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Quotes used in Robert T. Nanningas writings

Observations from the Edge

Robert T. Nanninga

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Abbey, Edward

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.


A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationist.

Among politicians and businessmen, Pragmatism is the current term for To hell with our children.

As war and government prove, insanity is the most contagious of diseases.

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.

Defiance is beautiful. The defiance of power, especially great or overwhelming power, exalts and glorifies the rebel.

God Bless America. Let's save some of it.

Great Art is never perfect; perfect art is never great.


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-obedient to the whim of any fool who takes control.

In art, as in life, form and subject, body and soul, are one.


In social affairs, I'm an optimist. I really do believe that our military-industrial civilization will soon collapse.

Only a fool is astonished by the foolishness of humankind.

Science is the whore of industry and the handmaiden of war.

The developers and entrepreneurs must somehow be taught a new vocabulary of values.

The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws.

The purpose and function of government is not to preside over change but to prevent change. By political methods when unavoidable, by violence when convenient.

There is no force more potent in the modern World than stupidity fueled by greed.

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.

Adams, Henry

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Agar, Herbert

The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.

Alighieri, Dante

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

Ansubel, Jesse

What do you do when the past is no longer a guide to the future?


Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the Earth.


Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of it plain.

Asimov, Isaac

It is a sign of our power, and our criminal folly, that we can pollute the vast ocean and are doing so.

Babel, August; 1870

In time of war, the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers.

Personal Collection

Baes, C.F.

Any rapid change in a regional climate is more likely to produce detrimental effects that far outweigh the beneficial ones.

Baldwin, James

We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.

Bari, Judi

You cannot seriously address the destruction of wilderness without addressing the society that is destroying it.

Personal Collection

Bateson, Gregory

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way man thinks.

Becker, Ernest

Ecological devastation is the excrement, so to speak, of man's power worship.

Bentham, Jeremy

The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.

Berg, Peter

A deep civilization crisis is underway, one that can cause social suicide. Our greatest threats no longer come from natural disasters but from the means we use to subdue nature.

Beston, Henry

Do not dishonor the earth lest you dishonor the spirit of man.

Bird, Mary Brave

I have become an environmentalist, because it is over the environment the last of the Indian wars will be fought

Personal Collection

Blake, William

A fool sees not the same tree a wise man sees.

Boeker, Anita

This year we personally went to Northern California to find the perfect tree to symbolize hope, health and happiness for San Diego.

Bond, Jim; 01/26/00

Our chore, I feel, is to help nature. Make it supranatural, not super...supra, beyond natural. And I think we can do this.

Borne, Ludwig

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.


Bosch, Robert van den

The overwhelming tragedy of planet Earth is man's contempt for nature.

Bronowski, J.

There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is the belief that the end justifies the means. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit.

Brower, David R.

Let man heal the hurt places and revere whatever is still miraculously pristine.

Brown, Jerry

I see the day in our own lifetime that reverence for the natural systems - the oceans, the rainforests, the soil, the grasslands, and all other living things, will be so strong that no narrow ideology based on politics or economics will overcome it.

Bush, George W.

At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together.

It costs a lot to fight this war. We have spent more than a billion dollars a month—over 30 million dollars a day—and we must be prepared for future operations.

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

Throughout the 20th century small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, set out to dominate the weak, and intimidate the world. In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit.

We've got a lot of selling to do.

Carroll, Lewis

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: Of Shoes, and ships, of and sealing wax. Of cabbages, and kings???

Carson, Rachel

As crude as weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.

Cesaire, Aime

We do not choose our cultures, we belong to them.


Chesterfield, Lord

Advice is seldom welcome: And those who want it most always like it the least.

Cho, Margaret

It is vital to mourn for the victims of this government but not at the expense of losing our sense of humor. Our ability to laugh coincides directly with our ability to fight.

Church, Francis P.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Clark, Frank A.

If what you are telling is true, you don't have to choose your words so carefully.

Clark, Mike; 1991

If America remains addicted to oil, Saddam Hussein will not be the last oil dictator, and this will not be the last oil war.

Clay, Henry

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as character.


Cockburn, Bruce

There's a world of amputation lying in the ground, but no one can remember where it was put down.

Coleman, Gary

What you talkin' about Willis?

Core, Alan

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think you want to hear.

Crisp, Quentin

Morality is expediency in a long white dress.

Davis, Bette

But you are Blanche. But you are.

Davis, Paul; Director Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

Sorry about the residents, but we need business in Encinitas.

Dealgood, Dr.; Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing. And killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all...Bartertown learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves.

Personal Collection

DeLillo, Don

Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.

DeLoria, Vine Jr.

The basic problem in American society is that it's a rights society, not a responsibility society. What you've got is each individual saying: I have the right to do this.

Dickson, Paul

Rowe's Rule: the odds are five to six that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train.

Dixon, Sharon Pratt

In order to be a good leader, one must have skillfully mastered the art of compassion.


Durning, Alan

Even assuming rapid progress in stabilizing human numbers and efficient technologies, human wants will overrun the biosphere unless they shift from material to nonmaterial ends.

Ecclesiastes 3:19

For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

Ehrenfeld, David

Wilderness is not any particular species or habitat type, but a higher class of life form with it's own nobility derived from it's complete independence of human beings.

Einstein, Albert

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.


Eiseley, Loren

When man becomes greater than nature, nature, which gave him birth, will respond.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

Engel, Donald E.

Man's violence towards his surroundings is just as sinful as his violence towards his fellows.

Eskimo saying

Earth itself hovers loose in the air.

Fairbrother, Nan

We are itinerant polluters of our countryside, shedding litter like loose hairs wherever we go.

Faulkner, William; Nobel Prize acceptance speech

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.

Personal Collection

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition #82

The flimsier the product, the higher the price.

Fields, W C

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

Fischer, Michael L.

This is a beautiful planet, and not at all fragile. Earth can withstand volcanic eruptions, tectonic cataclysms, and ice ages. But this canny, intelligent, prolific, and extremely self-centered human creature had proven himself capable of more destruction of life than Mother Nature herself.

Fleener, Mary

I despise spoiled adults.

Personal Collection

The shit's on the news before it happens.

Personal Collection

Fodor, Eben

Community vision fades before a future of endless growth.

Foreman, Dave

Nature is not a pretty, manicured place maintained for human beings. It is a dynamic continuum, often a violent one.

Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.

Franklin, Benjamin

A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contently.

Men take more pains to mask than to mend.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.


When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools don't take it.

French proverb

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

Gaines, Ernest

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Question everything.

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Question everything.

Ginsberg, Allen

Whoever controls the media- the images- controls the culture.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

The dangers of life are infinite, and safety is among them.

Gorey, Edward

It's well we cannot hear the screams that we create in others' dreams.

Hall, Cheryl Snyder

You can take a monster and put the face of Jesus on it, and it is still a monster.

Hammond, Albert

Seems it never rains in Southern California

Harris, Craig G.

After all, straight people shouldn't have a monopoly on Bloomingdales bridal registry. I'd love to have a few place settings of Fritz & Floyd china on my breakfront.

Harrison, George; 1969

Here comes the sun. And I say. It's alright


The world, an entity out of everything, was created by neither god or men, but was, is, and will be eternally living fire, regularly becoming ignited and regularly becoming extinguished.

Hertsgaard, Mark

The history of environmentalism is largely the story of ordinary people pushing for change while governments, corporations and other established interests reluctantly follow behind.

Hoffer, Eric

When things become unhinged, wisdom and experience are a handicap in the discerning of things to come.

Hoover, Herbert

You know, the only trouble with capitalism is capitalists. They're too damn greedy.

Personal Collection

Hopkins, Pauline Elizabeth

Opposition is the life of an enterprise, criticism tells you that you are doing something.

Ibsen, Henrik

I hold that man is in the right who is most clearly in league with the future.

Inge, William Ralph

The command Be fruitful and multiply was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two people.

Ingersoll, R.G.

In nature there are neither rewards or punishments-there are consequences.

Jefferson, Thomas

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that god is just.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature entitle them, a descent respect to the opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

Johnson, Samuel

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel

Jonas, Ann

One drunken Sunday afternoon, Katie and I decided to buy a dog.

Jones, H.M.

Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

Kant, Immanuel

We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals.

Kellejian, Joe

I'm all for water quality...but

Kennedy, John F.

Today every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or madness.

King, Dr. Martin Luther

A time comes when silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war.

Those who make justice impossible, make violence inevitable.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

Kipling, Rudyard

Borrow trouble for yourself if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your friends.

Kirk, James T.

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.


Kramer, Michael

To understand the source of one's next meal is to understand one's own political vulnerability.

Krutch, Joseph Wood

Powerful as our weapons are, vast as is the destruction we are capable of, there is something still more powerful than we.

Lampedusa, Giuseppe di

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Lattimer, Agnes D.

Many things we need can wait. The children cannot.


You scream, I need, and the supply's already there. But if you don't know what the fruit looks like, you could starve to death in a garden.

Leopold, Aldo

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

Ecology knows of no density relationship that holds for indefinitely wide limits. All gains from density are subject to a law of diminishing returns.

Is it not a bit beside the point for us to be so solicitous about institutions without giving so much as a thought to preserving the environment which produced them and which may now be one of our effective means of keeping them alive?

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

Lincoln, Abraham

Important principles may and must be flexible.

Reports are often false, and always false when made by a knave to cloak his knavery.

Lloyd, Henry Demarest

Nature is rich: but everywhere man, the heir of nature, is poor.

Locke, Patricia

We have to articulate what we mean by change, define what we perceive as essential to our way of life. We have to refuse to accept blindly other's perceptions of progress.

Lopez, Barry

One of the great dreams of man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret.

The land is like poetry: it is inexplicably coherent, it is it has the power to elevate a consideration of human life.

Lorde, Audre

The masters tools will never dismantle the master's house

Lovejoy, Thomas

I submit that a nation which cannot afford to protect its endangered species has already overreached itself biologically.

Lowell, James Russell

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.


Mabie, Hamilton Wright

In a very deep sense poetry is truer than the chronicles...


Mabley, Jackie Moms

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

Mannes, Marya

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.

Matthew 5:17

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

McGauhey, Percy H.

Our heritage of wastefulness is derived from an economy which now demands that the volume of waste be constantly increased in order that the economy itself be maintained.

McMillan, Tom

For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now were beating it to death.

Metternich, Prince Clemens von

When the ground shakes under governments it is no good their trying to sit still; nature will not allow it!

Michaels, Laurie

Please pass this 11th hour message on to anyone who is affected by it and willing to listen. Bob Nanninga is an environmentalist but he is not a dog person.

Mill, John Stuart

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

Miller, Milton H.

To a large degree reality is whatever the people who are around at the time agree to.

Milton, John

Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Do thou thine.

Morley, John

Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theatre of the tragedy of man.

Moss, Thylias

One must always be aware, to notice- even though the cost of noticing is to become responsible.

Muir, John

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.

Our government is like a rich and foolish spendthrift who has inherited a magnificent estate in perfect order, and then has left his fields and meadows, forests and parks to be sold and plundered and wasted.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar.

Nanninga, Robert T.

There's no comfort in I told you so.

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Yes Virginia, there is a Solstice Fairy.

Neill, Casey

The world is much too big to stick to a narrow view. Gotta stir it up, rough it up, and go for something new

Newton, Lynda

There is nothing wrong with Oceanside, it is beautiful.

Northrop, Jo

A sense of place, to me, is being in touch with the natural world, finding health and balance and renewal in nature and the seasons.

Orwell, George

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

Osborn, Fairfield

Blind to the need of cooperating with nature, man is destroying the sources of his life. Another century like the last and civilization will be facing it's final crisis.


(add little to little, a huge pile results)

[Parvus Parvum Addit, Magus Acervus Erit]

Oxford Dictionary, The Concise

consumption, n. Using up; destruction; waste; amount consumed; wasting disease

obscene, adj. (1) Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty. (2) Inciting lustful feelings; lewd. (3) Repulsive; disgusting. (4) So large in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous.

Ozeki, Ruth L.

If we can't act on knowledge, then we can't survive without ignorance.


The biggest danger is wanting to live like everybody else.


Pascal, Blaise

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere, the circumference no-where.


We have seen the enemy and he is us.

Pope John Paul II

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We can not say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.

Proust, Marcel

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes

Proverb, Ancient Leucadian

Mean people suck, and corrupt people suck quietly.

Proverb, Latin

Only want sets a limit to waste. [Tantum volo terminus sets deserta.]

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision the people perish.

Quinn, Daniel

Culture change is itself a result-of mind change. When minds change, cultures change automatically. When minds don't change, however, we're limited to passing ever harsher, ever more exacting new laws for people with old minds to break.


Personal Collection

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.

Rees, William E.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a fundamental contradiction between continued material economic growth and the maintenance of bio-integrity.

Rogers, Will

I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this ??? no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.


In politics nowadays, it's about as big a crime to be dumb, as it is to be dishonest.

The crime of taxation is not in the taking of it, it's in the way it's spent.

The Promising Season ends next Tuesday, and at about 8'oclock that same night, the Alibi Season opens and lasts the next four years.

This would be a great world to dance in if we didn't have to pay the fiddler.

I never saw California looking more beautiful. The tremendous rains out here have washed away all the real estate signs.

Roosevelt, Theodore

A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral.

If we loose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay.

Roszak, Theodore

We have come to define progress as the degree to which our lives become more artificial, the degree to which we surround ourselves with man made systems.


Don't Grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form. The child weaned from mother's milk now drinks wine and honey mixed.

Sabbath, Talmud, 128b

To relieve an animal of pain or danger is a biblical law.

Sanchez, Sonia

Art...reacts to or reflects the culture it springs from.


Sanger, Margaret

Behind all war has been the pressure of population. Let countries become overpopulated and war is inevitable. It follows as daylight follows sunrise.

Sawhill, John C.

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.

Schell, Jonathan

Extinction is not something to contemplate; it is something to rebel against.

Schumacher, E.F.

The cultivation and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom. It is also the antithesis of freedom and peace.

Shaffer, Peter

The normal is the good smile in a child's eyes ???all right. It is also the dead stare in a million adults. It both sustains and kills-like a god.

Shakespeare, William

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.

Personal Collection

Cry, Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.

Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage: Then lend the eye a terrible aspect.

We but teach bloody instructions which, being taught, return, to plague the inventor.

Shaw, George Bernard; (1856-1950) Irish comic dramatist

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

Personal Collection

Shiva, Vandana

The cowboy sentiment might is right meant that the economically powerful could invest in capital-intensive means to appropriate water regardless of the needs of others and the limits of water systems.

Simon, Paul

Medicine is magical and magical is art. There's the Boy in the Bubble and the baby with the baboon heart.

Skolimowski, Henryk

Being ecologically conscious means taking a judicious stock of the existing resources and advocating stringent measures so that they last longer.

Slick, Grace

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead, and the White Knight is talking backwards and the Red Queen's off with her head! Remember what the door mouse said.

Sondheim, Stephan

The history of the world my sweet, is who gets eaten and who gets to eat.

Springsteen, Bruce; August 5, 2004

Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.

Personal Collection

Stegner, Wallace

Wilderness can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.


I've learned that real civilization lives in harmony with its environment. By that standard we are not civilized. We are not even intelligent.

Teale, Edwin Way

The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at it's best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues???self restraint.

Thompson, Hunter S.

The Edge ... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

Thoreau, Henry David

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it.

Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use.


Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.

How cheap must be the material of which so many men are made.

I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

If we dealt only with the false and dishonest, we should at last forget how to speak the truth.

It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.

Probably if our lives were more conformed to nature, we should not need to defend ourselves against her heats and colds, but find her our constant nurse and friend, as do plants and quadrupeds.

Personal Collection

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

The are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.

The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.

This world is but canvas to our imaginations.


We must go out and re-ally ourselves to Nature everyday. We must take root, send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day.

What is called politics is comparatively something so superficial and inhuman, that practically I have never fairly recognized that it concerns me at all.

Tokar, Brian

A society that extols greed, acquisitiveness, and the unlimited accumulation of wealth simply cannot be expected to honor the integrity of life on earth.

Toynbee, Arnold

Civilizations die of suicide, not by murder.


Twain, Mark

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.

By some subtle law all tragic human experiences gain in pathos by the perspective of time.


Civilization: A limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.


How easy it is to go from bad to worse, when once we have started upon a downward course!

It always happens that when a man seizes upon a neglected and important idea, people inflamed with the same notion crop up all around.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except congress.

Let us abolish policemen who carry clubs and revolvers, and put in a squad of poets armed to the teeth with poems of spring and love.


Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Principles aren't of much account-except at election-time. After that you hang them up to let them season.

Public servants: Persons chosen by the people to distribute the graft.

The less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.

Tzu, Lao

He who knows when enough is enough, will always have enough.

Udall, Stewart L.

Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants.


Parks are at the center of a community's character; they reflect and strengthen the sense of place and identity that makes cities fit places for people.

Url, Chris

The land at our doorstep provides the starting point for developing an affection for the earth, which is a necessary foundation for living respectfully within the confines of our planet.

Valery, Paul

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

Van Dyke, Henry

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.


Watson, Paul; Smithsonian, April 1990

The environmental movement doesn't have many deserters and has a high level of recruitment. Eventually there will be open war.

Wells, H.G.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Werbach, Adam

As we get older we begin to accept the unacceptable. We accept that bad things happen. We rationalize.

White, E.B.

Where's Papa going with that axe?

Whitman, Walt

I swear the earth shall be complete to him or her who shall be complete, The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken.

Wiener, Norbert

The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient to our own survival.

Wilde, Oscar

A sermon is a sorry sauce when you have nothing to eat with it.

Art is our spirited protest, our gallant attempt to teach Nature a lesson.


Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.

Williams, Robin

We used to be hunter-gatherers, now we're shopper-borrowers.

Williams, Terry Tempest

Our lack of intimacy with each other is in direct proportion to our lack of intimacy with the land. We have taken our love inside and abandoned the wild.

The enterprise of conservation is a revolution, an evolution of the spirit. We call to the land—and the land calls back.

Wilson, Woodrow

The history of Liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.

Wright, Chris

We have a strong tendency to stick with tried and tested views of the world, even when the evidence suggests they are no longer working.

Yeats, W.B.

In dreams begins responsibility


The Hole in the Ozone is directly related to the hole in your head


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