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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
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Oct. 23rd, 2004 @ 10:57 pm Assorted Nature Quotes
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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.
~Bill Vaughn

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.
~George Carlin

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.
~David Brin

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
~David Orr

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
~Francis Bacon

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
~Author Unknown

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~Ansel Adams

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?
~Pierre Troubetzkoy

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.
~Loudon Wainwright

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

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.
~Author Unknown
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