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Rachel Carson Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2022
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Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.
Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself.
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.
I am always more interested in what I am about to do than in what I have already done.
Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is...whether its victim is human or animal..we cannot expect things to be much better in this world...We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
In nature nothing exists alone.
Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is, whether its victim is human or animal, we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.
One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'
It is not half so important to know as to feel.
But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.
The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.
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.
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.
In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.
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