Rachael Carson was an American biologist, environmentalist and author. She is believed to be one of the pioneer environmentalists to create awareness against pesticides. She was a nature lover since her childhood and this compelled her to pursue graduation in Zoology. During the early days of her career, she served as a lecturer at the University of Maryland and went on to join the U.S Bureau of Fisheries where she worked for the next 26 years. She also wrote scripts for the radio program ‘Romance Under the Waters’ to gain some financial stability. She further wrote some articles on marine life which encouraged her to pursue her passion of writing. She came out with her first book ‘Under the Sea-Wind’. During the research for her second book, a pesticide named DDT caught her attention and she read about the subject more deeply. She went on to publish many books and the most notable one was her last book ‘Silent Spring’. This book was believed to be the finest scientific writing as it aimed at creating environmental awareness amongst the masses. She was honored with various awards including the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’. Go through the treasure trove of quotations and sayings by the distinguished environmentalist which have been curated from her writings, scripts, books and thoughts. Here are some remarkable quotes and thoughts by Rachel Carson.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history... It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.
It is also an era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged.
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
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.
Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds.