Earth Day Sayings and Quotes

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

Now I know why I'm here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth. Alfred Worden
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
The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe we can make it that way-the way God intended it to be-by giving everybody that new perspective from out in space. Roger B. Chaffee
Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now. Jackie Speier
The earth is simply too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in. Robert A. Heinlein
Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth. David Sarnoff
There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. Carl Sagan
In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau
There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. Robert Orben
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day - at every meal. Ingrid Newkirk
An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment. David Attenborough
He that plants trees loves others beside himself. Thomas Fuller
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option, they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mahatma Gandhi
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use. Mother Teresa
Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales
Keep close to nature's heart, and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir
For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now we're beating it to death. Tom McMillan
I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior. Darryl Cherney
Be the change you wish to see in this world. Mahatma Gandhi
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
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Cousteau
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. Henry David Thoreau
Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures. Gaylord Nelson
Save the Earth, it's our only source of chocolate! Anonymous
There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards. Dr. Jane Goodall
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir
Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. Scott Peters
A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and elk and bison would be – will be — a human zoo. A high-tech slum. Edward Abbey
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
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. E. E. Cummings
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
The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. Barry Commoner
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. Elwyn Brooks White
On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations. John Hoeven
When the well's dry, we know the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
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
To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. William Blake
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. Chief Seattle
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
Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind. David Ehrenfeld
Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated, as it is some ninety-three million miles away. Stephanie Mills
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. David Attenborough
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each. Henry David Thoreau
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. Brooke Medicine Eagle
The good man is the friend of all living things. Mahatma Gandhi
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
This is the day to acknowledge your connection to your home planet and all the nurturing nature, bounty, and beauty you receive from this big blue dot. Brenda Knight
Earth day makes us realize that each of us has a voice and every one of our actions matters; collectively great things happen. Brenda Knight
A tree is a tree— how many do you need to look at? Ronald Reagan
We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do. Barbara Ward Jackson & Rene Dubos
The wildness of the soil that we call fertility begins to diminish, and the soil itself flees from us in water and wind. Wendell Berry
The earth is all I know of wonder. Marsden Hartley
The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance. Rachel Carson
Although the earth is vast, its most vulnerable point is the atmosphere, which is surprisingly thin. As the late Carl Sagan used to say, it's like a coat of varnish on a globe. Al Gore
In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is the story of the earth. Rachel Carson
Earth day asks people around the world to take care of their homes. Melissa Ferguson
To continue the human adventure, our priorities are to care for Earth, to eliminate injustice, and to leave a planetary inheritance to future generations. John McConnell
Earth day is built on peace, justice, and care of the earth. John McConnell
Earth day is designed to promote important matters in which we agree— with room for differences in other matters. John McConnell
On the first day of spring let the bells of Earth ring / As together we silently pray / Sun and stars will rejoice as we make our sacred choice / To care for our planet every day. John McConnell
International Earth Day each year can provide a special time to draw people together in appreciation of their mutual home, Planet Earth, and bring a global feeling of community through the realization of our deepening desire for life, freedom and love, and our mutual dependence on each other. John McConnell
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
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright
Earth rejoices our words, breathing, and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word, and every step make the mother earth proud of us. Amit Ray
It’s Earth day. I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change? St Victor Paskavichanley
To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash. Bill Nye
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is a man who complicates it. Charles A. Lindbergh
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon
Most of us are familiar with recycle and reuse, but how often do we think of the third R – REDUCE? ‘Reduce’ is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse. Catherine Pulsifer
It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live. Dalai Lama
Away, away, from men and towns, / To the wildwood and the downs, — / To the silent wilderness, / Where the soul need not repress its music.” Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. Leo Tolstoy
The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. John Paul II
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. John Ruskin
What’s the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on. Henry David Thoreau
The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for. Ernest Hemingway