Quotations About / On:
Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches.
(Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 22 (1961).)
Every flower is a soul blossoming in Nature.
(Gérard De Nerval (1808-1855), French novelist, poet. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Geoffrey Wagner (1958). Vers Dorés, L'Artiste (Paris, March 16, 1845) under the title "Pensée Antique.")
Man is by nature a political animal.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics, bk. 1, ch. 2, sct. 1253a (c. 343 B.C.).)
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Coningsby, bk. 7, ch. 5 (1844).)
This is not how nature speaks.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Alceste, in The Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 2 (1666).
Alceste criticizes a pretentious poem.)
Nature abhors a vacuum.
(François Rabelais (c. 1494-1553), French monk, humanist, satirist, physician. Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1534), trans. by J.M. Cohen (1955).
Originally a Latin proverb, "Natura abhorret vacuum.")
The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
(Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, ch. 5 (1968).)
All nature wears one universal grin.
(Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Doodle, in Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1 (1730).)
Human nature is a scoundrel's favorite explanation.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
All men by nature desire knowledge.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Metaphysics, bk. 1, ch. 1.)