Quotes

Posted on 03. Apr, 2010 by in quotes

  How quickly is the rainforest—the most threatened ecosystem on Earth—being destroyed?

Every second of every day, a slice the size of a football field is mowed down. That’s 86,400 football fields per day. Seven days a week.
– The Nature Conservancy (
www.nature.org)

 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.  ~Chief Seattle, 1855

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.  ~John Muir

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 de l’inégalité parmi les hommes, 1755

The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.  ~Chief Luther Standing Bear

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

 God never made his work for man to mend.
~John Dryden

 As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us:  “With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas,” or, “They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them.”  ~U Thant, speech, 1970

Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find you cannot eat money ~Cree prophecy

or Once the last tree is cut and the last river is poisoned you will find you cannot eat money ~ Traditional saying, referenced by Canadian writer Joyce Mclean   

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.  ~Theodore Roosevelt, seventh annual message, 3 December 1907  

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