Green Life Quotes

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way.” ~William Blake 

“Green is a process, not a status. We need to think of ‘green’ as a verb, not an adjective.” ~ Daniel Goleman

“One generation plants the trees under whose shade future generations rest.” ~ Chinese Proverb 

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” ~ Albert Schweitzer 

“Change is upon us. We can choose to see it as frightening and incapacitating, or we can embrace the opportunities and move forward with hope towards a more sustainable world.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz 

“We need to move beyond the idea of ‘environment’ and fall back in love with Mother Earth.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 

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

“Hollywood has gone from the capital of conspicuous consumption to the cutting edge of conspicuous conservation.” ~ Arianna Huffington 

“What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?” ~ Henry David Thoreau 

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.” ~ Marianne Williamson 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world…” ~ Gandhi 

“We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what is negative into what is positive. This is how we start to grow up.” ~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo 

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

“The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away.” ~ Stephanie Mills 

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” ~ Henry David Thoreau 

“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 

“There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one.” ~ Thomas Moore 

“There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen 

“Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.” ~ Henry David Thoreau 

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” ~ Bill Vaughn 

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~ Seth Godin 

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” ~ Lily Tomlin 

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ~ Joanna Macy 

“Permaculture is revolution disguised as gardening.” Mike Feingold 

“Clearly, we need to find ways to use less energy rather than just shifting from producing more using a different industrial process. There are some innovators doing that, including in the green building industry. But we have a long way to go. And the job starts with us in our every day lives.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz 

‎“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” ~ David Orr 

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” ~ Doris Janzen Longacre 

“He who knows he has enough is rich” ~ Lao Tzu 

“Ecology speaks for the Earth, for the ‘other’ in human/environmental relationships; feminism speaks for the `other’ in female/male relations. Ecofeminism, by speaking for both the original ‘other’s’, seeks to understand the interconnected roots of all domination, as well as ways to resist and change. The ecofeminist’s task is one of developing the ability to take the place of the ‘other’ when considering the consequences of possible actions, and ensuring that we do not forget that we are all part of one another.” ~ Judith Plant 

“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut 

“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.” ~ E.F. Schumacher 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci 

“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz 

“Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’” ~ David Wann 

“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 

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein 

“Public education reflects our society’s paternalistic, hierarchical worldview, which exploits children in the same way it takes the earth’s resources for granted.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz 

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” ~ Wendell Berry 

“The future of our children is a trust we have been given. To conserve and grow, not to squander wastefully on needless excesses. The earth is a trust, to protect and to honor. Our home, our livelihood, our future rests in the quality of our stewardship. Let us become better stewards.” ~ Dr. Helen Caldicott 

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” ~ Albert Einstein 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James 

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” ~ Wendell Berry 

“If you like to make things out of wood, or sew, or dance, or style people’s hair, or dream up stories and act them out, or play the trumpet, or jump rope, or whatever you really love to do, and you love that in front of your children, that’s going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons.” ~ Fred M. Rogers

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