For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.
Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
Man is by nature a political animal.
The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
For me, the number three seems to have a particular significance, relevant in some strange ways to the relation between man and nature.
No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Man is naturally a political animal.
Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
Man, before he is being regenerated, does not even know that any internal man exists, much less is he acquainted with its nature and quality.
The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed.
Moreover, no one is judged from the natural man, thus not so long as he lives in the natural world, for man is then in a natural body; but everyone is judged in the spiritual man, and therefore when he comes into the spiritual world, for man is then in a spiritual body.
When man decides he can control nature, he's in deep trouble.
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.
That every man after the life in the world lives to eternity, is evident from this, that man is then spiritual, and no longer natural, and that the spiritual man, separated from the natural, remains such as he is to eternity, for man's state cannot be changed after death.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.