human nature.’ It is true that we cannot change human nature. But God can.”

― Peter Marshall

“Human nature must be changed if we are ever to have an end to war or to correct the wrong situations that make our lives uneasy and our hearts sore. Now Christianity, the power of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God, is the only force that can change people for good.”

― Peter Marshall

“While the nature of warfare is changing and wars are moving into cities, they are also becoming longer and their consequences more impactful.”

― Peter Maurer

“By nature of the job, most actors are striking, remarkable, and alpha.”

― Peter Morgan

“We don’t think of them as acting, but we take on certain characteristics based on where we function, and those relationships draw out aspects of who we are as people. And that’s what acting is. Different parts draw out different parts of your nature.”

― Peter Riegert

“That’s what’s really bothering me about Trump is the hypocrisy, because when Trump was a candidate, and he got elected – because, by and large, he told the truth about the phony nature of the recovery.”

― Peter Schiff

“The further human society drifts away from nature, the less we understand interdependence.”

― Peter Senge

“The most universal challenge that we face is the transition from seeing our human institutions as machines to seeing them as embodiments of nature.”

― Peter Senge

“I don’t understand the notion that modern farming is anything do to with nature. It’s a pretty gross interference with nature.”

― Peter Singer

“I believe that evolution is a true account of nature, but I think we should try to escape it or transcend it in our society.”

― Peter Thiel

“Corruption is nature’s way of restoring our faith in democracy.”

― Peter Ustinov

“It is smarter to borrow from nature than to reinvent the wheels.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“I have expertise in five different fields which helps me to easily understand the analogy between my scientific problems and those occurring in nature.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“My focus is not on solving nature’s deeper mysteries. It is on using nature’s deeper mysteries to solve important societal problems.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.”

― Philip James Bailey

“Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.”

― Philip James Bailey

“Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.”

― Philip Pullman

“It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.”

― Philip Sidney

“Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“Despite their lack of visual impact, headline sex-appeal, and their ‘out of sight, out of mind’ nature, we should all care about aquatic dead zones because we are all connected to their causes and we all feel their impacts.”

― Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

“Truly, from a very early age, I started distancing myself from other kids, not out of willingness, but just out of the nature of my energy. I liked to do things solely, and I already had a taste of the quest for perfection, which is unusual in a little kid.”

― Philippe Petit

“Although I insist that God has always had the power to intervene directly in nature to create new forms, I am willing to be per-suaded that He chose not to do so and instead employed secondary natural causes like random mutation and natural selection.”

― Phillip E. Johnson

“According to the scientific naturalist version of cosmic history, nature is a permanently closed system of material effects that can never be influenced by something from outside – like God, for example.”

― Phillip E. Johnson

“The assumption that nature is all there is, and that nature has been governed by the same rules at all times and places, makes it possible for natural science to be confident that it can explain such things as how life began.”

― Phillip E. Johnson

“The children, each of those kids is in touch with nature and traditional aboriginal culture so a very important part of getting performances from them was just letting them be and trying to capture the unique spirituality that was in each of them.”

― Phillip Noyce

“That’s kind of just the nature of our business, is that you’re really putting a lot of energy and time and care into something that isn’t necessarily going to last forever.”

― Phillipa Soo

“The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.”

― Phillips Brooks

“I think it’s part of human nature, that we want to achieve. It’s definitely a kind of cosmopolitan nature, wanting to achieve in the fast lane.”

― Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“Things have a way of moving to the left, and then they move back to the right before somebody finds themselves in the center. That seems to be the nature of the creative world. It’s not stagnant. I don’t get upset about it.”

― Phylicia Rashad

“If you haven’t had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.”

― Phyllis Battelle

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“I think it’s in human nature to want to have more, to compete with the other and, at some level, to be dissatisfied if someone else has more than you.”

― Pico Iyer

“The Loro Piana man is a very active one: he works hard, and when he has time off, being close to nature is important to him.”

― Pier Luigi Loro Piana

“I’m first and foremost an Irishman, by birth, by nature, by soul, but an American citizen through and through as well.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“One always talks of surrendering to nature. There is also such a thing as surrendering to the picture.”

― Pierre Bonnard

“Art will never be able to exist without nature.”

― Pierre Bonnard

“God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.”

― Pierre Charron

“Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman’s quality.”

― Pierre Corneille

“Is it right to probe so deeply into Nature’s secrets? The question must here be raised whether it will benefit mankind, or whether the knowledge will be harmful.”

― Pierre Curie

“The world has always been uncertain. This is the nature of the world.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“We decided to significantly change the nature of the services we are providing to our clients by creating, really, a digital-first company, and digital first in two main directions: first, being the leader in providing digital services to our clients and second, making Accenture the most digitalized organization.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“Sound is the vocabulary of nature.”

― Pierre Schaeffer

“The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there.”

― Pierre Schaeffer

“A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an expectation and awareness of a Great Presence.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“To our critical eyes, the threads of which the past is woven are, by nature, endless and indivisible. Scientifically speaking, we cannot grasp the absolute beginning of anything: everything extends backwards to be prolonged by something else.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Regarded zoologically, man is today an almost isolated figure in nature. In his cradle, he was less isolated.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“It is a curious thing: man, the centre and creator of all science, is the only object which our science has not yet succeeded in including in a homogeneous representation of the universe. We know the history of his bones, but no ordered place has yet been found in nature for his reflective intelligence.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“To discover and know has always been a deep tendency of our nature. Can we not recognize it already in caveman?”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Whoever says he is starting from a given in nature may be right, and so is he who says he is starting from nothing!”

― Piet Mondrian

“The natural does not have to be a specific representation. I am now working on a thing which is a reconstruction of a starry sky, yet I make it, nevertheless, without a given in nature.”

― Piet Mondrian

“Nature gives us all, including Prof. Lorentz, surprises. It was very quickly found that there are many exceptions to the rule of splitting of the lines only into triplets.”

― Pieter Zeeman

“It’s always difficult when you’re working with Mother Nature, because you need to adapt to that.”

― Pilou Asbaek

“The willow is my favorite tree. I grew up near one. It’s the most flexible tree in nature and nothing can break it – no wind, no elements, it can bend and withstand anything.”

― Pink

“I don’t think I’d get caught up in the crazy side of the music industry because it’s just not in my nature.”

― Pixie Lott

“PM Modi has provided visionary leadership with his focus on the welfare of the poor and inclusive nature taking along his whole team, including states, parties, all schools of thought, all sections of society.”

― Piyush Goyal

“To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.”

― Plato

“All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.”

― Plato

“He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.”

― Plato

“Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.”

― Plato

“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.”

― Plato

“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.”

― Plautus

“What is there more unruly than the sea, with its winds, its tornadoes, and its tempests? And yet in what department of her works has Nature been more seconded by the ingenuity of man than in this, by his inventions of sails and of oars?”

― Pliny the Elder

“Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.”

― Pliny the Elder

“Our forefathers regarded as a prodigy the passage of the Alps: first by Hannibal and, more recently, by the Cimbri; but at the present day, these very mountains are cut asunder to yield us a thousand different marbles; promontories are thrown open to the sea; and the face of Nature is being everywhere reduced to a level.”

― Pliny the Elder

“Of all wonders, this is among the greatest, that some fresh waters close by the sea spring forth as out of pipes: for the nature of the waters also ceaseth not from miraculous properties.”

― Pliny the Elder

“Man has learned how to challenge both Nature and art to become the incitements to vice! His very cups he has delighted to engrave with libidinous subjects, and he takes pleasure in drinking from vessels of obscene form!”

― Pliny the Elder

“The difference between the swimming marathon and the pool events is mainly down to the weather. Nature always gives us external factors to deal with.”

― Poliana Okimoto

“With marathon swimming, I think you have to use your head more than you do in pool events, which are more automatic. You can just go out and replicate your training pace in competition. With the marathon, though, you have to contend with nature, physical contact, and time.”

― Poliana Okimoto

“Taking a backseat role is not in my nature.”

― Pollyanna Chu

“The increase of scientific knowledge lies not only in the occasional milestones of science, but in the efforts of the very large body of men who with love and devotion observe and study nature.”

― Polykarp Kusch

“It is essential that God created men and women to be one, as it is said in the first chapters of the Bible. So I think even if our culture is against marriage as essential form of relations between human beings, between women and men. I think our nature is always present, and we can understand it if we will understand it.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate the subject matters.”

― Pope Paul VI

“Homosexuality is against nature. Sexual expression is permitted only within marriage, between man and woman, male and female. Anything else is an abnormality and is against nature.”

― Pope Shenouda III

“By the very nature of his art, which depends on invention and innovation, a story teller must depart from the beaten track and, having done so, occasionally startle and disagree with some of his associates. Healthy disagreement we must have.”

― Preston Sturges

“Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.”

― Primo Levi

“The mistake is to think that clever technology can solve everything, but it can’t solve our relationship with nature, which is where I think it’s gone wrong in that we have somehow abandoned our proper connection with nature.”

― Prince Charles

“The whole of nature cries out at our mistreatment of her. If the planet were a patient, we would have treated her long ago.”

― Prince Charles

“My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate the countryside; we appreciate nature and everything about it.”

― Prince Harry

“You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand.”

― Princess Anne

“Mental discipline and tenacity in the face of obstacles are traits that have greatly helped me in both my personal and professional journey thus far. I am also very optimistic by nature and tend to focus on the positive and remain hopeful when faced with adversity.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“It is my idea that the public needs to be better educated about the nature of scientific inquiry and how the scientific process works. I firmly believe that this is the only effective way forward to combat the widespread distrust in facts and science.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“Scientific knowledge is, by its nature, provisional. This is due to the fact that as time goes on, with the invention of better instruments, more data and better data hone our understanding further. Social, cultural, economic, and political context are relevant to our understanding of how science works.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“It is in my nature to give the work I have all the discipline and due diligence that I am capable of.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“Dealing with those personalities and the people who run this music thing has been most challenging. It’s hard to really communicate things to people who run a business yet forget the nature of the business. They only look at the bottom line and the financial return, you know, they forget what it is they’re packaging. It’s art.”

― Q-Tip

“By its very nature, hard-line ideology is self-serving and self-perpetuating; its primary goal is to survive – and that precludes everything.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“I don’t think people by nature are extremists. You will never find a population of extremists. Extremists have existed throughout the centuries on all religions. And what happens is, extremists start to have more leverage when the situation is bad.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine.”

― Quentin Blake

“I think the attraction of ‘American Idol’ is about the basic human nature attitude that is, ‘We can put you up there. But we can take you down.’”

― Quincy Jones

“God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.”

― Quintilian

“Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.”

― Quintilian

“The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.”

― Quintilian

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

― R. Buckminster Fuller

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.”

― R. Buckminster Fuller

“No matter how much you’ve done before, you wonder if there will be a light at the end of this particular tunnel. It’s the nature of the beast, and it’s a part of what compels us. Every movie is a new lesson you learn making your way through it.”

― R. J. Cutler

“I am a family person and also very emotional by nature.”

― Raashi Khanna

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“The earth is such a voluminous, sparse, wild place that has its own rhythm that human beings try to control and strategize our way around, but the truth is, if you’re out someplace like the ocean on a capsized boat, it doesn’t matter if you have academic degrees, or if you’re a martial-arts ninja. Nature is a bigger force than you.”

― Rachael Taylor

“I’m an actor that likes to go to work. I like going to work every day. I’m a worker by nature. I’m not someone who does one film a year and feels satisfied by that.”

― Rachael Taylor

“It seems to me that ‘women’s writing’ by nature would not seek equivalence in the male world. It would be a writing that sought to express a distinction, not deny it.”

― Rachel Cusk

“So much of ‘Mudbound’ is about man’s relationship to the land and to the elements. It’s about the desire for control and how powerless we are against nature. We always knew we would shoot widescreen as a means to isolate a body in the frame and to highlight our own insignificance.”

― Rachel Morrison

“Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.”

― Radhanath Swami

“The true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. It is woven into the Psalms of the Bible, the ballads of the Beatles and practically every Bollywood film ever made. What is that treasure? Love. Love is the nature of the Divine.”

― Radhanath Swami

“I am not very ambitious by nature, and movies happened to me by chance.”

― Radhika Apte

“I’m a pacifist by nature.”

― Rafael Correa

“Deep in the human nature, there is an almost irresistible tendency to concentrate physical and mental energy on attempts at solving problems that seem to be unsolvable. Indeed, for some kinds of active people, only the seemingly unsolvable problems can arouse their interest.”

― Ragnar Frisch

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

“I feel some people are cynical by nature. You show them anything, they only see the problems and negatives.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“I have a lot of love for nature, trees, animals and greenery, and I feel that if I did not exist, there’d be no greenery on the face of the earth.”

― Rakul Preet Singh

“If we had this back, and in full measure; if society were infused by it, through and through, and men lived its life, and in its life, philosophy would take care of itself and the nature of our institutions would not matter.”

― Ralph Adams Cram

“Manufacturing takes place in very large facilities. If you want to build a computer chip, you need a giant semiconductor fabrication facility. But nature can grow complex molecular machines using nothing more than a plant.”

― Ralph Merkle

“You see, nature will do exactly what it must, and if we are a hindrance to its development, to even its destructive powers to reform itself and we are in a way, we will go.”

― Ralph Steadman

“I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side.”

― Ralph Steadman

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the ‘Not Me,’ that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, ‘Nature.’”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature hates calculators.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Our society has a mentality that elderly people pass on their wealth to their son or immediate relatives, and I think we all do it. It’s a part of nature and is an exaggerated topic.”

― Ram Gopal Varma

“The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature. Every man is divine and strong in his real nature. What are weak and evil are his habits, his desires and thoughts, but not himself.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“Experiences such as, ‘I went; I came; I was; I did,’ come naturally to everyone. From these experiences, does it not appear that the consciousness ‘I’ is the subject of those various acts? Enquiry into the true nature of that consciousness, and remaining as oneself, is the way to understand, through enquiry, one’s true nature.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“The mind itself is of the form of all, i.e., of soul, God and world; when it becomes of the form of the Self through knowledge, there is release, which is of the nature of Brahman: this is the teaching.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control because the mind, like breath, is a part of air; because the nature of mobility is common to both; because the place of origin is the same for both; and because when one of them is controlled, the other gets controlled.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“As instruments for knowing the objects, the sense organs are outside, and so they are called outer senses; and the mind is called the inner sense because it is inside. But the distinction between inner and outer is only with reference to the body; in truth, there is neither inner nor outer. The mind’s nature is to remain pure like ether.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“I do a lot of speaking about energy and environment. But that’s more a second job than a hobby. Hobby-wise, I love the outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving. Because I spend almost all of my life in front of a screen, time in nature is especially important, I think.”

― Ramez Naam

“Everything in nature is not just a straight up. It’s an S-curve. It arises for a while until it hits some physical limitation, and then it plateaus again.”

― Ramez Naam

“Own the leadership style that makes you you. If you are an empathetic leader by nature, embrace that.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“I believe that in the historic and religious nature, marriage is between a man and a woman.”

― Rand Paul

“General Hayden knows full well the powerful and invasive nature of metadata.”

― Rand Paul

“None of us can claim to be fair and square in love – and I’m definitely not a hypocrite! Humans are built to evolve with time. It depends on the nature of the relationship you share with a person. It is there today, tomorrow it may be gone; c’est la vie.”

― Randeep Hooda

“I started wrestling at ten. I played a lot of other sports: soccer, football. I really enjoyed skiing. But wrestling just took off for me. It seemed to be the sport I had an affinity for; I liked the individual, combative nature. There’s something special about that. It took me all the places I wanted to go.”

― Randy Couture

“I am a little older and understand the nature of the business – the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That’s the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted.”

― Randy Moss

“I just loved Jake The Snake because of that character and how he cut a promo. That dark nature of his character was amazing.”

― Randy Orton

“I’ve learned the importance of loving what you do. I have also learned more patience due to the nature of the music business.”

― Randy Travis

“Love is a great emotion, but I believe it’s not just about romance; it could be love for nature, people, for relationships.”

― Rani Mukerji

“When I feel a little confused, the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart.”

― Raoul Dufy

“Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.”

― Raoul Vaneigem

“My family was very conservative, and I had a traditional upbringing. I was not brought up to be a sex symbol, nor is it in my nature to be one. The fact that I became one is probably the loveliest, most glamorous and fortunate misunderstanding.”

― Raquel Welch

“I’m shy by nature and don’t like talking about myself, and would let my films do the talking.”

― Ravi Teja

“As a human being, it’s in your nature, when somebody says something about you negatively, to defend yourself and lash back. That’s what we all have to learn not to do. You have to forgive a person. And when you forgive a person, you have to forgive yourself.”

― Ray Allen

“Every song has a composer, every book has an author, every car has a maker, every painting has a painter, and every building has a builder. So it isn’t irrational to take this simple logic a little further and say that nature must have had a Maker. It would be irrational to believe that it made itself.”

― Ray Comfort

“Nature is a machine. The family is a machine. The life cycle is like a machine.”

― Ray Dalio

“So how does the machine work that you have a financial crisis? How does deleveraging work – what is the nature of that machine? And what is human nature, and how do you raise a community of people to run a business?”

― Ray Dalio

“What drew me to Cyborg was the tragic nature of his origins and how grounded he is in a reality that I recognise. As an actor, it really gave me a lot to chew on.”

― Ray Fisher

“By the time we get to the 2040s, we’ll be able to multiply human intelligence a billionfold. That will be a profound change that’s singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier, make us smarter.”

― Ray Kurzweil

“People think that because of my nature and the tone of my voice that I’m stupid, and that’s hard.”

― Rebecca Ferguson

“Some people won’t like me; that’s just human nature. I battled with that for years, trying to please people, but now I haven’t got time to win people over! I’ve got nappies to change!”

― Rebecca Ferguson

“The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.”

― Rebecca Harding Davis

“Democratic institutions are based on a reality of human nature: that those with power, however benign or even noble their intentions, will do what they can to keep it.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“Most people who use the Internet seem take its nature and characteristics for granted, like we take air and water for granted.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“I was an anorexic, beer drinking, class cutting, doodling, shoplifting, skater chick that was into nature, art class, and the beach.”

― Rebecca Miller

“Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“Though Hillary Rodham married Bill Clinton 11 years after Camille Hanks married Bill Cosby, and after having earned her own law degree, the terms of her marriage were also shaped in their own way by a presumption of a husband’s centrality and a wife’s subsidiary nature.”

― Rebecca Traister

“Any affair, by its very nature, is quite dysfunctional.”

― Rebekah Brooks

“Nature is extremely important to me. Which may be just about the only trouble I’ll have in New York. I’ll miss the trees!”

― Reggie Jackson

“I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I’ve seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don’t know any more if this is the awesomest way to live.”

― Regina Spektor

“You must come to Jesus if you want to go to Heaven. He will change your nature; He will change all evil habits.”

― Reinhard Bonnke

“If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.”

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.”

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“While we spend our life asking questions about the nature of cancer and ways to prevent or cure it, society merrily produces oncogenic substances and permeates the environment with them.”

― Renato Dulbecco

“Religion is never going to go away, and anyone who thinks it will doesn’t understand what religion is. It is a language to describe the experience of human nature, so for as long as people struggle to describe what it means to be alive, it will be a ready-made language to express those feelings.”

― Reza Aslan

“Remember the Y2K bug? Ahhh, those were the days… I’ll never forget that New Year’s Eve. My wife and I were in Golden Bay dancing with her parents to Abba songs when suddenly, the rain began to fall. I took it as a sign from Mother Nature that everything was gonna be okay. Sure enough, the clock struck 12, and life went on as normal.”

― Rhys Darby

“We may look back in horror that we allowed our children to be born of the random processes that nature provides.”

― Riccardo Sabatini

“The raw emotion and physical nature of the NFL definitely push a lot of peoples’ buttons. It’s played once a week, so every game is important.”

― Rich Eisen

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”

― Richard Bach

“Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.”

― Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“It’s human nature to make the complex manageable and determine things that fit your conclusions. That’s bias.”

― Richard Burr

“I think we simply all like to project ourselves into somebody else – somebody who is better-looking, richer, smarter. It’s comforting. It’s escapism, and that, of course, is what the movies are supposed to be all about. Ultimately, I think it’s just part of human nature to pretend.”

― Richard D. Zanuck

“Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Nothing. We’re all friends and friendly. So when the cameras go down, depending on the mood or the nature of the material we’re dealing with, there’s usually a kind of a prevailing light attitude that’s floating around.”

― Richard Dean Anderson

“War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.”

― Richard Engel

“I wanted to understand the secrets behind my chemical experiments and behind the processes in nature.”

― Richard Ernst

“It used to be that artists thought of nature as their environment. Now media is our environment. It has been for the past 50, 70 years. It’s what you see on TV, on the computer, what is in the magazines and newspapers.”

― Richard Hell

“The battle over genetically modified crops is rife with business interests and political opportunism. When GMOs were first produced in laboratories around the world, they were rightly heralded as a tremendous leap forward in our ability to supplement nature by providing high-nutrient foods.”

― Richard J. Roberts

“This sunlight linked me through the ages to that past consciousness.”

― Richard Jefferies

“The lover of nature has the highest art in his soul.”

― Richard Jefferies

“My true nature, I believe, is writing.”

― Richard LaGravenese

“God is not an American. Nature did not design Americans to be prosperous forever.”

― Richard Lamm

“There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“Though actually the work of man’s hands – or, more properly speaking, the work of his travelling feet, – roads have long since come to seem so much a part of Nature that we have grown to think of them as a feature of the landscape no less natural than rocks and trees.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“Nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever approaching, forever vanishing; but in her vanishings there seems to be ever the waving of a hand, in all her partings a promise of meetings farther along the road.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“Perhaps we too seldom reflect how much the life of Nature is one with the life of man, how unimportant or indeed merely seeming, the difference between them.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“We have, of course, long since ceased to think of Nature as the sympathetic mirror of our moods, or to imagine that she has any concern with the temporal affairs of man.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“The pop culture tends to go to the lowest denominator, so cinema is in a weird place, due to its mass nature. It’s diluted down to very little: simple stories and simple politics.”

― Richard Linklater

“I don’t see the arts as competitive at all. It was a better angel of my nature. Sports is zero-sum: winner, loser, demonstrable.”

― Richard Linklater

“Anything that confirms for me the transitory nature of reality isn’t bad. It’s a good lesson in human hubris.”

― Richard Linklater

“We tend to block off many of our senses when we’re staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses.”

― Richard Louv

“Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout and sort of depression that we feel when we sit in front of a computer all day.”

― Richard Louv

“By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.”

― Richard Louv

“There’s a generation now that didn’t grow up in nature. Some of these adults are parents and they know that nature is good for their kids but they don’t know where to start.”

― Richard Louv

“When you’re sitting in front of a screen, you’re not using all of your senses at the same time. Nowhere than in nature do kids use their senses in such a stimulated way.”

― Richard Louv

“No other youth group like the Scouts has trained so many future leaders while at the same time being a nature organization with its outdoor focus.”

― Richard Louv

“Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.”

― Richard Louv

“It’s easy to blame the nature-deficit disorder on the kids’ or the parents’ back, but they also need the help of urban planners, schools, libraries and other community agents to find nature that’s accessible.”

― Richard Louv

“A lot of people think they need to give up nature to become adults but that’s not true. However, you have to be careful how you describe and define ‘nature.’”

― Richard Louv

“Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.”

― Richard Louv

“We are telling our kids that nature is in the past and it probably doesn’t count anymore, the future is in electronics, the boogeyman is in the woods, and playing outdoors is probably illicit and possibly illegal.”

― Richard Louv

“Saying ‘I’m wrong’ is meaningless unless it comes from our heart, not just our lips. That often requires a genuine and profound change within ourselves, because we need to realize it’s simply human nature and that everyone makes mistakes.”

― Richard M. DeVos

“In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.”

― Richard M. Nixon

“To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.”

― Richard Matheson

“It is the nature of the business that you work unsociable, unpredictable hours and can get called away at a moment’s notice to somewhere on the other side of the world. This can put a strain on home and personal life.”

― Richard McCabe

“Every step in the progress of this study has tended to obliterate the technical barriers by which logicians have sought to separate the inquiries relating to the several parts of man’s nature.”

― Richard Owen

“The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations.”

― Richard Owen

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“See that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Trying to understand the way nature works involves a most terrible test of human reasoning ability. It involves subtle trickery, beautiful tightropes of logic on which one has to walk in order not to make a mistake in predicting what will happen. The quantum mechanical and the relativity ideas are examples of this.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“I was terrible in English. I couldn’t stand the subject. It seemed to me ridiculous to worry about whether you spelled something wrong or not, because English spelling is just a human convention – it has nothing to do with anything real, anything from nature.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Each piece, or part, of the whole of nature is always merely an approximation to the complete truth, or the complete truth so far as we know it. In fact, everything we know is only some kind of approximation because we know that we do not know all the laws as yet.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“There is always another way to say the same thing that doesn’t look at all like the way you said it before. I don’t know what the reason for this is. I think it is somehow a representation of the simplicity of nature.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“The extreme weakness of quantum gravitational effects now poses some philosophical problems; maybe nature is trying to tell us something new here: maybe we should not try to quantize gravity.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Watergate was a third-rate burglary. It was purely domestic in nature.”

― Richard Painter

“I strive to express the spiritual nature of the universe.”

― Richard Pousette-Dart

“There may be a little bit of finger-pointing – there always is in a situation like this – but I think of Ebola as an act of nature. It’s the biological equivalent of a tsunami, and yes, we are having trouble handling it.”

― Richard Preston

“As life forms, viruses are just inherently interesting. It’s the microworld – this universe of life too small for us to see – but it’s profoundly complicated, and immensely powerful. Ebola is like a beautiful and frightening predator. There is a wonder in the operations of nature that can’t be denied, even when we’re the losers.”

― Richard Preston

“I think we sometimes give ourselves a little too much credit as humans, as being able to control and understand nature, when in fact we do neither.”

― Richard Preston

“Whatever happens to the great systems of nature will also be what happens to us.”

― Richard Preston

“Scientific facts are often described in textbooks as if they just sort of exist, like nickels someone picked up on the street. But science at the cutting edge, conducted by sharp minds probing deep into nature, is not about self-evident facts. It is about mystery and not knowing. It is about taking huge risks.”

― Richard Preston

“I’m all in favor of looking deeply into as much as we possibly can. I’m not afraid of knowledge… With all new technology, weapons inevitably emerge… Evil comes out of the human heart. It doesn’t come out of nature.”

― Richard Preston

“Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.”

― Richard Rohr

“I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.”

― Richard Russo

“I think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody’s fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about.”

― Richard Russo

“The buckyball, with sixty carbon atoms, is the most symmetrical form the carbon atom can take. Carbon in its nature has a genius for assembling into buckyballs. The perfect nanotube, that is, the nanotube that the carbon atom naturally wants to make and makes most often, is exactly large enough that one buckyball can roll right down the center.”

― Richard Smalley

“Nature – how, we don’t know – has technology that works in every living cell and that depends on every atom being precisely in the right spot. Enzymes are precise down to the last atom. They’re molecules. You put the last atom in, and it’s done. Nature does things with molecular perfection.”

― Richard Smalley

“In essence, Chrome OS is the GNU/Linux operating system. However, it is delivered without the usual applications, and rigged up to impede and discourage installing applications. I’d say the problem is in the nature of the job ChromeOS is designed to do.”

― Richard Stallman

“People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.”

― Richard Thompson

“Everything lives and lasts by the inner necessity of its being, by its own nature’s need.”

― Richard Wagner

“Gary Cooper was a good friend. He was a great nature lover. He was like an American Indian, he knew every leaf that was turned over. It was an education to go for a walk with him.”

― Richard Widmark

“I’ve always been a guy who’s pretty supportive, its just my nature, so I came in to the situation with the attitude that I wanted to support Johnny and make it work.”

― Rick Derringer

“I’ve summarized dozens of books in my literary career; it’s become rather second nature.”

― Rick Perlstein

“I really loved crunk. I loved the extreme nature of it, how repetitious it was, and how these basic, angry chants would just be repeated over and over again.”

― Rick Rubin

“Leonardo Fibonacci, the great 13th century Italian mathematician (1175-1250) created the ‘Fibonacci sequence’ to explain behavior in nature mathematically. History has it that the first question he posed was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.”

― Rick Santelli

“Marriage is an institution that existed before governments existed. It’s something that reflects nature and reflects God and God’s will for us. And both from the standpoint of faith and reason it makes all the sense in the world. And it’s beneficial for society.”

― Rick Santorum

“I guess it’s human nature, as every group breaks into factions, yet at a time when we are trying to be taken seriously, it can confuse people – especially when it moves from being about where you want to go and what you want to do to why the others are idiots.”

― Rick Tumlinson

“I need to tell the world what I’m about, my nature, because not doing so would be teaching my children how to lie. I didn’t want it to be.”

― Ricky Martin

“The fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors. The sun is out, you get warmth on your skin but there’s the coolness of the breeze. It’s really comfortable.”

― Ricky Skaggs

“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It’s not in my nature.”

― Ricky Williams

“I have a healthy competitive nature.”

― Ridley Scott

“It seems like Weezer has gotten better and better at getting attention for everything besides our music. Part of that is just the nature of our culture now – you really have to scream to get some attention, so people even know you have a record out that they might want to listen to.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“I know I’m not going to book everything I go in on, and that’s just the nature of the business. You have to keep hustling and not get down on it. You have to keep at it and find your way in. Everybody’s story is different.”

― Rob Brown

“As time goes on you’re getting more knowledge of your playbook and football, and you just pick it up a lot easier. Lining up everywhere is just second nature to me now.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I had met my now wife, Sheryl, and was attempting my first try at monogamy, which was not really in my nature at the time, and I wasn’t able to do it.”

― Rob Lowe

“The nuances and organic characteristics of a character become second nature if I’m doing my job well.”

― Rob Paulsen

“There is a history of gay people pretending to be straight. I want to balance the sides. I’m a straight person pretending to be gay. I’ve had a lot of people to imitate. It’s easy when you’re British; we’re camp by nature, anyway.”

― Robbie Williams

“I’m a big believer in human nature.”

― Robert Agostinelli

“The questions worth asking, in other words, come not from other people but from nature, and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned out by the noise of everyday life.”

― Robert B. Laughlin

“Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“The study of Nature brings into a harmonious whole the questions of the Infinite, the Historic, and the Microscopic as part of the Great Creator’s work.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.”

― Robert Blair

“The grave, dread thing! Men shiver when thou’rt named: Nature appalled, Shakes off her wonted firmness.”

― Robert Blair

“Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man’s nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.”

― Robert Bork

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.”

― Robert Browning

“What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; love’s the cloudless summer sun, nature gay adorning.”

― Robert Burton

“Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’”

― Robert Byrne

“My fiction is almost always inspired by a character’s need or desire to rise above him- or herself. No one is perfect and some of us have much adversity in our lives; it is those people who struggle to rise above their nature or background that I find the most interesting and heroic.”

― Robert Crais

“The nature of the shuttle was, we couldn’t put a crew escape system in it.”

― Robert Crippen

“I would call myself a Gnostic. Which means, I’m interested in pursuing and understanding the spiritual nature of things. A Gnostic is somebody seeking knowledge of that aspect of reality.”

― Robert Crumb

“There are certainly more people in the business world who would score high in the psychopathic dimension than in the general population. You’ll find them in any organization where, by the nature of one’s position, you have power and control over other people and the opportunity to get something.”

― Robert D. Hare

“Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Nature engenders the science of painting.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Painting is by nature a luminous language.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.”

― Robert Delaunay

“Nature generally struggles against this treatment for a while, until her powers seem in a great measure exhausted, when she quietly yields to the power of the art.”

― Robert Fortune

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

― Robert Frost

“I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.”

― Robert Fulghum

“Quetzalcoatl is a primal idea of the duality of human nature. The serpent is the embodiment of Heaven and Earth. It scares people in many ways.”

― Robert Graham

“The nature of the lost-wax process is that there is no original in the popular sense.”

― Robert Graham

“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“I concluded that all religions had the same foundation – a belief in the supernatural – a power above nature that man could influence by worship – by sacrifice and prayer.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Nature is filled with tendencies and obstructions. Extremes beget limitations, even as a river by its own swiftness creates obstructions for itself.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Suspicion is only another form of cowardice. The man who suspects constantly suspects because he is afraid. Whenever you find a man with a free, frank, generous, brave nature, you will find that man without suspicion.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“When men are prosperous, they are in love with life. Nature grows beautiful, the arts begin to flourish, there is work for painter and sculptor, the poet is born, the stage is erected – and this life with which men are in love is represented in a thousand forms.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Good nature is the cheapest commodity in the world, and love is the only thing that will pay ten percent, to borrower and lender both.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Man never had an idea – man will never have an idea, except those supplied to him by his surroundings. Every idea in the world that man has came to him by nature.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“So far as I am concerned, I think more of reasons than of reputations, more of principles than of persons, more of nature than of names, more of facts than of faiths.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“You can’t ever win the war on crime, or the war on terror. You can’t repeal human nature.”

― Robert Harris

“It is human nature, especially as we get older, to look for stability in our lives. But if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to fight against that somewhat, as starting a business requires movement. You cannot stay still.”

― Robert Herjavec

“There’s no palette as rich as a garden. And the intensity of it – I make this statement all the time: You can’t plan nature; you court her.”

― Robert Irwin

“The thing about a plant is, let’s say it will have 50 or 100 little points of bright red. If you look at the thing as it goes down, it becomes green in a way… It is way more spectacular than pointillist paintings where these things are played with, but never to the level of what happens in nature.”

― Robert Irwin

“An agnostic is someone who believes the nature of the Divine is unknowable… and in that sense, I’m willing to subscribe to being an agnostic.”

― Robert J. Sawyer

“If you like ‘The Nature of Things,’ or if you like ‘Quirks and Quarks’ you’ll certainly like Lee Smolin’s writing, and ‘Time Reborn’ is his latest nonfiction book, and it’s an absolutely compelling read. It’s worth the time.”

― Robert J. Sawyer

“It’s human nature to blame someone else for your shortcomings or upsets.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“The laws of nature are structured so that we grow and change, and get to experience the full spectrum of biological existence.”

― Robert Lanza

“We have failed to protect science against speculative extensions of nature, continuing to assign physical and mathematical properties to hypothetical entities beyond what is observable in nature.”

― Robert Lanza

“I think the answer of course is that space and time are not these hard external objects. Again we’re, scientists have been building from one side of nature (physics) without considering the other side (life in consciousness). Neither side exists without the other. They cannot be divorced from one another or else there is no reality.”

― Robert Lanza

“As children we were bombarded by competing answers. Church says one thing, school another. Now as adults it’s no surprise that if we discuss the nature of it all, we generally spout some combination of the two, depending on our individual inclination and mood.”

― Robert Lanza

“Our linear concept of time means nothing to nature.”

― Robert Lanza

“The farther we peer into space, the more we realize that the nature of the universe cannot be understood fully by inspecting spiral galaxies or watching distant supernovas. It lies deeper. It involves our very selves.”

― Robert Lanza

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Part of me is drawn to the nature of sadness because I think life is sad, and sadness is not something that should be avoided or denied. It’s a fact of life, like contradictions are.”

― Robert Redford

“Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played – skiing, baseball, fishing – there is no greater example than golf, because you’re playing against yourself and nature.”

― Robert Redford

“Usually I like to improvise. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the piece, I like to improvise because I think it brings certain freshness and a reality to it, as long as it doesn’t go too far out of the box.”

― Robert Redford

“You can’t completely control the sport – Tiger Woods comes close. The test is against yourself and nature’s own way. I find golf a particularly good metaphor for this story.”

― Robert Redford

“I had a mild case of polio – not enough to put me in an iron lung, but enough to keep me bedridden for weeks. As I came out of it, my mom wanted to do something for me. She realized that, growing up in the city, I’d missed out on a lot of nature.”

― Robert Redford

“Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God’s eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation.”

― Robert Schumann

“It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department.”

― Robert Shea

“Nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development.”

― Robert Smithson

“Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.”

― Robert Smithson

“Nature is never finished.”

― Robert Smithson

“Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man’s nature.”

― Robert South

“With these vast advantages, ordinary and extraordinary, one would have supposed the North would have been content, and would have at least respected the security and tranquility of such obedient and profitable brethren; but such is not human nature.”

― Robert Toombs

“From this bestial view that the human mind consists of only sense certainty, pleasure and pain, Locke developed an equally bestial theory of the nation. Man originally existed in a State of Nature of complete liberty.”

― Robert Trout

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.”

― Robert Wilson Lynd

“I think that in my plays you can come in for 20 minutes and get something out of it. I’d like to do a play that would run for days. I don’t think time is that important. Nature doesn’t hurry the sky, the changing clouds and sunsets.”

― Robert Wilson

“I think it’s just my nature. I can’t work on one thing. I have to work on many things.”

― Robert Wilson

“I don’t think you can impose limits on science because the very nature of homo sapiens is that he – she – is an inquisitive species. You can’t control science. You have to control the effects of science.”

― Robert Winston

“I’m not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.”

― Robert Wyatt

“Global warming would increase the rate of evaporation from the oceans. This would increase rainfall worldwide. In addition, global warming would lengthen the growing season, thereby increasing still further the bounty of both agriculture and nature.”

― Robert Zubrin

“By enriching the carbon-dioxide content of the atmosphere from its impoverished pre-industrial levels, human beings have increased the productivity of the entire biosphere – so much so that roughly one out of every seven living things on the planet owes its existence to the marvelous improvement in nature that humans have effected.”

― Robert Zubrin

“Fellini belongs to nature.”

― Roberto Benigni

“Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.”

― Roberto Cavalli

“In school, you learn that there are only seven kinds of stories. There’s man versus nature, man versus man, man versus himself, blah blah blah. So it doesn’t matter what they’re called. It’s this: do you have a new story that fits into one of those things.”

― Roberto Orci

“I think it’s really important to use your hands and get close to materials. To be up close to real things like rain and mud; to have contact with nature.”

― Robin Day

“When I need to complete a project of primary importance, I’m around nature a lot.”

― Robin S. Sharma

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”

― Robin Williams

“It’s just never been in my nature to go out there and go on a red carpet to say, ‘Oh, publicize me!’”

― Robin Wright

“Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.”

― Robinson Jeffers

“Talking up a storm about food is so easy for me, it’s second nature.”

― Rocco DiSpirito

“Hollywood is enamored of the 20- to 30-year-old actress, but by the very nature of the life experience of the character, the roles cannot be that rich. You can only have Angelina Jolie in a mental hospital so many times.”

― Rod Lurie

“I’m shrewd about money; I invest well and look after it. But it’s in my nature to be generous. I look after people.”

― Rod Stewart

“I always say, ‘Let your experiment speak to you.’ What I mean by that is I – actually, we, or, at least, I’m not smart enough, actually, to guess how nature is working, but by looking and doing the right experiments and paying close attention to the subtleties of it, you start to catch on.”

― Roderick MacKinnon

“If people are shooting at you, it’s human nature to be afraid. I was afraid. I’ll be quite blunt about that.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“If you’ve got a big star like O’Reilly, it does overshadow what the hard-news guys do during the day. That’s the nature of television.”

― Roger Ailes

“The nature of our two main political parties has changed in the United States.”

― Roger Mahony

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”

― Roger Miller

“In the book, I make the point that here we have string theory and here we have twistor theory and we don’t know if either one of them is the right approach to nature.”

― Roger Penrose

“Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.”

― Roger Tory Peterson

“I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them.”

― Roger Tory Peterson

“At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, I started taking psychology courses. I was interested in the nature of the human mind, the structure itself, pathologies with which it is afflicted. I really intended to be a writer all along, but I needed to take a subject that I could make a living at, either teaching it or doing it.”

― Roger Zelazny

“I do admire great essayists. I’m a particular fan of good nature writing. People like Robert Finch. I read great quantities of writing by naturalists. I’ve been studying the genre for years.”

― Roger Zelazny

“By nature, I am a low-key person and like being behind the camera.”

― Rohit Shetty

“To eat steak rare… represents both a nature and a morality.”

― Roland Barthes

“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature. The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”

― Rolf-Dieter Heuer

“No one wants to be picked at. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings with feelings and emotions. Nobody wants to be critiqued and picked apart, but it’s the nature of the business. It comes with the territory. For me, if they’re not talking about you, that’s where you can run into some trouble.”

― Roman Reigns

“So here comes this black guy from the Bay Area talking about peace, feminism, challenging racism, challenging the priorities of the country, and talking about preserving the fragile nature of our ecological system. People looked at me as if I was a freak.”

― Ron Dellums

“Close elections tend to break toward the challenger because undecided voters – having held out so long against the incumbent – are by nature looking for change.”

― Ron Fournier

“I think it’s in our nature to try to get beyond that next horizon. I think that when we, as a species, are scratching that itch, we’re actually following an evolutionary compulsion that is wired into us. I think good things come of it.”

― Ron Howard

“Unlike the twisters he famously chased in the movies, Bill Paxton was the kind of force of nature you ran toward and never away from.”

― Ron Howard

“You can change the circumstances but you can never change man’s inner nature.”

― Ron Perlman

“Racism is a part of human nature, and you’re not going to eradicate it; all you can do is try to keep it in check.”

― Ron Stallworth

“If you look at the common denominator of all the comics who have had big success, it’s being true to their nature… that’s what takes a long time to learn.”

― Ron White

“You’re not hearing people like Madeleine Albright argue that the budget of the State Department should be as large as the Defense Department. The Pentagon is going to be larger by its nature. It’s going to have more people.”

― Ronan Farrow

“I’m a diplomat by nature. I help find the middle ground. I crack a joke and use humour to help resolve potentially vicious situations quickly. It gets things in perspective and helps everyone to see that things aren’t as bad as they seem.”

― Ronnie Wood

“Business requires understanding financial matters, but management is different from running the financial aspects of the business – it requires understanding complex systems, how they operate, the nature of organisations, what happens when people interact in groups and how to motivate and guide people.”

― Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Man himself is a mysterious object, and the tools to probe his physiologic nature and function have developed only slowly through the millennia.”

― Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

“Nothing can teach you what it’s like to work on a