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

—Aldo Leopold, 1933

The oldest voice in the world is the wind.

—Donald Culross Peattie, 1950

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

—Daulat Qazi, c. 1650

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

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.

—W. Somerset Maugham, 1896

Nature never jests.

—Albrecht von Haller, 1751

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

—Theodore Roszak, 1972

The sea is mother-death, and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.

—Anne Sexton, 1971

It seems to me that we all look at nature too much and live with her too little.

—Oscar Wilde, 1897

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

—Mary Boykin Chesnut, 1865

Man’s great mission is not to conquer nature by main force but to cooperate with her intelligently but lovingly for his own purposes.

—Lewis Mumford, 1962

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

—Karl Kraus, 1909

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

—Francis Bacon, 1625