Since everything in nature answers to a moral power, if any phenomenon remains brute and dark it is that the corresponding faculty in the observer is not yet active.
It is nature the symbol, nature certifying the supernatural, body overflowed by life which he worships with coarse but sincere rites.
Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems, pictures, and commandments of the Deity,--in this, that there is no fact in nature which does not carry the whole sense of nature; and the distinctions which we make in events and in affairs, of low and high, honest and base, disappear when nature is used as a symbol.
He would deprive men of a familiar term which they can ill afford to lose; but he seems not to have observed that this alteration is merely verbal and does not in any degree affect the nature of things.
The question which Plato has raised respecting the origin and nature of ideas belongs to the infancy of philosophy; in modern times it would no longer be asked.
The face of Nature may be compared to a yielding surface, with ten thousand sharp wedges packed close together and driven inwards by incessant blows, sometimes one wedge being struck, and then another with greater force.
This view of the necessity of a large stock of the same species for its preservation, explains, I believe, some singular facts in nature, such as that of very rare plants being sometimes extremely abundant in the few spots where they do occur; and that of some social plants being social, that is, abounding in individuals, even on the extreme confines of their range.
In Staffordshire, on the estate of a relation where I had ample means of investigation, there was a large and extremely barren heath, which had never been touched by the hand of man; but several hundred acres of exactly the same nature had been enclosed twenty-five years previously and planted with Scotch fir.
It aims to express the inner truth or central principles of things, without anxiety for minor details, and it is by nature
largely intellectual in quality, though not by any means to the exclusion of emotion.
Then it will be our duty to select, if we can, natures which are fitted for the task of guarding the city?
But are not these spirited natures apt to be savage with one another, and with everybody else?
I mean to say that there do exist natures gifted with those opposite qualities.
Praise is looked, homage tendered, love flows, from mute nature, from the mountains and the lights of the firmament.
The instinct of the mind, the purpose of nature, betrays itself in the use we make of the signal narrations of history.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.