Nature Quotes from Around the World

peaceful country road

Famous nature quotes: How many of us have been inspired by nature and yet felt lost for words to express the inexpressible, to give voice to the ineffable? For your enjoyment we offer this selection of nature quotes to inspire you.

The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.

--Chief Seattle

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...while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

--John Muir

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

--John Muir

The radiance in some places is so great as to be fairly dazzling . . . every crystal, every flower a window opening into heaven, a mirror reflecting the Creator.

--John Muir

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

--John Muir

rocky stream in autumn

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

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

--Mohandas K. Gandhi

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.

--Standing Bear

Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.

--Rachel Carson

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

--Rachel Carson

Lotus flower

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.

--Rachel Carson

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.

--William Wordsworth

To see a world in a grain of sand,And a heaven in a wild flower,Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,An eternity in an hour.

--William Blake

spectacular mountain view

Nature is the art of God.

--Dante Alighieri

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

--Lao Tzu

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.


The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

--Blaise Pascal

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

Monarch butterfly on a yellow flower

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

--Richard Feynman

For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.

-- Donald Williams

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

--Walt Whitman

But mighty Nature bounds as from her birth;The sun is in the heavens, and life on earth:Flowers in the valley, splendor in the beam,Health on the gale, and freshness in the stream.

--Lord Byron

Ocean landscape silhouetted by trees

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way.


We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

--Mother Teresa

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

--Rabindranath Tagore

The deeper we look into nature the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret, and we are all united to all this life.

--Albert Schweitzer

And this sensitivity will create new friendships for you - friendships with trees, with birds, with animals, with mountains, with rivers, with oceans, with stars. Life becomes richer as love grows.


tree frog

When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.

--African saying

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.


Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

--Joyce Kilmer

Rivers and rocks and trees have always been talking to us, but we've forgotten how to listen.

--Michael Roads

sunny mountain valley

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.


What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? - No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night: No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance: No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began? A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

--W. H. Davies

To one who has been long in city pent, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.

--John Keats

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

--Kahlil Gibran

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.

--Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

--William Shakespeare

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