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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Aldo Leopold on environment, philosophy, wildlife, mountains and books.

46 Inspiring Quotes By Aldo Leopold That Will Change Your Perception Towards Life

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Aldo Leopold was an America ecologist and wildlife conserver, whose works later added much more to his reputation. Besides being an environmentalist he was also a scientist, an author and a philosopher. With the dawn of the 20th century, America had grown to an extent where civilization had encroached natural resources, destroying its flora and fauna. Aldo Leopold forecast the grave future and ignited a major wildlife management and land effect revolution. Leopold advocated wildlife and soil, calling for its protection, which caused major reactions among farmers, timber agents and hunters. Being an able orator and writer, he was able to win their hearts. His thoughts and quotations remind us of his contributions and motivate us to stand strongly for a cause. Leopold was the first to plant forests, after they were destroyed for timber that was used in the War. His books, papers, quotations and sayings on various wildlife reforms have earned him an irreplaceable spot in the development of American flora and fauna. Leopold dedicated his life for a cause, here’s what his quotes say!

I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.

- Aldo Leopold

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.

- Aldo Leopold

Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.

- Aldo Leopold

We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

- Aldo Leopold

There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of those who cannot

- Aldo Leopold

To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.

- Aldo Leopold

Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.

- Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold, Aldo Leopold

Civilization has so cluttered this elemental man-earth relationship with gadgets and middlemen that awareness of it is growing dim. We fancy that industry supports us, forgetting what supports industry.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?

- Aldo Leopold

All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth?

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.

- Aldo Leopold

A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

The modern dogma is comfort at any cost.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.

- Aldo Leopold

Education, I fear, is learning to see one thing by going blind to another.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

On motionless wing they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clangorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.

- A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.

- A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River, Aldo Leopold

That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.

- Aldo Leopold

The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive.

- Aldo Leopold

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators... The land is one organism.

- Aldo Leopold

What avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?

- Aldo Leopold

No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all the salient facts about any one of them.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

- Aldo Leopold

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, the stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

- Aldo Leopold

Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.

- Aldo Leopold

Individual thinkers since the days of Ezekiel and Isaiah have asserted that the despoliation of land is not only inexpedient but wrong. Society, however, has not yet affirmed their belief.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant.

- Aldo Leopold

We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow... creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.

- Aldo Leopold

It is part of wisdom never to revisit a wilderness, for the more golden the lily, the more certain that someone has gilded it.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

- Aldo Leopold

In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

...the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

Getting up too early is a vice habitual in horned owls, stars, geese, and freight trains. Some hunters acquire it from geese, and some coffee pots from hunters.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold

...never had there been so rare a day, or so rich a solitude top spend it in.

- A Sand County Almanac; with essays on conservation from Round River, Aldo Leopold

Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how.

- A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River, Aldo Leopold

Camp-keeping in the Delta was not all beer and skittles.

- A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold