Environmental Quotes


To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour. William Blake
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“What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
Henry David Thoreau

for all the life that loves to live,
and lives to love ~XOEarth Stele

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy. – Nature Conservancy’s John Sawhill

… all things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man … the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. – Chief Seattle, Duwamish

WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. – Mohandas K. Gandhi

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. Gaylord Nelson

THINK GLOBALLY ACT LOCALLY

Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. – President Theodore Roosevelt

INSATIABLE IS NOT SUSTAINABLE

Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books. – Rep. John Dingell of Michigan

Live in love for all the life that loves to live. ~ Stele Ely

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – Shakespeare

A nation that destroys it’s soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. – President Franklin Roosevelt

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope. – Wendell Berry

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man – Stuart Udall

HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY LOVERS

To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

WILL WORK FOR PEACE

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The Bible declares that on the sixth day God created man. Right then and there, God should have demanded a damage deposit. – Jim Hightower

LIVE SIMPLY THAT BILLIONS MAY SIMPLY LIVE

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. – Albert Einstein

Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles. – Pope John Paul II

THE EARTH DOES NOT BELONG TO US, WE BELONG TO THE EARTH

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. – Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour -William Blake

RISE ABOVE CONSUMERISM.

Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals, for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time. – Gifford Pinchot

He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man. – Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

YOU MAY SAY I’M A DREAMER BUT I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE

(Upon signing of the Wilderness Act, 1964) If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it. – President Lyndon B. Johnson

LOVE YOUR MOTHER

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters. – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

CONSUME LESS, SHARE MORE

Why is it that we judge development on what we have built rather than what we have preserved? We strive to protect what was built by man, but give little thought to protecting what was made by God. – Juanito G. Cambangay

REUSE, REDUCE RECYCLE OR DIE

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent upon its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed for our safety to its security and place, preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and, I will say the love we give our fragile craft.

LIVE SIMPLY THAT OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE

So let’s leave some blue up above us Let’s leave some green on the ground It’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow Leave it and pass it on down – “Pass It On Down” chorus by country music “Alabama”

Savannas are magnificent wildflower gardens. Something is always blooming grass pink orchids, rose pogonia, rosebud orchids, ladies’ tresses. In the heat of the summer the fringed orchids are torches through the meadows. Blue-eyed and yellow eyed grass, white eyed sedge. Meadow beauties. Fall brings on the composites, purple spires of liatris, also called blazing star, brown rayless sunflowers, goldenrod, bigelowia and coreopsis. The aster balduina pools like orange juice in the wettest places and clumps of pearl-tipped hatpins stick the carpet of forbs to the flat earth. White violets hover low. – Janisse Ray

SAVE THE PLANET STOP BREEDING

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. – John Muir

MATERIALISM KILLS

The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask. – Nancy Newhall

What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau

ONE PLANET, ONE FUTURE

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hand. – Psalm 19:1

EXTINCT IS FOREVER

The civilized people of today look back with horror at their medieval ancestors who wontonly destroyed great works of art or sat slothfully by while they destroyed. We have passed this stage… Here in the U.S. we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy our forests and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals – not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at best it looks as if our people were awakening. – Theodore Roosevelt,

SUPPORT ORGANIC FARMERS

We end, I think, at what might be called the standard paradox of the 20th century: our tools are better than we are, and grow faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides. But they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it. – Aldo Leopold

GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND

Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and night about it and you will see a miracle happen: the greatness of our own life. – Robert Muller. Former Assistant Secretary General United Nations

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches and a thousand tempests and floods. But He cannot save them from fools. – John Muir

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life. – Charles A. Lindbergh

EARTH PATRIOT

I bind unto myself today, the virtues of the starlit heaven, the glorious sun’s life giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even, the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the deep salt sea, around the old eternal rocks. – St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children. – Kenyan Proverb

I’D RATHER BE ORGANIC GARDENING

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. – Aldo Leopold

**** Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there. – Gary Snyder

safeguard wetlands, small streams and ponds from mining and other industrial waste dischargers and developers.

POLLUTION IS A CHEMICAL WEAPON [OF MASS DESTRUCTION]