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Mother Nature's world never ceases to amaze and brings us all back to our earthly roots. We have assembled the best nature quotes for you to ponder and share - we hope they bring you insight and joy. Perhaps they will inspire you to get outdoors and bask in nature's beauty even more often. Maybe they will help us all remember how important it is to save Mother Nature's beauty so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do. Perhaps they will bring a smile to brighten your day or remind you of wonderful memories past. Regardless, we hope you enjoy them, and please share.

Nature rejuvenates so quickly, so completely. Though we often view ourselves otherwise, we are nature.

--Jeb Dickerson

Nature is cheaper than therapy.

--Unknown Author

I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.

--Georg Trakl

Leave the road, take the trails.

--Pythagoras

The mountains are calling and I must go.

--John Muir

Nature doesn't need people -- people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.

--Harrison Ford

If there is one thing clear about the centuries dominated by the factory and the wheel, it is that although the machine can make everything from a spoon to a landing-craft, a natural joy in earthly living is something it never has and never will be able to manufacture.

--Henry Beston

Nature moves towards balance.

--Joel Salatin

All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world -- not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.

--John Lubbock

We feel the pull of nature very strongly, relating -- even unknowingly -- feeling in ourselves to bulbs being stirred in frozen ground, or to the branches of dead trees. Perhaps this indivisibility from nature is an important thing to recognize as we go about our business in the world.

--Sadie Jones

I think ultimately, bringing more nature back into the city is a way to deal with urban sprawl and things like that. If the cities feel a little more natural, people like to live there more rather than moving out and dividing up another piece of land that shouldn't be touched.

--Stone Gossard

The purpose of creation is beauty. Nature in all its various aspects develops towards beauty, and therefore it is plain that the purpose of life is to evolve towards beauty.

--Hazrat Inayat Khan

Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it... Eliminate one species, and another increases to take its place. Eliminate a great many species, and the local ecosystem starts to decay.

--Edward O. Wilson

Mere communion with nature, mere contact with the free air, exercise a soothing yet comforting and strengthening influence on the wearied mind, calm the storm of passion, and soften the heart when shaken by sorrow to its inmost depths.

--Alexander von Humboldt

Mankind's ability to understand and control the forces of nature greatly exceeds our ability to govern ourselves.

--George Soros

In nature there are few sharp lines.

--A. R. Ammons

To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.

--Auguste Rodin

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

--Auguste Rodin

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

--Auguste Rodin

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.

--Auguste Rodin

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.

--Alfred Austin

If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.

--Alex Trebek

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

--Sir Francis Bacon

Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion.

--Francis Herbert Hedge

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

--Euclid

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one of Nature's greatest healers.

--Ellsworth Huntington

When mankind pushes, nature sometimes pushes back.

--James Rollins

Nature knows best.

--Barry Commoner

Humans have occupied a position in nature that they should not. It is impossible for humans to conquer nature.

--Svetlana Alexievich

We cannot command nature except by obeying her.

--Sir Francis Bacon

Nature is not apart from us, nature is us.

--Thomas Ranier

Nature is the ultimate design. All the colors, textures, shapes, and inspiration are waiting for us to discover. I can think of no greater joy than this journey of discovery.

--Mary Mccullah

Somewhere I belong! A small house amidst nature it will be!

--Somya Kedia

Nature nurtures us. We are because nature is...let us care for nature.

--Sanchita Pandey

There is a way of beholding nature that is itself a form of prayer.

--Diane Ackerman

May the Sun Bring you new energy by day
May the Moon Softly restore you by night
May the rain Wash away your worries
May the breeze Blow new Strength into your Being
May you walk gently through the World and know it's Beauty all the days of your life.

--Apache Blessing

Nature hath no goal, though she hath law.

--John Donne

We are separate from nature or life only in our minds.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

When you nurture Nature, Nature nurtures you.

--Donald L. Hicks

We are all equal in the face of nature.

--Noah Hawley

The wonders of nature are endless.

--Walt Disney

There's an interdependence between flowers and bees. Where there are no flowers there are no bees, and where there are no bees, there are no flowers. They are really one organism. And so in the same way, everything in nature depends on everything else.

--Alan Watts

Mother Nature is a self-taught engineer.

--Stewart Stafford

Mother Nature made continents. Human beings made countries.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

When Mother Nature speaks, even the Gods hold silence.

--Abhijit Naskar

I say stick with Mother Nature as much as possible.

--Jack LaLanne

The only engine big enough to impact Mother Nature is Father Greed.

--Thomas Friedman

Mother Nature does not do bailouts.

--Al Gore

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

--Eckhart Tolle

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.

--Kate Chopin

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life.

--Charles Lindbergh

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

--Albert Einstein

Nature is pleased with simplicity.

--Isaac Newton

Longer Version:

Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.


If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

--Vincent van Gogh

Trees're always a relief, after people.

--David Mitchell

In the woods we return to reason and faith.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

In the woods we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life -- no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.


If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere.

--Vincent van Gogh

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

--Percy Bysshe Shelley

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.

--W. Earl Hall

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.

--Claude Monet

All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.

--Kenneth Grahame

Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.

--Michel de Montaigne

We share the earth not only with our fellow human beings, but with all the other creatures.

--Dalai Lama

There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.

--Gaylord Nelson

A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.

--Edward Abbey

It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here.

--Edward Abbey

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.

--Barry Commoner

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.

--Rachel Carson

Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic, changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective.

--Rachel Carson

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

--Rachel Carson

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

--Walt Kelly

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.

--Andy Warhol

One of these days I will explore this forest. But then again I may not, for there are places which people should leave alone.

--Alan Watts

We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.

--John Marsden

Earth was created for all of us, not some of us.

--Anthony Douglas Williams

The most tangible of all visible mysteries -- fire.

--Leigh Hunt

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.

--Henry Beston

In the beauty and grandeur of individual trees, and in number and variety of species, the Sierra forests surpass all others.

--John Muir

The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.

--Haruki Murakami

Even for a tree of 10000 feet, it's leaves return to the root when they fall.

--Chinese Proverb

A flower you plant may not necessarily bloom; but the seed of a tree you happen to drop may grow into a forest.

--Chinese Proverb

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.

--Chad Sugg

Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.

--John Muir

Our forests are literally the lungs for the planet.

--Unknown Author

The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day.

--Kenneth Patton

Water is the driving force in nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you'll find it there.

--Robb Sagendorph

Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.

--John Burroughs

The stars awaken a certain reverence because though always present they are inaccessible.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

--John Muir

There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.

--Jo Walton

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.

--Unknown Author

I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me.

--William Hazlitt

A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.

--Edward Abbey

Longer Version:

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.


Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.

--Rachel Carson

Our downfall as a species is that we are arrogant enough to think that we can control Mother Nature and stupid enough to think it is our job.

--Greg Peterson
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