Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn't the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?
Pregnancy demonstrates the deterministic character of woman's sexuality. Every pregnant woman has body and self taken over by a chthonian force beyond her control. In the welcome pregnancy, this is a happy sacrifice. But in the unwanted one, initiated by rape or misadventure, it is a horror. Such unfortunate women look directly into nature's heart of Darkness. For a fetus is a benign tumor, a vampire who steals in order to live. The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.
The drama is not a mere copy of nature, not a facsimile. It is the free running hand of genius, under the impression of its liveliest wit or most passionate impulses, a thousand times adorning or feeling all as it goes; and you must read it, as the healthy instinct of audiences almost always does, if the critics will let them alone, with a grain of allowance, and a tendency to go away with as much of it for use as is necessary, and the rest for the luxury of laughter, pity, or poetical admiration.
Even minor tampering with nature is apt to bring serious consequences, as did the introduction of a single chemical (DDT). Genetic engineering is tampering on a monumental scale, and nature will surely exact a heavy toll for this trespass.
Zen says: be empty. Look without any idea. Look into the nature of things but with no idea, with no prejudice, with no presupposition.
Immortality is what nature possesses without effort and without anybody's assistance, and immortality is what the mortals must therefore try to achieve if they want to live up to the world into which they were born, to live up to the things which surround them and to whose company they are admitted for a short while.
The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form
[and] knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula,and feeds inspiration.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
It is the nature of the ego to take, and the nature of the spirit to share.
Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
"Healing," Papa would tell me, "is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature."
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion.
It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.
Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel
A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile. Never does she look so delightful, as when the sun is brightly reflected by the water, while the waves are gently rippling, and the prospect receives life and animation from the glancing transit of an occasional row-boat, and the quieter motion of a few small vessels. But the land must be well in sight; not only for its own sake, but because the immensity and awfulness of a mere sea-view would ill accord with the other parts of the glittering and joyous scene
It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.
States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first†bad weather†kills them
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and GodÖI firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires.
We of the genus Homo ride the logs that float down the Round river, and by a little judicious "burling" we have learned to guide their direction and speed. This feat entitles us to the specific appellation sapiens. The technique of burling is called economics, the remembering of old routes is called in history, the selection of new ones is called statesmanship, the conversation about oncoming rifles and rapids is called politics. Some of the crew aspire to burl not only their own blogs, but the whole flotilla as well. This collective bargaining with nature is called national planning.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains.