„Finally we should note the basic assumption of the classical laboratory-namely, that nature is neither capricious nor secretive. If nature were capricious, she would tell one observer one thing and another observer a quite different thing… Also nature is not secretive, in the sense that she will not forever hide certain aspects of her being…“

Source: 1960s - 1970s, The Systems Approach and Its Enemies (1979), p. 57; as cited in: Carolyn Merchant (1982) "Isis' Consciousness Raised", in: Isis, Vol. 73, No. 3. (1982), pp. 398-409

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American philosopher and systems scientist 1913 - 2004

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„Nature loves to hide her secrets, and she does not suffer the hidden truth about the essential nature of the gods to be flung in naked words to the ears of the profane…“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

"Oration VII": "To the Cynic Heracleios", as quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 105; also in Hidden Wisdom: Esoteric Traditions and the Roots of Christian Mysticism (2005) by Gedaliahu A. G. Stroumsa, p. 25
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Temple Grandin photo

„Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.“

—  Temple Grandin USA-american doctor of animal science, author, and autism activist 1947

"Stairway to Heaven," Thinking in Pictures (1995), p. 202.
Source: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
Context: Most people don't realize that the slaughter plant is much gentler than nature. Animals in the wild die from starvation, predators, or exposure. If I had a choice, I would rather go through a slaughter system than have my guts ripped out by coyotes or lions while I was still conscious. Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.

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„Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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Tertullian photo

„All things will be in danger of being taken in a sense different from their own proper sense, and, whilst taken in that different sense, of losing their proper one, if they are called by a name which differs from their natural designation. Fidelity in names secures the safe appreciation of properties.“

—  Tertullian Christian theologian 155 - 220

De Carne Christi, 13.2
Original: (la) Omnia periclitabuntur aliter accipi quam sunt, et amittere quod sunt dum aliter accipiuntur, si aliter quam sunt cognominantur. Fides nominum salus est proprietatum.

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Robert Burns photo

„To see her is to love her,
And love but her forever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made anither!“

—  Robert Burns Scottish poet and lyricist 1759 - 1796

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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be.“

—  Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988

Sir Douglas Robb Lectures, University of Auckland (1979); lecture 1, "Photons: Corpuscles of Light" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLQ2atfqk2c&t=48m01s
Context: We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be. … She's always got better imagination than we have.

Lewis Carroll photo

„when she thought it over afterwards it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural“

—  Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898

Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Alexander Smith photo

„Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.“

—  Alexander Smith Scottish poet and essayist 1830 - 1867

"The Fear of Dying".
City Poems (1857)

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„To contradict. To show one eye full face and one in profile. Nature does many things the way I do, but she hides them! My painting is a series of non-sequiturs. …“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Quoted in: Pierre Cabanne (1977), Pablo Picasso: His Life and Times, p. 268.
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„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“