Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our coconspirator, the sine qua non in all we do!

—Margaret Atwood, 2015

Before the earth could become an industrial garbage can, it had first to become a research laboratory.

—Theodore Roszak, 1972

It raineth every day, and the weather represents our tearful despair on a large scale.

—Mary Boykin Chesnut, 1865

There is a time to battle against nature, and a time to obey her. True wisdom lies in making the right choice.

—Arthur C. Clarke, 1979

The planet keeps to the astronomer’s timetable, but the wind still bloweth almost where it listeth.

—John Henry Poynting, 1899

There is something stirring in the way civilization gapes like a savage at the achievements of nature.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

It’s only the futility of the first flood that prevents God from sending a second.

—Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, c. 1794

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she’ll be constantly running back.

—Horace, 20 BC

Conservation is not merely a thing to be enshrined in outdoor museums, but a way of living on land.

—Aldo Leopold, 1933

Nature never jests.

—Albrecht von Haller, 1751

The earth is our existence, and our body is attached to the earth.

—Daulat Qazi, c. 1650

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

—Francis Bacon, 1625

The mansion of modern freedoms stands on an ever-expanding base of fossil-fuel use.

—Dipesh Chakrabarty, 2008