wisdom to win

 Wisdom to Win
search bar left
search bar right

Nature and Climate Change Quotes


Top 25 Nature and Climate Change Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.

- Rachel Carson (1907-64), American environmentalist, pictured right.



No 2Nature and Climate Change Quotes

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

(from the 1970 song Big Yellow Tax)

- Joni Mitchell (1943- ), pictured right. Canadian singer.



No 3

We have not inherited the earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.

- Native American proverb.

 Nature and Climate Change Quotes

So Crazy Horse (c.1849–77), pictured right, the Native American leader, says:

One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk,



No 4Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Never, no never, did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.

- Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish-born politician and philosopher, pictured right.



No 5Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed.

- Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian leader and philosopher, pictured right.



No 6Nature and Climate Change Quotes

The road we have been travelling is...a smooth highway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.

- Rachel Carson (1907-64), American environmentalist, pictured right.



No 7Nature and Climate Change Quotes

I think that I shall never see

A billboard lovely as a tree.

Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,

I'll never see a tree at all.

(from the 1945 poem Song of the Open Road)

- Ogden Nash (1902-71), pictured right above, American poet.  



No 8Nature and Climate Change Quotes

 I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

(from the 1804 poem Daffodils)

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850), pictured right above,  English poet.



No 9Nature and Climate Change Quotes

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.

(from the 1803 poem Auguries of Innocence)

- William Blake (1757-1827), pictured right above, English writer.



No 10Nature and Climate Change Quotes

What is the use of a house if you haven’t a tolerable planet to put it on?,

- Henry David Thoreau (1817-62),  American philosopher, pictured right.


Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Thomas Friedman, pictured right, in Hot, Flat and Crowded (2008), asks a similar question:

What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day?



No 11Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe...the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.

-Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), German philosopher, pictured right.




No 12Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Human subtlety…will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.

- Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Italian painter and designer, pictured right.



No 13Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Nature is not a temple, but a workshop, and man's the workman in it.

- Ivan Turgenev (1818–83), Russian writer, pictured right.



No 14Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.

- Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Schumacher, pictured right, Small is Beautiful (1973).


No 15Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Mankind has probably done more damage to the earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.

- Jacques Cousteau (1910–97), French underwater explorer, pictured right.



No 16Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge.

- Enrico Fermi (1901–54), Italian-born American atomic physicist, pictured right.



No 17Nature and Climate Change Quotes

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself: What if I had never seen this before? What if I know I would never see it again?

 - Rachel Carson (1907-64), American environmentalist, pictured right.



No 18Nature and Climate Change Quotes

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44), French writer, pictured right.



No 19Nature and Climate Change Quotes

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

- Barack Obama (1961- ), pictured right, in his Second Inaugural Address (2013)


Nature and Climate Change Quotes

The English scientist,Stephen Hawking (1942- ), pictured right , explains what might happen, if we do nothing:

By 2600, the world population would be standing shoulder to shoulder and the electricity consumed would make the earth glow red hot.



No 20Nature and Climate Change Quotes

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun.

(from the 1819 poem To Autumn)

- John Keats (1795-1821), pictured right above, English poet. 



No 21Nature and Climate Change Quotes

The power of the consumer gives us a lever to address one of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change.

Terry Leahy (1956-), chief executive of Tesco, 1997-2011, pictured right.


No 22Nature and Climate Change Quotes

We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can.

- Stephen Hawking (1942-), English scientist, pictured right



No 23Nature and Climate Change Quotes

How beautiful mankind is! O brave new world that hath such people in ’t!,

(Miranda in The Tempest)

 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 24Nature and Climate Change Quotes

We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931- ), pictured right, South African church leader.



No 25

Nature and Climate Change QuotesIf we squander the capital represented by living nature around us, we threaten life itself.

- Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Schumacher, pictured right , in Small is Beautiful (1973)

Free Newsletter
Enter your name and e-mail address to receive our free newsletter with analysis of business issues and new business books