Quotes About Nature From Around the World

by Diane, M.P.H, M.S.

For thousands of years humans have been challenged, inspired, amazed, soothed, frightened and made wiser by the natural environment’s complexity, beauty, resources, and wonders. Nature provides mankind with life’s necessities, as well as structure and routine, influenced by food available from plants and animals, water, mineral resources, variations in geography, weather patterns, daylight versus darkness, temperature, aridness, humidity, etc.. Nothing is wasted, for all of the earth’s resources are constantly being recycled. By living in harmony with the natural environment, we improve our physical and emotional health, happiness, and home environment. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced, often stressful, industrialized world where technology has taken on greater and greater importance, we often forget the magnificent beauty and healing, relaxing power of nature. The following quotes demonstrate how her magic has inspired people around the world since early times:

Nature is the art of God.–Dante Alighieri

In nature nothing is wasted, and everything is recycled.–Anonymous

Nature abhors a vacuum.–Aristotle

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way.–Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics)

There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.–Aristotle

Nature runs on sunlight, uses only the energy it needs, fits form to function, recycles everything, rewards cooperation, banks on diversity, demands local expertise, curbs excesses from within, and taps the power of limits–Janine Benyus

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.–Har Borland

Earth’s crammed with heaven,and every common bush afire with God.–Elizabeth Barrett Browning

One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.–Black Elk

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.–Rachel Carson

Only as a child’s awareness and reverence for the wholeness of life are developed can his humanity to his own kind reach its full development.–Rachel Carson

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.–Rachel Carson

It is the law of nature that woman should be held under the dominance of man.–Confucius

Nature can do more than physicians.–Oliver Cromwell

Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.–Albert Einstein

The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature has given man one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak.–Epictetus

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependant upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.–Galileo

I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such beings as crawl on earth.–Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma [Great Soul]) Gandhi

The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives. The sum-total of that life is 
God.–Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma [Great Soul]) Gandhi

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.–Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma [Great Soul]) Gandhi

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.–Kahlil Gibran

It was in the forest that I found “the peace that passeth understanding”.–Jane Goodall

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. —Linda Hogan

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she will always hurry back.–Horace

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.–Thomas Jefferson

The poetry of the earth is never dead.–John Keats

I think that I shall never see

A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

–Joyce Kilmer


Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man.–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.–James Russell Lowell

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.–John Muir

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.–John Muir

When you inflict significant change to nature, nature will eventually get back at you with a significant force.–Kazuo Oike (Seismologist and former president of Kyoto University who now serves on Japan’s government committee investigating the Fukushima Daiichi accident of March 11, 2011.)*

The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it…No place for greed or anger there.–Pha Pachak

Rivers and rocks and trees have always been talking to us, but we’ve forgotten how to listen.–Michael Roads

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.–August Rodin

The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.–Chief Seattle

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

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?–Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wisdom begins in wonder.–Socrates

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.–Standing Bear

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.–Mother Teresa

We inter-breathe with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body.–Thich Nhat Hanh

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.–Lao Tzu

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.–Walt Whitman

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.–William Wordsworth

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in it’s domain.–Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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* Dawson, Chester and Yuka Hayashi. “Fateful Move Exposed Japan Plant: Tokyo Electric Lowered Elevation of Land Before Building Nuclear Facility, Weakening Tsunami Defense.” World News: The Wall Street Journal. 07/12/11. p. A6.



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