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Eco-Quotations: Words of the Wise (Part IV)

 This is the fourth installment in my series of posts on Great Quotations.

Wendell Berry Quote 

“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 legitimate hope for survival.”

- Wendell Berry

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
- Henry David Thoreau

“In Wildness is the preservation of the world.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as life lasts.”
- Rachel Carson

“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.”
- E.B. White

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”
- Leo Tolstoy

“The major problems in the world are the result of the differences between the way nature works and the way people think.”
- Gregory Bateson

“The creature that wins against its environment destroys itself.”
- Gregory Bateson

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something 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.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson

"We should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
- Thomas Alva Edison

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
- Benjamin Franklin, paraphrasing a Thomas Fuller quotation

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
- William Shakespeare

For more quotations (and some quotation graphics that can be used as e-cards), see my compilation at

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