|Oct. 23rd, 2004 @ 10:57 pm Assorted Nature Quotes|
If you take the Christian bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible is the wind and the rain.
~Herbalist Carol McGrath as told to her by a Native American woman
Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.
~Quoted in Time
I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior.
~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990
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, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
~Native American Proverb
Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
~Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
~Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980
And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: "Look at this Godawful mess."
~Art Buchwald, 1970
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death.
~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990
The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.
~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge. Go play outside. Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining.
When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?
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, 1855
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
~Chief Luther Standing Bear
The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature - nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man's passing.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
~Native American Wisdom
This is a beautiful planet and not at all fragile. Earth can withstand significant volcanic eruptions, tectonic cataclysms, and ice ages. But this canny, intelligent, prolific, and extremely self-centered human creature had proven himself capable of more destruction of life than Mother Nature herself.... We've got to be stopped.
~Michael L. Fischer, Harper's, July 1990
We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.
~Lynn White, Jr., "The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis," 1967
Every day is Earth Day.