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34 Inspiring CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL Quotes (with photos)

We’ve compiled a list of the best, most inspiring environmental and conservation quotes to bring out the inner John Muir in all of us.

Who doesn’t love a good environmental quote over the morning coffee to contemplate your natural side. We have spent years flagging our favorite environmental quotes, conservation quotes, and travel quotes that serve as daily inspiration for us.

We’re hoping you’ll find a few gems in here to share with friends and family alike!

If there’s other environmental quotes that you know that we haven’t listed here feel free to add them in a comment below so we can add to this list!


The Best Environmental Quotes

34. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Theodore Roosevelt

33. “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”

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Fishlake National Forest, Utah

“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”

Sir Winston Churchill

32. Environmental Quotes: “A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”

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Death Valley National Park, California | Best Environmental Quotes

“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

31. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

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Zion National Park, Utah | Best Environmental Quotes

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag

30. “Trees give peace to the souls of men”

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Sequoia National Park, California | Best Environmental Quotes

“Trees give peace to the souls of men.”

Nora Waln

29. “There is nothing so American as our national parks.”

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Redwood National Park, California | Best Environmental Quotes

“There is nothing so American as our national parks.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

28. “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine | Best Environmental Quotes

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

27. Environmental Quotes: “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

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Olympic National Park, Washington | Best Environmental Quotes

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

Henry David Thoreau

26. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota | Best Environmental Quotes

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

John Steinbeck

25. “Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”

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Death Valley National Park, California \ Best Environmental Quotes

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”

Muhammad Ali

24. Environmental Quotes: “Your focus determines your reality.”

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Sequoia National Park, California | Best Environmental Quotes

“Your focus determines your reality.”

George Lucas

23. Environmental Quotes: “Embrace uncertainty.”

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White Sands National Park, New Mexico | Best Environmental Quotes

“Embrace uncertainty.”

Bob Goff

The Best Conservation Quotes

22. “Whose woods these are I think I know”

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Redwood National Park, California

“Whose woods these are I think I know.”

Robert Frost

21. Environmental Quotes: “Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”

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Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

20. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Sir Rannulph Fiennes

19. “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

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Yosemite National Park, California | Best Travel Quotes

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

Abraham Lincoln

19. “Life is a great adventure accept it in such a spirit.”

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Zion National Park, Utah

“Life is a great adventure accept it in such a spirit.”

Theodore Roosevelt

18. “The open road is a beckoning.”

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Redwood National Park, California

“The open road is a beckoning.”

William Least Heat Moon

17. Environmental Quotes: “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”

John Muir

16. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming | Best Environmental Quotes

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Hellen Keller

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15. “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation, it is the way in which we use it.”

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Redwood National Park, California | Best Environmental Quotes

“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation, it is the way in which we use it.”

Theodore Roosevelt

14. Environmental Quotes: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

13. Environmental Quotes: “I speak for the trees.”

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Redwood National Park, California

“I speak for the trees.”

Dr Seuss

12. “All good things are wild and free.”

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

“All good things are wild and free.”

Henry David Thoreau

11. “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

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Olympic National Park, Washington

“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Chief Si’ahl

Environmental Quotes

10. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

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Joshua Tree National Park, California

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

Theodore Roosevelt

9. “The best things in life aren’t things.””

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

Art Buchwald

8.  “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine | Best Travel Quotes

 “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt

7. “Adventure is worthwhile.”

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

“Adventure is worthwhile”

Aesop

6. “Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”

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Great Basin National Park, Nevada

“Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Carl Sagan

5. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

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Yosemite National Park, California

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

William Shakespeare

4. “The world’s big and I want to have a good look…”

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Olympic National Park, Washington | Best Environmental Quotes

“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

John Muir

3. “Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to the people.”

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Olympic National Park, Washington | Best Conservation Quotes

“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to the people.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. Environmental Quotes: “Laws change; people die; the land remains.”

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Olympic National Park, Washington | Best Environmental Quotes

“Laws change; people die; the land remains.”

Abraham Lincoln

1. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.”

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Olympic National Park, Washington | Great Conservation Quotes

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Further Reading

Check out our 12 Amazing Things to Do in Redwood National Park post for inspiration of what to do when you visit!

Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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