Quotes of Ecology

“ Ecology is rather like sex — every new generation likes to think they were the first to discover it. ”

- Michael Allaby

“ The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. Bit the combination is locked up in the safe. ”

- Peter De Vries

“ Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out. ”

- Martina Navratilova

“ Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles. ”

- Pope John Paul II

“ The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. ”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“ Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers. ”

- Ralph Nader

“ We won't have a society if we destroy the environment. ”

- Margaret Mead

“ It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours. ”

- John F. Kennedy

“ A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. ”

- William James

“ Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been — what people needed protection from. Now nature tamed, endangered, mortal — needs to be protected from people. ”

- Susan Sontag

“ We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction "If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.". ”

- Petra Kelly

“ Take what you can use and let the rest go by. ”

- Ken Kesey

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

- Havelock Ellis

“ The question of whether it's God's green earth is not at center stage, except in the sense that if so, one is reminded with some regularity that He may be dying. ”

- Edward Hoagland

“ The current collapse of industrial society may well be the planet's way of avoiding a larger death. ”

- Morris Bergman

“ It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem. ”

- Jerry Adler

“ We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children. ”

- David Bower

“ As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them. ”

- Louis Bromfield

“ The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. ”

- Barry Commoner

“ If a product is more expensive than another one and more sustainable in ecology, consumers will not buy it. We're in a very sharp competitive market. ”

- Jean Claude

“ 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. ”

- Aldo Leopold

“ Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. ”

- Albert Schweitzer

“ Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off. ”

- Chris Patten

“ O if we but knew what we do when we delve or hew — hack and rack the growing green! Since country is so tender to touch, her being so slender, that like this sleek and seeing ball but a prick will make no eye at all, where we, even where we mean to mend her we end her, when we hew or delve: after-comers cannot guess the beauty been. ”

- Gerard Manley Hopkins

“ And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. ”

- Jonathan Swift
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