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40 Earth Day Quotes That Celebrate the Beauty of Our Planet and Environment

On April 22, 2024, the international holiday Earth Day will serve as an important reminder to the entire globe of our need to refocus our efforts on preserving the beauty of the world around us. Earth and Mother Nature have so much elegance and complexity to offer, and it's our job to take care of our home as we continue to combat climate change together. To honor our planet and collective mission to save it, we pulled together a list of our favorite inspirational Earth Day quotes, ranging from short Earth Day quotes to use as spring Instagram captions to funny quotes about the Earth that you can share with friends, family members, students, and more.

Ground yourself with these inspirational quotes about nature and use them to reflect on your personal sustainability and conservation efforts. They may even prompt you to consider your eco-footprint and make small changes in your everyday life, such as switching to reusable paper towels. After reading through these powerful messages about saving the Earth, spend the afternoon making an Earth Day craft or booking your next family vacation to an underrated beach or winter wonderland to experience more of our planet's natural beauty.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Earth Day, we guarantee these Earth Day quotes will have you appreciating Mother Nature even more.

Inspirational Earth Day Quotes

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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, The Bell Jar

  • “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps, it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’”― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

  • “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

  • “If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies, and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” — Osho

  • “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

  • “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.” — Gaylord Nelson

  • “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • “There is no medicine you can take that has such a direct influence on your health as a walk in a beautiful forest.” — Dr. Qing Li

  • “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”― Chad Sugg

  • “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” — Langston Hughes, “April Rain Song”

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Short Earth Day Quotes

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  • “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” — Robert Swan

  • “Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

  • “We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.” — Xiye Bastida

  • “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir

  • “The Earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry

  • “As cheesy as it sounds, truly every day is Earth Day.” — Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

  • “You can never see a plant grow, but they do.” — Carol Plum-Ucci

  • “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” — William Wordsworth, “The Tables Turned”

  • "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." — Mother Teresa

  • “And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”― Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer's Life

Funny Earth Day Quotes

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  • “I’m so down to Earth, I’m practically made of soil.” — Unknown

  • “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir

  • “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” — Mindy Kaling

  • “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” — Steve Martin

  • “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” — Doug Larson

  • “Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” — Lou Erickson

  • “I’d like to connect with nature, but there’s no USB port.” — Unknown

  • “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” — Arthur C. Clarke

  • “Living on Earth may be tough, but it includes a free ride around the sun every year.” — Unknown

  • “Earth. You don’t have to be crazy to live here, but it helps.” — Ryan Howard, The Office

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Famous Earth Day Quotes

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  • “The poetry of the earth is never dead.”― John Keats

  • “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”― John Muir

  • “Where flowers bloom so does hope.” — Lady Bird Johnson

  • “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” — Gary Snyder

  • “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” — Vincent van Gogh

  • “To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” — Mary Davis

  • “The earth has its music for those who will listen.” — George Santayana

  • “The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • “The world's big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”— John Muir

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