Quotes of the Day for 22 April 2004 – Earth Day
The first Earth Day took place on this day in 1970. We've done well. There is less litter on the streets, the air is sweeter, the rivers cleaner. So please carry on, not shouting or marching in the streets, but making the daily decisions to reduce, reuse, and recycle that have been so effective over these past three decades.
There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.
- Bourke Coekran
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it. What we do with the web, we do to ourselves...
- Chief Sealth, 1786 - 1866
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong
We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it.... That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago.
- Rose Elizabeth Bird
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- Sir John Lubbock, 1834 - 1913
We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.
- Lewis Thomas
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