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     


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      


Think of old geology It is but a theory What about reality Nobody was there to see So lets go back in time     


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     


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