Historic Quotes: The Best of 20 Years Ago Today

In honor of our return to print, here is a collection of historic quotes you'd have found in the magazine 20 years ago.

| August/September 1991


Far longer than 20 years ago, Aristotle recognized intimacy and small numbers as essential to the good life.


The following historic quotes were published in MOTHER EARTH NEWS 20 years ago. 

"The good life depends upon intimacy and small number." — Aristotle

"It is no longer possible for non-Indians to believe in progress. After over-consumption, over-population and over-complications of life, you will have to turn to the Indian way of looking at things. Your way of life has gone about as far as it can and give you meaning." — Vine Deloria Jr, Native American

"We all live on the spaceship Earth — and the nearest gas station is about 93 million miles away." — Buckminster Fuller

"I don't think there's any question about it. If we had invested the incredible amounts of money in solar energy research that we've squandered over the past 20 or 25 years in an attempt to make atomic power work, we'd be using the sun to supply a substantial amount of our energy requirements right now." — Ralph Nader

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as foundations of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." — John Muir

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