Geology Sayings and Quotes

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

Ahead and to the west was our ranger station - and the mountains of Idaho, poems of geology stretching beyond any boundaries and seemingly even beyond the world. Norman Maclean
It was during my enchanted days of travel that the idea came to me, which, through the years, has come into my thoughts again and again and always happily—the idea that geology is the music of the earth. Hans Cloos
I went into geology because I like being outdoors, and because everybody in geology seemed, well, they all seemed like free spirits or renegades or something. You know, climbing mountains and hiking deserts and stuff. Kathy B. Steele
Altogether, according to John McPhee, [geological ages] number in the „tens of dozens.” Fortunately, unless you take up geology as a career, you are unlikely ever to hear any of them again. Bill Bryson
“There is nothing like geology; the pleasure of the first day's partridge shooting or first day's hunting cannot be compared to finding a fine group of fossil bones, which tell their story of former times with almost a living tongue." Charles Darwin, letter to his sister Catherine, 1834” Charles Darwin
“To my surprise, I found that geology demanded a type of whole-brain thinking I hadn't encountered before. It creatively appropriated ideas from physics and chemistry for the investigation of unruly volcanoes and oceans and ice sheets, It applied scholarly habits one associates with the study of literature and the arts - the practice of close reading, sensitivity to allusion and analogy, capacity for spatial visualization - to the examination of rocks. Its particular form of inferential logic demanded mental versatility and a vigorous but disciplined imagination. And its explanatory power was vast; it was nothing less than the etymology of the world.” Marcia Bjornerud
“I emphasize that my job is not to challenge their personal beliefs but to teach the logic of geology (geo-logic?) - the methods and tools of the discipline that enables us not only to comprehend how the Earth works at present but also to document in detail its elaborate and awe-inspiring history.” Marcia Bjornerud
Geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied. Stephen Jay Gould
All that comes above the surface [of the globe] lies within the province of Geography; all that comes below that surface lies inside the realm of Geology. The surface of the earth is that which, so to speak, divides them and at the same time 'binds them together in indissoluble union.' We may, perhaps, put the case metaphorically. Charles Lapworth
“[In geology,] As in history, the material in hand remains silent if no questions are asked. The nature of these questions depends on the 'school' to which the geologist belongs and on the objectivity of his investigations. Hans Cloos called this way of interrogation 'the dialogue with the earth,' R.W. van Bemmelen
“Much as I admired the elegance of physical theories, which at that time geology wholly lacked, I preferred a life in the woods to one in the laboratory.” J. Tuzo Wilson
“Nothing perhaps has so retarded the reception of the higher conclusions of Geology among men in general, as ... [the] instinctive parsimony of the human mind in matters where time is concerned.” Charles Lapworth
“In geology the effects to be explained have almost all occurred already, whereas in these other sciences effects actually taking place have to be explained.” James Croll
As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society. Henry David Thoreau
I owe the best of myself to geology, but everything it has taught me tends to turn me away from dead things. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Bacteria mineralized the rocks; they deposited the iron. They made the geology we see. Bonnie Bassler
It is a great philosophical breakthrough for geologists to accept catastrophe as a normal part of Earth history. Erie Kauffman
Geology gives us a key to the patience of God. J. G. Holland
Geology differs from physics, chemistry, and biology in that the possibilities for experiment are limited. Reinout Willem van Bemmelen
As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society. Henry David Thoreau
Geology, in the magnitude and sublimity of the objects of which it treats, undoubtedly ranks, in the scale of the sciences, next to astronomy. John Herschel
We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We cannot take one step in geology without drawing upon the fathomless stores of by-gone time. Adam Sedgwick
The history of any one part of the earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror. Derek V. Ager
Geological age plays the same part in our view of the duration of the universe as the earth's orbit radius does in our view of the immensity of space. John Joly
The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it, and carries it further back into remote antiquity. Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Geologists have a saying - rocks remember. Neil Armstrong
Caves are whimsical things, and geology on a local scale is random and unpredictable. William Stone
Yours for instance: you know physics, something of geology, ``Mathematics are your pastime; souls shall rise in their degree; ``Butterflies may dread extinction,---you'll not die, it cannot be. ``Yours for instance: you know physics, something of geology, ``Mathematics are your pastime; souls shall rise in their degree; ``Butterflies may dread extinction,---you'll not die, it cannot be. Robert Browning
Geology and botany Geology and botany We'll flog and troll in strid and hole. Charles Kingsley
I know a little bit about biology And a little more about psychology I'm a little gem in geology But I don't know enough about you Peggy Lee
bout history, or biology we just talkin bout g-eology strait up, gangsta walkin Snoop Dogg
The subject was roses Quine geology Deliberate notice You're talking of me Blondie
In every game I am that wild card I participate I'm paleolithic And geology and astrophysics Virgin Islander (on comparable worth)
Geology is digging through my brain A manta engulfing the world To throw it up once again To a guide of lifted daggers In Flames
Sleeping geology On the isolated shore For million of years Mr. Bungle
And Africa Geology and girls' basketball All the kids in her class will tell you she's the best But she's heard other teachers in the hall saying Fred Small
Don't wanna know about geography I'd rather have pornography Keep your history and geology Gonna teach myself biology, the easy way. John Entwistle
Endless reprieve Endless from me Endless anybody It's what you demand Tacit reprimands From your body's geology Dreamy D
study biology, geology, and even the core of astrology Even Psychology, technology, and even the math of geometry Garbo
Think of old geology It is but a theory What about reality Nobody was there to see So lets go back in time S.P.O.C.K.
When the world was still new Long before me and you Or the study of geology David LaMotte
You say wanna rock for me But you don't know geology You're drying up the treasury M. O.
Six miles from side to side A caprice of geology Standing mountain high The wall whispers no apology Doesn't answer why The landscape changes Andromeda
have outlasted me in 2000 cubic foot brain capacity Mass the readvance, teminology, geology, its part of me biology All that shit follows me, swallows K. Rino