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50 Famous Earth Day Quotes

Mother Earth has been talking to us ever since her beginning. She smiles through sunshine, cries through rainfall and screams through storms. And now, more than ever, paying attention to the many moods of the earth is crucial, as we face climate change and detrimental weather events that place people at risk. Life as we know it depends on the health of the planet, and that’s why Earth Day, which falls on April 22, is so important.

In everything humans do, we interact with the elements of nature and sometimes leave the environment as an afterthought. It is for that reason that we should raise awareness to save the planet by sharing and living by Earth Day quotes that inspire and promote a cleaner, greener and more equitable future for everyone around the world, not just select parts of it.

There are little steps we can take and projects we can take on, like shopping sustainably, reusing items you already have or minimizing travel, in order to work towards becoming more eco-friendly. And why not start with the simple gesture of sharing one of these short, funny or inspirational sayings to show your commitment to sustainable living and protecting the planet as a whole.

Short Earth Day Quotes

you can never see a plant grow but they do by carol plum ucci
  • “If the environment is happy, people will laugh and your grief will go away.”― Srinivas Mishra
  • “The earth is always changing…readjusting to our existence. Each era is full of unique challenges”― Val Uchendu
  • “Land really is the best art.” —Andy Warhol
  • “The Earth is what we all have in common.”—Wendell Berry
  • “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
  • “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye
  • “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and my soul.” —John Muir
  • “Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.” —Lao Tzu
  • “The sun does not forget a village just because it is small.” —African Proverb
  • “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful”. —E. E. Cummings
  • “You don’t live on earth, you are passing through.” —Rumi
  • “We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” —Albert Einstein
  • “The miracle is not to fly in the air or to walk on water, but to walk on the earth.” —Chinese proverb
  • “I firmly believe nature brings solace in all troubles.” —Anne Frank
  • “No one comes from the earth like grass. We come like trees. We all have roots.” —Maya Angelou
  • “Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.” —Blaise Pascal
  • “It looks big, Earth. But there are lots of us on here (7,523,458,567 and counting) so be kind.” —Oliver Jeffers
  • “The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” —Joshua Becker
  • “We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.” Xiye Bastida
  • “You can never see a plant grow, but they do.” —Carol Plum-Ucci

Inspirational Earth Day Quotes

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  • “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”— Robert Swan
  • “If every day were Earth Day we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.”— Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”— Mother Teresa
  • “A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is possible — not when thousands of people do climate justice activism perfectly but when millions of people do the best they can.”— Xiye Bastida
  • “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”— Barack Obama
  • “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.”— Vandana Shiva
  • “Together we can preserve the forest, securing this immense treasure for the future of all these children.”— Chico Mendes
  • “Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.”― Amit Ray
  • “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough
  • “The real you is loving, joyful and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” —Don Miguel Ruiz
  • “Look after the land and the land will look after you, destroy the land and it will destroy you.” —Aboriginal Proverb
  • “And He knows what is in the land and sea. Not even a leaf falls without His knowledge, nor a grain in the darkness of the earth or anything—green or dry—but is ˹written˺ in a perfect Record.” —Quran 6:59
  • “Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” —Eckhart Tolle
  • “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “There is no medicine you can take that has such a direct influence on your health as a walk in a beautiful forest.” —Dr. Qing Li
  • “You don’t have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.” — Annie Dillard
  • “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” —Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • “The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods.” —Cheryl Strayed
  • “Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.” —Jackie Speier
  • “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” —Greta Thunberg

Funny Earth Day Quotes

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  • “I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just not on impact.” —Elon Musk
  • “I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.” —Roland A. Browne
  • “If you can’t be in awe of Nature, there’s something wrong with you.” —Alex Trebek
  • “Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”—Michel de Montaigne
  • “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” —Carl Sagan
  • It is a blessing to be the color of the earth; do you know how often flowers confuse me for home?” —Rupi Kaur
  • “What about naming trees?…if we have a tree in our name, we want that tree to live.” —Jane Goodall
  • “One reason I wanted to go vegetarian was to help save the environment…I highly recommend it. You’re saving animals, you’re saving the planet, you’re saving a lot of time at Thanksgiving.” —Lily Singh
  • “It’s Earth day. I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change?” —Stanley Victor Paskavich
  • “Nature gives a free lunch, yet just in the event that we control our cravings.” —William Ruckelshaus