List of quotations

Below is a list of the quotations from which the one at the top of the home page is randomly drawn.

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.  — Aldo Leopold

For the right of every man, every woman, every living creature to live life in freedom from the madness of nationalism, the brutality of militarism, the greed of industrialism…  — Professor Noah Rodack (in the novel Good News by Edward Abbey)

How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!  — John Muir

In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it.  — Aldo Leopold

In Wildness is the preservation of the world.  — Henry David Thoreau

May we speak in all human councils on behalf of the animals and plants and landscapes of Earth.  — John Seed

No compromise in defense of Mother Earth!  — Founding pledge of Earth First!

None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.  — John Muir

Once she ruled the Earth with love and wisdom. But we were much too smart to live her way. With greed and lust we tried to rise above her. The ignorance of man will reach an end. And now she's gonna die.  — Kerry Livgren (from the lyrics to Kansas's 'Death of Mother Nature Suite')

Surely a better time must be drawing nigh when godlike human beings will become truly humane, and learn to put their animal fellow mortals in their hearts instead of on their backs or in their dinners.  — John Muir

The beauty and existence of the natural world should be sufficient justification in itself for saving it all.  — Edward Abbey

The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.  — Jane Goodall

The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.  — Dian Fossey

The wilderness idea needs no defense—only more defenders.  — Edward Abbey

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

To admit wildlife into the human cosmos solely as a commodity in the human interest is to make preservation an absolute impossibility.  — John Livingston

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. There is no other way for land to survive the impact of mechanized man.  — Aldo Leopold

We cannot win the battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature… for we will not fight to save what we do not love.  — Stephen Jay Gould

We must move beyond a spirituality focused on the divine and the human to a spirituality concerned with the survival of the natural world in its full splendour, fertility, and integral wellbeing.  — Thomas Berry

Wilderness complements and completes civilization.  — Edward Abbey


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