Topics - Nature


Quote 25A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
Quote 39Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Quote 48A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Quote 60A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Quote 96Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Quote 100Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Quote 107Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
Quote 112Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
Quote 120Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
Quote 135All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Quote 169All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Quote 187A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Quote 216A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the...
Quote 237And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything...
Quote 462All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
Quote 923And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Quote 1134How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
Quote 1713One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Quote 1775Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
Quote 4817Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
Quote 5133Nature is wont to hide herself. - Heraclitus
Quote 7091Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
Quote 7533In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Quote 7715There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Quote 7733There 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.
Quote 7800It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
Quote 7813Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. - Francis Bacon
Quote 7875I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Quote 7878Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
Quote 7892There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Quote 7899Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Quote 7916The poetry of the earth is never dead. - John Keats
Quote 7917Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
Quote 7921I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
Quote 7972People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Quote 7981Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
Quote 7989Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Quote 7995I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which ...
Quote 8055Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Quote 8174The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man i...
Quote 8231Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Quote 8252Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wai...
Quote 8268To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Quote 8280If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Quote 8300Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
Quote 8420To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
Quote 8455Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Quote 8474There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
Quote 8500Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
Quote 8658Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneat...
Quote 8740I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, ...
Quote 8812Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and t...
Quote 8825Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inani...
Quote 8843What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Quote 8866Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
Quote 8963The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
Quote 9081Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Quote 9100I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
Quote 9133Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art...
Quote 9144The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Quote 9152Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in Decem...
Quote 9237I am two with nature. - Woody Allen
Quote 9248Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Quote 9306The groves were God's first temples. - William C. Bryant
Quote 9343The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.
Quote 9353In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all o...
Quote 9401We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
Quote 9423I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk ...
Quote 9471As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Quote 9506Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Quote 9562In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
Quote 9679I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
Quote 9693I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. - Frank Lloyd Wright
Quote 9711Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
Quote 9769Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watchin...
Quote 9915People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forge...
Quote 9931Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his f...
Quote 10083Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out.
Quote 10135I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Quote 10145Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and child...
Quote 10246Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
Quote 10360In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Quote 10363The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
Quote 10381For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.
Quote 10437My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It h...
Quote 10475What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.
Quote 10478In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, ...
Quote 10509Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only diffe...
Quote 10531We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
Quote 10545The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
Quote 10607Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
Quote 10622Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about fi...
Quote 10644Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.
Quote 10687We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Quote 10735Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
Quote 10839It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
Quote 10850Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
Quote 10873I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
Quote 10874I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
Quote 10903For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutw...
Quote 10964The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the ...
Quote 11086There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Quote 11127To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Quote 11170Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Quote 11295I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
Quote 11303Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
Quote 11367Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake...
Quote 11405Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Quote 11432Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Quote 11469Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we ...
Quote 11528By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, th...
Quote 11647It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air tha...
Quote 11692The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing...
Quote 11874Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
Quote 11895Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you. You've got to be ...
Quote 11941The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir
Quote 11951Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
Quote 11985One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose g...
Quote 11993Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the ...
Quote 11995A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.
Quote 12051You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Quote 12118That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
Quote 12137I'm very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.
Quote 12138The bluebird carries the sky on his back. - Henry David Thoreau
Quote 12173The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.
Quote 12176Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Quote 12180I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
Quote 12370It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Quote 12410Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
Quote 12449Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to ...
Quote 12462The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Quote 12579Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
Quote 12606I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climb...
Quote 12632Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
Quote 12670I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
Quote 12714If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
Quote 12769Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
Quote 12828Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
Quote 12854Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Quote 12891The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Quote 12932Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.
Quote 12944Earth laughs in flowers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quote 12993Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
Quote 12999Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Quote 13020I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to ...
Quote 13085To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
Quote 13103One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
Quote 13106Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.
Quote 13168The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just a...
Quote 13278What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't wa...
Quote 13281My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order p...
Quote 13333Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
Quote 13372I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
Quote 13427Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.
Quote 13477He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
Quote 13493Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
Quote 13515When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Quote 13570Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.
Quote 13629There is no forgiveness in nature. - Ugo Betti
Quote 13664To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
Quote 13785When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
Quote 13830The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Quote 13896Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Quote 13918When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
Quote 13926The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and on...
Quote 13971There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
Quote 14065And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.