• I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

    Inconvenience, Nature

  • There is no gardening without humility.Nature is constantly sending eAlfred Austinven its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.

    Gardening, Humility, Nature

  • A continuous lowering of standards and the acceptance of degraded natural ecosystems is known as the "shifting baseline syndrome." Each generation redefines what is "natural" so each time the baseline drops, it is considered the new norm.We forget there was once more, much, much more.

    Degradation, Devaluation, Ecology, Nature

  • Though we protest that we love nature, it seems that this is only on our own terms. We have become a nation of gardeners, more interested in exotic flowers than nature's.

    Ecology, Nature, Sophistication

  • Human beings can easily destroy every elephant on the earth, but we are helpless against the mosquito.

    Human, Insects, Nature, Pests

  • If all mankind were to disappear,the world regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

    Ecology, Insects, Nature

  • You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

    Flowers, Nature, Spring

  • A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff nature replaces it with.

    Alternatives, Nature, Vacuum

  • Worship of nature may be ancient, but seeing nature as cuddlesome, hug-a-bear and too cute for words, is strictly a modern fashion.


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


  • It appears to be a law that you cannot have deep sympathy with man and nature. Those qualities which bring you near to one estrange you from the other.


  • Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.


  • You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back.


  • Butterflies give us solace for the pain of living.