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  Self-preservation is the first law of nature.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who lives according to nature will never be poor, and he who lives according to opinion will never be rich.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Whatever nature does least, man does most.  
 -  American proverb
  

  I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.  
 -  Alan Hovhannes
  

  Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.  
 -  Aldo Leopold
  

  Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to safe the environment.  
 -  Ansel Adams
  

  In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.  
 -  Auguste Rodin
  

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

  Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.  
 -  Bern Williams
  

  The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.  
 -  Charles Darwin
  

  Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy.  
 -  D. H. Lawrence
  

  Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  As people alive today, we must consider future generations: A clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.  
 -  Dan Quayle
  

  Civilization no longer needs to open up wilderness; it needs wilderness to open up the still largely unexplored human mind.  
 -  David Rains Wallace
  

  I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.  
 -  Desmond Tutu
  

  A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.  
 -  E. B. White
  

  Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet. As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution.  
 -  Eckhart Tolle
  

  Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home.  
 -  Edith Sitwell
  

  Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  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
  

  Now, nature, as I am only too aware, has her enthusiasts, but on the whole, I am not to be counted among them. To put it bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.  
 -  Fran Lebowitz
  

  By simply not buying, we accomplish a world of good: we avoid supporting exploitative labor practices, and we reclaim the resources of our planet - delivering them from the hands of corporations into those of our children. It's one of the easiest and most effective ways to heal the Earth, and improve the lives of its inhabitants.  
 -  Francine Jay
  

  You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.  
 -  Frank DeFord
  

  Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  The repetition in nature may not be a mere recurrence. It may be a theatrical 'encore.'  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  
 -  George Washington Carver
  

  In our own time it has been seen... that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.  
 -  Giorgio Vasari
  

  The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  
 -  Henry James
  

  Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  
 -  George Washington Carver
  

  In our own time it has been seen... that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.  
 -  Giorgio Vasari
  

  The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  
 -  Henry James
  

  Since the beginning each generation has fought nature. Now, in the life-span of a single generation, we must turn around 180 degrees and become the protector of nature.  
 -  Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  

  The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life.  
 -  Jim Henson
  

  Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.  
 -  Jimmy Carter
  

  Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.  
 -  John Muir
  

  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 freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.  
 -  John Muir
  

  What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.  
 -  Joseph Conrad
  

  If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either.  
 -  Joseph Wood Krutch
  

  In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a smiling dawn.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  Nature is not human-hearted.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  He who plants a tree plants a hope.  
 -  Lucy Larcom
  

  Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.  
 -  Luther Burbank
  

  A man's heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too.  
 -  Luther Standing Bear
  

  Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles; but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles. Why should we all dress after the same fashion? The frost never paints my windows twice alike.  
 -  Lydia Maria Child
  

  Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quite and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all moods, I see myself.  
 -  Martin Buxbaum
  

  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 way of strategy is the way of nature. When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.  
 -  Montaigne
  

  The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.  
 -  Morris K. Udall
  

  Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball.  
 -  Nikola Tesla
  

  There is nothing like a walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.  
 -  Paul Scott Mowrer
  

  I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.  
 -  Pete Hamill
  

  Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours!'   
 -  Robert Byrne
  

  In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishment – there are consequences.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  Spring is nature's way of saying: 'Let's party!'  
 -  Robin Williams
  

  The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.  
 -  Ross Perot
  

  Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.  
 -  Saint Augustine
  

  Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.  
 -  Sir Isaac Newton
  

  Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue - to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.  
 -  Socrates
  

  I think God's going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.  
 -  Steven Wright
  

  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
  

  By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.  
 -  Thich Nhat Hanh
  

  A most important lesson taught by nature. Only after destruction there is construction. Only on letting go will new opportunities crop up.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I don't understand why when we destroy something created by man, we call it vandalism. Yet when we destroy something created by nature, we call it progress.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The purest, most idealistic, truthful and honest love story one can ever live without the slightest sense of regret is that of loving nature.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Love is the only freedom in the world because it also elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Nature is a natural beauty. Appreciate its beauty, for there will be a time where it is gone and only memories remain.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I have never been in a natural place and felt that was a waste of time. I never have. And it's a relief. If I'm walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.  
 -  Viggo Mortensen
  

  If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  
 -  Vincent van Gogh
  

  The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; and every man should have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life; to be content with less is sinful.  
 -  Wallace D. Wattles
  

  Everybody wants to go back to nature, but not on foot.  
 -  Werner Mitsch
  

  I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.  
 -  Willa Cather
  

  We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.  
 -  William Hazlitt
  

  April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  
 -  William Shakespeare