Nature is the art of God.
We do not inherit this land
from our ancestors;
we borrow it
from out children.
Forget not that the earth
delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play
with your hair.
In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass,
nature can laugh at his
so-called scientific knowledge.
We are living on this planet
as if we had another one to go to.
Thank GOD, they cannot cut down the clouds!
I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.
Only to the white man was nature a “wilderness.”
When we heal the earth,
we heal ourselves.
There are no passengers on spaceship earth.
We are all crew.
The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.
A true conservationist
is a man who knows that the world
is not given by his fathers
but borrowed from his children.
Over the long haul of life on this planet,
it is the ecologists,
and not the bookkeepers of business,
who are the ultimate accountants.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength
to body and soul alike.
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
It was not until we saw the picture of the earth,
from the moon, that we realized
how small and how helpless this planet is
— something that we must hold in our arms
and care for.
Don’t it always sSeem to go
that we don’t know what we got till it’s gone.
They pave paradise and put up a parking lot.
The idea of wilderness needs no defense.
it only needs more defenders.
Remaining silent about the destruction
of nature is an endorsement of that destruction.
What we are doing to the forests of the world
is but a mirror reflection of what we are
doing to ourselves and to one another.
We can never have enough of Nature.