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     Conservation, nature & smart growth quotes in no particular order

One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the SPRING.
~Aldo Leopold

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. 
~Richard P. Feynman

We could have saved the Earth, but we were too damned cheap.
~Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
~Carol Bishop Hipps

Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure.
~ E. Donnall Thomas

In the name of the bee
And of the butterfly
And of the breeze, amen!
~Emily Dickinson

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
~Elizabeth Lawrence

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
~Lucy Larcom

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. 
~Jeffrey Glassberg

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success.
~Henry Ford

I have my own views about Nature's methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his opinions upon the Milky Way.
~Sherlock Holmes

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~John Muir

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
~Andy Warhol

So bleak is the picture... that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century.
~Philip Shabecoff

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

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
~Winston Churchill

Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~Andy Warhol

One planet, one experiment.
~Edward O. Wilson

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

A field rich in goldenrod, Joe-Pye weed, boneset, milkweed, black-eyed Susan, and dozens of other productive perennials supplies copious amounts of insect biomass for birds to rear their young. After it has been invaded by autumn or Russian olive, that same field is nearly sterile.
~ Douglas Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
~ Joseph Addison

Every little bit helps. It's amazing how much you can do when you choose to give a little bit of that natural habitat back.
~Roxanne Paul

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world
~ John Muir

Henry David Thoreau
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
~Aldo Leopold

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
-  Charles Dickens

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.
~ John Muir

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
~Edward Abbey

Congress is always willing to appropriate money for more and bigger paved roads, anywhere -- particularly if they form loops.
~Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire)

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
~Aldo Leopold

The silence of a shut park does not sound like the country silence; it is tense and confined.
~Elizabeth Bowen

I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.
~Jose Ortega Y Gasset

What's the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
~Henry David Thoreau

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Show me a healthy community with a healthy economy and I will show you a community that has its green infrastructure in order and understands the relationship between the built and the unbuilt environment.  
~Will Rogers, Trust for Public Land

Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.
~Edward T. McMahon, Conservation Fund

The image of a community is fundamentally important to its economic well-being. If all places look alike, there's no reason to go anywhere.
~ Ed McMahon, Conservation Fund

The best places to live, work, and visit are those places that are willing to uphold their standards in the face of pressure to allow lowest common denominator development… Successful communities understand that when they say no to development that is contrary to the long-term health of their community, they will almost always get better development in its place.
~ Ed McMahon, Conservation Fund

Savvy states and communities are starting to think about green space in a more thoughtful and systematic way. They realize that green infrastructure is not a frill—it is smart conservation for the twenty-first century.
~ Mark A. Benedict and Edward T.McMahon, Conservation Fund

If a tree falls in a forest and lands on a politician, even if you can't hear the tree or the screams, I'll bet you'd at least hear the applause
~Paul Tindale

High-tech employers recognize that we will only be as successful as the employees that we attract. When it comes to transportation, environmental, housing and land use decisions, we don't view investments as tax and spend, but rather as invest and prosper.
~ Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group

The future economic success of Silicon Valley will be contingent on whether we have a good quality of life. World-class workers will only want to come to a world-class living environment.
~Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group

The Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group strongly supports green-line policies, because the only way to attract top level employees and their families is to protect the region's open space and environment. We want to build a community that is demonstrates smart growth rather than a model for L.A.-type growth.
~Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group

Communities must plan for a variety of uses and income levels. Why do we care about housing as high-tech employers? If teachers, firefighters, peace officers, retail or restau- rant workers can't live here, then we're going to fail.
~ Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley

God Bless America. Let's save some of it.
~Edward Abbey

Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
~Theodore Roosevelt

If there is to be an ecologically sound society, it will have to come the grass roots up, not from the top down."
~Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce

While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.
~Barry Goldwater

We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
~Aldo Leopold

Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
~ Rene Dubos

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
~Dr. Seuss

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

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border.  I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. 
~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.  ~Author Unknown

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.
~Hugh Johnson

And now let us welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes ... Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing -- On his darkest day he believes in spring." - Douglas Malloch

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
~Henry David Thoreau

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

We're a small group of grumpy old men who simply will not be denied access to public land.
 Ron Moody

Some people worry artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.
~Alan C. Kay

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
~Robert Frost