XIV. Nature

~ The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo


Nature abhors a vacuum.[1]

Nature will have her course.

Nature is the true law.

Nature does nothing in vain.[2]

Cut off a dog’s tail and he will be a dog still.

Eagles do not breed doves.

You cannot make a crab walk straight.

Fire cannot be hidden in flax.


No matter how far an ass travels, he will not come home a horse.

The fox may grow grey, but never good.

The wolf may lose his teeth, but never his nature.

The leopard cannot change his spots.


The course of nature is the art of God.[3]

Nature is conquered by obeying her.

[1] Attributed to Plutarch (1st-2nd centuries AD).

[2] Traced back to Aristotle’s Politics (4th century BC).

[3] Attributed to Edward Young.

5 Responses to “XIV. Nature”
  1. An good artist obeys his religious rulers and depicts God in his art,
    A great artist cunningly depicts God inside a human brain.

  2. Alex Jones says:

    Everything runs according to its design, its nature. Heraclitus would say follow the common, which is the true nature of things, rather than hold false “opinion”.

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