Ecology Sayings and Quotes

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


Ecology also teaches that all life on earth can be viewed as a competition among species for the solar energy captured by green plants and stored in the form of complex carbon molecules. A food chain is a system for passing those calories on to species that lack the pant's unique ability to synthesize them from sunlight.     

Michael Pollan

In an ecology of love, people can relate in trust and face the future without fear. They do not need to play it safe. They can take uncertainty in their stride.     

Jonathan Sacks

Ecology, like genetics, is not about equilibrium states. It is about change, change and change. Nothing stays the same forever.     

Matt Ridley

When you pursue great flavor, you also pursue great ecology.     

Dan Barber

A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences, is what happens every time humans try to change the natural ecology of a place.     

Margaret J. Wheatley

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.     

Barry Commoner

Respect the delicate ecology of your delusions.     

Tony Kushner

We need to renegotiate our contract with nature. Ecology is a unifying force that can diminish intolerance and expand our empathy towards others – both human and animal.     

Gregory Colbert

Ecology is often confused with environmentalism, while in fact, environmentalism often leaves out the fact that people, too, can be a legitimate part of an ecosystem.     

Frank Herbert

The world's deteriorating ecology poses as great a danger to mankind today as did the nuclear standoff between the superpowers at the height of the Cold War.     

Mikhail Gorbachev

Relationships are the core message of ecology.     

Frances Moore Lappe

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.     

Margaret Mead

Ecology and spirituality are fundamentally connected, because deep ecological awareness, ultimately, is spiritual awareness.     

Fritjof Capra

Ecology is the overall science of which economics is a minor speciality.     

Garrett Hardin

Ecological differentiation is the necessary condition for coexistence.     

Garrett Hardin

Continuity is at the heart of conservatism: ecology serves that heart.     

Garrett Hardin

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.     

Frank Herbert

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.     

Ansel Adams

By ecology we understand the total science of the connections of the organism to the surrounding external world.     

Ernst Haeckel

Over and over again, we must stress that a healthy ecology is the basis for a healthy economy.     

Claudine Schneider

It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.     

Dalai Lama

As a word, ecology has been so debased by recent political usage that many people employ it to identify anything good that happens far from cities and without human interference.     

Stephen Jay Gould

Ecology should be object lessons that the world sees, that explains in a visceral, physical way, the attributes of God.     

Joel Salatin

Wildlife is something which man cannot construct. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. Man can rebuild a pyramid, but he can't rebuild ecology, or a giraffe.     

Joy Adamson