135 Nature Quotes

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Here are 135 of the best nature quotes I could find. The goal? Simply to inspire you and make you feel grateful to spend even more time in nature. Enjoy!

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In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

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By discovering nature, you discover yourself. Maxime Lagacé

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Going to the mountains is going home. John Muir

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Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. Lao Tzu

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

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We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American proverb

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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

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Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. Henry David Thoreau

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. Henry David Thoreau

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And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir

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The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

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Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. John Muir

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The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream. Jack Kerouac

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A few quick thoughts on nature…

I was lucky enough to live close to nature when I was young.

What did I learn?

I learned to be curious, to discover the world of animals, insects, flowers, plants and trees.

I also learned to be alone, enjoy myself and feel at home even far from my parents.

The best part?

I kept that curiosity today and I still love to spend time in nature every week.

It’s crucial for my physical and mental health.

In sum,

nature, hiking and trail running are part of the reason I know myself a lot more today.

I couldn’t be more grateful.

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13 Nature Quotes (Discover Nature, Discover Yourself)


The Best Nature Quotes

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nature quotes world big want have good look before gets dark john muir wisdom woman mountains

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. John Muir Click to tweet

Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted. Katrina Mayer Click to tweet

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Rainer Maria Rilke

It was for the best, so Nature had no choice but to do it. Marcus Aurelius

Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians. Chinese proverb

Choose only one master – nature. Rembrandt

Leave the road, take the trails. Pythagoras

The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see. Albert Einstein

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. Emma Goldman

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Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet. Brooke Hampton

Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. Carl Sagan

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions. Antoinette Brown Blackwell

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. Linda Hogan

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy”. Sylvia Plath

There I feel that nothing can befall me. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. D. H. Lawrence

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. Bill Watterson

Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow. Vincent van Gogh

And then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? Vincent van Gogh

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. Standing Bear

What Is Nature?

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nature quotes our mother latin proverb wisdom water woman

Nature is our mother. Latin proverb

Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is the art of God. Dante Alghieri

Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful. Edward Abbey

Nature is cheaper than therapy. Unknown

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. Blaise Pascal

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. Terence McKenna

Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

Nature is not human hearted. Lao Tzu

Nature is the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations. Google

Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. Wikipedia

Part 2. Nature Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Nature Quotes

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Searching for a famous nature quote? Check out those by Einstein, Shakespeare, Feynman, Lao Tzu, etc.
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I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it. William Shakespeare

The earth has music for those who listen. William Shakespeare

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s, she’s never going to let us relax. Richard Feynman

Look into nature, and then you will understand it better. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Nature is not an engineer or a contractor, and I myself am a part of Nature. Albert Einstein (On whether his life was a success or failure)

How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures? Walt Disney

All things in nature occur mathematically. René Descartes

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature Quotes

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nature quotes many eyes through meadow few see flowers ralph waldo emerson wisdom woman walking fields

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. Every day, the sun; and, after sunset, night and her stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is loved by what is best in us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck. Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Muir Nature Quotes

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I never saw a discontented tree. John Muir

Most people are on the world, not in it. John Muir

Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing. John Muir

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir

Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue. John Muir

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir

The sun shines not on us but in us. John Muir Click to tweet

Henry David Thoreau Nature Quotes

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An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau (goodreads.com)

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. Henry David Thoreau

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. Henry David Thoreau

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used. Henry David Thoreau

Short Nature Quotes

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One-liners for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle Click to tweet

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

Nature, to be controlled, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder

The world is always in movement. V. S. Naipaul

An inflexible tree breaks in a storm. Matshona Dhliwayo

The earth is what we all have in common. Wendell Berry

Colors are the smiles of nature. Leigh Hunt

I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are. Unknown

All good things are wild and free. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

It is in the still silence of nature where one will find true bliss. Unknown

Beautiful things don’t ask for attention. Unknown

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno Click to tweet

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. Theodore Roethke

The earth has its music for those who will listen. George Santanaya

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers. Robert A. Heinlein

Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets. Albert Einstein

Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. Antoni Gaudi

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise. James Russell Lowell

Wildness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Men argue. Nature acts. Voltaire

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Inspirational Nature Quotes

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nature quotes life through new sights made rejoice like child marie curie wisdom feet

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. Marie Curie

Not just beautiful, though — the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me. Haruki Murakami

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. Walt Whitman

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. John Muir

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news. John Muir

It is said that the forest has a certain limit if you look straight ahead, but the sides are boundless. Riccardo Bozzi

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey

At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned. Cormac McCarthy

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled. Henry David Thoreau

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. John Steinbeck

The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me? Percy Bysshe Shelley

Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. Brian Jacques

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps. John Lennon

I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility. Jack Kerouac

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. Rainer Maria Rilke

Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. Charlotte Eriksson

Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. Charlotte Eriksson

There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it. Charlotte Eriksson

The butterfly counts not months but moments; and has time enough. Rabindranith Tagore

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. Gerard De Nerval

Want more inspiring quotes? Please check out Gratitude Quotes That Will Bring You Peace

Wise Nature Sayings

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Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal Click to tweet

Nature’s law is stronger than any little law you have made for yourself. Frank A. De Puy

The goal is to discover your nature and nature helps you do it. Maxime Lagacé

Although we say mountains belong to the country, actually, they belong to those that love them. Dogen

Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. Arapaho proverb (Native American proverb)

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry van Dyke

Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another. Edmund Burke

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. Henry David Thoreau

The day has eyes; the night has ears. David Fergusson Click to tweet

Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of this childhood. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck

My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God’s lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature. Henry David Thoreau

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson

The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. Henry Miller

The first wildflower of the year is like land after sea. Thomas Wentworth Higginson Click to tweet

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Part 3. Conclusion

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A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Call to action: Read 11 scientific reasons you should be spending more time outside (businessinsider.com)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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May 23, 2019

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August 31, 2021

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  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over
    again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog.

  2. I am writing a story about a unique forest in Northern Pennsylvania, that was bounded by two branches of a large stream. As such, it was not accessible for our consumption of the natural riches offered there. The forest held marshes and ponds as well as dry fields. All sorts of trees native to the temperate zone, exotic plants too numerous to list; and, animals, reptiles, insects and birds and amphibians. The forest fed and protected all the life therein.
    As it was when I was a young boy and loved the exploration it made open to me.
    Twenty five years later, I returned to the place of my roots. The wonderful forest, I called my “Rain Forest”, had become a park. No longer bounded, one stream only, all the flora stripped and the animals and such, gone. In their place; a soccer field, baseball field, pavilion with picnic tables, a swimming pool, large parking lot and acres of just grass.
    I have inserted a number of the quotes as they are appropriate to my story. Your credit is in the endnotes. Thank you.

  3. Trees: They can have a rough grip when you need something or someone to hold. They can whisper in the winds when you need someone to talk to or just enjoy listening to them. They can provide security when you need a place to hide. A tree will always be there for you. Nature is our nurturer. Growling Bear~Shēila

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