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Naturalist Quotes by John Muir, Tim Crane, Ted Andrews, Joyce Carol Oates, Alfred Russel Wallace, William Beebe and many others.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir
Naturalism is a methodological rather than a metaphysical view. It’s because I am a naturalist, actually, that I am sceptical about physicalism.
Tim Crane
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir
Going to the mountains is going home.
John Muir
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
John Muir
The true shaman, the true naturalist, works to reconnect conscious human life with Nature and Spirit through totems and ritual.
Ted Andrews
We come away from the tragedies of [William] Shakespeare with a profound sense of having encountered reality in its most pristine form – yet the art-work is elaborately artificial, the very genre of tragedy in poetry an anti-naturalist perspective.
Joyce Carol Oates
But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this, and to see that there must be some other principle regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.
Alfred Russel Wallace
To be a naturalist is better than to be a king.
William Beebe
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin
By the help of microscopes, there is nothing so small, as to escape our inquiry; hence there is a new visible world discovered to the understanding.
Robert Hooke
So, naturalists observe, a flea; Hath smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller fleas to bite ’em, And so proceed ad infinitum.
Jonathan Swift
We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.
Charlotte Mason
A fossil is so powerful. It’s moving. This is my ancestor. The naturalist is moved by the fossil… not the cross.
Greg Graffin
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined…
Henry David Thoreau
American naturalist John Burroughs put it, “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Jeff Olson
No man had ever heard a nightingale, When once a keen-eyed naturalist was stirred To study and define — what is a bird.
Emma Lazarus
Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.
John Muir
You cannot do without one specialty. You must have some base-line to measure the work and attainments of others. For a general view of the subject, study the history of the sciences. Broad knowledge of all Nature has been the possession of no naturalist except Humboldt, and general relations constituted his specialty.
Louis Agassiz
A Poet, Naturalist, and Historian, Who left scarcely any style of writing untouched, And touched nothing that he did not adorn.
Samuel Johnson
The naturalist worldview is a good way to feel grounded and feel part of something that isn’t based on fairy tales. It’s based on observable facts in the human and in the biological history of the planet. I think that can be a source for comfort.
Greg Graffin
The naturalists of yore esteemed the ocean to be a treasury of wonders, and sought therein for monstrosities and organisms contrary to the law of nature, such as they interpreted it.
Edward Forbes
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.’
William S. Burroughs
Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them.
John James Audubon
If human nature eventually is going to take the place of nature everywhere, those of us who have been naturalists will have to transpose the faith in nature which is inherent in the profession to a faith in man-if necessary, man alone in the world.
Edward Hoagland
I am now a decided non-naturalist realist. And today we may even speak of a trend towards non-naturalist moral realism.
Torbjorn Tannsjo
I don’t mind if other people call me an atheist, but I call myself a naturalist. Atheism doesn’t tell you much about what I do believe in; the term naturalist opens up the discussion better.
Greg Graffin
Jane Austen has often been praised as a natural historian. She is a naturalist among tame animals. She does not study men (as Dostoevsky does) in his wild state before he has been domesticated. Her men and women are essentially men and women of the fireside.
Robert Wilson Lynd
To be a Naturalist is better than to be a King.
William Beebe
The fact which interests us most is the life of the naturalist. The purest science is still biographical. Nothing will dignify and elevate science while it is sundered so wholly from the moral life of its devotee.
Henry David Thoreau
I call myself a naturalist as opposed to an atheist, but there are different styles. Some people just like to be close to nature. And some people actually worship nature, which is too wishy-washy because – like a lot of religious believers – they don’t depend on facts.
Greg Graffin
The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle.
James Hutton
Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.
John Burroughs
Herzog and Malick both have this very unique naturalist intentionality to their process. It’s about creating the mood, creating the focus and having discipline, but not prescribing what the performance was supposed to be. Neither of them are really directing their actors into a performance.
Sam Pressman
God created animals. And they’re loving; they’re beautiful. I feel the way (anthropologist) Jane Goodall does or any of those naturalists. I don’t find my interest in animals weird or strange at all.
Michael Jackson
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
John Berger
Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
John Muir
Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The answers to our questions are everywhere; we just need to change the lens with which we see the world.
Janine Benyus
The mountains are calling and I must go.
John Muir
We are supernaturalists first, not naturalists. The only reason we feel compelled to accommodate science is that science says we ought to. But it is science that should accommodate revelation. Revelation has been around much longer.
Matt Chandler
To the lost man, to the pioneer penetrating a new country, to the naturalist who wishes to see the wild land at its wildest, the advice is always the same – follow a river. The river is the original forest highway. It is nature’s own Wilderness Road.
Edwin Way Teale
I’m trying to champion the naturalist’s worldview and show it’s not as heathen as most religious people would make it out to be.
Greg Graffin
I’m saying that there were many great naturalists before Darwin’s time who were very pious people and who knew more about nature than most of us. These were great naturalists; people I would admire for their knowledge of natural science given the time.
Greg Graffin
Things don’t look hopeful for Darwinian naturalists.
Alvin Plantinga
The naturalists of our own time hold equal faith in the wonders of the sea, but seek therein rather for the links of nature’s chain than for apparent exceptions.
Edward Forbes
My father was a naturalist and a very spiritual person, who had a great desire to pass on his knowledge to others, so that they could receive the benefits of Jiu Jitsu as well. Growing up in this environment, I learned the art of Jiu Jitsu is actually a method through which one strives for self-perfection.
Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Large swaths of what we now regard as basic medical knowledge came originally from naturalists.
Richard Conniff
I wasn’t trying to be a scientist. I only ever wanted to be a naturalist, like a David Attenborough.
Jane Goodall
We all – whether naturalists, atheists, Buddhists, or Christians – see the world through the grid of an interpretive framework – and ultimately this interpretive framework is religious in nature, even if not allied with a particular institutional religion.
James K. A. Smith
To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.
John Burroughs
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt
I started out wanting to be a naturalist. My obsession in my youth was with bird-watching. I collected things, I spent a lot of time outdoors. I only vaguely realized that science was a little more than natural history, but by then I was hooked.
Matt Ridley
The growth of a naturalist is like the growth of a musician or athlete: excellence for the talented, lifelong enjoyment for the rest, benefit for humanity.
E. O. Wilson