The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard
It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
- Marcus Aurelius
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
- Epictetus
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
- Walt Disney
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
- Marcus Aurelius
Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
- Sai Baba
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
- William Blake
Nature has always had more force than education.
- Voltaire
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.
- Marcus Aurelius
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.
- Marcus Aurelius
The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
- Eric Hoffer
Water is the driving force of all nature.
- Leonardo da Vinci
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
- Plato
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
- Napoleon Hill
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin
I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
- Maria Mitchell
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.
- Charles Dickens
But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
- Leo Tolstoy
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
- Salvador Dali
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
- Walt Whitman
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
- Aldous Huxley
My nature just changes.
- Jimi Hendrix
I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.
- Jimi Hendrix
Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
- Victor Hugo
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
- Marcus Aurelius
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
- Barack Obama
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
- Joseph Addison
Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
- Victor Hugo
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
- Saint Augustine
For greed all nature is too little.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.
- Erich Fromm
I think I have a dualistic nature.
- Bob Dylan
Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.
- Truman Capote
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
- Henry Ward Beecher
According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.
- Jose Marti
But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine
Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.
- Victor Hugo
Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci
The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.
- William James
As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
- Victor Hugo
Human nature is not of itself vicious.
- Thomas Paine
Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald
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