Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold
  • Born: January 11, 1887
  • Died: April 21, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Environmentalist

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20 centuries of progress have brought the average citizen a vote, a national anthem, a Ford, a bank account and a high opinion of himself but not the capacity to live in high density without befouling and denuding his environment. Development & Growth
A completely industrialized society is of no consequence to me. Development & Growth
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.. Parks & Recreation
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. Environment & Environmentalism
Agricultural science is largely the contest between emerging pests and the emerging methods of their control.
All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. Humor ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Animals
Land is not merely soil. Environment & Environmentalism
Many historical events, hitherto explained solely in terms of human enterprise, were actually biotic interactions between people and land. History
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.. Environment & Environmentalism
The chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. Environment & Environmentalism
The modern dogma is comfort at any cost. Environment & Environmentalism
The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.. Environment & Environmentalism
The problem, then, is how to bring about a striving for harmony with land among a people many of whom have forgotten there is any such thing as land, among whom education and culture have become almost synonymous with landlessness. This is the problem of conservation education. Environment & Environmentalism
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. Environment & Environmentalism
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 Environment & Environmentalism
We face the question whether a still higher standard of living is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. Environment & Environmentalism
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Development & Growth
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.
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Environment & Environmentalism
Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. Environment & Environmentalism
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Nature
Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.
Recreational development is a job not of building roads into the lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect
We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.