Earth Quotes

Aldo Leopold

"Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.  Food chains are the living channels which conduct energy upward; death and decay return it to the soil."
(A Sand County Almanac)

 

Kurt Vonnegut

"Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes."
In A Man Without a Country

Sarah Van Gelder, Ed of Yes Magazine

"If you want to understand people, ask for their stories. Listen long enough, and you learn not only the events of their lives, but their sources of meaning, what they value, what they most want. The late media scholar George Gerbner said, 'We experience the world through stories. Whoever tells the stories of a culture defines the terms, the agenda, and the common issues we face. It used to be the parent, the school, the church, the community. Now it's a handful of global conglomerates that have nothing to tell, but a great deal to sell.'"

Ursula K. LeGuin

      Ursula K. LeGuin   
     (Quoted in Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, Charles Eisenstein.)

“It was an old story that was no longer true … Truth can go out of stories, you know.  What was true becomes meaningless, even a lie, because the truth has gone into another story.  The water of the spring rises in another place.”

   

Daryl Connor

"We are not in the middle of dramatic transformation.  We are at the initial edge of it.  You have more control and less ambiguity today than you will at any future time of your life."

Isabel Allende

“My grandfather was dying, and told the family he had decided to die. … At that moment I wanted so badly to write and tell him that he was never going to die, that somehow he would always be present in my life, because he had a theory that death didn’t exist, only forgetfulness did.  He believed that if you can keep people in your memory, they will live forever.  That’s what he did with my grandmother.”

 

One continuous life passes from generation to generation

"The 'life' that all living things possess may be compared to a flame that passes from an individual to its progeny through reproduction.  Any living thing is an instance in which a single flame of life remained aglow all down the line of its ancestors.  Every forebear throughout the entire line survived to reproduce."

Edward L. McCord

Paulo Coelho

“Make each day truly new, dressing it with the blessings of heaven, bathing it in wisdom and love and putting yourself under the protection of Mother Nature.  Learn from the wise, from the sacred books, but do not forget that every mountain, river, plant or tree also has something to teach.”

Timothy Morton

“The ecological crisis we face is so obvious that it becomes easy…to join the dots and see that everything is interconnected.  This is the ecological thought.  And the more we consider it, the more our world opens up.”  The ecological thought “…is a vast, sprawling mesh of interconnection without a definite center or edge.  It is radical intimacy, coexistence with other beings, sentient and otherwise.”  [In The Ecological Thought]

Carl Sagan

When Voyager One took photos of all the Sun’s planets in 1990, Carl Sagan saw the earth as a tiny blue dot and wrote: “That’s home.  Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

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