I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989)- Desert Solitaire “Cliffrose and Bayonets”, p. 25 (1968)

The domination of nature leads to the domination of human nature.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – Beyond The Wall: Essays from the Outside, 1971

There are no vacant lots in nature.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989)- Desert Solitude, “The First Morning,” p.6, Ballantine Books, NY, NY, 1968

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – The Journey Home (1991) The Rape of the West p. 183

Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, Notes from a Secret Journal, 1986, Ch,9 p86

Nature neither gives nor expects mercy.
Diane Ackerman (1948 -) – The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales, Random House, NY,NY, 1991, 239-240.

Nature is also great fun. To pretend that nature isn’t fun is to miss much of the joy of being alive.
Diane Ackerman (1948 -) – The rarest of the rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds, Introduction, Vintage Books, NY, NY, p.xx, 1997

Nature is what wins in the end.
Abby Adams (1902-1984) – The Gardener’s Gripe Book, Workmans Publishing, NY, NY, 1995, p. 10.

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) – Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) – Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) – The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1132, The Library of America (1983)

If there’s a power above us,
(And that there is all nature cries aloud
Through all her works,) he must delight in virtue.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – Cato, Act V, Scene I, J Dicks, London, 1883

Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – The Spectator, Vol I, 1826, No 162, p. 255

As long as men inquire, they will find opportunities to know more upon these topics than those who have gone before them, so inexhaustibly rich is nature in the innermost diversity of her treasures of beauty, order and intelligence.
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) – The Spectator, Vol VII, No. 477, September 6, 1712, pp 19-20.

The eye of the trilobite tells us that the sun shone on the old beach where he lived; for there is nothing in nature without a purpose, and when so complicated an organ was made to receive the light, there must have been light to enter it.
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) – Geological Sketches, ch. 2, 1866

Lay aside all conceit. Learn to read the book of nature for yourself. Those who have succeeded best have followed for years some slim thread which has once in a while broadened out and disclosed some treasure worth a life-long search.
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) – Popular Science Monthly, Quoted by David Stair Jordan, Vol 40, 1891

Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) – The Journals of Bronson Alcott, January, p. 187, Little Brown & Co., Boston MA, 1938.

Nature is thought immersed in matter. . .
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) – “Pantheon,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol II, No 1, 1868 (p. 47)

Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) – A Long Fatal Love Chase, 1866, Dell Publishing reprint, 1995, p 11.

Nature hath nothing made so base, but can read some instruction to the wisest man.
Charles Aleyn -Quoted in: A dictionary of thoughts: being a cyclopedia of laconic quotations from the best authors of the world, both ancient and modern, edited by Tryon Edwards, 1908. Quote improperly attributed to Tryon Edwards.

Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail.
Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) –The Private Journal of Henri Frédéric Amiel, Tr. H. Ward, October 31, 1852,

Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.
Lorraine Anderson (1952 – ) – Quoted in The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Gail McMeekin, Conari Press, 2000, p27.

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.
Maya Angelou (1928 – ) – Conversations with Maya Angelou, Ed. J. Elliot, University Press of Mississippi, (1989)

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Parts of Animals I.645a16

Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Politics I. 1256 b

But Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks an end.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Generation of Animals I.715b15

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Nicomanachean Ethics, 1099B, 23

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