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

Reader Contribution by Miriam Landman
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 This is
the fourth installment in my series of posts on Great Quotations.

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

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

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

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

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

creature that wins against its environment destroys itself.”
– Gregory Bateson

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

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

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

earth has music for those who listen.”
– William Shakespeare

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

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