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The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. Joseph McCabe
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back. Horace
Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. Archibald Alexander
Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. Dennis Gabor
From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots. Mikhail Bakunin
Nature abhors a vacuum. Francois Rabelais
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. John McCain
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan
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
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
People must help one another; it is nature's law. Jean de La Fontaine
If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. Luther Burbank
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
People occasionally forgive, but nature never does.. Robert Kennedy
Nature doesn't care what we call it, she just keeps on doing it any way she wants. Richard P. Feynman
We can remake the biosphere to be what we want, from woolly mammoths to nonbiting mosquitos. Do we want to live in nature or in Disneyland? Henry T. Greely
It is not slave emancipation, but the fact that blacks are being placed on an equal footing with Christians, contrary to the laws of God and the natural distinction of race and religion. Anna Steenkamp
They are against nature and the principles of liberty Bernardo O'Higgins
To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. Theodore Roosevelt
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
Nature, they call you a mother; they ought to call you a cruel stepmother. Emilia Pardo Bazan
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation "alter" nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again. Camille Paglia
If I have learned nothing else …, I have thoroughly learned to keep hands off the processes of nature. Laura Lee Davidson
The nation is formed through the law of nature alone. Government stems from the will of nation. The nation stands before all things and is the source of all things. Its will is always law. Above it and before it is but the law of nature alone. By virtue of its very existence, the nation is all things that it may be. The nation cannot surrender its right to a tyrant. Society of Polish Republicans
Nature is very constant and conformable with herself. Isaac Newton
Indians are born with an instinct for riding, rowing, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Americans are born with an instinct for fooling around with machines. William Saroyan
At present … the best part of the land is not private property; the landscape is not owned, and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure-grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only,—when fences shall be multiplied, and man-traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road, and walking over the surface of God’s earth shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman’s grounds. To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it. Let us improve our opportunities, then, before the evil days come. Henry David Thoreau
Our government has done nothing effective with its forests, though the best in the world, but is like a rich and foolish spendthrift who has inherited a magnificent estate in perfect order, and then has left his rich fields and meadows, forests and parks, to be sold and plundered and wasted at will … John Muir
Many of nature’s five hundred kinds of wild trees had to make way for orchards and cornfields. In the settlement and civilization of the country, bread more than timber or beauty was wanted; and in the blindness of hunger, the early settlers, claiming Heaven as their guide, regarded God’s trees as only a larger kind of pernicious weeds, extremely hard to get rid of. Accordingly, with no eye to the future, these pious destroyers waged interminable forest wars; chips flew thick and fast; trees in their beauty fell crashing by millions, smashed to confusion, and the smoke of their burning has been rising to heaven more than two hundred years … John Muir
The perpetual tendency of the race of man to increase beyond the means of subsistence is one of the general laws of animated nature, which we can have no reason to expect to change. Thomas Malthus
He lived according to the laws of instinct and of the innocent and wise conduct that nature impressed upon him in the cradle. Bardon de Lahontan
I do not want to give you artificial and systematic laws, invented by man; only to bring you back under the unique laws of nature and order, which command to the heart and do not tyrannize the free will. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Unless we connect directly with the earth, we will not have the faintest clue why we should save it…. Only if we understand the beauty of nature will we love it, and only if we become alerted to learn about the planet's disease processes can we decide to live our lives with a proper sense of ecological responsibility. Helen Caldicott
Find some plants, trees, etc., and communicate to them individually until you know they received your communication. L. Ron Hubbard
All life forms obey Nature's demands—except man, who has found ways of ignoring them. Eugene M. Poirot
Any living thing that hopes to live on the earth must fit into the ecosphere or perish. Barry Commoner
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual John Muir
Look abroad thro' Nature's range. Nature's mighty law is change. Robert Burns
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time. National Speleological Society
The land is a mother that never dies. Maori Proverb
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
There are certain restrictive parts of a woman’s constitution that that were given her by nature and which forbid us from applying the same standard of expectation to women as to men. Albert Einstein
Ecological policy rejects exploitative forms of economy and the unscrupulous plundering of natural resources and raw materials, as well as the destructive interventions into nature's ability to renew itself. We believe that the exploitation of nature as well as human beings must be stopped if we are to master this acute threat to life on earth. Green Party
Nature is lethal but it doesn’t hold a candle to man. Samuel L. Jackson
For him nature is basically a golf course or a ranch--or a national park turned into a country club where folks can burn off stress by speeding over the snow while polluting the air of Yellowstone with gas-guzzling skidoos. William Irwin Thompson
We have killed off nature, that world entirely independent of us which was here before we arrived and which encircled and supported our human society Bill McKibben
In nature there are no rewards or punishments; there are consequences. Horace Annesley Vachell
The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. Catherine II
All advances by degrees in Nature, and nothing by leaps …. Although there may exist in some other world species intermediate between Man and the Apes, Nature has thought it is to remove them from us, in order to establish our superiority beyond question. I speak of intermediate species, and by no means limit myself to those leading to Man. Gottfried Leibniz
All animals undergo perpetual transformations; which are in part produced by their own exertions... and many of these acquired forms or propensities are transmitted to their posterity. Erasmus Darwin
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection. Charles Darwin
In October, 1838, … I happened to read for amusement Malthus on population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long continuous observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favorable variations would tend to be preserved and unfavorable ones to be destroyed. The result of this would be the formation of new species. Here, then, I had at last got a theory by which to work Charles Darwin
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno of Elea
There is little history in the study of nature, and there is little nature in the study of history. Donald Worster
Practical politics, being commonly an affair of compromise and relative truth,—a human attempt to modify the severity of Nature's processes … Henry Adams
In the long term the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it is unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is a rule of nature. Mollie Beattie
Germany has a duty to make war.... War is a biological necessity of the first importance. Friedrich A. J. Von Bernhardi
I have seen myself lose intolerance, narrowness, bigotry, complacence, pride and a whole bushel-basket of other intellectual vices through my contact with Nature and with men. And when you take weeds out of a garden it gives you room to grow flowers. So, every time I lost a little self-satisfaction, or arrogance, I could plant some broadness or love of my own in its place, and after a while the garden of my mind began to bloom and be fragrant and I found myself better equipped for my work and more useful to others as a consequence. Luther Burbank
We talk of communing with Nature but 'tis with ourselves we commune .... Nature furnishes the conditions. John Burroughs
We have the means of removing starvation and disease. We have almost unlimited power in sight, that can make the waste lands bloom. We have the possibility of banishing disease.... We ... can learn the truth and ... tell it to one another throughout a healthy world that is secure against the ravages of nature. It is the setting for a world of peace and unity. One thing is lacking. Good will and understanding. Vannevar Bush
Man's war against nature is a war against himself. Rachel Carson
Nature does not have the capacity to heal all the wounds that have been inflicted upon it by mankind. Jacques Chirac
It's nice to think about having everything natural and similar to pre-Columbian times.... In fact, man himself has long been part of that environment and there is no way to separate him from that environment. Frank Craighead
The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed. Emily Dickinson
The only method of restoring the natural equality of dignity between men and women, lies in the demolishment of that elaborate theological structure which maintains that woman is made for the possession of man in a sense in which man is not made for woman, and that celibacy, per se, is a state of superior purity. Nature and common sense (not metaphysical sense) demonstrate that there is no good reason why any man or any woman should take, claim, or wield “lordship” over another. Ellen Battelle Dietrick
The most arbitrary powers in history always hid under the claim of some impersonal logic—God, the laws of nature, the laws of the market—and they always overlooked the backlash when morally intolerable discrepancies became glaringly visible. Yaron Ezrahi
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. Richard P. Feynman
Nature would terminate the fevers by changing the seasons. John Gorrie
The law of nature is so unalterable that it cannot be changed by God himself. Hugo de Grotius
Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
Nature herself vindicates democracy. For nature plants gifts and graces where least expected, and under circumstances that defy all the little artifices of man. Felix Frankfurter
The only progress which is really effective depends, not upon the bounty of nature, but upon the energy of man. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
We're in a war, the war of industrial civilization against the natural world. Dave Foreman
The environment is more than just nature. The environment is peoples needs. Walter J. Hickel
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes
If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them. Paul-Henri Thiry; Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud; Baron d'Holbach
The land in Ireland is infinitely more peopled than anywhere else; and to give full effect to the natural resources of the country, a great part of the population should be swept from the soil. Thomas Malthus
Famine seems to be the last, the most dreadful resource of nature. Thomas Malthus
Natural science is one of man's weapons in his fight for freedom .... man must ... conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature. Mao Zedong
If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes, are direct infringements of the injunction to follow nature. John Stuart Mill
Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument. Clive Staples Lewis
All men are free in a state of nature. John Locke
In studying nature we have not to inquire how God the Creator may, as He freely wills, use His creatures to work miracles and thereby show forth His power: we have rather to inquire what Nature with its immanent causes can naturally bring to pass. Albertus Magnus
Credit is of pernicious consequence to that Nation, that uses or encourages it beyond Nature. Isaac Gervaise
With wonder, admiration, and reverential awe, one may contemplate the vastness with which he finds himself here surrounded, the perfusion of nature's bounties, and sublimity of scenery, but to describe them, to picture them as they are, is beyond the scope of human capacity. Lansford Warren Hastings
O man, of whatever country you are, and whatever your opinions may be, behold your history, such as I have thought to read it, not in books written by your fellow creatures, who are liars, but in nature, which never lies Jean Jacques Rousseau
The philosophers, who have inquired into the foundations of society, have all felt the necessity of going back to a state of nature; but not one of them has got there. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Before we start criticizing capitalism, we ought to try it. We don't factor the value of nature and its services into the market equation. Every year we use roughly $33 trillion worth of nature's services throughout the world's civilizations, and we make little or no effort to pay any of that back. We just use it. Look at the service a bee provides us, for example. A bee doesn't charge hourly fees or anything else. But if we lose the bees, we're not going to eat. And the pollinators are disappearing. David R. Brower
An engineer can form a more handsome waterfall than any to be found in nature. Herbert Hoover
Confined to the use of his own physical power, man is one of the most helpless animals. In proportion to his size and requirements, he is unquestionably very weak and slow. But the superiority of his organism consists precisely in the aptitude of his brain and the fitness of his hands for the contrivance and use of mechanical devices, through which he may take from nature, by artifice, those forces in which he is naturally wanting Daniel DeLeon
Everything is a circle. We are each responsible for our own actions. It will come back. Betty Laverdure
If two come together and unite their strength, they have jointly more power, and consequently more right over nature than both of them separately, and the more there are that have so joined in alliance, the more right they all collectively will possess. Baruch Spinoza
You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build our houses and make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls. Ten Bears
The sun will set without thy assistance. Jewish Proverb
Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe
Unless we, who know better than most world citizens the horror of the mushroom cloud that hangs ominously over us, become active Humanists in word and in deed, we may well condemn our world to awake some day never to view again the "green stillness of the country where we can hear the heart of Nature beat," but instead to crawl about and gasp for breath on limited terrain, surrounded by lakes and seas of molten lava, representing the remnants of that which once we knew as Mother Earth. Percy Julian
Nationalism is spiritual and all-embracing, in the sense that it opens its arms to and spreads its wings over all those who have shared with the Arabs their history and have lived in the environment of their language and culture for generations, so that they have become Arab in thought and feeling. There is no fear that nationalism will clash with religion, for, like religion, it flows from the heart and issues from the will of God; they walk arm in arm, supporting each other, especially when religion represents the genius of the nationality and is in harmony with its nature. Michel Aflaq
Human beings have to adapt to it, and accept total change. Jacques Ellul
It is far from easy to determine whether Nature has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother. Pliny the Elder
Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Philip K. Dick
It is from his labor alone that man can draw the necessaries, the conveniences, the amusements of human life, from the materials which nature has placed around him Adam Smith
The idea that you have to rent yourself to somebody and follow their orders, and that they own and you work there, and you built it but you don't own it, that's a highly unnatural notion. You don't have to study any complicated theories to see that this is an attack on human dignity. Noam Chomsky
Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another’s, but under nature everything belongs to all Baruch Spinoza
Every man is by … natural right, the master of his own thoughts Baruch Spinoza
Science has changed the face of this earth: it has harnessed the forces of Nature -- forces whose secret laws it had first to discover -- it has created practically a new world within the memory of men living….Science -- the scientists -- doesn't pretend to have grasped in its fingers the Eternal Truth …Science doesn't demand that one believe or be damned. Science reasons. Science investigates. Science tests itself….Science works -- builds -- quietly prevails -- promises little and performs much. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
When men and women were running around in a state of nature (by which is meant an absence of government, not an absence of clothing), … Karen Selick
History goes out of control almost as often as nature does. Mason Cooley
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. Ralph Waldo Emerson
By contrast with history, evolution is an unconscious process. Another, and perhaps a better way of putting it would be to say that evolution is a natural process, history a human one.... Owen Barfield
War violates the order of nature and causes parents to bury their children. Herodotus
A woman who is not under the headship of the husband violates the condition of nature, the mandate of the Apostle, and the law of Scripture… We deplore publicly and regretfully that, while you are a most prudent woman, you have left your husband. The body tears at itself. The body does not sever itself from the head…. We know that unless you return to your husband, you will be the cause of widespread disaster. While you alone are now the delinquent one, your actions will result in ruin for everyone in the kingdom. Therefore, illustrious queen, return to your husband and our king Peter of Blois
The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the complex ecosystems of our environment is a dangerous global experiment with nature and evolution … GE organisms must not be released into the environment. They pose unacceptable risks to ecosystems, and have the potential to threaten biodiversity, wildlife and sustainable forms of agriculture. Greenpeace International
Government … becomes the rational art of minimizing the inevitable conflicts of primal irrational wills against one another and against the forces of nature at large George Santayana
Guilty! You are on strike against God and Nature!. Anonymous
Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit. Livy
Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason. Livy
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences. Robert G. Ingersoll
Depending on the faith we embrace, each of us continues to live either by the merciful sufferance of God or at the whim of blind chance and indifferent nature Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
Blizzards, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
The Knowledge of Nature tends to enlarge the human Mind, and give us more noble, more grand, and exalted Ideas of the Author of Nature, and if well pursu'd, seldom fails producing something useful to Man. Ebenezer Kinnersley
This is the greatest liberty that has ever been taken with nature Anonymous
No person ought to be in a worse condition when born under what is called a state of civilization, than he would have been had he been born in a state of nature Thomas Paine
Freedom is not the natural state of mankind. It is a rare and wondrous thing. Milton Friedman
Everybody deserves a chance to be in nature. Bette Midler
A true democracy has never existed, and never will exist. It is against natural order that the great number should govern and that the few should be governed. Jean Jacques Rousseau
It is with nations as with nature which knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Wilhelm von Humboldt
Civilization develops man, and if he is, according to his whole character and destiny, made for development, civilization is his truly natural state … Francis Lieber
I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it as the unique condition under which intelligence, dignity and human happiness can develop and grow …. Liberty … consists in the full development of all the material, intellectual and moral powers that are latent in each person; liberty that recognizes no restrictions other than those determined by the laws of our own individual nature … Mikhail Bakunin
The fallacy of genetic determinism is to suppose that the genes "make' the organism. It is a basic principle of developmental biology that organisms undergo a continuous development from conception to death, a development that is the unique consequence of the interaction of the genes in their cells, the temporal sequence of environments through which the organisms pass, and random cellular processes that determine the life, death, and transformation of cells. As a result, even the fingerprints of identical twins are not identical. Their temperaments, mental processes, abilities, life choices, disease histories, and death certainly differ despite the determined efforts of many parents to enforce as great a similarity as possible. Richard Lewontin
I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary. Francis Galton
We believe that patents exist to reward the inventors of truly outstanding ideas, not to allow big businesses to stifle competition with an ever-growing tide of trivial, incomprehensible, overreaching patents. We will stop the abuse of patent law by raising the bar on how innovative an idea has to be before it can be patented, and by prohibiting patents on software, business methods, concepts and works of nature. We will require a working model to be provided to the patent office before a patent is granted and we will strictly enforce the current rule that patents are invalid if they are "obvious to someone skilled in the art". Pirate Party
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer. Humphry Davy
Though I have said above 'That all men by nature are equal,' I cannot be supposed to understand all sorts of 'equality.' Age or virtue may give men a just precedency. Excellency of parts and merit may place others above the common level. Birth may subject some, and alliance or benefits others, to pay an observance to those to whom Nature, gratitude, or other respects may have made it due; and yet all this consists with the equality which all men are in in respect of jurisdiction or dominion one over another, which was the equality I there spoke of as proper to the business in hand, being that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subject to the will or authority of any other man. John Locke
If a man farms his land to the waste of the soil or the tress, he destroys not only his own assets but Nature's assets. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Nature never intended me to be a partisan leader ... Every instinct of mine would indicate that I was meant to be a dyed-in-the-wool Tory, or even a bishop, rather than the leader of a revolution. Eamon de Valera
… only today, or yesterday at the earliest, after the long millenniums of man's life on this planet, has he acquired the technical skill, the command over the forces of nature, the physical power to produce enough and more for all his children upon the face of the earth. Norman Thomas
It proceeds from a consummate ignorance in politicks, to think that a number of men agreeing together can make and hold a commonwealth, before nature has prepared the way… John Trenchard
The art of healing comes from nature not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
We must plant the sea and herd its animals . . . using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about -- farming replacing hunting. Jacques-Yves Costeau
... anyone who seeks for the true causes of miracles, and strives to understand natural phenomena as an intelligent being, and not to gaze at them like a fool, is set down and denounced as an impious heretic by those, whom the masses adore as the interpreters of nature and the gods. Such persons know that, with the removal of ignorance, the wonder which forms their only available means for proving and preserving their authority would vanish also. Baruch Spinoza
Nature rejects the monarch, not the man; The subject, not the citizen; for kings And subjects, mutual foes, forever play A losing game into each other's hands, Whose stakes are vice and misery. The man Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nature has no reverence towards life. Nature treats life as though it were the most valueless thing in the world.... Erwin Schrodinger
Man was born for peace and liberty, and became miserable and cruel only through the action of insidious and oppressive laws. And I believe therefore that if man be given laws which harmonize with the dictates of nature and of his heart he will cease to be unhappy and corrupt. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
All phenomena] are equally susceptible of being calculated, and all that is necessary, to reduce the whole of nature to laws similar to those which Newton discovered with the aid of the calculus, is to have a sufficient number of observations and a mathematics that is complex enough. Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat Condorcet
A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. ... What a terrible future! Anton Chekhov
Nature progresses by unknown gradations and consequently does not submit to our absolute division when passing by imperceptible nuances, from one species to another and often from one genus to another. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
If the omniscient author of nature knew that the study of his works tends to make men disbelieve his Being or Attributes, he would not have given them so many invitations to study and contemplate Nature. Robert Boyle
One of the commonest dietary superstitions of the day is a belief in instinct as a guide to dietary excellence ... with a corollary that the diets of primitive people are superior to diets approved by science ... [and even] that light might be thrown on the problems of human nutrition by study of what chimpanzees eat in their native forests. ... Such notions are derivative of the eighteenth-century fiction of the happy and noble savage. Wallace Ruddell Aykroyd
So human progenies, if unrestrain'd, By climate friended, and by food sustain'd, O'er seas and soils, prolific hordes! would spread Erelong, and deluge their terraqueous bed; But war, and pestilence, disease, and dearth, Sweep the superfluous myriads from the earth... The births and deaths contend with equal strife, And every pore of Nature teems with Life; Erasmus Darwin
It must be for truth's sake, and not for the sake of its usefulness to humanity, that the scientific man studies Nature. Louis Agassiz
I am a deeply religious unbeliever. Albert Einstein
Love em or leave em; just don’t destroy em. Larry Gibson
Change is the handmaiden Nature requires to do her miracles with. Mark Twain
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. H. G. Wells
When Nature gives a young man no other utilizable faculty, she must be understood as intending him for a soldier. Nathaniel Hawthorne
What the evolutionist believes, on the basis of a mass of what seems to him un-refuted and irrefutable scientific evidence, is that the plants and animals and man and woman were not created by some sudden supernatural treatment of clay and ribs, but that they have slowly and gradually come into existence through the orderly processes of Nature extending over much time. He sees a fine and awe-inspiring order throughout Nature, some of which can be discovered and, in a measure, understood. He sees in this order, this immense capacity for natural being and doing and becoming, a beauty and majesty in Nature which cannot be transcended in conception. In recognizing the creation of man as its supreme achievement, he sees no belittling of man, but a proof of the extraordinary potentialities of this natural order. In organic evolution he sees just what the name signifies, the unfolding of organized matter, the outrolling of the possibilities of life. Vernon Lyman Kellogg
Nature is not as forgiving as Christ. Hyman Rickover
Sit down before fact with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you learn nothing. Hyman Rickover
… life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
There is but one law for all … the law of nature. Edmund Burke
It is the apparent plan of nature that as one human being, so also one generation, and also one nationality learn, learn incessantly, from and with the others, until all have comprehended the difficult lesson: No nationality has been solely designated by God as the chosen people of the earth; above all we must seek the truth and cultivate the garden of the common good. Hence no nationality of Europe may separate itself sharply, and foolishly say, "With us alone, with us dwells all wisdom. Johann Gottfried von Herder
Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men. James Russell Lowell
It is praiseworthy, it is noble and sublime, to avenge Nature when it has been outraged by tyranny. Nothing can compare with the greatness of such action and, even if desolation and death are the reward of such a glorious endeavor, there is no reason to condemn it, for it is not the easily attainable that should be undertaken, but that which justice demands that we do. Simon Bolivar
This was the most anticipated natural disaster in history. David Brooks
Justice is inextricably linked to revenge, which is both morally right and a deeply internalized instinct as innate to man as breathing, having sex, falling in love, and making war. Thane Rosenbaum
… nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving Thomas A. Edison
For most of history, the prime source of human insecurity was nature. Capitalist societies have been oriented toward innovation and dynamism, to the creation of new knowledge, new products, and new modes of production and distribution. All this has shifted the locus of insecurity from nature to the economy. Jerry Z. Muller
Our perceptions are limited. Our brains distort the truth. So do we ever know what is real? That is the mission of science. To probe deep into the massive puzzle box of nature to find its ultimate truths. Morgan Freeman
Our conservation laws are based on static ideas about nature—not landscapes that are rapidly changing because of something humans did. Alejandro Camacho
Nature—pitiless in a pitiless universe—is certainly not concerned with the survival of Americans or, for that matter, of any of the two billion people now inhabiting the earth. J. William Fulbright
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy…. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. Thomas A. Edison
Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death. Eric Hoffer
Men: What gives you sovereign empire to oppress my sex? Your strength? Your talents? Observe the Creator in his wisdom; survey in all her grandeur that nature with whom you seem to want to be in harmony, and give me, if you dare, an example of this tyrannical empire. Olympe de Gouges
… since the right of possessing goods privately has been conferred not by man's law, but by nature, public authority cannot abolish it, but can only control its exercise and bring it into conformity with the common weal Leo XIII
… economic systems ... have never arranged themselves by themselves. It is men who do the ordering according to their attitudes, desires and understanding of things. Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Goparaju Ramachandra Rao
The only natural society is a society of liberty and equality. Pieter Paulus
I have seen two tremendous works of nature in America—the Niagara Falls and Mr. [Theodore] Roosevelt. John Morley
These children are unfortunate rather than criminal. Their delinquency is not the product of nature but rather the cruel circumstances into which they were born. Alphonso Taft
The secret to economic growth lay in the fact that that each generation attacked Nature not only with its own energies and resources, but with the heritage of equipment accumulated by its forebears. Robert Heilbroner
Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, like frost and fire both are alien to human flesh. Famine and gluttony alike drive nature away from the heart of man. Theodore Parker
Conservation’s grand challenge is to save nature in a world that will soon have 9 billion hungry, thirsty, energy-using people. Jon Hoekstra
Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle
Nature is nobody's ally. Herman Melville
In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. Baba Dioum
Great Presidents are made and not born. They have to be pushed into greatness. Tavis Smiley
I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary. Francis Galton
I acknowledge freely the great power of education and social influences in developing the active powers of the mind, just as I acknowledge the effect of use in developing the muscles of the blacksmith’s arm, and no further. Let the blacksmith labour as he will, he will find that there are certain feats beyond his power that are well within the strength of a man of herculean make, even although the latter may have led a sedentary life.. Francis Galton
There is no escaping from the conclusion that nature prevails enormously over nurture. Francis Galton
Improvement in social conditions will not compensate for a bad hereditary influence. Ethel M. Elderton
Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. There will be a little bit of it. We can’t stop it. Rupert Murdoch
It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal; her sovereign law is subordination and dependence. Luc de Clapiers
Nature, like liberty, is but restrained By the same Laws which first herself ordained Alexander Pope
In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet. Thomas Paine
Remember, that they are of as good a kind as you; that is, they are reasonable creatures as well as you, and born to as much natural liberty. If their sin have enslaved them to you, yet Nature made them your equals. Roger Williams
African slaves, the substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it. Alexander H. Stephens
Our showy celebration of, and absolute insistence upon, individual autonomy and unconstrained diversity pushes those by nature least equipped to live comfortably in a liberal democracy not to the limits of their tolerance, but to their intolerant extremes. Karen Stenner
The truth is that the hybrid finds himself alive and human, with all that this signifies in terms of capacity for soul development. The pure-bred has no better initial equipment. In the matter of human fundamentals they come to differ only as a different nurture plays upon a very similar human nature. There surely are no real data for the support of Le Bon’s notion that contrary heredities sap the vitality of hybrids and leave them barren of soul. Harvey Ernest Jordan
I admit the general inferiority of black-white offspring. Defective half-breeds are too prevalent and obtruding to permit denying the apparently predetermined result of such crosses. But I emphatically deny that the result is inherent in the simple fact of cross-breeding. There are not a few very striking exceptions among my own acquaintances. Absolutely the best mulatto family I have ever known traces its ancestry back on both the maternal and paternal side to high-grade white grandfathers and pure-type negro grandmothers. The reason for the frequently inferior product of such crosses is that the better elements of both races under ordinary conditions of easy mating with their own type feel an instinctive repugnance to intermarriage. Under these usual circumstances a white man who stoops to mating with a colored woman, or a colored woman who will accept a white man, are already of quite inferior type. One would not expect superior offspring from such parents, if it concerned horses or dogs. Gustave Le Bon
My purpose is to explain, not the meaning of words, but the nature of things. Baruch Spinoza
Man can, indeed, act contrarily to the decrees of God, as far as they have been written like laws in the minds of ourselves or the prophets, but against that eternal decree of God, which is written in universal nature ... Baruch Spinoza
Transcendentalists like Emerson were searching for unity in nature, but resisted what seemed to them the blinkered reliance on deductive reasoning and empirical research enforced by encroaching science. Andrea Wulf
The ice doesn't care who's in the White House. It doesn't care which party controls your congress. It doesn't care which party controls your parliament. It just melts. David Titley
What images do we see from the rest of the world? We see natural disasters, war, terror. We see refugees, and we see horrible diseases. Right? We see beautiful beaches, cute animals, beautiful nature, cultural rites and stuff. And then we're supposed to make the connection in our head and create a worldview out of this. And how is that possible? Anna Rosling Ronnlund

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