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"Nature abhors a garden." - Michael Pollan

"Nature abhors a moron." - H L Mencken

"Nature abhors annihilation." - Cicero

"The brain abhors discrepancies." - Vilayanur S Ramachandran

"Nature abhors a vacuum." - Francois Rabelais

"Nature abhors annihilation." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Nature abhors the old." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nature abhors the vacuum tube." - John R. Pierce

"God abhors a naked singularity." - Stephen Hawking

"History abhors determinism but cannot tolerate chance." - Bernard Devoto

"Nonviolence abhors fear and therefore, secrecy." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Speculation, like nature, abhors a vacuum." - Baruch Spinoza

"Nature abhors a virgin - a frozen asset." - Clare Boothe Luce

"He, who can create, abhors destruction." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Nature, like a true poet, abhors abrupt transitions." - Heinrich Heine

"Nature abhors annihilation. [Lat., Ab interitu naturam abhorrere.]" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Nature abhors a vacuum, even in the heads of statesmen." - Clare Boothe Luce

"Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I." - Anne Gibbons

"What humanity abhors, custom reconciles and recommends to us." - John Locke

"Islam abhors and absolutely condemns terrorism and any terrorist activity." - Fethullah Gulen

"From this observed behavior a major psychological truth about this race of forked destroyers may be deduced: that, just as nature abhors a vacuum, "mankind abhors equality."" - Soseki Natsume

"The mind abhors a vacancy & is wont to people it with phantoms." - David Mitchell

"Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit." - Anonymous

"That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors." - Charles Spurgeon

"Just as nature abhors a vacuum, humans resist change. Change will occur; vacuums will be filled." - Nikki Giovanni

"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence." - Joseph Brodsky

"The devil abhors light and truth because these remove the ground of his working." - Watchman Nee

"A Darwinian nation of economic fitness abhors idleness, dependence, non-productivity." - Simone De Beauvoir

"But just as nature abhors a vacuum - so does the human heart." - Jojo Moyes

"Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops. Stop nodding your head." - Albert Einstein

"Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as cats do." - Lee Entrekin

"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparency." - Joseph Brodsky

"Those who abhors democracy would rarely immigrate to an authoritarian state if they have to." - Joe Chung

"Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most, singularity and vulgarity." - William Hazlitt

"I'm absolutely confident that the God that I worship abhors violence." - Richard Mourdock

"Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled." - Henry David Thoreau

"The world abhors closeness, and all but admires extravagance; yet a slack hand shows weakness, a tight hand strength." - Charles Buxton

"Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills." - Terry Pratchett

"Good Heaven, whose darling attribute we find is boundless grace, and mercy to mankind, abhors the cruel." - John Dryden

"Nature abhors imperfect work And on it lays her ban; And all creation must despise A tailless man." - David Law Proudfit

"Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"An artist who is too self-centered is liable to exhibit faults he abhors: carelessness, callousness, and even downright cruelty." - Eric Maisel

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson

"Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage." - Vanna Bonta

"The grave is, I suspect, the sole commonwealth which attains that dead flat of social equality that life in its every principle so heartily abhors." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson

"Paint me as I am, said Cromwell, Rough with age and gashed with wars; Show my visage as you find it, Less than truth my soul abhors." - James Thomas Fields

"The grave is, I suspect, the sole commonwealth which attains that dead flat of social equality that life in its every principle so heartily abhors." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude." - George Washington

"The sorrowful spirit finds relaxation in solitude. It abhors people, as a wounded deer deserts the herd and lives in a cave until it is healed or dead." - Khalil Gibran

"Culture has never the translucidity of custom; it abhors all simplification. In its essence it is opposed to custom, for custom is always the deterioration of culture." - Frantz Fanon

"We're a country that abhors the government. From Reagan on, many people think the government is the enemy in the United States." - Peter Kuznick

"Sane judgment abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetrated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence." - Albrecht Durer

"As in nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Without a strong voice for more moderate leadership, the Tea Party is filling that vacuum." - Mark Mckinnon

"The Point, not unlike the Communist Chinese, the ACLU abhors individual religious freedom, and it supports only those civil liberties that fit its narrow political agenda." - Mark Hyman, M.D.

"Social science virtually abhors the event. Not without reason; the short-term is the most capricious and deceptive form of time." - Fernand Braudel

"Political nature abhors a vacuum, which is what often exists for a year or two in a party after it loses a presidential election." - George Will

"This loving person is a person who abhors waste-waste of time, waste of human potential. How much time we waste. As if we were going to live forever." - Leo Buscaglia

"Charity, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Next to putting it in a bank, men like to squander their superfluous wealth on those to whom it is sure to be doing the least possible good." - William Hazlitt

"The one thing the media abhors almost without exception is anyone who takes a firm stand on any issue out of religious principle, unless their stand happens to coincide with their expressed views." - Francis Schaeffer

"Oratory, like the drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing. It avoids, as frigid, prolonged metaphysical soliloquy. Beauties themselves, if they delay or distract the effect which should be produced on the audience, become blemishes." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties." - Henry David Thoreau

"Every student of physics knows the axiom 'nature abhors a vacuum.' A little known corollary is that 'rowing coaches detest sending their crews in early.' Coaches will always find something to fill the end-of-practice vacuum." - Brad Alan Lewis

"Oratory, like the drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing. It avoids, as frigid, prolonged metaphysical soliloquy. Beauties themselves, if they delay or distract the effect which should be produced on the audience, become blemishes." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"One of the most evil dispositions possible is that which satirizes and turns everything to ridicule. God abhors this vice, and has sometimes punished it in a marked manner" - Saint Francis De Sales

"Wild intelligence abhors any narrow world; and the world of women must stay narrow, or the woman is an outlaw. No woman could be Nietzsche or Rimbaud without ending up in a whorehouse or lobotomized." - Andrea Dworkin

"I am bored with gabbers and their gab; my soul abhors them. . . . Is there any place where there is no traffic in empty talk? Is there on this earth one who does not worship himself talking?" - Khalil Gibran

"History's political and economic power structures have always abhorred 'idle people' as potential troublemakers. Yet nature never abhors seemingly idle trees, grass, snails, coral reefs, and clouds in the sky." - R Buckminster Fuller

"Whoever abhors the name and fancies that he is godless - when he addresses with his whole devoted being the Thou of his life that cannot be restricted by any other, he addresses God." - Martin Buber

"This loving person is a person who abhors waste - waste of time, waste of human potential. How much time we waste. As if we were going to live forever." - Leo Buscaglia

"As someone who's very competitive, I'm someone who abhors losing more than I enjoy winning. In that regard, it hasn't been a great two months, but I think our players' attitude remains pretty resolute." - Skip Prosser

"The reason people turn to supernatural explanations is that the mind abhors a vacuum of explanation. Because we do not yet have a fully natural explanation for mind and consciousness, people turn to supernatural explanations to fill the void." - Michael Shermer

"Humanity abhors, above all things, a vacuum in itself, and your class will be cut off from humanity as the surgeon cuts the cancer and alien growth from the body." - James Larkin

"It is easy enough to write and talk about God while remaining comfortable within the contemporary intellectual climate. Even people who would call themselves unbelievers often use the word gesturally, as a ready-made synonym for mystery. But if nature abhors a vacuum, Christ abhors a vagueness. If God is love, Christ is love for this one person, this one place, this one time-bound and time-ravaged self." - Christian Wiman

"History resists an ending as surely as nature abhors a vacuum; the narrative of our days is a run-on sentence, every full stop a comma in embryo. But more: like thought, like water, history is fluid, unpredictable, dangerous. It leaps and surges and doubles back, cuts unpredictable channels, surfaces suddenly in places no one would expect." - Mark Slouka

"Why does a virtuous man take delight in the landscapes? Because the din of the dusty world and the locked-in-ness of human habitations are what human nature habitually abhors; while on the contrary, haze, mist, and the haunting spirits of the mountains are what human nature seeks, and yet can rarely find." - Guo Xi

"He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a color she abhors, and cross-gartered, a fashion she detests; and he will smile upon her, which will now be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted to a melancholy as she is, that it cannot but turn him into a notable contempt." - William Shakespeare

"The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider... abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire." - Jonathan Edwards

"I am so in favor of the actual infinite that instead of admitting that Nature abhors it, as is commonly said, I hold that Nature makes frequent use of it everywhere, in order to show more effectively the perfections of its Author." - Gottfried Leibniz

"For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life." - Ellen Key

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; . . . even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern. . . ." - Thomas Jefferson

"I recognized it immediately the first time it happened - the cackle of the crone. It is the sound of a woman who is caught inside the mystery of the universe, in the irony of the angst, in the place ego abhors. Bliss." - Toni Bentley

"He who abhors and shuns the light of the Sun,He who refuses to behold with respect the living creation of God,He who leads the good to wickedness,He who makes the meadows waterless and the pastures desolate,He who lets fly his weapon against the innocent,An enemy of my faith, a destroyer of Thy principles is he, O Lord!" - Zoroaster

"There is nothing more inimical to writing than the spirit of fundamentalism. Fundamentalism abhors the play of signs, the endlessness of writing. Fundamentalism means nothing more or less than going back to an origin and staying there. It stands for one founding book and, thereafter, no more books." - J M Coetzee

"Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed?" - Solomon Short

"By the law of Christ, every man is bound to love his neighbour as himself; but every servant is a neighbour of every civil lord; therefore every civil lord must love any of his servants as himself; but by natural instinct, every lord abhors slavery; therefore, by the law of charity, he is bound not to impose slavery on any brother in Christ." - John Wycliffe

"Zen abhors repetition or imitation of any kind, for it kills. For the same reason Zen never explains, but only affirms. Life is fact and no explanation is necessary or pertinent. To explain is to apologize, and why should we apologize for living? To live-is that not enough? Let us then live, let us affirm! Herein lies Zen in all its purity and in all its nudity as well." - D.T. Suzuki

"Old-fashioned determinism was what we may call hard determinism. It did not shrink from such words as fatality, bondage of the will, necessitation, and the like. Nowadays, we have a soft determinism which abhors harsh words, and, repudiating fatality, necessity, and even predetermination, says that its real name is freedom; for freedom is only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom." - William James

"Jail sentences have many functions, but one is surely to send a message about what our society abhors and what it values. This week, the equation was twofold: female infidelity twice as bad as male abuse, the life of a woman half as valuable as that of a man. The killing of the woman taken in adultery has a long history and survives today in many cultures. One of those is our own." - Anna Quindlen

"Seen through the eyes of faith, religion's future is secure. As long as there are human beings, there will be religion for the sufficient reason that the self is a theomorphic creature - one whose morphe (form) is theos - God encased within it. Having been created in the imago Dei, the image God, all human beings have a God-shaped vacuum built into their hearts. Since nature abhors a vacuum, people keep trying to fill the one inside them." - Huston Smith

"The gift moves towards the empty place. As it turns in its circle it turns towards him who has been empty-handed the longest, and if someone appears elsewhere whose need is greater it leaves its old channel and moves toward him. Our generosity may leave us empty, but our emptiness then pulls gently at the whole until the thing in motion returns to replenish us. Social nature abhors a vacuum." - Lewis Hyde

"Action is the activity of the rational soul, which abhors irrationality and must combat it or be corrupted by it. When it sees the irrationality of others, it must seek to correct it, and can do this either by teaching or engaging in public affairs itself, correcting through its practice. And the purpose of action is to enable philosophy to continue, for if men are reduced to the material alone, they become no more than beasts." - Iain Pears

"I am so in favor of the actual infinite that instead of admitting that Nature abhors it, as is commonly said, I hold that Nature makes frequent use of it everywhere, in order to show more effectively the perfections of its Author. Thus I believe that there is no part of matter which is not - I do not say divisible - but actually divisible; and consequently the least particle ought to be considered as a world full of an infinity of different creatures." - Georg Cantor

"Think of yourself as a container for wealth. If your container is small and your money is big, what's going to happen? You will lose it. Your container will overflow and the excess money will spill out all over the place. You simply cannot have more money than the container. Therefore you must grow to be a big container so you cannot only hold more wealth but also attract more wealth. The universe abhors a vacuum and if you have a very large money container, it will rush in to fill the space." - T Harv Eker

"Books should confuse. Literature abhors the typical. Literature flows to the particular, the mundane, the greasiness of paper, the taste of warm beer, the smell of onion or quince. Auden has a line: "Ports have names they call the sea." Just so will literature describe life familiarly, regionally, in terms life is accustomed to use - high or low matters not. Literature cannot by this impulse betray the grandeur of its subject - there is only one subject: What it feels like to be alive. Nothing is irrelevant. Nothing is typical." - Richard Rodriguez

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical...A wise and frugal government...shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned...Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated...Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands?" - Thomas Jefferson

"The intelligent and good man holds in his affections the good and true of every land - the boundaries of countries are not the limitations of his sympathies. Caring nothing for race, or color, he loves those who speak other languages and worship other gods. Between him and those who suffer, there is no impassable gulf. He salutes the world, and extends the hand of friendship to the human race. He does not bow before a provincial and patriotic god - one who protects his tribe or nation, and abhors the rest of mankind." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"The pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive the wicked: the flames do now rage and glow. The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much in the same way as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect, abhors you and is dreadfully provoked...He will trample them beneath His feet with inexpressible fierceness; He will crush their blood out, and will make it fly, so that it will sprinkle His garment and stain all His raiment." - Jonathan Edwards

"That's the thing I want to make clear about depression: It's got nothing at all to do with life. In the course of life, there is sadness and pain and sorrow, all of which, in their right time and season, are normal-unpleasant, but normal. Depression is an altogether different zone because it involves a complete absence: absence of affect, absence of feeling, absence of response, absence of interest. The pain you feel in the course of a major clinical depression is an attempt on nature's part (nature, after all, abhors a vacuum) to fill up the empty space." - Elizabeth Wurtzel

"The core of America is not racist. It is not hostile to women. It is increasingly offended by gay bashing. Yet it abhors government waste. It believes strongly in fiscal responsibility such as balanced budgets. It is pro-economic growth. It is concerned about the environment. It is intolerant of people on welfare who disdain the notion of work. But it wants poor kids to have school lunches and it wants to spend money to have good schools. In sum, most Americans are sensible, good-hearted, and prudent. The issue, then, is whether there is a political party that can welcome them home." - Paul Tsongas

"[Nietzsche inveighs] against every sort of historical optimism; but he energetically repudiates the ordinary pessimism, which is the result of degenerate or enfeebled instincts of decadence. He preaches with youthful enthusiasm the triumph of a tragic culture, introduced by an intrepid rising generation, in which the spirit of ancient Greece might be born again. He rejects the pessimism of Schopenhauer, for he already abhors all renunciation; but he seeks a pessimism of healthiness, one derived from strength, from exuberant power, and he believes he has found it in the Greeks." - Georg Brandes