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Inspiring Nature Quotations

We hope you’ll find inspiration in this collection of nature quotations from the minds of Aristotle, Emily Dickinson, Albert Einstein, Heraclitus, John Muir and many, many others. The authors came from different centuries, different countries and many different walks of life, but they all had one thing in common: a love and respect for nature in all of its wonder and significance.

Do you have a favorite nature quotation? Add it to the comments section below.


“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
— Edward Abbey

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
— Ansel Adams

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”
— Natalie Angier

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
— Aristotle

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
— Margaret Atwood

“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
— Karle Wilson Baker

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
— Matsuo Basho

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
— William Blake

“It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.”
— Pearl S. Buck

“... and in her starry shade 
Of dim and solitary loveliness, 
I learn’d the language of another world.”
— Lord Byron

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
— Albert Camus

“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus

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

“I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this Earth to give us a breathing spell ... as we exhaust them, we must be prepared to fall back on our farms, which are God’s true storehouse. We can learn to synthesize materials for every human need from things that grow.”
— George Washington Carver

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
— Willa Cather

“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
— G.K. Chesterton

“Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgement of nature.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“We must go and see for ourselves.”
— Jacques Cousteau

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”
— Charles Dickens

“To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie
True Poems flee”
— Emily Dickinson

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
— Annie Dillard

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein

“Earth laughs in flowers.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
— Galileo Galilei

“Keep your faith in all beautiful things. In the sun when it is hidden. In the spring when it is gone.”
— Roy Rolfe Gilson

“There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles anymore. To me, it’d be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how it has emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.”
— Jane Goodall

“I am rich today with autumn’s gold.”
— Gladys Harp

“Nothing endures but change.”
— Heraclitus

“Let the rain kiss you.”
— Langston Hughes

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.”
— Victor Hugo

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.”
— Juvenal

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars.”
— Helen Keller

“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to nurture and sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”
— Terry Krautwurst

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”
— Lao Tzu

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”
— D. H. Lawrence

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”
— Elizabeth Lawrence

“High horns, low horns, silence, and finally a pandemonium of trumpets, rattles, croaks, and cries that almost shakes the bog with its nearness ... A new day has begun on the crane marsh. A sense of time lies thick and heavy on such a place ... Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”
— Aldo Leopold

“Let us direct our desire for a better world into the earth itself.”
— Carol L. MacKay

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
— Maori proverb


“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
— Herman Melville

“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.”
— Toni Morrison

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
— John Muir

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
— John Muir

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
— Iris Murdoch

“The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”
— Nancy Newhall

“At 70, you are but a child; at 80, you are merely a youth; and at 90 if the ancestors invite you into heaven, ask them to wait until you are 100 ... and then you might consider.”
— Old Okinawan expression

“The sea
isn’t a place
but a fact, and
a mystery ...”
— Mary Oliver

“Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.”
— Blaise Pascal

“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.”
— Ellis Peters

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”
— Jules Renard

“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources ... But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and the gas are exhausted.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.”
— Russian proverb

“In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.”
— Seneca

“April ... hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
— William Shakespeare

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley

“We wanted a periodical that would help people live richer, fuller, freer, more self-directed lives.”
— John Shuttleworth

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, part of the natural world and competent to belong in it.”
— Wallace Stegner

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet in a garden.”
— Ruth Stout

“Trees are the Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”
— Rabindranath Tagore

“To harmonize with the surrounding scenery, to enter into the spirit of the landscape, in the highest beauty of domestic building.”
— J.J. Thomas 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Rain is grace.”
— John Updike

“Land really is the best art.”
— Andy Warhol

“Happiness ... not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.”
— Walt Whitman


“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
— Walt Whitman

“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
— Terry Tempest Williams

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
— William Carlos Williams

“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.”
— Frank Lloyd Wright

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”
— Zen proverb

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1/21/2014 8:50:23 PM
Oh, the Love between the breeze and the trees-its Divine Bliss. Ever have time to sit and watch this play-it ruly gives you a feel of who we are.

1/17/2014 2:34:25 PM
With exploration comes fear; With fear comes courage; And it is with courage that you can explore. -Tyrie Collinsdale

11/29/2013 1:47:29 PM
Man always kills the thing he loves, and so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map? - Aldo Leopold

7/22/2013 5:49:06 AM

Qoutes are really amazing..I would much obliged for imparting such a nice thoughts with us..

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4/18/2013 4:46:43 PM
Thanks so much for puling these together. Corny as it may be, here's one that still speaks volumes: "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the sweet earth's flowing breast." Joyce Kilmer.

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