Environment Quotes

It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment.

William Makepeace Thackeray 1811-63 On the Falklands campaign, 1982, in Chris Rose “The Dirty Man of Europe

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Albert Einstein

The environment is everything that isn’t me.

Albert Einstein

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.

Margaret Mead

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Steve Jobs

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.

Warren G. Bennis

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

Alan Watts

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

William James

That’s the great thing about having your friends around you. I’ve known these guys forever. I really enjoy their company just as people. You couldn’t ask for a better work environment.

Drew Carey

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.

Wangari Maathai

We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.

Wangari Maathai

I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.

Wangari Maathai

We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment.

Wangari Maathai

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.

Orison Swett Marden

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.

Orison Swett Marden

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

Orison Swett Marden

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.

Orison Swett Marden

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

E. O. Wilson

It’s obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life – for 8 billion or more people – without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.

E. O. Wilson

Your background and environment is with you for life. No question about that.

Sean Connery

It’s like this – these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that’s where this generation’s groups came from – an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that.

Alice Cooper

Obviously there are times with acting when exactly what is required is just going through the motions, and when doing nothing is the best thing. But at other times, you have to make that leap beyond the immediate environment of people putting up lights on the set.

Christian Bale

What is sacred among one people may be ridiculous in another; and what is despised or rejected by one cultural group, may in a different environment become the cornerstone for a great edifice of strange grandeur and beauty.

Hu Shih

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.

Kevin Bacon

He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants.

Friedrich August von Hayek

We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

Maxwell Maltz

The purpose of random testing is not to catch, punish, or expose students who use drugs, but to save their lives and discover abuse problems early so that students can grow up and learn in a drug-free environment.

John Walters

The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.

Margaret J. Wheatley

Israel remains a foreign body in this large area, and it always proved that it is unable to coexist with this environment, because the, the scope of the massacres that it has committed does not permit it to coexist.

Hassan Nasrallah

Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being.

Luis Barragan

We live in such a sheltered environment in the United States. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world, and I’ve seen things you only read about and see on the news.

Payne Stewart

Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business, being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment, always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some day somebody’s going to knock on your door and it’s going to be your last.

John Abizaid

So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves, and in this environment of friction there’ll be additional violence.

John Abizaid

The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order.

Ibrahim Babangida

We must make it an imperative duty of our government to protect the gifts which Nature has bestowed on America and to insure the maintenance of a clean, healthy, wholesome environment for our people.

George Lincoln Rockwell

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.

Robert Orben

It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill.  It was yours.

Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990

Modern technology
Owes ecology
An apology.

Alan M. Eddison

In America today you can murder land for private profit.  You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.

Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.

Quoted in Time

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990

When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50.  When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.

Pat Brown, quoted in David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising, 1985

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.

Henrik Tikkanen

I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m an Earth warrior.

Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend?

Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

Michel de Montaigne, translated

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!

Paul MacCready, Jr.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Native American Proverb

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.  We are all crew.

Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Newspapers:  dead trees with information smeared on them.

Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.

James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982

I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.

Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

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.

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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

Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

I am the earth.  You are the earth.  The Earth is dying.  You and I are murderers.

Ymber Delecto

The packaging for a microwavable “microwave” dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries.

David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990

So bleak is the picture… that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century.

Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Magazine, 4 June 1978

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.

John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957

The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.

Henry A. Wallace

Hollywood’s got its own particular environment.

Harrison Ford

If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong, possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause, they can break the chain of any negative environment.

Dave Pelzer

Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.

Arthur Erickson

I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment – to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off.

Peter Gabriel

What we’ve proven is that you can protect the environment, use it wisely and grow the economy and that there is no conflict between the two.

Bruce Babbitt

The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.

Lewis Mumford

Researches at Yale found a connection between brain cancer and work environment. The No. 1 most dangerous job for developing brain cancer? Plutonium hat model.

Jimmy Fallon

There’s a hell of a lot of freedom in this rock and roll circus… it’s where all the freaks go – it’s the environment for me.

Brian Molko

There’s a kind of dynamic quality about theater and that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to, first of all, the environment in which it’s being staged; then the audience, the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience.

Wole Soyinka

I think that is a universal adolescent feeling, trying to find your place. The adolescent who is perfectly adjusted to his environment, I’ve yet to meet.

Roger Bannister

I also focus on Bush and his administration – who do a lot of lying – and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get away with a lot of stuff that, in a different media environment, they probably wouldn’t be able to get away with.

Al Franken

For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.

Quentin Crisp

A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.

Sarah Palin

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.

Albert Schweitzer

It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

Dan Quayle

If you’re old, don’t try to change yourself, change your environment.

B. F. Skinner

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.

Marshall McLuhan

If we continue to address the issue of the environment where we live as though we’re the only species that lives here, we’ll create a disaster for ourselves.

Gaylord Nelson

We grew up in a very creative environment and were exposed to the arts at a very young age, so it’s not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.

Spike Lee

People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame – and only one – themselves.

Robert Collier

The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

If my parents had discouraged me, I would have turned out very differently. They raised me in an open-minded, liberal environment.

Tom Ford

As president, I will bring all the parties and stakeholders together. I am going to come up with a solution that respects the environment and does not cause an upheaval in the economy.

Al Gore

Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.

Germaine Greer

I certainly didn’t think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football.

James Cameron

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

After all, sustainability means running the global environment – Earth Inc. – like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.

Maurice Strong

Also, it is interesting that developing countries, with China and India perhaps in the lead, where the future of the global environment will be decided are now on board with the case for sustainable development.

Maurice Strong

I am President of the UN created University for Peace, which has a strong commitment to the relationship between peace, security and the environment. I meet with young people around the world and I always come away enthused and encouraged.

Maurice Strong

We in the industrialized world make a greater difference because our ecological footprint, our impact on the condition of the environment, is 40 to 50 times larger than that of people in the developing world.

Maurice Strong

Well they do have a use, but we should never believe that any international conference is going to suddenly solve problems like the condition of the global environment.

Maurice Strong

We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.

Napoleon Hill

You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.

Tony Robbins

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

W. Clement Stone

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?

W. Clement Stone

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

Hunter S. Thompson

Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States.

George W. Bush

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

Ansel Adams

Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders’ spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.

Frank Lloyd Wright

As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.

Temple Grandin

Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.

Temple Grandin

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.

Earl Nightingale

Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.

Noam Chomsky