Nature

Albert Einstein Page

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Letter of 1950. As quoted in The New York Times, 29 March 1972
Robert Sapolsky Page

“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”

- Robert Sapolsky

Source/Notes: Sapolsky, Robert (1997). The Trouble With Testosterone. New York: Scribner. pp. 286. ISBN 068483409X.
Eleanor Roosevelt Page

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Albert Einstein Page

“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

Source/Notes: Letter of 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March 1972)
Morihei Ueshiba Page

“Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design - do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.”

- Morihei Ueshiba

Source/Notes: The Art of Peace (1992)

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John Muir Page

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

- John Muir

Source/Notes: "The Yellowstone National Park", The Atlantic Monthly, volume LXXXI, number 486 (April 1898)
Eleonora Duse Page

“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

Søren Kierkegaard Page

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

- Søren Kierkegaard

Ingrid Bergman Page

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

- Ingrid Bergman

Source/Notes: Webster's Electronic Quotebase, ed. Keith Mohler, 1994
Plato Page

“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.”

- Plato

Source/Notes: The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004 , p. 52, "Crito" - ISBN: 9780760762004

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Aristotle Page

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

- Aristotle

Source/Notes: Rhetoric, Book I, 1369.a5
Anne Frank Page

“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 and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”

- Anne Frank

Source/Notes: Anne Frank's diary (1942-1944), 23 February 1944
Robert B. Laughlin Page

“My rule is simply to do for my students exactly what I hope someone else will do for my sons when the time comes: I teach them to have faith in themselves and in their own compass, to listen to nature to find truth, to love knowledge for the sake of itself, and to strive for greatness.”

- Robert B. Laughlin

Source/Notes: Nobel Prize autobiography (1998)
Morihei Ueshiba Page

“If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.”

- Morihei Ueshiba

Source/Notes: The Art of Peace (1992)
Annie Jump Cannon Page

“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

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Marilyn Monroe Page

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.”

- Marilyn Monroe

Source/Notes: As quoted in: The Reader's Digest, Volume 69, DeWitt Wallace, Lila Bell Acheson Wallace, Reader's Digest Association, 1954, p. 20
Vincent Van Gogh Page

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

Source/Notes: The letters of Vincent Van Gogh (1963 edition), Scribner - ISBN: 9780689701672