• Noun: the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; examples: "it is the nature of fire to burn", "the true nature of jealousy"
• Noun: a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe; examples: "the laws of nature", "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women"
• Noun: the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; example: "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
• Noun: the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; example: "it is his nature to help others"
• Noun: a particular type of thing; examples: "problems of this type are very difficult to solve", "he's interested in trains and things of that nature", "matters of a personal nature"
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
Physical nature lies at our feet shackled with a hundred chains. What of the control of human nature? Do not point to the triumphs of psychiatry, social services or the war against crime. Domination of human nature can only mean the domination of every man by himself.
I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.