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.


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