The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
—E. B. White
Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.
—Frank Lloyd Wright
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
Nature is wont to hide herself.
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing.
You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
Nature does require her times of preservation.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I:
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Nature is a petrified magic city.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn't own water skis or a snorkel.
—Loudon Wainwright III
Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.
Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
—Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel