30 Best Quotes About Nature

EcoSalon’s favorite 30 quotes about nature.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
-Albert Camus

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.
-Mary Oliver

Only when the last tree has been cut down,

Only when the last river has been poisoned,

Only when the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
-Cree Indian Prophecy

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
-Walt Whitman

A wounded deer leaps the highest.
-Emily Dickinson

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 
-John Muir

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
-Wendell Berry

Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
-Vincent Van Gogh

I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.
-Bob Dylan

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

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair.
-Kahlil Gibran

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.
-Willa Cather

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
-Navajo Proverb

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
-Georgia O’Keefe

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.
-William Wordsworth

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
-Toni Morrison

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
-David Letterman

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
-Helen Keller

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
-Galileo Galilei

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty on a mountain.
-Victor Hugo

I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.
-Neil Young

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
-e.e. cummings

If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat. 
-Vijali Hamilton


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