12 Quotes to Help you Celebrate Earth Day

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With Earth Day coming up tomorrow, April 22, here are some quotes throughout the ages compiled by our Director of Operations Gerri Monohan to get you in the environmental state of mind.  As Gerri notes, these thoughts by some of the most notable minds reflect how “humans have long and deeply considered the environment, its relation to human health and well-being, and its protection.” 

“In nature, nothing exists alone.”  – Rachel Carson (1907-1964), Silent Spring, 1962 

“All nature wears one universal grin.”  –  Henry Fielding (1707-1754), Tom Thumb the Great, 1730

“It is in man’s heart that the life of nature’s spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Emile, 1762

He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Essays, Second Series, 1844

 “It is time for us now as a nation to exercise the same reasonable foresight in dealing with our great natural resources that would be shown by any prudent man in conserving and widely using the property which contains the assurance of well-being for himself and his children.”   – President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), remarks at the Conference on Conservation of Natural Resources, 1908

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress
Its music.”      –  Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), “To Jane, The Invitation,” c.1820

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”  – William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Troilus and Cressida

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”   – Langston Hughes (1902-1967), “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” 1926

“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”  – Barbara Ward (1914-1981), Only One Earth, 1972

“Our task must be to free ourselves … by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“Water is the best of all things.”  – Pindar (c. 522 BC – c. 438 BC), Olympian Odes

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), quoted in EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful

 

 

 

 

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