Quotes about Animals, Wildlife, Conservation & the Environment
Quotes About Conservation & Animals

"When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some great writer have perished." – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt

“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.” - Martin Buber

“The Animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.” - Alice Walker

“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.” - Edward O. Wilson

“The fate of animals is…indissolubly connected with the fate of men.” - Émile Zola

“Animals are such agreeable friends -- they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” - George Eliot

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of humanity." - George Bernard Shaw

“We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us…[They] cannot speak for themselves.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals.” - Walt Whitman

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man." - Charles Darwin

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." - Albert Einstein



Quotes About Nature & Wildlife Conservation

"What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself." - Mollie Beattie, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993-1996

"We are the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy." - Wallace Stegner

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." - Ansel Adams

"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

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction." - Rachel Carson

"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet

"It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us…the natural wealth and beauty which is ours." – U.S. President John F. Kennedy

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” ~Jim Fowler

”The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it.” ~Jim Fowler

”I fully support the goal of species protection and conservation and believe that recovery and ultimately delisting of species should be the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's top priority under ESA.” ~Dennis Cardoza

"We have not inherited the world from our forefathers -- we have borrowed it from our children." - Kashmiri proverb

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949

"The purpose of conservation: The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time." - Gifford Pinchot, first Director of the U.S. Forest Service

"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

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

"It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it." - Edward Abbey


Quotes About Nature

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” - Aldo Leopold

“We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.” - Margaret Mead

“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” - William Wordsworth

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?” - Henry David Thoreau

“Our task must be to…embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” - Albert Einstein

“To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” - William Blake

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

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle




Quotes Regarding Wildlife Activism & Environmental Stewardship

“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.  And after I've finished "shooting," my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy.  I have developed a deep respect for animals.  I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.”  ~Jimmy Stewart

"For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal." – U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

"All things are connected." - Chief Seattle

“I feel like I'm nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them.” ~Bindi Irwin

“My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.” ~Steve Irwin

“Well, my son really loves wildlife. And everytime he draws a polar bear I want to tell him there probably won't any by the time... he's my age. That's kinda hard to deal with.” ~Thom Yorke

“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” ~His Holiness The Dalai Lama

“Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.” - Blaise Pascal

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“Every time we lose a species we break a life chain which has evolved over 3.5 billion years.” - Jeffrey McNeely

“Uniformity is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.” - Vandana Shiva

“Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem.” ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” ~John Muir

“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.” - E. O. Wilson

“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

“The Animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.” ~Alice Walker

“There is in all animals a sense of duty that man condescends to call instinct.”  ~Robert Brault

“All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger. It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.” ~Gerald Durrell

”Almost all these hotspots around the world, most have been destroyed to the point where there is no wildlife and very little of the natural world left.” ~Jim Fowler

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ~Alice Walker

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.” ~Émile Zola

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”  ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922

”From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.”
~M. Frida Hartley

“No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.”  ~Murray Banks

“Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them.  But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”  ~Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

“When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

“Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?”  ~Jean Paul Richter

“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”  ~St. Francis of Assisi

“Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.”  ~Robert Brault

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.”  ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

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

"Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth."  - Harrison Ford




Quotes About Wolves

“We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves." - Gerald Hausman

"Wolves may feature in our myths, our history and our dreams, but they have their own future, their own loves, their own dreams to fulfill." - Anthony Miles

“Wolves are not our brothers; they are not our subordinates, either. They are another nation, caught up just like us in the complex web of time and life.” - Henry Beston

"The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong." - Keewation (Inuit) proverb

"Only a mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf." - Aldo Leopold

"To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul - hope you like what you see." - Aldo Leopold

"Throw me to the wolves because there's order in the pack." - Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Easily”

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack" - Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book