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31 Earth Day Quotes to Remind You to Cherish Our Planet

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”

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Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2021, is Earth Day, a day to not only celebrate our love of the natural world but to acknowledge our duty to take care of and protect it. (Although that’s really something we should be doing all year round!) These Earth Day quotes capture the majesty, fragility, and irreplaceability of our planet. After, check out these other inspirational quotes to start the day off right.

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“The Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry, novelist.rd.com, Getty Images

On our shared home

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry, novelist. Check out these stats you should definitely know for Earth Day’s 51st anniversary.

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"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." —Kahlil Gibran, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On embracing the Earth

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” —Kahlil Gibran, writer. This is the difference between World Environment Day and Earth Day.

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein, physicistrd.com, Getty Images

On understanding

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein, physicist. Learn some simple steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

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"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money." —Alanis Obomsawin, Indigenous filmmakerrd.com, Getty Images

On limited resources

“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” —Alanis Obomsawin, Indigenous filmmaker. Here are 30 things you can do to help the Earth in 30 days.

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“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On spending time with nature

“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer, writer. These 13 rare trees are national treasures.

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“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” —Mahatma Gandhi, lawyer and ethicist.rd.com, Getty Images

On balance

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” —Mahatma Gandhi, lawyer and ethicist. Learn about the Earth’s littlest creatures that play a major role in the environment.

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Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” —Scott Peters, Congressmanrd.com, Getty Images

On everyone’s role

Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” —Scott Peters, Congressman. Find out what Earth Day means to this teenager.

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"The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity." —Gaylord Nelson, politician and environmentalistrd.com, Getty Images

On real riches

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity.” —Gaylord Nelson, politician and environmentalist. Here are 20 tiny changes you can make to help the environment.

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“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.” —Rachel Carson, biologist and authorrd.com, Getty Images

On truly seeing nature

“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.” —Rachel Carson, biologist and author. Hopefully, Earth Day quotes will inspire you to cut back on these bad environmental habits you didn’t know you had.

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“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, historian.rd.com, Getty Images

On the joys of nature

“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, historian. After these Earth Day quotes, boost your mood with these happiness quotes we all need right now.

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"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'" —Sylvia Plath, poetrd.com, Getty Images

On just being in nature

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'” —Sylvia Plath, poet. Can you answer these basic questions about the Earth?

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“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” —Leo Tolstoy, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On our link with nature

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” —Leo Tolstoy, writer. Don’t forget to take this Earth Day quiz to see how well you know Earth.

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"Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” —Amit Ray, author.rd.com, Getty Images

On being responsible

“Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” —Amit Ray, author. The 14 countries doing the most for the environment understand the message of these Earth Day quotes.

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“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Native American Chief Seattlerd.com, Getty Images

On interconnectedness

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Native American Chief Seattle. These powerful photos show that the Earth still needs our help.

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“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson, former First Ladyrd.com, Getty Images

On a common interest

“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady. Check out these at-home Earth Day activities for kids that you’ll want to plan ASAP.

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“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye, engineer and Science Guyrd.com, Getty Images

On unfortunate responsibilities

“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye, engineer and Science Guy.

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“Dear old world…You are very lovely, And I am glad to be alive in you.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery, authorrd.com, Getty Images

On communicating with the earth

“Dear old world…You are very lovely, And I am glad to be alive in you.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery, author.

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” —Lord Byron, poetrd.com, Getty Images

On being alone in nature

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” —Lord Byron, poet. Since Earth Day is in April, these Earth Day quotes go perfectly with these spring quotes to celebrate the season.

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“Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live." —Sioux prayerrd.com, Getty Images

On sharing the earth

“Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.” —Sioux prayer. Check out these incredible photos of the rarest creatures on Earth.

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“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” —Pope John Paul II.rd.com, Getty Images

On maintaining the earth

“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” —Pope John Paul II. These Earth Day quotes are great kid-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day without leaving the house.

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“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.” —Kurt Vonnegut Jr., writerrd.com, Getty Images

On human destruction

“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.” —Kurt Vonnegut Jr., writer

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” —William Shakespeare, playwrightrd.com, Getty Images

On listening to the earth

“The earth has music for those who listen.” —William Shakespeare, playwright

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“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” —John Ruskin, art criticrd.com, Getty Images

On natural beauty

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” —John Ruskin, art critic. Get a laugh with the 121 funniest quotes of all time.

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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist.rd.com, Getty Images

On making a daily impact

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist. Help make a difference with these reusable versions of things you use every day.

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“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” —Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and writerrd.com, Getty Images

On needing a livable environment

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” —Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and writer

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“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —32nd president Franklin D. Roosevelt.rd.com, Getty Images

On the power of forests

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —32nd president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Check out these funnier quotes from U.S. presidents.

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“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” —Barbara Ward, economist and writerrd.com, Getty Images

On being temporary residents

“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” —Barbara Ward, economist and writer. Here are 40 of the latest and greatest ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

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“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” —Marshall McLuhan, philosopherrd.com, Getty Images

On our shared duty

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” —Marshall McLuhan, philosopher

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"Break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir, naturalistrd.com, Getty Images

On taking a break

“Break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir, naturalist. Read these summer quotes to get you excited for the season.

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“… do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.” —Dave Foreman, environmentalist and authord.com, Getty Images

On giving back

“… do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.” —Dave Foreman, environmentalist and author. Learn about some of the dire warnings the Earth is trying to give us.

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“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon, naturalist.rd.com, Getty Images

On passing it on

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon, naturalist. Next, check out 50 of the most beautiful quotes about nature.

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for RD.com since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.

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