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Quotes About The Environment

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Marshall McLuhan

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan, 1964

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Carl Sagan

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.” – Carl Sagan

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Havelock Ellis

“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.” – Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

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Paul MacCready

“Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!” – Paul MacCready, Jr.

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George Carlin

“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

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Jean Arp

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” – Henry David Thoreau, “Chesuncook,” The Maine Woods, 1848

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Irving Babbitt

“The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality…. Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality.” – Irving … Continue reading

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Horace

“Drive Nature forth by force, she’ll turn and rout The false refinements that would keep her out.” – Horace, Odes

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Rene Dubos

“Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.” – Rene Dubos, Mirage of Health, 1959

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Edwin Way Teale

“Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow.” – Edwin Way Teale

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David Ehrenfeld

“Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.” – David Ehrenfeld

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Richard Wilkinson

“In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.” – Richard Wilkinson

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Environment Quotes

“The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.” – Chinese Proverb

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Albert Schweitzer

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” – Albert Schweitzer

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David Gerrold

“Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.” – David Gerrold

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Environment Quotes

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” – Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

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Bernand De Voto

“It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water – and moderns may … Continue reading

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Pierre Troubetzkoy

“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

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Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his … Continue reading