That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of the atoms, I will no more believe that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet should fall into a most ingenious treatise on Philosophy.

Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.

All is flux, nothing is stationary.

All things change, nothing perishes.

No single thing abides; but all things flow.

There is nothing permanent except change.

I know that God has given us the use of goods, but only as far as is necessary; and he has determined that the use shall be common.

The source of man's unhappiness is his ignorance of nature.

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, that gives birth to imagination.

First of all, a natural talent is required, for when nature opposes, everything else is in vain.

The control a man has secured over nature has far outrun the control over himself.

To live in accordance with nature is to live in accordance with virtue.

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Live according to Nature.

All that is delightful and amiable in this world is simply Heaven breaking through the veil of this world.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.

Defy the commandments of the natural law, and the race will perish in a few generations; cooperate with them, and the race will flourish for ages to come.

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence exist in each individual of the species, can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Eden Phillpotts


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