Shakespeare possesses the power of subordinating nature for the purposes of expression, beyond all poets.? His imperial muse tosses the creation like a bauble from hand to hand, and uses it to embody any caprice of thought that is uppermost in his mind.? The remotest spaces of nature are visited, and the farthest sundered things are brought together, by subtle spiritual connection.? We are made aware that magnitude of material things is relative, and all objects shrink and expand to serve the passion of the poet.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it's faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature of the programming.
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.
Even in comedies, you've got to feel safe for things to just happen in a way that is natural and free, and recognizable as human.
Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
To regard the fundamental as the essence, to regard things as coarse, to regard accumulation as deficiency, and to dwell quietly alone with the spiritual and the intelligent - herein lie the techniques of Tao of the ancients.
The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses; but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses.
We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.
We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.
And trust, yes, which is important, but that is what I aim towards. Now that is difficult for some people, and with that desire to get things as good as possible, I would say that I'm probably regarded as quite prickly to work with.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.
For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire.
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.
For in every particular of the Word there is an internal sense which treats of things spiritual and heavenly, not of things natural and worldly, such as are treated of in the sense of the letter.
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.