Our collection of short nature quotes is here to remind you why we choose to go green! When we take time to appreciate the magnificent wonders of our planet, of course we want to protect it! First prize is always to take time to get into nature ourselves (our sustainable travel section is full of ideas) – but sometimes we are stuck at our desks and cannot get away.
These quotes are here to give you moments of connection and appreciation anytime you can’t get away – and to inspire you to get out there when you can!
We invite you to stop a moment and let them touch your heart, then share them freely with those you care for.
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
– David Attenborough
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleanora Duse
“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realise that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau
“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
~ Edward Abbey
For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine. – Janine M. Benyus
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
– Khalil Gibran
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” –John Lubbock
“Not all who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” – Steve Maraboli
“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
“Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
“I can’t remember a time when I was not fascinated by nature. I would say that nearly all children find wildlife interesting. You only have to show a child a snail or a spider to see that he or she is captivated by it. So of those that lose that interest with the onset of adulthood, I can only ask: ‘How on earth did you let it happen?’’”- David Attenborough
“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire.
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Alexander Supertramp McCandless
“Listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
“Leave the road, take the trails.” – Pythagoras
“Whenever my head starts to hurt, before it goes from bad to feeling worse, I turn off my phone, I get down low and put my hands in the dirt. I try to stop the world from moving so fast. Try to get a grip on where I’m at and simplify this dizzy life and put my feet in the grass.” Jason Mraz
“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” – Louie Schwartzberg
“Land really is the best art.”
– Andy Warhol
“When I would re-create myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable and to the citizen, most dismal, swamp. I enter as a sacred place, a Sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature.” -Henry David Thoreau,
“The Earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
– Alice Walker
“Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond Inmon
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
~ Jimmy Carter
The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it. No place for greed or anger there.”-Pha Pachak
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir
“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.”- Gretel Ehrlich
We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body. – Thich Nhat Hanh
“As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their lustre.” – Thomas Guthrie
“The poetry of the earth is never gone.” – John Keats
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. – Alan Watts
All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child.
~ Marie Curie
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring- these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – John Burroughs
“I declare this world is so beautiful, that I can hardly believe it exists!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.
– Harrison Ford
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.” -Sylvia Plath
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
― Dakota Proverb
“I’ve seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me, there’s nothing closer to God than that.” – Cote De Pablo
“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”- Robert Louis Stevenson
“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Come forth into the light things, let nature be your teacher.” –William Wordsworth
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau
We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
– Barbara Ward
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” – John Muir
“Come forth into the light things, let nature be your teacher.”– William Wordsworth
“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” – Claude Monet
That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit.
– John Joly
“How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?” – Walt Disney
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
~ Rachel Carson
“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.” – Standing Bear
“The elders were wise. They know that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too.
― Chief Luther Standing Bear from the Lakota Sioux
“God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa
“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”
– Toni Morrison
“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” – Van Morrison
“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates
“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.”
– Linda Hogan
“All creatures are merely veils under which God hides Himself and deals with us.”
― Martin Luther
“Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful, too.” —Beau Taplin
“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” – Amit Ray
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” -John Lennon
“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” – Christopher Paolini
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
~ John Muir
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau
Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.~ Carl Sagan
“Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another.” -Edmund Burke
Riding a bicycle is the summit of human endeavour – an almost neutral environmental effect coupled with the ability to travel substantial distances without disturbing anybody. The bike is the perfect marriage of technology and human energy.
– Jeremy Corbyn
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead