Nature surrounds us. The sight of flowers blooming, rain falling, the ocean crashing, fishes swimming, and many other things may seem normal to us. But all these events are only possible in one place; the environment that exists on Earth. If there are other life forms, they would have to travel past countless stars for millions of light-years, just to see a butterfly flutter and perch itself on one of Earth’s unique flowers. The 53 nature quotes below remind us to look at the environment around us with new eyes.
As humans, everything we do and create is still subject to the influence of our nature. When rain falls, the earth quakes, volcanoes erupt, and tsunamis form, there’s very little we can do. In the same light, nature is also subject to our influences. Human activities are reshaping the ecosphere and we can trace our footprints in the evolution of the other lifeforms around us.
We need a new appreciation for nature. And hopefully, with that appreciation will come renewed energy to preserve this freely given environment.
Irish physicist, John Joly, was a geology professor at Dublin University, known for his use of radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. The industry also knows him for uranium-thorium dating, a procedure used to estimate the age of geological objects and events. Joly published over 270 scientific books and journals in his lifetime and was the first to try to explain the slipperiness of ice.
We can all agree that the sea is one of the most beautiful sights of nature. Looking at the tall mountains, rivers, and seas, you can't help but be impressed by its beauty. Even the sea and everything underneath. Nature is inarguably beautiful.
Madeleine May Kunin is an American diplomat, author, and politician and was also Vermont's first and so far only female governor. She was also the first Jewish woman elected U.S. state governor. From 1996 to 1999, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. She has received over 20 honorary degrees and is a recipient of the International Centre in New York’s Award of Excellence.
Governor Kunin’s nature quote reminds us that even when we don’t treat the earth right, it still retains the essential rhythm of its seasons. Spring, summer, fall and winter all come after each other. Nature provides the balance, in contrast to the chaotic nature of human actions, which cause climate change.
Harrison Ford is an American actor, aviator, and ecologist. He is popular for his roles in the original Star Wars trilogy, where he starred as Han Solo and Indiana Jones (both on amazon) as the title character. As of 2019, Ford’s movies have amassed a total of about $9.3Billion worldwide making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Ford is vice-chair of Conservation International, an organisation whose sole aim is to protect nature.
In reality, we need nature more than nature needs us. We could die and nature would almost certainly be fine. But humans cannot survive without nature. Our culture, everything that makes us human cannot survive without nature.
Radhanath Swami has been a bhakti-traditional monk for nearly 50 years, dedicating his life to helping people find meaning while leading social initiatives from his Mumbai base. Swami is the author of the books The Journey Home and The Journey Within (both on amazon) and is the inspiration behind numerous social-aid initiatives across India like the ISKCON’s free meal for over 1million school-kids.
Nature has a language. Only a peaceful mind and sincere observers can understand her language. In this nature quote, Swami opines that nature speaks through her outlets. The animals in their natural settings. The plants in their routine. The abiotic in their majesticness. We can learn about the ‘mind of nature’ by observing our environment.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Charles Duhigg is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School. He is the New York Times best selling author of Smarter Faster Better, a book about efficiency science, and The Power of Habit (both on amazon), where he talks about habit-forming psychology in our lives, companies and communities. The Power of Habit has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.
Our reckless living is putting us all in danger. Water bodies are suffering the effect of sewage overflow, caused by humans. This poses a direct health risk to marine and human lives. Duhigg, in his nature quote, posits that if we don’t start putting our environment into consideration, our health could suffer for our actions.
Louie Schwartzberg, known as Louis Schwartzberg, is an American director, producer and filmmaker. Schwartzberg is a pioneer of high-end time-lapse cinematography and is the only cinematographer in the world to shoot time-lapse films 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over four decades. Schwartzberg is a visual artist focused on mysteries and human connections, with the subtleties of nature and environment.
We all want to protect what we fall in love with. Schwartzberg believes nature seduces us as a way of fighting for her survival. Nature wants humans to fall in love with her so that they can all protect her. In essence, if we want to keep the beauty we see around us, we need to start protecting nature.
Neri Oxman is an American–Israeli designer and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she heads the Mediated Matter study project. Known for incorporating design, biology, computing into her art and architecture, she was on ICON’s list of Twenty Influential Architects to Shape Our Future.
Oxman’s background as an architect affects the way she sees nature. Nature creates better than we humans can. It creates things in multipurpose forms and that is why there is almost always more than one use for everything we find in nature. Oxman’s quote encourages us to embrace nature, solving a sizable number of our materials problems in the process.
Barry Commoner was a U.S. cell biologist, college professor, and former presidential candidate. Many know Commoner for his environmental activism and his research and subsequent opposition to nuclear weapons testing. Which led to the Nuclear Test Ban treaty of 1963.
Commoner is the best-selling author of three books on the environment: The Closing Circle, The Poverty of Power and Making Peace With the Planet (all on amazon). The theme of Commoner’s nature quote is the same with the overall message in his books: we need to make peace with the planet. There is no competition with nature. There’s no defeating nature either; and neither should there be. We need humans to adjust our ways to fit into nature.
British-born chef Marco Pierre is a restaurateur and TV personality. The media dubbed White as the first celebrity chef, and “UK restaurant scene's terrible child”. White was the youngest chef (at age 32) and the first-ever British chef to receive three Michelin stars in 1994. He also trained notable chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone, Shannon Bennett.
Known as a somewhat controversial figure in some quarters, White claims he finds succour in nature. The walks, the views, and the serenity that nature provides. He knows nature formed him and he feels most comfortable in her arms.
Environmental conservationist, Stewart Lee Udall, was an American politician who served three terms as an Arizona Congressman. Udall was single-handedly important in the preservation of tens of millions of hectares of land, in his capacity as Interior Secretary from 1961 to 1969 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He also played a key part in the forming of several acts, including the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Udall believes the protection of nature equates to protecting man. The plants purify the air, the wildlife protects and provides for man. We should see acts done to conserve and preserve nature as acts done to promote man’s welfare.
Antoni Gaudi is a Catalan architect, Nicknamed “God’s Architect”, and known for his highly-individualized style of art. His most recognized work is the church of the Sagrada Familia, which we can find in Barcelona, like most of his other works. It is the most-visited monument in Spain.
Nature inspired Gaudi for a large part of his career. Gaudi views nature as the greatest artist, and thinks that we should consider nothing as art if the creator didn’t derive it from nature.
Alice Walker is an American writer, poet and social activist, popular for her book, The Colour Purple (amazon), which received the National Book Award for hardcover literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1982. Walker was particularly vocal in her civil rights and social activism, coining the word the term “Womanist” in 1983 to describe a Black Feminist.
Walker’s nature quote brings to mind the perfect imperfection of nature. Everything is perfectly made, whether it looks normal or not. A tree can be different from others of its kind and still be beautiful. Same as humans. We all are uniquely different and yet, still beautiful.
Nature is everything to us, and preserving nature as it is, is really about preserving ourselves. While impacting the earth through commercial activities is almost inevitable, mutual co-existence with nature’s splendour should be our goal. We should, therefore, encourage activities that promote conservation of landmarks and historic sites. We should preserve the natural beauty of the earth.