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René DescartesFor me, everything in nature is mathematics.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Lao-TzuNature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Blaise PascalNature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Arthur SchopenhauerAny foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

DanteNature is the art of God.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Ayn RandEven if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonAdopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

JuvenalNever does Nature say one thing and Wisdom another.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

John DrydenSelf-defense is Nature's eldest law.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Francis BaconNature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

VauvenarguesIt is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal, her sovereign law is subordination and dependence.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Will DurantNature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Jules RenardThe farmer may be the only kind of man who does not like the countryside and never admires nature.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Karl KrausProgress celebrates Pyrrhic victories over nature.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Charles DarwinI have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseNature [is] the mistress of art.

Natura, artis magistra.

—  Latin phrase

Latin phraseNature does nothing in vain.

Natura nihil fit in frustra.

—  Latin phrase

Latin phraseNature abhors a vacuum.

Natura abhorret a vacua.

—  Latin phrase

Latin phraseNature is the greatest in the smallest things.

Natura in minima maxima.

—  Latin phrase


Ancient Greek

AristotleNature does nothing without purpose or in vain.

Η φύσις μηδέν μήτε ατελές ποιεί μήτε μάτην.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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AristotleIn all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Εν πάσι γαρ τοις φυσικοίς ενεστί τι θαυμαστόν.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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HeraclitusNature is wont to hide herself.

Φύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεί.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Proverbs

American Indian proverbWhen a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Lakota










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