favorite nature quotes

So much wisdom about our natural world!

We owe justice to men, and graciousness and benignity to other creatures.

 
— Michel de Montaigne
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
— Mohandas Gandhi
If we stop loving animals, aren’t we bound to stop loving humans, too?
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn
All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves.
All is really One.

— Black Elk
Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
— Chief Seattle 1854
The whole universe is endowed with the same breath—rocks, trees, grass, earth, all animals and men.
— Hopi saying
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
– Albert Einstein
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
— William Shakespeare
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
— Zeno
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing ugly in nature. The seeming exceptions are simply facts of beauty we have not yet grasped.
— Freeman Tilden
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
— Wendell Berry
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein
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
The basis of any real morality must be the sense of kinship between all living things.
—Henry Salt
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
We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra, in which 
each living instrument is essential to the complementary 
and harmonious playing of the whole.

 — J. Allen Boone
To become human, one must make room in oneself for the wonders of the universe.
— South American Indian saying
Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in her smallest creatures.
— Pliny the Elder
Love animals; God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy … don’t deprive them of their happiness.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
Today more than ever before life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
— Dalai Lama