— Joseph Addison, book Cato
Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene i.
— Joseph Addison, book Cato
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784), Context: Nature does nothing in vain, and in the use of means to her goals she is not prodigal. Her giving to man reason and the freedom of the will which depends upon it is clear indication of her purpose. Man accordingly was not to be guided by instinct, not nurtured and instructed with ready-made knowledge; rather, he should bring forth everything out of his own resources. Third Thesis
„Human subtlety…will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
I Prolegomena and General Introduction to the Book on Painting, Richter II p. 126 no. 837 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=A7dUhbBfmzMC&pg=PA126
„Nature never “fails.” Nature complies with its own laws. Nature is the law. When Man lacks understanding of Nature’s laws and a Man-contrived structure buckles unexpectedly, it does not fail. It only demonstrates that Man did not understand Nature’s laws and behaviors. Nothing failed. Man’s knowledge or estimating was inadequate.“
— Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
1960s, In "How Little I Know", in Saturday Review (12 Nov 1966), 152. Excerpted in Buckminster Fuller and Answar Dil, Humans in Universe (1983), 31. "The Comprehensive Man", Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure (1963), 75-76.
— Elfriede Jelinek, book Wonderful, Wonderful Times
Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1990), p 48
— Michael Flynn, Eifelheim
Eifelheim (2006), Chapter XVIII (p. 327)
— Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716
La nature ne fait jamais des sauts. Avant-propos to Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain (1704). A later, more famous Latin version — "Natura non facit saltus" — is from the Philosophia Botanica (1751) by Linnaeus. A variant translation is "natura non saltum facit" (literally, "Nature does not make a jump") ([Ökonomische Theorie und christlicher Glaube, Andrew, Britton, Peter H., Sedgwick, Burghard, Bock, LIT Verlag Münster, 2008, 978-3-8258-0162-5, 289, https://books.google.com/books?id=goW6JsEUz4EC] Extract of page 289 https://books.google.com/books?id=goW6JsEUz4EC&pg=PA289).
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
Context: "Most musical, most melancholy" bird! A melancholy bird! Oh! idle thought! In nature there is nothing melancholy. But some night-wandering man, whose heart was pierced With the remembrance of a grievous wrong, Or slow distemper, or neglected love, (And so, poor wretch! filled all things with himself, And made all gentle sounds tell back the tale Of his own sorrow) he, and such as he, First named these notes a melancholy strain. The Nightingale: A Conversation Poem, lines 13-22 (1798).
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
„Natural science does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves; it describes nature as exposed to our nature of questioning.“
— Werner Heisenberg German theoretical physicist 1901 - 1976
Physics and Philosophy (1958), Context: [I]n the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory we can indeed proceed without mentioning ourselves as individuals, but we cannot disregard the fact that natural science is formed by men. Natural science does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves; it describes nature as exposed to our nature of questioning. This was a possibility of which Descartes could not have thought, but it makes a sharp separation between the world and the I impossible. If one follows the great difficulty which even eminent scientists like Einstein had in understanding and accepting the Copenhagen interpretation... one can trace the roots... to the Cartesian partition.... it will take a long time for it [this partition] to be replaced by a really different attitude toward the problem of reality. <!--p. 81
„To show that there are natural processes that produce religious belief does nothing, so far, to discredit it; perhaps God designed us in such a way that it is by virtue of those processes that we come to have knowledge of him.“
— Alvin Plantinga, book Warranted Christian Belief
[2000, Warranted Christian Belief, 9780195131925, 145, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/plantinga/warrant3.v.iii.i.iv.html]
— Frederick Franck Dutch painter 1909 - 2006
Echoes from the Bottomless Well (1985), Context: "Nothing burns in hell but ego" says Tauler. Does anything live but Buddha Nature, Christ Spirit? p. 120