Environment Quotes

 A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Beginnings are apt to be shadowy and so it is the beginnings of the great mother life, the sea. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment. 
Author: John Dewey
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1859  - d. 1 June 1952
  
 Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Dear Mr. and Mrs. Delgadillo, Thank you for your letter regarding the protection of the Texas eagle. I appreciate hearing from you. I share your view that the urgent problem of species extinction and the conservation of biological diversity should be addressed. The first step in saving any plant or animal from extinction is to become aware of and respect the fragile ecosystems that make up our environment ... Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I look forward to working with you for the future of our planet. 
Author: Al Gore
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1948
  
 Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that you use it so little. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 How far must suffering and misery go before we see that even in the day of vast cities and powerful machines, the good earth is our mother and that if we destroy her, we destroy ourselves? 
Author: Paul Bigelow Sears
Nationality: American
b. 17 December 1891  - d. 30 April 1990
  
 I didn't grow up in a mom-and-pop, Ozzie and Harriet type of environment, but who did? 
Author: Lucinda Williams
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1953
  
 I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. 
Author: Joyce Kilmer
Nationality: American
b. 06 December 1886  - d. 30 July 1918
  
 If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 If you poison the environment, the environment will poison you. 
Author: Tony Follari
Nationality: New Zealander   
 It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 It may seem to your conceited to suppose that you can do anything important toward improving the lot of mankind. But this is a fallacy. You must believe that you can help bring about a better world. A good society is produced only by good individuals, just as truly as a majority in a presidential election is produced by the votes of single electors. Everybody can do something toward creating in his own environment kindly feelings rather than anger, reasonableness rather than hysteria, happiness rather than misery. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes, and Man is Mind, and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.He thinks in secret and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Perfection - Nothing more than a complete adaptation to the environment; but the environment is constantly changing, so perfection can never be more than transitory. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The environment is everything that isn't me. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world - the very nature of its life. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 The perfect no-stress environment is the grave.When we change our perception we gain control.The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat.When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt. 
Author: Jesse Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 08 October 1941
  
 Think back 80 years or more when Australians had the chance to protect the thylacine, the Tasmanian Tiger, and we blew it and we're still feeling bad about it. Maybe this generation will be judged on whether or not we choose to save another great predator from extinction, the Murray Cod. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow. 
Author: Edward Hoagland
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1932
  
 Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, 'This I am today; that I will be tomorrow. ' 
Author: Louis L'Amour
Nationality: American
b. 22 March 1908  - d. 10 June 1988
  
 We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. 
Author: Maxwell Maltz
Nationality: American
b. 10 March 1899  - d. 07 April 1975
  
 We are creating every day our own horrid future. We shall have to do something about our environmental conditions. They are stifling us. Soon they will strangle us all. 
Author: Alvin Toffler
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1928
  
 We love to point the finger at the environmental vandalism in the Brazilian and Indonesian rain forests but really, we're no different. As Australians we love the bush, but at the same time we're still clearing around 32 football fields worth of bushland every hour of every day. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 When society begins to seriously debate social and environmental rights, the lines for a constitution of cities will become clearer. 
Author: Kenneth Schneider
Nationality: American   
 When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment... it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance. 
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 July 1911  - d. 31 December 1980
  
 Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment, so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good language skills could simply mean that and that the same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in the genes isn't in the family environment either. It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities or the child-rearing practices of parents. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 I'm upset when I see that people don't seem to observe what's happening with the environment, what's happening in terms of global warming. 
Author: Joanne Woodward
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1930
  
 Any kind of environmental issue became important to me in the '60s, when I began to examine what was happening in this country. 
Author: Joanne Woodward
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1930
  
 The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way. 
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 July 1911  - d. 31 December 1980
  
 It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame - and only one - themselves. 
Author: Robert Joseph Collier
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1876  - d. 9 November 1918
  
 I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Where you raise your children isn't as important as how you raise your children. I think it's what you talk to them about, what you expose them to, what you make them mindful of. And you've got to do that anywhere you live. LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other people's plight. I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so it's really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 The critical question of "standing" would be simplified and also put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule that allowed environmental issues to be litigated before federal agencies or federal courts in the name of the inanimate object about to be despoiled, defaced, or invaded by roads and bulldozers and where injury is the subject of public outrage. Contemporary public concern for protecting nature's ecological equilibrium should lead to the conferral of standing upon environmental objects to sue for their own preservation. This suit would therefore be more properly labeled as Mineral King v. Morton. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 Love of fighting was bred in the blood of the race because those who did not love fighting were not suited to their environment and perished. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means. 
Author: Anthony Eden
Nationality: British
b. 12 June 1897  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment. 
Author: Beverly Sills
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1929  - d. 2 July 2007
  
 But the idea of a man making his living by writing seemed, in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality. 
Author: Robert E. Howard
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1906  - d. 11 June 1936
  
 I became a writer in spite of my environments. 
Author: Robert E. Howard
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1906  - d. 11 June 1936
  
 It seems to me that many writers, by virtue of environments of culture, art and education, slip into writing because of their environments. 
Author: Robert E. Howard
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1906  - d. 11 June 1936
  
 We're failing our children with education, we're failing our environment. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 Heredity is nothing but stored environment. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. 
Author: Sir Arthur Helps
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1813  - d. 7 March 1875
  
 I'm a middle age white guy, which means I'm constantly reminded that my particular group is responsible for the oppression of every known minority PLUS most wars PLUS government corruption PLUS pollution of the environment, not to mention that it was middle-age white guys who killed Bambi's mom. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 We humans do not need to leave Earth to get to a hostile, deadly, alien environment; we already have Miami. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Politics is the art of controlling your environment. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 I imagine that as contemporary music goes on changing in the way that I'm changing it what will be done is to more and more completely liberate sounds from abstract ideas about them and more and more exactly to let them be physically uniquely themselves. This means for me: knowing more and more not what I think a sound is but what it actually is in all of its acoustical details and then letting this sound exist, itself, changing in a changing sonorous environment. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 We have a Biblically-based obligation to be good stewards of the land as 'keepers of the commons.' However, the modern environmental movement has been co-opted by globalists who use international treaties to regulate our industries, and violate property rights by converting private holdings into public 'habitats'. No one is more qualified to conserve land than the people who live on it. The government should not trample states' rights by turning local land into public property. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 We are already justified in the conviction that human life as we know it in history is a wretched makeshift, rooted in ignorance; and that it could be transcended by a state of existence based on the illumination of knowledge and comprehension, just as our modern control of physical nature based on science transcends the tentative fumblings of our ancestors, that were rooted in superstition and professional secrecy. To do this, we must study the possibilities of creating a more favourable social environment, as we have already done in large measure with our physical environment. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 From the cranberry cancer scare of the 1950s to the Alar-in-apples hysteria of the 1980s, from the "new ice age" of the 1960s to the "global warming" of the 1990s, environmental alarms almost always turn out to be false. Few non-political scientists fear ozone loss, global warming, or acid rain. These are just issues that some people hope to use to reorder the lives of the rest of us. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 I remember the Club of Rome report in 1967 which said that the deterioration of the environment was inevitable due to population growth and overconsumption of resources. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 I overheard two "Eurocrats" in Vienna talking about the environment. One said, "How long do you think we've got?" The other said, "Ten years." And the first one said, "You're an optimist." So I said to them, "If China begins to develop motor vehicles, we've got two years." 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Permaculture One was far more successful than anticipated, as it seemed to meet a need of the emerging environmentalist counterculture looking for something positive and substantial to align with. It was published in five languages, but is now out of print and of mainly historical value, having been superseded and refined in later works. 
Author: David Holmgren
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1955
  
 The end result of the adoption of permaculture strategies in any country or region will be to dramatically reduce the area of the agricultural environment needed by the households and the settlements of people, and to release much of the landscape for the sole use of wildlife and for re-occupation by endemic flora. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 A bird's-eye view of centralised and disempowered societies will reveal a strictly rectilinear network of streets, farms, and property boundaries. It is as though we have patterned the earth to suit our survey instruments rather than to serve human or environmental needs. We cannot perhaps blame Euclid for this, but we can blame his followers. The straight-line patterns that result prevent most sensible landscape planning strategies and result in neither an aesthetically nor functionally satisfactory landscape or stretscape. Once established, then entered into a body of law, such inane - or insane - patterning is stubbornly defended. But it is created by, and can be dismantled by, people. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 It is the system, rather than individuals, that is the source of pollution and degradation. My prison-house environment is but another manifestation of the Midas-hand, whose cursed touch turns everything to the brutal service of Mammon. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 The stability of the internal medium is a primary condition for the freedom and independence of certain living bodies in relation to the environment surrounding them. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 All the vital mechanisms, varied as they are, have only one object, that of preserving constant the conditions of life in the internal environment. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological, and mental characteristics of man considered as an individual; but we are interested in the diversity of these traits in groups of men found in different geographical areas and in different social classes. It is our task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed differentiation, and to investigate the sequence of events that have led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life. In other words, we are interested in the anatomical and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological, geographical, and social environment, and as determined by their past. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 A person is either the effect of his environment or is able to have an effect upon his environment. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 As a society declines, it more and more resorts to authoritarian teaching and attempts increasingly to impress on the individual that he must adjust to his environment and that he cannot adjust his environment to him. The educational process becomes one of semi-hypnotically receiving doughy masses of data and regurgitating them upon examination papers. Reason and self-determinism are all but forbidden. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Radical environmentalists are more than up to the task of moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear. They don't need church leaders to help them with this, although it is a very effective way of further muting Christian witness. Church leaders in particular should be allergic to nonsense. I am certainly sceptical about extravagant claims of impending man-made climatic catastrophes. Uncertainties on climate change abound. My task as a Christian leader is to engage with reality, to contribute to debate on important issues, to open people's minds, and to point out when the emperor is wearing few or no clothes. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 I look at it this way. For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The sea is the universal sewer. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 We must plant the sea and herd its animals … using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed - if we are not willing - we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 I am not a scientist. I am, rather, an impresario of scientists. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 I said that the oceans were sick but they're not going to die. There is no death possible in the oceans - there will always be life - but they're getting sicker every year. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 We have to prepare for what life could become in 40 years. We need to outline what is possible and what is impossible with the non-renewable resources of the Earth. What role will technological improvement play? Taking all this into account, what kind of life can we produce in the best way for 10 billion people? That's a problem that needs to be solved. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and turn headlong down an immutable course. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 And let us remember too that life, in its exuberance, always succeeds in overflowing the narrow limits within which man thinks he can confine it. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 I believe that national sovereignties will shrink in the face of universal interdependence. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope and we can work. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The future is in the hands of those who explore... and from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters... and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The sea, once it casts its spell, holds on in its net of wonder forever. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 To yackety-yak about the past is for me time lost. Every morning I wake up saying, "I'm still alive - a miracle." And so I keep on pushing. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one. 
Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau
Nationality: French
b. 11 June 1910  - d. 25 June 1997
  
 Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.  
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Look, very clearly there are things that need to be done urgently in relation to climate change, and of those the most obvious is to have an enforceable and equitable arrangement delivering deep cuts in emissions into the middle of the century. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Our senses convey that all is not well with the natural world. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 There are a range of associated impacts related to increasing temperatures which affect both evaporation rates and river systems, which are already over stressed, and these will hit farming communities and the health of crop lands. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Climate change will have a significant impact on the environment and on social well-being if the current projections continue through this century. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The thing I object to more than anything else is that we've got Australian foreign policy being determined by senior officials in Washington. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I'm really pursuing my work with the ACF with as much vigour as I'm able and that's plenty. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Mandela, he had the strength of will to endure a long period of hardship, the change of heart to see his opponents as human and the intelligence to see that offering light at the end of the tunnel is always preferable to blocking the way or trying to blow up obstacles. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The fact is that we take music very seriously. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I tend to define what we've done much more by the actual substance of what we've created than by whether we've sold 50 or 50,000 records. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Our career path has tended to be the most perverse and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable, while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do, the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The Capitol was an occasion where you arrive at a sign in the road that says you have arrived at a place you may not have expected to be, but you know how you got here: Next! 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 There was never going to be a right time for a band that was still recording and had health in its environment, had made a very good record and was playing well.  
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I don't dance like that when I'm grooving in some club - actually I don't groove. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I just ended up hanging out with a bunch of people with guitars and drums and some panel vans and proceeded to make music. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Each day is different and you must be willing to learn (again) how to best do your job as a leader. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In laboratory tests on animal subjects, DDT has produced suspicious liver tumors. Scientists of the Food and Drug Administration who reported the discovery of these tumors were uncertain how to classify them, but felt there was some "justification for considering them low grade hepatic cell carcinomas." Dr. Hueper, author of Occupational Tumors and Allied Diseases now gives DDT the definite rating of a "chemical carcinogen. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they are not there, science cannot create them. If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself, in his cities of steel and concrete, from the realities of earth and water and the growing seed. Intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going farther and farther into more experiments for the destruction of himself and his world. There is certainly no single remedy for this condition and I am offering no panacea. But it seems reasonable to believe - and I do believe - that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 We have been troubled about the world, and had almost lost faith in man; it helps to think about the long history of the earth, and of how life came to be. And when we think in terms of millions of years, we are not so impatient that our own problems be solved tomorrow. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. Awareness of ecological relationships is - or should be - the basis of modern conservation programs, for it is useless to attempt to preserve a living species unless the kind of land or water it requires is also preserved. So delicately interwoven are the relationships that when we disturb one thread of the community fabric we alter it all - perhaps almost imperceptibly, perhaps so drastically that destruction follows. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 If we have been slow to develop the general concepts of ecology and conservation, we have been even more tardy in recognizing the facts of the ecology and conservation of man himself. We may hope that this will be the next major phase in the development of biology. Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life. Man's future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life - past, present, and future. To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love - then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods. I always thought so myself; the Maine woods never seem so fresh and alive as in wet weather. Then all the needles on the evergreens wear a sheath of silver; ferns seem to have grown to almost tropical lushness and every leaf has its edging of crystal drops. Strangely colored fungi - mustard-yellow and apricot and scarlet - are pushing out of the leaf mold and all the lichens and the mosses have come alive with green and silver freshness. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 These sprays, dusts, and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests, and homes - nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the "good" and the "bad," to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams, to coat the leaves with a deadly film, and to linger on in soil - all this though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects. Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called "insecticides," but "biocides." 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 For each of us, as for the robin in Michigan or the Salmon in the Miramichi, this is a problem of ecology, of interrelationships, of interdependence. We poison the caddis flies in a stream and the salmon runs dwindle and die. We poison the gnats in a lake and the poison travels from link to link of the food chain and soon the birds of the lake margins become its victims. We spray our elms and the following springs are silent of robin song, not because we sprayed the robins directly but because the poison traveled, step by step, through the now familiar elm leaf-earthworm-robin cycle. These are matters of record, observable, part of the visible world around us. They reflect the web of life - or death - that scientists know as ecology. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one less traveled by - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 To the bird watcher, the suburbanite who derives joy from birds in his garden, the hunter, the fisherman or the explorer of wild regions, anything that destroys the wildlife of an area for even a single year has deprived him of pleasure to which he has a legitimate right. This is a valid point of view. 
Author: Rachel Carson
Nationality: American
b. December 1907  - d.  December 1964
  
 A snowdrift is a beautiful thing - if it doesn't lie across the path you have to shovel or block the road that leads to your destination. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 April is a promise that May is bound to keep. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 If Germans are happy it means everyone else is miserable. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 What's the worst that can happen? A tidal wave? Glaciers with guns? 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 A great deal of pressure was then built up to remove me from the club and my resignation was, finally, a forced one. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take, by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool the generators and reactors. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Apollo 13, as you may remember, gave us a reactor that is bubbling away right now somewhere in the Pacific. It's supposed to be bubbling away on the moon, but it's in the Pacific Ocean instead.  
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't know what he meant then, but I know now. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Even if you build the perfect reactor, you're still saddled with a people problem and an equipment problem. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 For how many people do you think might yet stand on this planet before the sun grows cold? That's the responsibility we hold in our hands. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I began working with the John Muir Institute and then started helping found Friends of the Earth organizations here and there in other countries. That pretty well brings us up to the present. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I believe that the average guy in the street will give up a great deal, if he really understands the cost of not giving it up. In fact, we may find that, while we're drastically cutting our energy consumption, we're actually raising our standard of living. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I don't think we have very good records about what they were thinking except, as I pointed out earlier today, that they did invent our political system. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I sort of kept my hand in writing and went to work for the Sierra Club in '52, walked the plank there in '69, founded Friends of the Earth and the League of Conservation Voters after that. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I was actually telling people that - by harnessing the atom - we could enter a new era of unlimited power that would do away with the need to dam our beautiful streams. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 I will say this, - though: If it is true that fusion will put unlimited amounts of energy into our hands, then I'm worried. Our record on this score is extremely poor. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste? 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 It's like turning the space program over to the Long Island Railroad. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 It's very hard for me to know what to say about fusion right now, inasmuch as it is not yet scientifically feasible. I just can't understand how so many people are able to predict so much about something that still isn't scientifically possible. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Once we open the door to the plutonium economy, we expose ourselves to absolutely terrible, horrifying risks from these people. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that we 'keep' our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants. This 'solution', I think, requires an immediate poll of the next 20,000 generations. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Perhaps we'll realize that each of us has not one vote but ten thousand or a million. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 'Realistic' is a loaded word for me. Anyone who uses the word 'realistic' is all bad. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Some otherwise sane scientists have seriously proposed that we tuck this deadly garbage under the edges of drifting continents but how can they be sure the moving land masses will climb over the waste and not just push it forward?. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 The risk presented by these lethal wastes is like no other risk, and we should not be expected to accept it or to project it into the future in order for manufacturers and utilities to make a dollar killing now. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 The Sierra Club is a very good and a very powerful force for conservation and, as a matter of fact, has grown faster since I left than it was growing while I was there! It must be doing something right. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 There are many different kinds of radioactive waste and each has its own half-life so, just to be on the safe side and to simplify matters, I base my calculations on the worst one and that's plutonium. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place! 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 They simply don't know that much about what they're doing. There isn't enough control. There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer, physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Until four years ago, in fact, I was absolutely in love with the atom. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 We are at the edge of an abyss and we're close to being irrevocably lost. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 We tried burying the waste at sea and the concrete cannisters that held it cracked open. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 We've got to search back to our last known safe landmark. I can't say exactly where, but I think it's back there at the start of the Industrial Revolution, we began applying energy in vast amounts to tools with which we began tearing the environment apart. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 We've pumped waste into cavities in solid rock and found that it spread through the rock. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 What happens when the guy who runs the reactor gets out of bed wrong or decides, for some reason, that he wants to override his instruction sheet some afternoon? 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 What's even more unsettling is the way these people hide what they're doing from the public. They strip the labels off miracle wheat when they ship it, for instance, and say, 'Watch out. Don't plant too much and don't depend on it too much.' 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 When people say, 'You're not being realistic,' they're just trying to tag some thoughts that they can't otherwise handle. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 Yet another proposal would have us rocket the waste into the sun, but, as you're probably aware, about one in ten of our space shots doesn't quite make it out of the earth's gravitational field. 
Author: David Brower
Nationality: American
b. 01 July 1912  - d. 05 November 2000
  
 You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Earth does not belong to us; we belong to earth. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The white man's dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful earth, for it is the mother of the red man. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Every part of all this soil is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hollowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. The very dust you now stand on responds more willingly to their footsteps than to yours, because it is rich with the blood of our ancestors and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Even little children who lived here and rejoiced here for a brief season love these somber solitudes, and at eventide they greet shadowy returning spirits. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 And when the last red man shall have perished, and the memory of my tribe shall become a myth among the white men, these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe; and when our children’s children think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway, or in the pathless woods, they will not be alone. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless. Dead, did I say? There is no death, only change of worlds. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy - and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his fathers' graves, and his children’s birthright is forgotten. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The sight of your cities pains the eyes of the red man. But perhaps it is because the red man is a savage and does not understand. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The Indian prefers the soft sound of the wind darting over the face of the pond, the smell of the wind itself cleansed by a midday rain, or scented with pinon pine. The air is precious to the red man, for all things are the same breath - the animals, the trees, the man. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Tribe follows tribe, nations follow nations like the tides of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 A few more hours, a few more winters, and none of the children of the great tribes that once lived on this earth, or roamed in small bands in the woods, will be left to mourn the graves of the people once as powerful and hopeful as yours. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The whites, too, shall pass - perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your own bed, and you might suffocate in your own waste. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 When the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses all tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with the scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires, where is the thicket? Where is the eagle? Gone. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 And what is it to say farewell to the swift and the hunt, to the end of living and the beginning of survival? We might understand if we knew what is was that white man dreams, what he describes to his children on long winter nights, what visions he burns into their minds, so they will wish for tomorrow. But we are savages. The white man’s dreams are hidden from us. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Your religion was written on tablets of stone, ours on our hearts. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Day and night cannot dwell together. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 His brave warriors will be with us, a bristling wall of strength. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Today is fair. Tomorrow may be overcast with clouds. My words are like the stars that never change. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 At night when the streets of your cities and villages are silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 The white man will never be alone. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 Youth is impulsive. When our young men grow angry at some real or imaginary wrong, it denotes their hearts are black. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 We are part of the earth and the earth is part of us. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities, no place to hear the leaves of spring or the rustle of insects’ wings. Perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand, but the clatter only seems to insult the ears. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 I will not dwell on, nor mourn over, our untimely decay, nor reproach our paleface brothers for hastening it. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea.... that time has long since passed... I will not mourn. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 My people resemble the scattering trees of a storm swept plain. 
Author: Chief Seattle
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1786  - d.  December 1866
  
 I am neither a saint nor a theologian. To me, good works are more important than theology. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 Weinberg's statement is true as far as it goes, but it is not the whole truth. To make it the whole truth, we must add an additional clause: "And for bad people to do good things—that [also] takes religion." The main point of Christianity is that it is a religion for sinners. Jesus made that very clear. When the Pharisees asked his disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" he said, "I come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance." Only a small fraction of sinners repent and do good things but only a small fraction of good people are led by their religion to do bad things. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 Even in the noisiest system, errors can be reliably corrected and accurate information transmitted, provided that the transmission is sufficiently redundant. That is, in a nutshell, how Wikipedia works. Science is the sum total of a great multitude of mysteries. It is an unending argument between a great multitude of voices. It resembles Wikipedia much more than it resembles the Encyclopaedia Britannica. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 You can't possibly get a good technology going without an enormous number of failures. It's a universal rule. If you look at bicycles, there were thousands of weird models built and tried before they found the one that really worked. You could never design a bicycle theoretically. Even now, after we've been building them for 100 years, it's very difficult to understand just why a bicycle works - it's even difficult to formulate it as a mathematical problem. But just by trial and error, we found out how to do it, and the error was essential. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 I agreed emphatically with Henry Stimson. Once we had got ourselves into the business of bombing cities, we might as well do the job competently and get it over with. I felt better that morning than I had felt for years… Those fellows who had built the atomic bombs obviously knew their stuff… Later, much later, I would remember the downside. I am convinced that to avoid nuclear war it is not sufficient to be afraid of it. It is necessary to be afraid, but it is equally necessary to understand. And the first step in understanding is to recognize that the problem of nuclear war is basically not technical but human and historical. If we are to avoid destruction we must first of all understand the human and historical context out of which destruction arises. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 As a scientist I want to rip the theory of nuclear winter apart, but as a human being I want to believe it. This is one of the rare instances of a genuine conflict between the demands of science and the demands of humanity. As a scientist, I judge the nuclear winter theory to be a sloppy piece of work, full of gaps and unjustified assumptions. As a human being, I hope fervently that it is right. Here is a real and uncomfortable dilemma. What does a scientist do when science and humanity pull in opposite directions? 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 There are better alternatives. Australia should be exporting its solar technology, not its uranium. 
Author: Bob Brown
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 December 1944
  
 It is the great destiny of human science, not to ease man’s labors or prolong his life, noble as those ends may be nor to serve the ends of power, but to enable man to walk upright without fear in a world which he at length will understand and which is his home. 
Author: Paul Bigelow Sears
Nationality: American
b. 17 December 1891  - d. 30 April 1990
  




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