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Quotes about Nature


These are some of my favourite quotes about nature - some of them from books, some famous, some anonymous, some poetic.

Looking out over Tsitsikamma

I hope these incredible nature quotes will inspire you to reconnect with nature and reflect upon its wonder and magnitude.


"To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour".

- William Blake

Emfundisweni Pre-primary School, Strand

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."

- John Lubbock

Battlefields, Majuba Mountain KZN

"I do believe in an everyday sort of magic - the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone."

- Charles de Lint

Platbos Forest, Overberg

"Not just beautiful, though - the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me."

- Haruki Murakami

"We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when his works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where his worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest his infinitude, his omnipotence, his omnipresence."

- Charlotte Bronte

Bylde River Canyon, Panorama Route Mpumulanga

"To cultivate a garden is to walk with God".

- Christian Bovee

"There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature - than in those of art".

- Aristotle

Giraffes roam free at Hluhluwe Nature Reserve

"Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span on this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal".

- Elizabeth Aston

Blyde River Canyon, Panorama Route

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more".

- George Gordon Byron

Bourkes Potholes, Panorama Route

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"

- John Muir

"Different people have different duties assigned them by Nature; Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, the other that. Each bird must sing with his own throat".

- Henrik Ibsen

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

- Kahlil Gibran



"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience".

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dung beetle rolling its dung ball across the road, Timbavati Nature Reserve

"The earth has music for those who listen."
- George Santayana

"There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer".

- Calvin Coolidge

Sunset in the Midlands, Karkloof

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin".

- William Shakespeare

Lion rolls and plays, Timbavati Nature Reserve

"Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness".

- Eckkhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

1000-year old cabbage tree, Kurisa Moya

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in".

- George Washington Carver

"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, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves".

- John Muir


"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars".

- Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

Mdumbi River, Wild Coast

"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us alright".

- Henry David Thoreau

Asti white, osteospermum daisies

"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy.

Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.



Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are".

- Osho

"And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know?"

- Carl Sandburg

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes".

- e.e. cummings

Cascades, Royal Drakensberg National Park

Howick Waterfall, Midlands

"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy".

- Hamlin Garland

"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia".

- Charles A. Lindbergh

Mother and cub leopards, Timbavati Nature Reserve

"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man".

- Author Unknown

Treehouse hide, Timbavati Nature Reserve

"Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way".

- Francis Bacon

Sociable weavers nest, Northern Cape

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul".

- John Muir

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

- Rachel Carson

Walkway to a waterfall, Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.

As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."

- Anne Frank

Bourke's Potholes, Panorama Route

"Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains".

- Henry Ward Beecher


"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again'".

- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


"I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic."

- George Carlin

Burnt and blackened tree hosts life

"How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us. Stay close to the heart of nature and forget this troubled world. Remember, there is nothing wrong with nature; the trouble is in ourselves".

- Parks Cousins

"That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe".

- John Berger

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful".

- e.e. cummings

Rocktail beach camp, KZN

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive".

- Eleonora Duse

"Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God".

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elephant at Thula Thula Private Nature Reserve

"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty".

- John Muir

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us".

- Iris Murdoch

"The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do".

- Galileo

Spring flowers


"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

Milkwood, Platbos Forest, Overberg

"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
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


"The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call laws of nature".

- Thomas Huxley

"Nature takes no account of even the most reasonable of human excuses".

- Joseph Wood Krutch

Hole in the Wall, Wild Coast

"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

Arctotis on Fire

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

- DH Lawrence

"Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God; and defects, to show that she is only his image".

"Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master-the root, the branch, the fruits-the principles, the consequences".

- Blaise Pascal


"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you".

- Maori proverb

"We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away".

- Plutarch

Rhinos at Thula Thula Private Nature Reserve, KZN

"This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls".

- John Muir

"The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden, Than anywhere else on earth".

- Dorothy Frances Gurney

Permaculture Garden at Khula Village, outside St Lucia KZN

"A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night".

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within".

- Chinese proverb

Kids tend the garden at Unathi Mfeki School

"Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, part of the natural world and competent to belong in it".

- Wallace Stegner

Old lion at Wild Ivory Eco Lodge, Limpopo

"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from".

- Terry Tempest Williams

Agame Lizard

"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things".

- Mary Oliver

Reading on the balcony overlooking coastal forest at Rocktail Beach Camp

"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

Meerkats, Oudtshoorn

Above all, always remember:

"The poetry of the earth is never dead".

- John Keats

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