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Art is embedded in nature and
they who can extract it, have it.

Albrecht Duerer


A soul who is not close to nature is far away from what is called spirituality.  In order to be spiritual one must communicate, and especially one must communicate with nature; one must feel nature.       -Hazrat Inayat Khan

There is a certain consideration, and a general duty of humanity, that binds us not only to the animals, which have life and feeling, but even to the trees and plants.  We owe justice to people, and kindness and benevolence to all other creatures who may be susceptible of it.  There is some intercourse between them and us, and some mutual obligation.       -Michel de Montaigne
You will find more in woods than in books.  Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from the masters.       -St. Bernard
When I'm out in nature, I feel a stronger sense of gratitude and awe, and I see more clearly just how beautiful this world is.  I need that feeling every once in a while if I'm to keep a clear perspective in my daily life on just what is truly important and just what isn't.  We nourish our souls when we get in touch with nature, and our souls are the part of ourselves that we so often neglect.
-tom walsh
There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo.  Even a bicycle goes too fast.       -Paul Scott Mowrer

Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.       -Michel de Montaigne
I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning.  There they are, and they are beautiful.       -Pete Hamill
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in its beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.   I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.  And I feel above me day-blind stars waiting for their light.  For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.       -Wendell Berry
The unhappiness of people is due to their ignorance of nature.       -Paul D'Holbach
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.        -Francis Bacon
The more I see of life the more I perceive that only through solitary communion with nature can one gain an idea of its richness and meaning.       -Cyril Connolly
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.        -William Shakespeare
I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.      -Adeline Knapp

Nature is the clearest source of solitude.  The greatness of nature can overwhelm the insignificant chatter by which we measure most of our days.  If you have the wisdom and the courage to go to nature alone, the larger rhythms, the eternal hum, will make itself known all the sooner.  When you have found it, it will always be there for you.  The peace without will become the peace within, and you will be able to return to it in your heart wherever you find yourself.       -Kent Nerburn
There is no climate, no place, and scarcely an hour, in which nature does not exhibit color which no mortal effort can imitate or approach.  For all our artificial pigments are, even when seen under the same circumstances, dead and lightless beside her living color; nature exhibits her hues under an intensity of sunlight which trebles their brilliancy.       -John Ruskin
Nature, like a loving mother, is ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush the angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony and beauty may reign supreme.        -Elizabeth  Cady  Stanton


Nature is the living, visible garment of God.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.        -John Muir
In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.       -John  Milton
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware
More and more from the first similitude.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When we pay attention to nature's music, we find that everything on the earth contributes to its harmony.
-Hazrat Inayat Khan
The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.       -May Sarton

Nature is another important aspect of nourishing the soul.  After a hike in the mountains where we live, for instance, I feel a remarkable sense of gratitude and awe.  My mind quiets down and allows me to see more clearly the beauty of creation.  And through that gratitude, the beauty of the universe is reflected back to the creator.       -Joan Borysenko
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
We cannot fail in following nature.        -Michel de Montaigne

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