A Chinese tale tells of some men sent to harm a young girl who, upon seeing her beauty, become her protectors rather than her violators. That’s how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. I could not help but love and cherish her.
After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.
Amid this vast and overwhelming space and in these boundless solar archipelagoes, how small is our own sphere, and the Earth, what a grain of sand!
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
As we begin to comprehend that the Earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space-it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.
Hubert H. Humphrey
As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man.
James B. Irwin
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away.
Every day is Earth Day.
For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.
He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
Humanity is on the march, Earth itself is left behind.
I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.
I left Earth three times and found no other place to go. Please take care of Spaceship Earth.
I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had was when we saw the Earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape… It makes us realize that we all do exist on one small globe. For from 230,000 miles away it really is a small planet.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
Elwyn Brooks White
If I’d been born in space, I would desire to visit the beautiful Earth more than to visit space. It’s a wonderful planet.
If somebody’d said before the flight, “Are you going to get carried away looking at the Earth from the moon?” I would have say, “No, no way.” But yet when I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the moon, I cried.
If you could see the Earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.
I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.
In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times… What the Dickens is going on here?
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
It truly is an oasis-and we don’t take very good care of it. I think the elevation of that awareness is a real contribution to saving the Earth.
It’s the abject smallness of the Earth that gets you.
It’s tiny out there… it’s inconsequential. It’s ironic that we had come to study the Moon and it was really discovering the Earth.
Man must feel the Earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.
My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round Earth in which all the directions eventually meet, in which there is no center because every point, or none, is center – an equal Earth which all men occupy as equals. The airman’s Earth, if free men make it, will be truly round: a globe in practice, not in theory.
Now I know why I’m here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth.
Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the Earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there.
Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.
Sir Fred Hoyle
Once during the mission I was asked by ground control what I could see. “What do I see?” I replied. “Half a world to the left, half a world to the right, I can see it all. The Earth is so small.”
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.
Cree Indian Proverb
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the Earth.
Henry David Thoreau
That the sky is brighter than the Earth means little unless the Earth itself is appreciated and enjoyed. Its beauty loved gives the right to aspire to the radiance of the sunrise and sunset.
The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth.
The Earth is what we all have in common.
The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.
The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.
Sultan bin Salman Al Saud
The Moon was a sobering sight, but it didn’t have the impact on me, at least, as the view of the Earth did.
The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me – a small disk, 240,000 miles away. It was hard to think that that little thing held so many problems, so many frustrations. Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.
The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.
The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe we can make it that way – the way God intended it to be – by giving everybody that new perspective from out in space.
Roger B. Chaffee
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.
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.
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.
Brooke Medicine Eagle
There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.
This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.
Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.
To fly in space is to see the reality of Earth, alone. The experience changed my life and my attitude toward life itself. I am one of the lucky ones.
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves a riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold – brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.
Thomas A. Edison
We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our childern.
Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.
What beauty. I saw clouds and their light shadows on the distant dear Earth… The water looked like darkish, slightly gleaming spots… When I watched the horizon, I saw the abrupt, contrasting transition from the Earth’s light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky. I enjoyed the rich color spectrum of the Earth. It is surrounded by a light blue aureole that gradually darkens, becoming turquiose, dark blue, violet, and finally coal black.
What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau
What makes Earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the Moon but that they set eye on the Earth.
What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on Earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.
You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.