„Sorcery works against Nature, magic works with it.“

—  Avram Davidson, livro The Phoenix and the Mirror

Fonte: The Phoenix and the Mirror (1969), Chapter 11

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1923 - 1993

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„All works of nature created by God in heaven and on earth are works of sculpture.“

—  Benvenuto Cellini Florentine sculptor and goldsmith 1500 - 1571

Tutte le opera, che si veggono fatte dallo Iddio della Natura in cielo ed in terra, sono tutte di Scultura.
Treatise on Sculpture (1564), opening words, cited from G. P. Carpani (ed.) Vita di Benvenuto Cellini (Milano: Nicolo Bettoni, 1821) vol. 3, p. 199; translation from Jean Paul Richter (ed.) The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci (London: Phaidon, 1970) vol. 1, p. 90.

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—  Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952

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„A father's heart is nature's finest work.“

—  Antoine François Prévost French novelist 1697 - 1763

Un cœur de père est le chef-d'œuvre de la nature.
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„While I am describing to you how Nature works, you won't understand why Nature works that way. But you see, nobody understands that.“

—  Richard Feynman, livro QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

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„My concern is with the rhythms of nature... I work inside out, like nature.“

—  Jackson Pollock American artist 1912 - 1956

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„Throughout all organic nature there is at work a modifying influence“

—  Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903

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„A good river is nature's life work in song.“

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„For true and genuine Religion is Nature, is Life, and the Working of Life“

—  William Law English cleric, nonjuror and theological writer 1686 - 1761

The Way to Divine Knowledge (1762).
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„To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling. From the least of nature's works he may learn the greatest lessons.“

—  John Herschel English mathematician, astronomer, chemist and photographer 1792 - 1871

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—  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 12th President of Turkey from 2014 1954

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—  Jerry Coyne American biologist 1949

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