In an increasingly automated age where it seems that we cannot, or do not want to, remember our origins, it becomes absolutely necessary to reflect on where we come from, to know where we are going.

Therefore, from Psychology and Mind we present you 101 sentences about the environment and ecology , so that you can evoke that special inspiration that Mother Nature gives us.

Phrases and reflections on ecology, nature and the environment

Our society imposes on us a rhythm of life in which technology constantly devastates our lives. In the face of such gibberish, it is easy to deny our essence: that we are animals, rational, but animals, and that we depend on our environment to survive

Whether you are one of those who believe that we do not take enough care of our planet or one of those who no longer remember what it is like to go for a walk in the mountains, here we present you with a compendium of phrases about the environment and ecology that you should not miss .

Nature is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, something we are very aware of in our digital environment. Therefore, we wish you to fully enjoy the collection of phrases that we present to you below.

1. The poetry of the earth has never died

John Keats, British poet of Romanticism , author of eminent works such as Ode to a Nightingale or Hyperion. Nature is a fundamental pillar in Romanticism, the Romantics believed that nature was wild and mysterious, giving it a strong charge of fantasy and idealisation.

2. Nature does not do anything incomplete or anything in vain

Aristotle, Greek philosopher.

3. The good man is the friend of all living things

Mahatma Gandhi, Hindu lawyer, thinker and politician

4. Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

Molière , French playwright, comedian and comedian.

5. Nature supports the universal life of all beings

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th dalai lama , supreme spiritual and political leader.

6. The creation of a thousand forests is in an acorn

Ralph Waldo Emerson , American writer, philosopher and poet.

7. Study nature, love nature, get close to nature. It will never fail you

Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect , one of the greatest exponents of 20th century architecture.

8. Wisdom never says one thing and nature says another

Tenth June Juvenal, Roman poet , author of the Satires.

9. Nature is not a place to visit. It is home

Gary Sherman Snyder , American poet and activist.

10. Every flower is a soul that blooms in nature

Gérard de Nerval , poet, essayist and French translator, one of the most important in Romanticism.

11. I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck

Emma Goldman , Lithuanian anarchist and pioneer in the struggle for the emancipation of women .

12. Nature always watches over the preservation of the universe

Robert Boyle, philosopher of nature, chemist, physicist and inventor . Currently there are hypotheses, such as the Gaia hypothesis, which claim that life maintains and promotes a balance to ensure life on Earth.

13. The beauty of the natural world is in the details

Natalie Angier , writer and scientific popularizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

14. Nature provides exceptions to the rule

Sarah Margaret Fuller , american journalist and women’s rights activist

15. Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light

Theodore Huebner Roethke , American poet in English.

16. A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song

Marguerite Annie Johnson , American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer.

17. Green is the main color of the world, and from which its beauty emerges

Pedro Calderón de la Barca , Spanish priest writer, knight of the Order of Santiago.

18. Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere

Blaise Pascal , French mathematician, physicist and writer.

19. In nature there are no rewards or punishments, there are consequences

Bob Ingersoll , lawyer and American politician.

20. Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to its operations

David Gerrold , science fiction writer.

21. Till now man has been against nature; from now on he will be against his own nature

Dennis Gabor , Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics.

22. In nature is the preservation of the world

Henry David Thoreau , writer, poet and philosopher, American surveyor and naturalist, author of Walden.

23. There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the land as if it were a business in liquidation

Herman Daly talks like this about the environment .

24. Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet

Roger Dean Miller , country singer.

25. Trees are the efforts of the earth to speak to the listening sky

Rabindranath Tagore .

26. In every walk with nature one gets much more than what one is looking for

John Muir, naturalist and explorer .

27. I have always considered nature to be God’s clothing

lan Hovhaness Chakmakjian , American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent.

28. Water and earth, the two essential fluids on which life depends, have become global garbage cans

Jacques-Yves Cousteau , French naval officer and marine explorer.

29. They can cut all the flowers, but they can’t stop the spring

Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet

30. We have been trying for many, many years to call attention to the fact that humanity is not possible if we do not have a new relationship with Mother Nature

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Guatemalan indigenous leader , in another masterful phrase of ecology.

31. The fact that we are so comfortable in the midst of nature comes from the fact that nature has no opinion about us

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche , German philosopher, poet, and philologist.

32. Maintain your love for nature, because it is the true way of understanding art

Vincent Willem van Gogh , Dutch painter.

33. The land belongs to its owners, but the landscape belongs to those who know how to appreciate it

Upton Sinclair , American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner.

34. If you serve Nature, she will serve you

Confucius , Chinese philosopher, in a sentence about the nature and effects of karma.

35. If the world does not learn to respect nature now, what future will the new generations have?

Rigoberta Menchú Tum .

36. In nature nothing happens in isolation. Each phenomenon affects another and is, in turn, influenced by it; and it is generally the forgetfulness of this movement and of this universal interaction which prevents our naturalists from perceiving clearly the simplest things

Friedrich Engels , German philosopher and revolutionary.

37. Nature becomes a landscape when man frames it

Le Corbusier, was an architect and theorist of architecture , town planner, interior decorator, painter and sculptor.

38. The wind straightens the tree after it has been tilted

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle , French soldier, politician and writer, in an inspiring metaphor.

39. Let nature act as it pleases; she knows her trade better than we do

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne , humanist philosopher.

40. The charm of roses is that they are so beautiful that they don’t know that they are

José María Pemán and Pemartín , writer, journalist and poet.

41. Nature never does anything superfluous, nothing useless, and knows how to draw multiple effects from a single cause

Nicolas Copernicus , Renaissance astronomer.

42. Art, glory, freedom wither away, but nature always remains beautiful

George Gordon Byron , English poet.

43. Nature is often hidden, sometimes dominated, rarely extinguished

Francis Bacon , famous English philosopher, politician, lawyer and writer.

44. Nature will always maintain its rights and, finally, will prevail over any abstract reasoning

Quote from David Hume ; Scottish sociologist, philosopher and historian.

45. Nature abhors a vacuum

René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and physicist.

46. One of the sorrows of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of scars

Aldo Leopold , American ecologist.

47. Economic growth and environmental protection are not compatible. They are opposite sides of the same coin if you are looking for long-term prosperity

Henry Merritt “Hank” Paulson Jr .

48. The proper use of science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it

Barry Commoner was an American ecosocialist biologist.

49. Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political and social boundaries

Jimmy Carter talks like this about nature and transcendence.

50. One Planet, One Experiment

Edward Osborne Wilson .

51. Conservation is a state of harmony between man and earth

Aldo Leopold , American ecologist.

52. I believe that the cost of energy will fall when we make the transition to renewable energy

Al Gore is an American politician, lawyer and philanthropist.

53. Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in danger, we know that we will soon be in danger

Roger Tory Peterson was a naturalist, ornithologist and educator..

54. The only way, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to involve everyone

Richard Rogers is a British architect very committed to the just causes in the world of ecology.

55. I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens

Isaac Bashevis Singer , Jewish writer, and Polish citizen.

56. I think the future for solar energy is bright.

Ken Salazar stated with a certain double meaning, that solar energy is an inexhaustible resource that we should take advantage of.

57. I believe that the government needs to put the environment back at the top of its national and international priorities.

Brian Mulroney . Unfortunately, many governments are more interested in economic issues than in environmental issues, when there can be no economy without the environment.

58. In 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole with a dog team. There will be too much water

Will Steger . Global warming is one of the main causes of climate change and one of the most dramatic phenomena is the melting of permafrost (ice) at the poles; in a few years it will be possible to sail around the poles in summer. The fact that the poles are melting is serious, as they regulate the salinity of the water. If the salinity of the water is altered the ocean currents will disappear, paradoxically speaking (nature is full of contradictions) this could cause a new glaciation, according to the experts.

59. If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally, then they will do quite well in terms of environmental impact.

Peter Singer comes to say with this sentence that, consuming seasonal and proximity products would reduce the ecological footprint because there would be less expenditure of fossil fuels for transport.

60. The most important issue about the environment is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of ethics in our culture

Gaylord Nelson . Environmental problems are not only a social or economic issue, but also a moral one.


61. The environmental crisis is the result of rushing

This sentence quoted by Ed Begley is to say that, the fact of wanting to obtain immediate and abundant macroeconomic benefits, apart from sustainable development, is what has generated this environmental crisis.

62. The environmental crisis is a global problem and only global action will solve it

Barry Commoner sentenced with this sentence that in radical times, radical measures: only structural changes have enough impact on structural problems.

63. The general idea that we deal with environmental problems without doing things simply does not work.

Natalie Jeremijenko . Theoretical deliberation and lack of political will is a problem for the environment. Agreements on paper are useless, we have to act.


64. A shift towards lifestyles that are less oriented towards environmentally damaging consumption patterns is needed

Maurice Strong . The unbridled consumption to which capitalist society leads us is not sustainable, for Maurice Strong.


65. There are an enormous number of environmental problems on the table

For Ed Rendell global warming is one (and not the most serious) of the main ecological problems. It is important to point out the degradation of habitats due to pollution, urbanism and the problem with the so-called “invasive species”.

66. The worst environmental decision you can make as a human being is to have fourteen children

Jane Velez . Overpopulation on a planet with limited resources is a problem that we should address.

67. The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else

Barry Commoner . An ecosystem is a complex system that is formed by a group of living beings and the physical environment in which they interact. Ecosystems usually form a series of relationships or chains that show the interdependence of the organisms within the system. In an ecosystem, the parts that form it are much stronger than if they were separate.

68. Continuity is the art of conservationism: ecology serves that heart

Phrase of James Garrett Hardin , American ecologist specialized in the problem of overpopulation. Also known by Hardin’s First Law of the so-called Anthropic Ecology: “You cannot do only one thing”, expresses the interconnection of all human actions, some predictable and others not.

69. The natural world is the largest sacred community to which we belong. To damage this community is to diminish our own humanity.

Thomas Berry . We all depend on the environment for our survival: damaging it will take its toll from a physical point of view, since the constant violation of the natural world is an ethical aberration that we will sooner or later pay for. Karma?

70. Plans to protect air and water, wildlife, and wilderness are in fact plans to protect man

Steawart Udall . Today, ecologism defends its postulates from an anthropocentric point of view: we must not defend the environment for the well-being of the different animal and vegetable species, we must defend it because it affects man. It seems that we only mobilize when something affects us!

71. Our health depends entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on earth

Harrison Ford . There are species catalogued as “ecosystem engineers” (such as the Iberian wolf), species that have such an extremely important role in the balance of an ecosystem that if they disappear, thousands and thousands of associated species, both flora and fauna, could disappear. For example, if the bees disappear, humanity will become extinct.

72. It is the worst of times but also the best because we still have a chance

Sylvia Earle . As long as there is still a glimmer of light in the fight for the environment, we will still have hope.

73. You can’t spend a single day on earth without having an impact on the world. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Dame Jane Morris Goodall is a primatologist and anthropologist and UN messenger of peace. She is considered the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and is known for her more than 50-year study of the social and family relationships of wild chimpanzees.

74. The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, lasting, smarter and more competitive

For Paul Hawken , it’s about optimising the economy at a structural level, and at an individual level knowing how to manage our resources and services well (reduce, recycle and reuse). Policies on a large scale are useless if there is no individual change.

75. The earth is insulted and offers the flowers in response

Rabindranath Tagore . Resilience; in ecology, is the capacity that habitats have to absorb disturbances without significantly altering their general characteristics and functionality, being able to return to their original state once the catastrophe is over.

76. An act against nature should be judged as severely as one against society or another person

Dr. Michael Fox . Unfortunately, many times environmental crimes are lightly punished, both by economic interests and by institutional and political corruption.

77. The worst threat to our planet is the belief that someone will save it. Robert Swan.

Robert Swan . It is not about doing individual activities in favour of the environment, we must all get involved.

78. We live on the earth as if we had another to go to

Terry Swearingen. Planet Earth’s resources are limited, and as far as we know, there is only one planet in the entire Universe capable of supporting life.

79. The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet

Quote from John Fitzgerald Kennedy , thirty-fifth president of the United States. Since the Industrial Revolution, in the 19th century, with the increase of the population, the scientific-technical development and the massive use of factories that expelled huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the real problems for the environment started. One could therefore say that global warming is a recent problem, but that in a short time it has caused very negative effects.

80. We abuse the land because we treat it as our own. When we see it as an opportunity to which we belong, we may treat it with love and respect

Aldo Leopold , American ecologist. Pioneer in the dissemination of ethical principles that take into consideration the ecosystems. He developed environmental ethics and the movement for the preservation of wild nature.

81. Thousands have lived without love and not one without water

W. H. Auden . Water is the basis of life and a necessity of the first order, a right that should be fundamental. Because of global warming, droughts are becoming increasingly severe, especially in the Middle East and Africa, causing political instability in the countries that suffer from it.

82. The earth provides enough to meet every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed

Mahatma Gandhi ,

83. We abuse the land because we consider that it belongs to us. When we see it as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect

Aldo Leopold .

84. Faith in the living planet is the most important issue facing humanity

Gaylord Anton Nelson , American politician.

85. The ocean, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a new meaning: we are all in the same boat

Jacques-Yves Cousteau .

86. When the earth is sick and contaminated, human health is impossible. To heal ourselves, we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet, we must heal ourselves

Phrase from Bobby McLeod . It has been shown that there is a direct relationship between environmental pollution and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or cancer.


87. Many of us ask what we can do, but history shows us that all good and bad things begin when someone does something or does not do something

Phrase by Sylvia Earle . If we act to save Planet Earth, we may be more or less wrong, we will find more or less stones along the way, but we must act, because the cost of doing nothing is much worse.

88. We have known the enemy and it is us

Walt Kelly . For Kelly, not taking care of our ecosystems was to throw stones at the very roof of humanity.

89. The world we share has been given to us in trust. Every decision we make regarding the land, air, and water around us should be made with the goal of preserving it for all generations to come

August A. Bush III . Sustainable development is not only about consuming a smaller proportion of the resources that are extracted, but also about ensuring these resources for future generations.


90. Nature is inexhaustibly sustainable if we take care of it. It is our universal responsibility to pass on a healthy earth to future generations

Sylvia Dolson . Nature always tends towards balance, and generates the resources necessary to ensure its own survival (as a whole) and that of all animal and plant species, including the human species.

91. First it was necessary to civilize man in his relationship with man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in his relationship with nature and the animals

Sylvia Dolson . Speciesism is the adverse treatment or disregard based on belonging to different species, although it is usually applied in more animalistic environments related to veganism, its use is beginning to be applied within the environmental movement.

92. He who plants trees loves others

Thomas Fuller , historian. His works on the history of the Crusades and a descriptive geography of Palestine are outstanding. He was, by vocation, fond of archaeology and antiquity. Deforestation ravages the forests indiscriminately, causing immense damage to the ecosystems. Forests only cover about 30% of the world’s regions, when they should cover between 60%.

93. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children

Native American proverb . The current model of development is not sustainable and seriously compromises the future of humanity.

94. If you want adults to recycle, just tell children about the importance of recycling and they will do it

William Sanford “Bill” , American science educator, comedian and scientist.

95. Our survival is intimately linked to the food we eat, the water we drink and the places where we live. Therefore, we should promote responsibility and conservation when we refer to natural resources

Mark Emery Udall , American politician.

96. If you could make clean water for the world tomorrow morning, you would have done your best to improve human health and environmental quality

William Clark , american military man and explorer.

97. When the quality of life falls for the environment, it falls for the human being

George Holland Sabine , professor of American philosophy.

98. We will never recognize the value of water until the well is dry

Phrase by Thomas Fuller , historian. His works on the history of the Crusades and a descriptive geography of Palestine stand out. He was, by vocation, fond of archaeology and antiquity. This sentence by Fuller is very interesting; it seems that human beings only react when they are between a rock and a hard place.

99. If you really believe that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money

Guy R. McPherson is an American scientist, professor emeritus of natural resources and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. He is famous for theorizing the idea of humanity’s short-term extinction.

100. It is immensely sad to think that nature speaks while mankind does not listen to her

Victor Marie Hugo , French romantic poet and novelist, is considered one of the most important writers in the French language. As you can see from several sentences in this post, the Romantics had a unique perception of nature.

101. The earth is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest, it’s the only thing we share

“Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson , journalist, professor, political activist and American businesswoman, was First Lady of the United States. Lady Bird was an ardent defender of the natural heritage in her country.

102.The planet is all that most of us will ever see, so we have to take care of it

All the spaces we inhabit are part of a whole that must be appreciated in its totality.

103. Nature can exist without forests, seas, or grasslands, so caring for it is more like caring for ourselves

Nature does not depend on us to exist.

104. Whatever we do, we must never forget that there is no unbridgeable gap between us and the tree of life from which we came

After all, at no time have we stopped being animals .

105. In a garden or a wooded area you can find more peace than in all the relaxing music of the world

Art imitates nature, but nature always comes first.