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The course of nature is the art of God.
After a debauch of thundershower, the weather takes the pledge and signs it with a rainbow.
From the intrinsic evidence of His creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician .
Is dishwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.
It is not necessarily those lands which are the most fertile or most favored climate that seem to me the happiest, but those in which a long stroke of adaptation between man and his environment has brought out the best qualities of both.
Like a gardener, I believe that what goes down must come up.
Nature is a catchment of sorrows.
Nature is not human-hearted.
Nature, with equal mind, sees all her sons at play, sees man control the wind, the wind sweep man away.
The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the Laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
The unnatural - that too is natural.
There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and life-giving.
Men argue, nature acts.
Nature is usually wrong.
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile, some have a sad expression, some are pensive and diffident, others again are plain, honest and upright.
Gie me a spark o' nature's fire, that's a' the learning I desire.
Light may be shed on man and his origins.
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term natural selection.
The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer, of the "Survival of the fittest", is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient.
Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them
I wanted to say something about the universe. There's God, angels, plants... and horseshit.
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.
Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self-mastery.
Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience.
The soil, in return for her service, keeps the tree tied to her; the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.
What mighty battles have I seen and heard waged between the trees and the west wind - an Iliad fought in the fields of air.
Grass is the forgiveness of nature - her constant benediction. Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is immortal.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
The whole of nature is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
By nature's kindly disposition, most questions which it is beyond man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
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.
The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man.
When a man wantonly destroys a work of man we call him a vandal; when a man destroys one of the works of God, we call him a sportsman.
Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom and lakes die.
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves, the wood that becomes a tree - all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God.
When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.
If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.
The radiance in some places is so great as to be fairly dazzling . . . every crystal, every flower a window opening into heaven, a mirror reflecting the Creator.
Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.
If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn.
Rivers and rocks and trees have always been talking to us, but we've forgotten how to listen.
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings: Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers, the winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms, their energy and cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure.
The sun - my almighty physician.
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.
The beauty of the world and the orderly arrangement of everything celestial makes us confess that there is an excellent and eternal nature, which ought to be worshiped and admired by all mankind.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
The sun gives us light, but the moon provides inspiration. If you look at the sun without shielding your eyes, you'll go blind. If you look at the moon without covering your eyes, you'll become a poet.
The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can't see the stars at night.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I'm the Earth. I won't give up until the Earth gives up.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
I never knew how soothing trees are - many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being.
Nature is saturated with deity.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
The nicest thing about the promise of spring is that sooner or later she'll have to keep it.
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
It was one of those perfect summer days - the sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, the birds were singing, and the lawnmower was broken.
Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
The AmenT of Nature is always a flower.
Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."
Every flower is a soul blossoming in Nature.
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.
Earth laughs in flowers.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
Pleasure for an hour, a bottle of wine; pleasure for a year, marriage; pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.
The kiss of sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth One is nearer God's Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.
All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.
All gardening is landscape painting.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.
The next time it begins to rain ... lie down on your belly, nestle your chin into the grass, and get a frog's-eye view of how raindrops fall . . . The sight of hundreds of blades of grass bowing down and popping back up like piano keys strikes me as one of the merriest sights in the world.
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.
Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
After rain comes fair weather.
Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
This is the day the Lord had made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
Whether one is twenty, forty, or sixty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along; whether yesterday was full of sun or storm, or one of those dull days with no weather at all, life begins each morning I
Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.
Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.
I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish.
Thank God ever morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not.
Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. . . If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. . . . for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.
Nothing is worth more than this day.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
When I look at the future, it's so bright, it burns my eyes.
Earth's crammed with Heaven, And every common bush afire with God.
To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language.
I love not man the less, but nature more.
For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.
The woods were made for the hunter of dreams, The brooks for the fishes of song.
Nature is a volume of which God is the author.
Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.
Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Do thou but thine!
Grass is the forgiveness of nature - her constant benediction. ... Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is immortal.
Everything in nature acts in conformity with law.
Nature abhors a vacuum.
To hold, as 't were, the mirror up to nature.
I chatter, chatter, as I flow To join the brimming river, For men may come and men may go, But I go on forever.
When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter a swamp as a sacred place - a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Nature has always had more force than education.


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