Earth Day 2015: Inspirational Quotes, Sayings & Poems

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It’s Earth Day 2015 and the best way to remember our responsibility to Mother Nature is through the wisdom of past and current environmentalists. To help with that, we have provided ten of the best inspirational quotes, sayings, poems to get you in the “earthiest” mood possible. To learn more about the day on it’s 45th anniversary, click here.


1. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly, American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo


2. “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson


3. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator


4. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb


5. “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” – Ralph Nader, American political activist


6. “We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian


7. “Give me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling;
Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard;
Give me a field where the unmow’d grass grows;
Give me an arbor, give me the trellis’d grape;
Give me fresh corn and wheat—give me serene-moving animals, teaching content; 5
Give me nights perfectly quiet, as on high plateaus west of the Mississippi, and I looking up at the stars;
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers, where I can walk undisturb’d;
Give me for marriage a sweet-breath’d woman, of whom I should never tire;
Give me a perfect child—give me, away, aside from the noise of the world, a rural, domestic life;
Give me to warble spontaneous songs, reliev’d, recluse by myself, for my own ears only; 10
Give me solitude—give me Nature—give me again, O Nature, your primal sanities!
—These, demanding to have them, (tired with ceaseless excitement, and rack’d by the war-strife;)
These to procure, incessantly asking, rising in cries from my heart,
While yet incessantly asking, still I adhere to my city;
Day upon day, and year upon year, O city, walking your streets, 15
Where you hold me enchain’d a certain time, refusing to give me up;
Yet giving to make me glutted, enrich’d of soul—you give me forever faces;
(O I see what I sought to escape, confronting, reversing my cries;
I see my own soul trampling down what it ask’d for.)”
– Walt Whitman, “Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun”


8. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” – Cree Indian proverb


9. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer


10. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States