Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Go forth under the open sky, and list
To Nature’s teachings.

To him who in the love of Nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
Into his darker musings, with a mild
And healing sympathy, that steals away
Their sharpness, ere he is aware.

Nature ever faithful is
To such as trust her faithfulness.
Emerson.—Poems: Wood-notes, Part I. Stanza 4.

Nature is always serious—does not jest with us.
Emerson.—The Superlative.

She paints with white and red the moors,
To draw the nations out of doors.
Emerson.—Poems: Fragments on Nature and Life, Nature.

Nature will not be in full possessed,
And they who truliest love her, heralds are
And harbingers of a majestic race,
Who, having more absorbed, more largely yield,
And walk on earth as the sun walks in the sphere.
Emerson.—Poems: Nature.

Earth is but the frozen echo of the silent voice of God.
Samuel Miller Hageman.—Silence.

Our old mother Nature has pleasant and cheery tones enough for us when she comes in her dress of blue and gold over the eastern hill-tops; but when she follows us up-stairs to our beds in her suit of black velvet and diamonds, every creak of her sandals and every whisper of her lips is full of mystery and fear.
Holmes.—The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Chap. VII.

Nature is religious only as it manifests God.
Mark Hopkins.—Sermon, delivered before the Pastoral Association of Massachusetts, May 30, 1843.

Nature is hieroglyphic. Each prominent fact in it is like a type; its final use is to set up one letter of the infinite alphabet, and help us, by its connections, to read some statement of statute applicable to the conscious world.
Thomas Starr King.—The White Hills: The Connecticut Valley.

Nature seems to have been created to inspire feeling.
Thomas Starr King.—The White Hills: The Androscoggin Valley.

No tears
Dim the sweet look that Nature wears.
Longfellow.—Sunrise on the Hills.

Who loves and lives with nature tolerates
Baseness in nothing; high and solemn thoughts
Are his, clean deeds and honorable life.
Stoddard.—The Dead Master.