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!     


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