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Conservation and nature protection have become an important part of the average human being’s life.

Quotes are always nice, especially if the words are meaningful. Conservation quotes are becoming famous since people use these quotes for their nature pictures or to caption their vegan meals.

If you're looking for popular resource conservation quotes, earth day quotes, or quotes on how you can protect the environment, read on.

There are a number of great conservation quotes out there from different authors, conservationists, scientists. You may also check out David Attenborough quotes and [nature quotes].

Quotes About Conservation

Forest conservation quotes, wilderness conservation quotes, environment conservation quotes, natural resources conservation quotes, ocean conservation quotes, water conservation quotes, are all in one place for you.

1.“If conservation of natural resources goes wrong, nothing else will go right.”

-M. S. Swaminathan.

2.“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”

-Theodore Roosevelt.

3.“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”

- Chris Maser.

4.“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

- John James Audubon.

5.“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.”

- E.O. Wilson.

6.“Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.”

-Aldo Leopold.

7.“There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.”

-Rob Stewart.

8.“Conservation is humanity caring for the future.”

-Nancy Newhall.

9.“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”

- Sir David Attenborough.

10.“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

-John Paul II.

11."Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."

-Albert Einstein.

12. “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for the whole thing rather than just one or two stars.”

-Sir David Attenborough.

13.“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”

-Aldo Leopold.

Conservation Quotes That Impact You

Wildlife conservation quotes can help us realize the importance of conserving the planet.

In order to conserve all that is around us, it is important to note that every human being has to change their ways.

14.“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”

-Barbara Ward.

15.“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”

-Jane Goodall.

16. “Men argue. Nature acts.”


17.“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead.

18.“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

-George Bernard Shaw.

19. “If we wait for the meek to inherit the earth there won’t be anything left to inherit.”

-Bob Hunter.

20.“If you are not an environmentalist, you are either selfish or ignorant.”

-Andwar Bundini.

21.“If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.”

-Alex Trebek.

22.“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.”

-Sir David Attenborough.

23. “The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

- Gaylord Nelson.

24.“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

- Rachel Carson, ‘The Sense Of Wonder’.

Quotes For Earth Day

Every person should take it upon themselves to make changes for the greater good.

Sometimes you may find it difficult to choose the correct quotes for days like Earth Day. This part contains heartfelt quotes that are perfect for both adults and children for work and school.

25. “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

26.“Nature is just enough, but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.”

-Antoinette Brown Blackwell.

27.“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

-Hans Christian Andersen.

28.“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

-Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

29.“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves”.

-Mahatma Gandhi.

30.“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

- Henry David Thoreau, ‘Walden’.

31. “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.

32.“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

– John Burroughs.

33.“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

– Khalil Gibran.

34.“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

-Rabindranath Tagore.

35.“ Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

-Albert Einstein.

36.“The earth has music for those who listen.”

-William Shakespeare.

37.“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

-Jacques Cousteau.

38. “Wildness is the preservation of the World.”

-Henry David Thoreau, ‘Walking’.

39.“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

-Theodore Roethke.

40. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

-John Muir .

41.“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

42.“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.”

- Francis Bacon.

Conservation Quotes By Women

There are many women conservationists out there who work full time to protect nature and the environment. Some of them have written books and have published other work.  

43. “One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference—all the difference in the world!”

- Dr. Jane Goodall.

44.“When you realize the value of all life you dwell less on past and concentrate more on the conservation of the future.”

- Dian Fossey.

45.“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”

- Terry Tempest Williams.

46. “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

- Jane Goodall.

47.“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.

48. “The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.”

- Dian Fossey.

49.“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?”

- Jane Goodall, ‘Harvest For Hope: A Guide To Mindful Eating’.

50. “The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest.  It is one thing that all of us share.  It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.”

- Lady Bird Johnson.

51. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

- Jane Goodall.

52. “The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.”

- Dian Fossey.

Conservation Quotes About Protecting The Environment

Use these conservation quotes to motivate the younger and older generations to take action.

53.“The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife. We need to reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exist – if we don’t everyone loses…one day.”

-Steve Irwin.

54.“It is our collective and individual responsibility…to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.”

-Dalai Lama.

55.“Conservation is a fight against the less scrupulous side of ourselves.”

- Elliot Connor, ‘Human Nature: How To Be A Better Animal’.

56.“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

- John Muir.

57.“We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.”

- Dennis Weaver.

58.“Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

-Carl Sagan.

59.“Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.”

-John Clapham.

60.“The earth is what we all have in common.”

-Wendell Berry.

61. “If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.”

- Joseph Wood Krutch.

62.“Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer.”

-Chris Hayes.

63.“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”

-Wangari Maathai.

64.“If you want to build a house in the forest, make a house that the forest will love too!”

-Mehmet Murat ildan.

65.“Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.”

-Victoria Principal.

66.“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.”

-Stewart Udall.

67. “If you are fearful of the destruction of the environment, then learn to quit being an environmental parasite.”

-Wendell Berry.

68.“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

- Henry David Thoreau, ‘Familiar Letters’.

69. “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

-Wendell Berry.

70. “The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.”

- John Muir, ‘A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf’.

71.“Destruction of our Earth - created by billions of years of evolutionary process - with our stupidity of the last few centuries is a candidate to be one of the most tragicomic scenes in the history of this universe!”

- Mehmet Murat ildan.

72.“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.”

-Gifford Pinchot.

73. “The time is past when humankind thought it could selfishly draw on exhaustible resources. We know now the world is not a commodity.”

- Francois Hollande.

74. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

- John Muir.

75.“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”

-Barbara Ward.

Funny Conservation Quotes

Conservation quotes can also be humorous. Check out these fun quotes about saving the environment.

76.“Dark green is my favorite color. It’s the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss!”

- Leonardo DiCaprio.

77.“They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.”

- James G. Watt.

78.“Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.”

-Gil Scott-Heron.

79.“When the last tree is cut and the last fish killed, the last river poisoned, then you will see that you can’t eat money.”

-John May.

80.“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.”

-Kurt Vonnegut.

81.“We could have saved the earth, but we were too damned cheap.”

-Kurt Vonnegut.

82.“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”

-Chad Sugg.

83.“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone is arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

-David Suzuki.

84.“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.”

-William Ruckelshaus.

85.“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.”

- Walt Whitman.

86.“The active and abandoned tailings ponds I have photographed, for example, are strangely beautiful – yet they are also chock full of cyanide, which is used in the recovery of microscopic particles of gold from the waste tailings of copper mines.”

- David Maisel.

Inspirational Quotes That Will Inspire Everyone

Use these quotes to push the people around you to show more love to the planet.

87. “The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”

- Ernest Hemingway.

88.  “A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

-Franklin D Roosevelt.

89.“There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation.”

- Herman E. Daly.

90.“The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang the best.”

- John James Audubon.

91.“If human beings could be propagated by cutting, like apple trees, aristocracy would be biologically sound.”

-John B. S. Haldane.

92.“It’s the little things that matter, hundreds of them.”

-Cliff Shaw.

93.“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.”

-Vandana Shiva.

94.“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.

95.“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.”

-Alice Walker.

96.“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”

-Thomas Fuller.

97.“Our planet’s alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!”

-Leonardo DiCaprio.

98. “To save wildlife and wild places the traction has to come not from the regurgitation of bad-news data but from the poets, prophets, preachers, professors, and presidents who have always dared to inspire.”

-J. Drew Lanham.

99. “…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

-Vincent Van Gogh.

100.“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”

- Margaret Mead.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best conservation quotes about nature and the Environment, then why not take a look at climate change quotes, or forest quotes.

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