100 Earth Day Quotes on Conserving Nature’s Wonders

Here are the top 100 Earth Day quotes that will help you better understand the role nature plays in our lives and what we can do, in our own little ways, to take care of it and preserve it for future generations.

Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1969 and was officially celebrated the following year on April 22, 1970.

Though it was an important environmental event, it took twenty more years before it was recognized and celebrated world wide.

Earth Day inspired more than just the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Education Act, it continues to educate people all over the globe about the beauty of our planet and how we can better take care of it.

Learn more about Earth Day through the quotes below.

And make sure to read these Juneteenth quotes and Thanksgiving quotes.

Best Earth Day Quotes

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Earth Day Quote - Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

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

2. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

3. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir

4. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Earth Day Quote - Climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

5. “Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

6. “There has never been a time on Earth like we see today. What we need are more ways to experience our interconnectedness—it is a precursor to deep love. So in this quickening light, with the dawn of each new day, let us look for love. Let us no longer struggle. Let us ever become who we most want to be. As we begin to be who we truly are, the world will be a better place.” – John Denver

7. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau

8. “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

9. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Earth Day Quote - We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty, and we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.

10. “On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty, and we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.” – John Hoeven

11. “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle

12. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. 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 away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

13. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

14. “Celebrate Earth Day! A time to recognize the gains we have made. A time to create new actions to accelerate environmental progress. Protect our planet not only on Earth Day, but everyday!” – Ciaran Lynch

Earth Day Quote - There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

15. “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

16. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

17. “I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.” – Kurt Vonnegut

18. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou

19. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Earth Day Quotes Emphasizing the Importance of Nature

Earth Day Quote - I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature.

20. “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E. B. White

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

22. “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” – Francis Bacon

23. “The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

24. “The proper use of science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it.” – Barry Commoner

Earth Day Quote - Celebrate Earth Day every day.

25. “Celebrate Earth Day every day.” – John Denver

26. “If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” – Henry David Thoreau

27. “Everything is connected. Connectivity is going to be the key to addressing these issues, like contaminants and climate change. They’re not just about contaminants on your plate. They’re not just about the ice depleting. They’re about the issue of humanity. What we do every day—whether you live in Mexico, the United States, Russia, China—can have a very negative impact on an entire way of life for an entire people far away from that source.” – Sheila Watt-Cloutier

28. “Today, I have grown taller from walking with the trees.” – Karle Wilson Baker

29. “The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.” – Daniel Webster

Earth Day Quote - By the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but Nature more.

30. “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

31. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Laozi

32. “Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” – Evo Morales

33. “Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore

34. “Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.” – David Ehrenfeld

Earth Day Quote - The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest.

35. “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson

36. “Forests are the lungs of our land.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

37. “As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space, it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

38. “Earth Day is the first holy day and is devoted to the harmony of nature. The celebration offends no historical calendar, yet it transcends them all.” – Margaret Mead

39. “Now I know why I’m here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home—the Earth.” – Alfred Worden

Earth Day Quotes on Being Responsible Human Beings

Earth Day Quote - There would be very little point in exhausting myself and other conservationists themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.

40. “There would be very little point in exhausting myself and other conservationists themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.” – Jane Goodall

41. “The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

42. “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” – Ralph Nader

43. “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare

44. “I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.” – Darryl Cherney

Earth Day Quote - The good man is the friend of all living things.

45. “The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Mahatma Gandhi

46. “Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” – Bill Vaughan

47. “Do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.” – David Foreman

48. “I believe in what I do beyond a shadow of a doubt. I gave my word to this tree and to all the people that my feet would not touch the ground until I had done everything in my power to make the world aware of this problem and to stop the destruction.” – Julia Hill

49. “Strange is our situation here on Earth.” – Albert Einstein

Earth Day Quote - The threat to the planet is us. It's actually not a threat to the planet - it's a threat to us.

50. “The threat to the planet is us. It’s actually not a threat to the planet—it’s a threat to us.” – Margaret Atwood

51. “There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.” – Jane Jacobs

52. “We can pay the ecological debt by changing economic models, and by giving up luxury consumption, setting aside selfishness and individualism, and thinking about the people and the planet Earth.” – Evo Morales

53. “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” – Aldous Huxley

54. “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the Earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

Earth Day Quote - The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.

55. “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.” – Gaylord Nelson

56. “There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society—where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.” – Gaylord Nelson

57. “Till now, man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.” – Dennis Gabor

58. “I wake up in the morning asking myself what can I do today, how can I help the world today.” – Julia Hill

59. “The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” – Gaylord Nelson

Earth Day Quotes on the Urgency of Preserving Nature

Earth Day Quote - We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

60. “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” – Albert Einstein

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

62. “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise, what is there to defend?” – Robert Redford

63. “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

64. “If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day—at every meal.” – Ingrid Newkirk

Earth Day Quote - We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation.

65. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” – Barry Commoner

66. “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

67. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” – Denis Hayes

68. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald

69. “My world, my Earth, is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Earth Day Quote - But if we aim for genuinely worthwhile goals that can be attained, then even if we have less energy at our command and fewer material goods available, we might nevertheless still increase our satisfaction in life.

70. “If we aim for what is no longer possible, we will achieve only delusion and frustration. But if we aim for genuinely worthwhile goals that can be attained, then even if we have less energy at our command and fewer material goods available, we might nevertheless still increase our satisfaction in life.” – Richard Heinberg

71. “Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.” – Barry Commoner

72. “The future will be green, or not at all. This truth lies at the heart of humankind’s most pressing challenge—to learn to live in harmony with the Earth on a genuinely sustainable basis.” – Jonathon Porritt

73. “The earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.” – Alice Walker

74. “Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option. They will become a necessity.” – Fujio Cho

Earth Day Quote - Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

75. “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

76. “It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy, but the quality of human life.” – Rene Dubos

77. “We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.” – Vandana Shiva

78. “The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues—self-restraint.” – Edwin Way Teale

79. “Earth Day reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety.” – Margaret Mead

Earth Day Quotes on the Gift of God and Beauty of Nature

Earth Day Quote - Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.

80. “Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.” – Charles Lindbergh

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

82. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – David Attenborough

83. “The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.” – Paul Johnson

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

Earth Day Quote - You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.

85. “You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

86. “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” – Thomas A. Edison

87. “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity—that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” – Gaylord Nelson

88. “Live in each season as it passes—breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.” – Henry David Thoreau

89. “I thank you, God, for this most amazing day—for the leaping green spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite.” – E. E. Cummings

Earth Day Quote - Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

90. “Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” – Juvenal

91. “To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower.” – William Blake

92. “Hold infinity in the palm of your hand.” – William Blake

93. “God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.” – Charles Lindbergh

94. “All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life—everything that is on this planet.” – Wangari Maathai

Earth Day Quote - Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

95. “Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

96. “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” – William Anders

97. “The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die.” – Mary Brave Bird

98. “The environment is everything that isn’t me.” – Albert Einstein

99. “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth Day Quote - One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

100. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

Did These Earth Day Quotes Inspire You to Live Your Life on This Earth Responsibly?

With everything that’s happening nowadays—with all the technological advancements, mass production, commercialism, and many more—it’s easy to take the world we live in for granted. Some people live and think that whatever we’re getting now is an infinite supply. However, we fail to see how important it is to take care of our planet as early as now. We can’t always put it off and think that we can start tomorrow. Every day, our resources are getting depleted and the Earth is being abused. Through Earth Day, we’re given a day each year to remember all the things the planet has provided us—it reminds us to be grateful and to do whatever we can to make sure there will be enough resources for generations to come. Earth Day is a way to jumpstart a better way of life—a lifestyle that will ensure we live our lives gratefully and sustainably.

What have you learned from these Earth Day quotes? How do you contribute to the preservation of our natural resources? Let us know in the comments section below.