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  • Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
    * Maya Angelou

  • The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity...and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
    * William Blake

  • To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour.
    * William Blake

  • 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

  • Nature, like us is sometimes caught
    Without her diadem.
    * Emily Dickinson

  • How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
    * Kahlil Gibran

  • We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
    * G. C. Lichtenberg

  • The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature--were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.
    * Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
    * Francis Picabia

  • The day, water, sun, moon, night--I do not have to purchase these things with money.
    * Plautus

  • At first a small line of inconceivable splendour emerged on the horizon, which, quickly expanding, the sun appeared in all of his glory, unveiling the whole face of nature, vivifying every colour of the landscape, and sprinkling the dewy earth with glittering light.
    * Ann Radcliffe

  • Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself--my disgust at her barbarity--clumsiness--darkness--bitter mockery of herself--is the most desolating.
    * John Ruskin

  • In choosing where to live or vacation, we may be setting the stage for the play of ourselves, treating nature as a prop.
    * Deborah Tall

  • I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
    * Walt Whitman