Aldo Leopold Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Aldo Leopold quotes, Aldo Leopold sayings, and Aldo Leopold proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship. Aldo Leopold
A river or stream is a cycle of energy from sun to plants to insects to fish. It is a continuum broken only by humans. Aldo Leopold
Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing. Aldo Leopold
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Aldo Leopold
Patriotism requires less and less of making the eagle scream, but more and more of making him think. Aldo Leopold
Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution. Aldo Leopold
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Aldo Leopold
Conservation viewed in its entirety, is the slow and laborious unfolding of a new relationship between people and land. Aldo Leopold
All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish. Aldo Leopold
Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest. Aldo Leopold
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Aldo Leopold
Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals. Aldo Leopold
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Aldo Leopold
A river or stream is a cycle of energy from sun to plants to insects to fish. It is a continuum broken only by humans. Aldo Leopold
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
Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals. Aldo Leopold
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism. Aldo Leopold
No hobby should either seek or need rational justification. To wish to do it is reason enough. To find reasons why it is useful or beneficial converts it at once from an avocation into an industry. Aldo Leopold
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct Aldo Leopold
What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land? Aldo Leopold
Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. Aldo Leopold
The modern dogma is comfort at any cost. Aldo Leopold
Six days shalt thou paddle and pack, but on the seventh thou shall wash thy socks. Aldo Leopold
To the mouse, snow means freedom from want and fear. ... To a rough-legged hawk, a thaw means freedom from want and fear. Aldo Leopold
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
There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. Aldo Leopold
The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind. Aldo Leopold
Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness heaven one may never get there. Aldo Leopold
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Aldo Leopold
Six days shalt thou paddle and pack, but on the seventh thou shall wash thy socks. Aldo Leopold