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Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. (Quote by - Jean Arp)

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. (Quote by - Chief Seattle)

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. (Quote by - David Orr)

We must all work together in order to save the environment and the world that we live in from further change. (Quote by - Dave Foreman)

Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he'll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years. (Quote by - Charles Haas)

Malthus has been buried many times, and Malthusian scarcity with him. But as Garrett Hardin remarked, anyone who has to be reburied so often cannot be entirely dead. (Quote by - Herman E. Daly)

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. (Quote by - Charles A. Lindbergh)

Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die. (Quote by - Gil Stern)

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress. (Quote by - John Clapham)

When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded. (Quote by - Pat Brown)

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. (Quote by - Rachel Carson)

Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place. (Quote by - Rene Dubos)

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one. (Quote by - Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. (Quote by - René Dubos)

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. (Quote by - Albert Schweitzer)

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! (Quote by - Paul MacCready)

I realized that Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a form of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly or a bird of paradise or a deer. So a man of such a faith, looking at animals, might be looking at old friends or ancestors. In the East the wilderness has no evil connotation; it is thought of as an expression of the unity and harmony of the universe. (Quote by - William O. Douglas)

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: "Look at this Godawful mess." (Quote by - Art Buchwald)

We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man. (Quote by - Lynn White)

Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. (Quote by - E. Knight)

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. (Quote by - Chief Luther Standing Bear)

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. (Quote by - Havelock Ellis)

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. (Quote by - Thomas Fuller)

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day. (Quote by - Stephen Jay Gould)

Waste is a tax on the whole people. (Quote by - Albert W. Atwood)


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