natural law


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n natural law a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Natural law that instinctive sense of justice and of right and wrong, which is native in mankind, as distinguished from specifically revealed divine law, and formulated human law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Natural law the sense of right and wrong which arises from the constitution of the mind of man, as distinguished from the results of revelation or legislation
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  • Jim Rohn
    “Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.”
  • Robert Collier
    “All through nature, you will find the same law. First the need, then the means.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”


In literature:

Such is the essence of Natural Law.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
If raised strictly in accordance with natural law, children would have no sexual notions or feelings before the occurrence of puberty.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Facts are based on natural laws.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
This is a fortunate and necessary law of nature.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
Left to itself, then, attention simply obeys natural laws and follows the line of least resistance.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Our naturalization laws certainly hold out to them nothing like encouragement.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
It is an inexorable law of nature that whatever is not used, dies.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
According to the early Muslims, the Companions and their followers, enquiries into the nature of God and His attributes were not lawful.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Our minds could not divine the designs of nature, if the laws of images had nothing in common with the laws of nature.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
It is natural that the countries of Europe should present greater variety of laws and of causes assigned.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The laws of nature have not changed.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
We are now ready to consider in detail this inter-relationship of society, and to examine the natural laws which govern it.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
The nature of the process is well expressed by a phrase of our own law.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
What can we do with ourselves by obeying nature's laws?
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
Natural and International law.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
There must be a cause for them; they must be the necessary results of some great natural law.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
What happens if we go counter to any natural law?
"The Hidden Power" by Thomas Troward
He believed that nature was a law capable of vindicating its power all over the world.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Nature, of whose laws I know so much, tells me that the water will come again.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
That such a class is transitory, exceptional, and, unless Nature's Laws fall dead, cannot continue.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle

In poetry:

'Tis nature bids, and whilst the laws
Of nature we retain,
Our self-approving bosom draws
A pleasure from its pain.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
Mony a traitor 'mange the isles
Brak the band o' nature's laws;
Mony a traitor wi' his wiles,
Sought to wear his life awa'.
"Will Ye No Come Back Again?" by Carolina Oliphant
These were but outward signs I saw,
Portending danger, strife, and fear,
Yet still I knew by Nature's law,
Beyond the clouds, 'twas clear.
"On Brooklyn Bridge" by Jared Barhite
You happy birds! by nature's simple laws
Lead your soft lives, sustained by nature's fare;
You dwell wherever roving fancy draws,
And love and song is all your pleasing care:
"To The Nightingale" by James Thomson

Such power, O Nymph! have nature's laws ordain'd,
In recompence for love by falshood pain'd;
The faithless youth a meaner fate shall try,
Condemned unlov'd to live, and unlamented die.
"To Echo" by Elizabeth Bath
Flowerlike I hope to die as flowerlike was my birth.
Rooted in Nature's just benignant law like them,
I want no better joys than those that from green Earth
My spirit's blossom drew through the sweet body's stem.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger

In news:

Law of nature enforces man-woman marriage.
2006 was nature's version of Murphy's Law.
Human Rights and Natural Law .
A Beautiful Moment for the Natural Law .
The following is a history of the Natural Law Party since its founding in 1992.
Constitutional Law – Clarification of Natural Resource Trust Fund expenditures.
the laws of nature were not invented by man, but forced upon him by that natural world.
Natural Law in a Pluralistic Society.
In his post below, Joe Komonchak wrote about the Pope's latest attempt to defend natural law reasoning in the German Reichstag.
If so, is it by law, by nature, or by tradition.
Former Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester and Law Director George Wilber took part in several meetings with officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Coastal Management.
DENVER — An administrative law judge has approved a settlement reducing a proposed $1 million natural gas rate hike by Black Hills Energy to $174,000.
(AP) — West Virginia has a new watchdog to monitor companies' compliance with environmental laws as they extract natural gas and other resources.
Schepisi, who is from Westwood in Bergen County, says the new law helps ensure drinking water is as close as possible to what nature intended.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Sen Mark Begich plans to propose changes to a 2004 law that provides incentives for an Alaska natural gas pipeline project.

In science:

The Aboav-Weaire law which is statistical in nature and refers to the correlation of adjacent cells has been shown to hold in random 3-valent graphs, viewed as planar Feynman graphs of φ3 theory and solved by techniques of matrix models .
Inhomogenous Poisson Networks and Random Cellular Structures
The most natural generalization is to consider the manifold Rn , and ⊕, a non-abelian composition law between points.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
The generalized transformations in the flavor space which we based on the scaling law, do naturally define a texture.
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
In fact, determinantal laws appear naturally when non-intersecting paths are involved.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
The Author shows now that any natural phenomenon obeying any law can be described by generally covariant equations.
The physical meaning of the "boost-rotation symmetric" solutions within the general interpretation of Einstein's theory of gravitation
The deviation of the subnet degree distribution from a pure power-law at small to intermediate connectivities increases with γ (as well as, naturally, with decreasing sampling probability p).
Sampling properties of random graphs: the degree distribution
In addition, there are some favorite atomic systems where the basic laws of Nature find their expression in the most transparent way.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
The main contribution to entropy is from the optical volume near the horizon, which leads the generalized area law of the entropy naturally.
Generalized Area Law under Multi-parameter Rotating Black Hole Spacetime
The large contribution near the horizon leads the area law of the entropy for the scalar fields naturally.
Generalized Area Law under Multi-parameter Rotating Black Hole Spacetime
When we couple it with the expected gas lifetime given by the Kennicutt-Schmidt Law, this naturally leads to the ‘MBH - Mvirial ’ and ‘MBH - σ ’ relations.
On the Fueling of Massive Black Holes and the Properties of their Host Spheroids
Hence, it is natural to ask if the same limit laws hold for general nonintersecting random walks.
Random matrix central limit theorems for nonintersecting random walks
Dzugutov, M. A universal scaling law for atomic diffusion in condensed matter. Nature 381, 137-139 (1996).
Glass transition and random packing in the hard sphere system
Thus, the general theoretical scheme given above provides really natural tool for incorporating of the Second Law of thermodynamics into the pure Hamiltonian quantum theory.
Arrow of time in generalized quantum theory and its classical limit dynamics
The (partial) differential equations expressing the Laws of Nature have to admit, thanks to the Cauchy-Kowalewski theorem, a well-defined initial value problem.
The multihistory approach to the time-travel paradoxes of General Relativity: mathematical analysis of a toy model
Having exhibited the typical profile u∗γ and its limit in Law u∗ the next natural question concerns the large deviations with respect to this typical profile.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: weak large deviations principle