Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed.
Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.
Art is man added to Nature Descriptio Globi Intellectus (1612).
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
My Lord St. Albans said that Nature did never put her precious jewels into a garret four stories high, and therefore that exceeding tall men had ever very empty heads.
There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.
It is the nature of extreme self-lovers, as they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs.
Deformed persons are commonly even with nature; for as nature hath done ill by them, so do they by nature; being for the most part (as the Scripture saith) void of natural affection; and so they have their revenge of nature.
For man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection: and they be three wisdoms of divers natures, which do often sever: wisdom of the behaviour, wisdom of business, and wisdom of state.