Earth Day Quotes

Planting seeds of hope and inspiration

"Every day is Earth Day." --Author Unknown

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children." --Native American Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead


"Those things are better which are perfected by nature than those which are finished by art." --Cicero

"Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle." -- Pope John Paul II

‘There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. ‘ ~Marshall McLuhan

"I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior."
--Darryl Cherney


"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man
if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature
and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
--Elwyn Brooks White


"There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace." --Bourke Coekran

"There are no boundaries when it comes to protecting the earth that
we all live on." --Catherine Pulsifer


"Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature." --Dennis Gabor

"In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."
-- Baba Dioum

"Celebrate Earth Day every day." --John Denver

"I wake up in the morning asking myself what can I do today, how can I help the world today. I believe in what I do beyond a shadow of a doubt.I gave my word to this tree and to all the people that my feet would not touch the ground until I had done everything in my power to make the world aware of this problem and to stop the destruction."
--Julia Butterfly Hill

"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."
--Motto of the Baltimore Grotto

"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use our natural resources, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or rob by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues
-- self-restraint." -- Edwin Way Teale


"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every
man's greed." --Mahatma Gandhi


"The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas,
and in their natural and unaided productions."
--Daniel Webster

"We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same thinking that created them." -- Albert Einstein

"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." --Wendell Berry

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." --Chief Seattle

"There has never been a time on Earth like we see today. What we need are more ways to experience our interconnectedness - it is a precursor to deep love. So in this quickening light, with the dawn of each new day, let us look for love. Let us no longer struggle. Let us ever become who we most want to be. As we begin to be who we truly are, the world will be a better place." --John Denver

"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

"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on, and have found that none of these finally satisfies, what remains? Nature remains." -- Walt Whitman.


"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking
things for granted." --Aldous Huxley


"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.
Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise, what is there to defend?"--Robert Redford


"For 200 years we've been conquering Nature.
Now we're beating it to death." --Tom McMillan


"Earth laughs in flowers."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life,
everything that is on this planet.
It must be this voice that is telling me to do something,
and I am sure it's the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet
- at least everybody who seems to be concerned about the fate of the world,
the fate of this planet." --Wangari Maathai

"Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values....
God made life simple. It is man who complicates it."
--Charles A. Lindbergh

Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, and running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris."
--Edward Abbey

"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 off like autumn leaves." --John Muir

"Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away." --Stephanie Mills

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." --Rachel Carson

"... do something.
Pay your rent for the privilege of living
on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth."
--Dave Foreman

"Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind."
--David Ehrenfeld


"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."--Francis Bacon

"The most unhappy thing about conservation is that it is never permanent. If we save a priceless woodland today, it is threatened from another quarter tomorrow." --Marjory Stoneman Douglas
"Celebrate Earth Day! A time to recognize the gains we have made.
A time to create new actions to accelerate environmental progress.
Protect our planet not only on Earth Day, but everyday!"
--C Lynch

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."
--Juvenal, Satires


"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
--George Gordon

"The earth is what we all have in common." --Wendell Barry

"There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards."--Dr. Jane Goodall

"The future will be green, or not at all.
This truth lies at the heart of humankind's most pressing challenge:
to learn to live in harmony with the Earth
on a genuinely sustainable basis."
--Sir Jonathon Porritt


"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet." --Brooke Medicine Eagle

"You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet." --Hal Borland

"Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." --Thomas Alva Edison

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
-- John Muir


"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything."
--William Shakespeare


"Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught
will we realize we cannot eat money."
--Cree Indian Proverb


"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

"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking,
if mankind is to survive."--Albert Einstein
 

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