Environment Quotes SMS Collection

Waste is a tax on the whole

Waste is a tax on the whole people.  ~Albert W. AtwoodCOE

When you defile the pleasant streams and

When you defile the pleasant streams And the wild bird’s abiding place, You massacre a million dreams And cast your spittle in God’s face.

When a man throws an empty cigarette

When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50.  When a man throws a

We say we love flowers yet pluck

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.  We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.  And people still wonder why

We have to shift our emphasis from

We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of

The american reading his sunday paper in

The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over

So bleak is the picture that bulldozer

So bleak is the picture… that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the

To waste to destroy our natural resources

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will

Remember when atmospheric contaminants were romantically called

Remember when atmospheric contaminants were romantically called stardust?  ~Lane Olinghouse

Every creature is better alive than dead

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life

The sun the moon and stars would

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. 

Racial injustice war urban blight and environmental

Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.  ~Channing E. Phillips, speech, Washington, D.C., 22

And man created the plastic bag and

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good

Those who wish to pet and baby

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them.  But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal

There are no passengers on spaceship earth

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.  We are all crew.  ~Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Man is a blind witless low brow

Man is a blind, witless, low brow, anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon the earth.  ~Ian McHarg

When a man says to me 34i

When a man says to me, "I have the intensest love of nature," at once I know that he has none.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson,

We must not be forced to explore

We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. 

The magnificence of mountains the serenity nature

The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature – nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man’s passing.  ~Loudon Wainwright

A human being is part of the

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts

The desire to build a risk free society

The desire to build a risk-free society has always been a sign of decadence.  It has meant that the nation has given up, that

We could have saved the earth but

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

When we heal the earth ourselves david

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.  ~David Orr

Primeval forests virgin sod that saxon has

Primeval forests! virgin sod! That Saxon has not ravish’d yet, Lo! peak on peak in stairways set? In stepping stairs that reach to God!line

The use of solar energy has not

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.  ~Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda

Us consumers and industry dispose of enough

U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply

We shall require a substantially new manner

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.  ~Albert Einstein

How long can men thrive between walls

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying,

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun

They kill good trees to put out

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.  ~James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982

As we watch the sun go down

As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask

Human destiny is bound to remain a

Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.  ~Rene Dubos,

The system of nature which man is

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing.  Not so with technology.  ~E.F. Schumacher, Small is

Human consciousness arose but a minute before

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock.  Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes,

It is the safest of times it

It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times…. What the Dickens is going on here?  ~Denton Morrison, on chemicals, technology,

Nature always strikes back it takes all

Nature always strikes back.  It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place.  ~Rene Dubos, Medical Utopias, 1961QSCI

There is nothing in which the birds

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape

Why should man expect his prayer for

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is

It is a curious situation that the

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of

Im not an environmentalist earth warrior darryl

I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m an Earth warrior.  ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

Living in the midst of abundance we

Living in the midst of abundance we have the greatest difficulty in seeing that the supply of natural wealth is limited and that the

The universe is not required to be

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.  ~Carl Sagan

The earth we abuse and the living

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are

How can the spirit of earth like

How can the spirit of the earth like the white man?… Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore.  ~Anonymous Wintu WomanCUL

Dig a trench through landfill and you

Dig a trench through a landfill and you will see layers of phone books like geographical strata or layers of cake…. During a recent

Man has lost the capacity to foresee

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.  He will end by destroying the earth.  ~Albert Schweitzer, quoted in James Brabazon, Albert

Theres so much pollution in the air

There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.  ~Robert

Modern technology owes ecology an apology alan

Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. ~Alan M. Eddison

Ironically rural america has become viewed by

Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher [quality of life] not because of what it

Oh beautiful for smoggy skies insecticided grain

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack

Why do people give each other flowers

Why do people give each other flowers?  To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures?  Why restrict it to plants?  "Sweetheart, let’s make

The control man has secured over nature

The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself.  ~Ernest Jones, The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, 1953

The struggle to save the global environment

The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo:  not merely the duty to

Let us a little permit nature to

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translated, translation

Malthus has been buried many times and

Malthus has been buried many times, and Malthusian scarcity with him.  But as Garrett Hardin remarked, anyone who has to be reburied so often

The human race will be the cancer

The human race will be the cancer of the planet.  ~Julian Huxley, attributedDCMOO

We shall continue to have a worsening

We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to

When you use a manual push mower

When you use a manual push mower, you’re "cutting" down on pollution and the only thing in danger of running out of gas is

Christianity with its roots in judaism was

Christianity, with its roots in Judaism, was a major factor in the development of the Western worldview…. A basic Christian belief was that God

If civilization has risen from the stone

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.  ~Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect, 1959LCD

You go into a community and they

You go into a community and they will vote 80 percent to 20 percent in favor of a tougher Clean Air Act, but if

Loyd 34it has to do with keeping

Loyd:  "It has to do with keeping things in balance.  It’s like the spirits have made a deal with us.  We’re on our own. 

When some high sounding institute states that a

When some high-sounding institute states that a compound is harmless or a process free of risk, it is wise to know whence the institute

There is hope if people will begin

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. 

The rose has thorns only for those

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.  ~Chinese Proverb

You forget that the fruits belong to

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discours sur l’origine et les fondements

Dont blow it good planets are

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.  ~Quoted in Time

Civilization wrecks the planet from seafloor to

Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.  ~Richard Bach

Something will have gone out of us

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last

Opie you havent finished your milk we

Opie, you haven’t finished your milk.  We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.  ~Aunt Bee Taylor, The Andy Griffith Showquoted in

I realized that eastern thought had somewhat

I realized that Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things.  Man was a form of life that in another reincarnation might

One of the first laws against air

One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal.  At

The word 34wilderness34 occurs approximately three hundred

The word "wilderness" occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory.  ~René Dubos, The Wooing of Earth, 1980

It is imperative to maintain portions of

It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  ~Bill Vaughn, quoted in Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon,

Humankind has not woven the web of

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to