22 Earth Day Quotes to Inspire Your Love and Appreciation for Mother Nature


On April 22nd, the world will be celebrating Mother Nature in all her indomitable glory. These 22 Earth Day quotes will remind you just why nature is your best and most reliable friend.

The human connection to nature is a deeply intrinsic, universal emotion that most of us often forget to honor on a regular basis. The following famous poets, writers, philanthropists and philosophers remind us why we should all embrace the world we live on a bit more passionately. Read through these Earth Day quotes and then give a tree a well-deserved hug.

Earth Day Quotes:

  1. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
  3. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir
  4. “The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.” – Barry Commoner
  5. “He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” – Thmas Fuller
  6. “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” – Ralph Nader
  7. “For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.” – Tom McMillan
  8. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau
  9. Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” – Bill Vaughan
  10. “Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” – Thomas Alva Edison
  11. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – George Gordon
  12. “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare
  13. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” – Cree Indian proverb
  14. “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” – Gaylord Nelson
  15. “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson
  16. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” – John James Audubon
  17. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
  18. “The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Gandhi
  19. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” – Mother Teresa
  22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

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