Earth Quotes


Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

Earth    Earth day    Destruction    Ecology    Reality    Universe    Wonder

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair

النبي

Kahlil Gibran

النبي
Earth    Feet    Wind

Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.

Earth's crammed with heaven...
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.

Aurora Leigh

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Aurora Leigh
Awareness    Earth    Heaven    Life

The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren't any space aliens. We can't be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we're not all there is. If so, we're in big trouble.

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Ape    Cosmology    Digital    Earth    Galaxy    Humour    Perspective    Primitive    Unfashionable    Watches

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Comprehension    Devils    Earth    Egypt    Fantasy    Helen    Imagination    Love    Lover    Lunatic    Madmen    Poet    Poetry    Reason    Words

Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Road
Allegory    Brooks    Creation    Destruction    Earth    Environment    Fish    Glens    Loss    Man    Maps    Mystery    Nature    Parable    Past    Trout    Wonder    World

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Earth    Heaven    Heavenly    Nature

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Familiar Letters

Henry David Thoreau

What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.

Earth    Expectation    Heaven    Hell    Life

The first men to be created and formed were called the Sorcerer of Fatal Laughter, the Sorcerer of Night, Unkempt, and the Black Sorcerer … They were endowed with intelligence, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. When they looked, instantly they saw all that is around them, and they contemplated in turn the arc of heaven and the round face of the earth … [Then the Creator said]: 'They know all … what shall we do with them now? Let their sight reach only to that which is near; let them see only a little of the face of the earth!… Are they not by nature simple creatures of our making? Must they also be gods?

Popol Vuh

Anonymous

Popol Vuh
Creation    Creation myth    Earth    Gods    Heaven    Intelligence    Knowledge    Sight

You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.

Beauty    Earth    Heaven    Life    Reason    Truth    Understand    Wisdom

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.

Authority    Bored    Earth    God    Heaven    Man    Woman    Word of god    Worship

Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.

رمل وزبد

Khalil Gibran

رمل وزبد
Earth    Poems    Sky    Trees

If I were rain,
That joins sky and earth that otherwise never touch,
Could I join two hearts as well?

Bleach    Earth    Hearts    Love    Manga    Orihime inoue    Quote    Rain    Sky

I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime

Death    Earth    Science

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

Sometimes I go to God and say, "God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.

A w tozer    Ages    Done    Earth    God    Inspirational    Life    Millenniums    Million    Pay    Prayer    The truth    Truth    Worship

Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

The Sense of Wonder

Rachel Carson

The Sense of Wonder
Beauty    Earth    Nature    Strength

I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.

Chanel    Designer    Down to earth    Earth    Fashion    Funny    Humor    Karl lagerfeld    Label    Labeling    Quote    Quotes

By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Road
Earth    Mother    Sun

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

Angel    Being    Earth    Faith    Heaven    Hope    Human    Kindness    Later    Life    Now

We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor.
We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own
. Anyone who fails to recognise the basic validity of the proposition put in different ways by increasing numbers of writers, from Malthus to The Club of Rome, is either ignorant, a fool, or evil.

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

Altruism    Dishes    Earth    Help    Mom    Save

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.

Earth    Find    Gary    Place    Planet    Responibility    Snyder

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

What you take from the earth, you must give back. That's nature's way.

The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Earth    Sun

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.

If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.

Half Broke Horses

Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses
Appreciation    Earth    God    Lord    Religion    Sunrise    World

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

Conservation    Earth    Life    Nature    Pollution

It's funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man's greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon's desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.

Beauty    Earth    Moon    Space

Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book, and creed, and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free. Mankind will be enslaved until there is mental grandeur enough to allow each man to have his thought and say. This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends. It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. Why a difference of opinion upon predestination, or the trinity, should make people imprison and burn each other seems beyond the comprehension of man; and yet in all countries where Christians have existed, they have destroyed each other to the exact extent of their power. Why should a believer in God hate an atheist? Surely the atheist has not injured God, and surely he is human, capable of joy and pain, and entitled to all the rights of man. Would it not be far better to treat this atheist, at least, as well as he treats us?
Christians tell me that they love their enemies, and yet all I ask is—not that they love their enemies, not that they love their friends even, but that they treat those who differ from them, with simple fairness.
We do not wish to be forgiven, but we wish Christians to so act that we will not have to forgive them. If all will admit that all have an equal right to think, then the question is forever solved; but as long as organized and powerful churches, pretending to hold the keys of heaven and hell, denounce every person as an outcast and criminal who thinks for himself and denies their authority, the world will be filled with hatred and suffering. To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.

Some Mistakes of Moses

Robert G. Ingersoll

Some Mistakes of Moses
Amazing    Atheism    Atheist    Believer    Book    Burn    Christianity    Christians    Comprehension    Creed    Despise    Destroy    Differ    Difference    Dogma    Earth    Enemy    Enslaved    Existence    Fairness    Forgiveness    Freedom    Freedom of speech    Friends    Friendship    Grandeur    Hate    Hatred    Heaven    Hell    Human    Imprison    Investigate    Joy    Knowledge    Love    Mankind    Opinion    Pain    Paradise    Permission    Persecute    Power    Predestination    Rights    Suffering    Thought    Trinity    Worship

The fact that a cloud from a minor volcanic eruption in Iceland—a small disturbance in the complex mechanism of life on the Earth—can bring to a standstill the aerial traffic over an entire continent is a reminder of how, with all its power to transform nature, humankind remains just another species on the planet Earth.

We are not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities

Deity    Earth    Faith    God    Goddess    Love    Paganism    Planet    Wicca

The fact that a cloud from a minor volcanic eruption in Icelanda small disturbance in the complex mechanism of life on the Earthcan bring to a standstill the aerial traffic over an entire continent is a reminder of how, with all its power to transform nature, humankind remains just another species on the planet Earth.

A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?

A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said, 'Wish you were here.

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.

The Sense of Wonder

Rachel Carson

The Sense of Wonder
Beauty    Earth    Humility    Wonder

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in
Robert Frost
's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.

Civilization    Earth    Environment    Frost    Nature    Poem    Poetry    Preservation    Robert frost    Survival

We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.

Atheism    Brains    Earth    Humans    Humor    Intelligence    World

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