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All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature. - Aristotle

Nature is the most thrifty thing in the world; she never wastes anything; she undergoes change, but there's no annihilation, the essence remains - matter is eternal. - Binney

I love not man the less, but nature more. - Byron

For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss. - Dryden

Nature is a volume of which God is the author. - Harvey

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies. - Victor Hugo

Natura genetrix. (Nature is our mother.) - Latin Proverb

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the enlightened mind the whole world sparkles and burns. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking-places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas in nature.  - Henry David Thoreau

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's life may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. - Wendell Berry

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. - Vincent Van Gogh

In wildness is the preservation of the world. - Henry David Thoreau

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. (Statesman/Naturalist) - Sir John Lubbock