32 Grestest Aldo Leopold Quotes

32 Greatest Aldo Leopold Quotes

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Aldo Leopold was an author, ecologist, scientist, and professor and the University of Wisconsin. He began his career as a forest assistant in New Mexico and stayed there until 1924. His most notable achievement was the development of the first management plan for the Grand Canyon and wrote the Forest Service’s first game and fish handbook. He died at the age of 61 in 1948.

“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 profession is a body of men who voluntarily measure their work by a higher standard than their clients demand. To be professionally acceptable, a policy must be sound as well as salable.”

“Wildlife administration, in this respect, is not yet a profession.”

“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.”

“Bread and beauty grow best together. Their harmonious integration can make farming not only a business but an art; the land not only a food-factory but an instrument for self-expression, on which each can play music to his own choosing.”

“But wherever the truth may lie, this much is crystal-clear: our bigger-and-better society is now like a hypochondriac, so obsessed with its own economic health as to have lost the capacity to remain healthy. . . . Nothing could be more salutary at this stage than a little healthy contempt for a plethora of material blessings.”

“Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. 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.”

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

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

“Every region should retain representative samples of its original or wilderness condition, to serve science as a sample of normality. Just as doctors must study healthy people to understand disease, so must the land sciences study the wilderness to understand disorders of the land-mechanism.”

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

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

“Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Our new camp is on a windswept rock point. … We don’t know what lake we’re on, and don’t care.”

“Patriotism requires less and less of making the eagle scream, but more and more of making him think.”

“Six days shalt thou paddle and pack, but on the seventh thou shall wash thy socks.”

“That biological jack-of-all-trades called ecologist tries to be and do all these things. Needless to say, he does not succeed.”

“That the situation is hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best.”

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

“The modern dogma is comfort at any cost.”

“The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”

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

“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.”

“There is time not only to see who has done what, but to speculate why.”

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

“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.”

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

“We stand guard over works of art, but species representing the work of aeons are stolen from under our noses”.

“Wildflower corners are easy to maintain, but once gone, they are hard to rebuild.”