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Wikipedia Summary for Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold (January 11, 1887 – April 21, 1948) was an American author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), which has been translated into fourteen languages and has sold more than two million copies.

Leopold was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness conservation. His ethics of nature and wildlife preservation had a profound impact on the environmental movement, with his ecocentric or holistic ethics regarding land. He emphasized biodiversity and ecology and was a founder of the science of wildlife management.

Quote: I am convinced that most Americans of the new generation have no idea what a decent forest looks like. The only way to tell them is to show them. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of brown and white corgi wearing pink heart shaped hat
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I am convinced that most Americans of the new generation have no idea what a decent forest looks like. The only way to tell them is to show them.


Quote: Wildflower corners are easy to maintain, but once gone, they are hard to rebuild. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

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


Quote: Patriotism requires less and less of making the eagle scream, but more and more of making him think. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship.


Quote: To the mouse, snow means freedom from want and fear. ... To a rough-legged hawk, a thaw means freedom from want and fear. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

To the mouse, snow means freedom from want and fear. ... To a rough-legged hawk, a thaw means freedom from want and fear.


Quote: The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind.


Quote: Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness heaven one may never get there. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness heaven one may never get there.


Quote: The modern dogma is comfort at any cost. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The modern dogma is comfort at any cost.


Quote: Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.


Quote: That the situation is hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how.


Quote: The boundary between tame and wild exists only in the imperfections of the human mind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The boundary between tame and wild exists only in the imperfections of the human mind.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.


Quote: I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush and it is the same river who before I can bring my friends to view his work erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush and it is the same river who before I can bring my friends to view his work erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye.- black text on quotes background

I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush and it is the same river who before I can bring my friends to view his work erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye.






Quote: There are degrees and kinds of solitude. I know of no solitude so secure as one guarded by a spring flood; nor do the geese, who have seen more kinds and degrees of aloneness than I have. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There are degrees and kinds of solitude. I know of no solitude so secure as one guarded by a spring flood; nor do the geese, who have seen more kinds and degrees of aloneness than I have.


Quote: What a dull world if we knew all about geese! by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

What a dull world if we knew all about geese!


Quote: For us in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

For us in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.


Quote: Wilderness, then, assumes unexpected importance as a laboratory for the study of land -- health. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Wilderness, then, assumes unexpected importance as a laboratory for the study of land -- health.


Quote: That dark laboratory we call the soil. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

That dark laboratory we call the soil.


Quote: I have purposely presented the land ethic as a product of social evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever 'written'… It evolves in the minds of a thinking community. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

I have purposely presented the land ethic as a product of social evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever 'written'… It evolves in the minds of a thinking community.


Quote: The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.


Quote: He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance.


Quote: Only economists mistake physical opulence for riches. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Only economists mistake physical opulence for riches.


Quote: Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators... The land is one organism. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators... The land is one organism.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: We stand guard over works of art, but species representing the work of aeons are stolen from under our noses. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to perserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to perserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.




Quote: The only true development in American recreational resources is the development of the perceptive faculty in Americans. All of the other acts we grace by that name are, at best, attempts to retard or mask the process of dilution. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The only true development in American recreational resources is the development of the perceptive faculty in Americans. All of the other acts we grace by that name are, at best, attempts to retard or mask the process of dilution.


Quote: The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive.


Quote: We console ourselves with the comfortable fallacy that a single museum piece will do, ignoring the clear dictum of history that a species must be saved in many places if it is to be saved at all. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

We console ourselves with the comfortable fallacy that a single museum piece will do, ignoring the clear dictum of history that a species must be saved in many places if it is to be saved at all.


Quote: Hemispheric solidarity is new among statesmen, but not among the feathered navies of the sky. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Hemispheric solidarity is new among statesmen, but not among the feathered navies of the sky.


Quote: Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm.




Quote: The richest values of wilderness lie not in the days of Daniel Boone, nor even in the present, but rather in the future. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The richest values of wilderness lie not in the days of Daniel Boone, nor even in the present, but rather in the future.


Quote: Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow... the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow... the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.


Quote: Wildlife administration, in this respect, is not yet a profession. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish.


Quote: In wildness is the salvation of the world. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

In wildness is the salvation of the world.


Quote: Unsportsmanlike predator-killing is always rationalized as defence of property--usually someone else's property. This excuse is getting too thin to pass muster among thinking conservationists. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Unsportsmanlike predator-killing is always rationalized as defence of property--usually someone else's property. This excuse is getting too thin to pass muster among thinking conservationists.


Quote: The worthiness of any cause is not measured by its clean record, but by its readiness to see the blots when they are pointed out, and to change its mind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The worthiness of any cause is not measured by its clean record, but by its readiness to see the blots when they are pointed out, and to change its mind.


Quote: O, God assist our side: at least, avoid assisting the enemy and leave the rest to me. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

O, God assist our side: at least, avoid assisting the enemy and leave the rest to me.


Quote: Relegating conservation to government is like relegating virtue to the Sabbath. Turns over to professionals what should be daily work of amateurs . by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Relegating conservation to government is like relegating virtue to the Sabbath. Turns over to professionals what should be daily work of amateurs .


Quote: Above all we should, in the century since Darwin, have come to know that man, while now captain of the adventuring ship, is hardly the sole object of its quest, and that his prior assumptions to this effect arose from the simple necessity of whistling in the dark. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Above all we should, in the century since Darwin, have come to know that man, while now captain of the adventuring ship, is hardly the sole object of its quest, and that his prior assumptions to this effect arose from the simple necessity of whistling in the dark.




Quote: A river or stream is a cycle of energy from sun to plants to insects to fish. It is a continuum broken only by humans. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

A river or stream is a cycle of energy from sun to plants to insects to fish. It is a continuum broken only by humans.


Quote: The rich diversity of the world's cultures reflects a corresponding diversity in the wilds that gave them birth. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The rich diversity of the world's cultures reflects a corresponding diversity in the wilds that gave them birth.


Quote: No important change in ethics was ever accomplished without an internal chage in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

No important change in ethics was ever accomplished without an internal chage in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions.


Quote: The evolution of a land ethic is an intellectual as well as emotional process. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The evolution of a land ethic is an intellectual as well as emotional process.


Quote: A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.- black text on quotes background

A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.


Quote: In country, as in people, a plain exterior often conceals

 hidden riches, to perceive which requires much living in and with. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

In country, as in people, a plain exterior often conceals

hidden riches, to perceive which requires much living in and with.


Quote: The landscape of any farm is the owner's portrait of himself. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The landscape of any farm is the owner's portrait of himself.




Quote: Whoever invented the word 'grace' must have seen the wing-folding of the plover. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Whoever invented the word 'grace' must have seen the wing-folding of the plover.


Quote: Perhaps our grandsons, having never seen a wild river, will never miss the chance to set a canoe in singing waters glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Perhaps our grandsons, having never seen a wild river, will never miss the chance to set a canoe in singing waters glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.


Quote: Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing.


Quote: I shall now confess to you that none of those three trout had to be beheaded, or folded double, to fit their casket. What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

I shall now confess to you that none of those three trout had to be beheaded, or folded double, to fit their casket. What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.


Quote: Hydrologists have demonstrated that the meanderings of a creek are a necessary part of the hydrologic functioning. The flood plain belongs to the river. The ecologist sees clearly that for similar reasons we can get along with less channel improvement on Round River. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

Hydrologists have demonstrated that the meanderings of a creek are a necessary part of the hydrologic functioning. The flood plain belongs to the river. The ecologist sees clearly that for similar reasons we can get along with less channel improvement on Round River.


Quote: The real jewel of my disease-ridden woodlot is the prothonotary warbler. ... The flash of his gold-and-blue plumage amid the dank decay of the June woods is in itself proof that dead trees are transmuted into living animals, and vice versa. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The real jewel of my disease-ridden woodlot is the prothonotary warbler. ... The flash of his gold-and-blue plumage amid the dank decay of the June woods is in itself proof that dead trees are transmuted into living animals, and vice versa.


Quote: The whole conflict thus boils down to a question of degree. We of the minority see a law of diminishing returns in progress; our opponents do not. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The whole conflict thus boils down to a question of degree. We of the minority see a law of diminishing returns in progress; our opponents do not.


Quote: The art of land doctoring is being practiced with vigor, but the science of land 

health is yet to be born. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The art of land doctoring is being practiced with vigor, but the science of land

health is yet to be born.


Quote: Thus far we have considered the problem of conservation of land purely as an economic issue. A false front of exclusively economic determinism is so habitual to Americans in discussing public questions that one must speak in the language of compound interest to get a hearing. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

Thus far we have considered the problem of conservation of land purely as an economic issue. A false front of exclusively economic determinism is so habitual to Americans in discussing public questions that one must speak in the language of compound interest to get a hearing.


Quote: Is it possible to preserve the element of Unknown Places in our national life? Is it practicable to do so, without undue loss in economic values? I say 'yes' to both questions. But we must act vigorously and quickly, before the remaining bits of wilderness have disappeared. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

Is it possible to preserve the element of Unknown Places in our national life? Is it practicable to do so, without undue loss in economic values? I say 'yes' to both questions. But we must act vigorously and quickly, before the remaining bits of wilderness have disappeared.


Quote: The elemental simplicities of wilderness travel were thrills. They represented complete freedom to make mistakes. The wilderness gave those rewards and penalties, for wise and foolish acts against which civilization has built a thousand buffers. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The elemental simplicities of wilderness travel were thrills. They represented complete freedom to make mistakes. The wilderness gave those rewards and penalties, for wise and foolish acts against which civilization has built a thousand buffers.


Quote: Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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




Quote: Individual thinkers since the days of Ezekiel and Isaiah have asserted that the despoliation of land is not only inexpedient but wrong. Society, however, has not yet affirmed their belief. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Individual thinkers since the days of Ezekiel and Isaiah have asserted that the despoliation of land is not only inexpedient but wrong. Society, however, has not yet affirmed their belief.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: The sweetest hunts are stolen. To steal a hunt, either go far into the wilderness where no one has been, or else find some undiscovered place under everybody's nose. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The sweetest hunts are stolen. To steal a hunt, either go far into the wilderness where no one has been, or else find some undiscovered place under everybody's nose.


Quote: Ability to see the cultural value of wilderness boils down, in the last analysis, to a question of intellectual humility. The shallow-minded modern who has lost his rootage in the land assumes that he has already discovered what is important. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Ability to see the cultural value of wilderness boils down, in the last analysis, to a question of intellectual humility. The shallow-minded modern who has lost his rootage in the land assumes that he has already discovered what is important.


Quote: I do not imply that this philosophy of land was always clear to me. It is rather the end result of a life journey. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

I do not imply that this philosophy of land was always clear to me. It is rather the end result of a life journey.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.


Quote: Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal.


Quote: A land ethic...reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in 

turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. 

Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort 

to understand and preserve this capacity. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: A land ethic...reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in 

turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. 

Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort 

to understand and preserve this capacity.- black text on quotes background

A land ethic...reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in

turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land.

Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort

to understand and preserve this capacity.


Quote: What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land? by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land?


Quote: Man always kills the thing he loves, and so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map? by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Man always kills the thing he loves, and so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?






Quote: Too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run.


Quote: The road to conservation is paved with good intentions that often prove futile, or even dangerous, due to a lack of understanding of either land or economic land use. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The road to conservation is paved with good intentions that often prove futile, or even dangerous, due to a lack of understanding of either land or economic land use.


Quote: It is inconceivable to me that an ethical relation to land can exist without love, respect, and admiration for land, and a high regard for its value. By value, I of course mean something far broader than mere economic value; I mean value in the philosophical sense. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

It is inconceivable to me that an ethical relation to land can exist without love, respect, and admiration for land, and a high regard for its value. By value, I of course mean something far broader than mere economic value; I mean value in the philosophical sense.


Quote: Civilization has so cluttered this elemental man-earth relationship with gadgets and middlemen that awareness of it is growing dim. We fancy that industry supports us, forgetting what supports industry. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Civilization has so cluttered this elemental man-earth relationship with gadgets and middlemen that awareness of it is growing dim. We fancy that industry supports us, forgetting what supports industry.


Quote: It is in midwinter that I sometimes glean from my pines... a curious transfusion of courage. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

It is in midwinter that I sometimes glean from my pines... a curious transfusion of courage.




Quote: There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen.- black text on quotes background

There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen.


Quote: At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant.


Quote: Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.


Quote: Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.


Quote: It is, by common consent, a good thing for people to get back to nature. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

It is, by common consent, a good thing for people to get back to nature.


Quote: Agricultural science is largely a race between the emergence of new pests and the emergence of new techniques for their control. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Agricultural science is largely a race between the emergence of new pests and the emergence of new techniques for their control.


Quote: It must be poor life that achieves freedom from fear. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

It must be poor life that achieves freedom from fear.




Quote: Like all real treasures of the mind, perception can be split into infinitely small fractions without losing its quality. The weeds in a city lot convey the same lesson as the redwoods; the farmer may see in his cow-pasture what may not be vouchsafed to the scientist adventuring in the South Seas. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: Like all real treasures of the mind, perception can be split into infinitely small fractions without losing its quality. The weeds in a city lot convey the same lesson as the redwoods; the farmer may see in his cow-pasture what may not be vouchsafed to the scientist adventuring in the South Seas.- black text on quotes background

Like all real treasures of the mind, perception can be split into infinitely small fractions without losing its quality. The weeds in a city lot convey the same lesson as the redwoods; the farmer may see in his cow-pasture what may not be vouchsafed to the scientist adventuring in the South Seas.


Quote: Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.


Quote: Our remnants of wilderness will yield bigger values to the nation's character and health than they will to its pocketbook, and to destroy them will be to admit that the latter are the only values that interest us. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Our remnants of wilderness will yield bigger values to the nation's character and health than they will to its pocketbook, and to destroy them will be to admit that the latter are the only values that interest us.




Quote: How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook! by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook!


Quote: When some remote ancestor of ours invented the shovel, he became a giver: He could plant a tree. And when the axe was invented, he became a taker: He could chop it down. Whoever owns land has thus assumed, whether he knows it or not, the divine functions of creating and destroying plants. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: When some remote ancestor of ours invented the shovel, he became a giver: He could plant a tree. And when the axe was invented, he became a taker: He could chop it down. Whoever owns land has thus assumed, whether he knows it or not, the divine functions of creating and destroying plants.- black text on quotes background

When some remote ancestor of ours invented the shovel, he became a giver: He could plant a tree. And when the axe was invented, he became a taker: He could chop it down. Whoever owns land has thus assumed, whether he knows it or not, the divine functions of creating and destroying plants.


Quote: I confess my own leisure to be spent entirely in search of adventure, without regard to prudence, profit, self improvement, learning, or any other serious thing. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

I confess my own leisure to be spent entirely in search of adventure, without regard to prudence, profit, self improvement, learning, or any other serious thing.


Quote: The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism.


Quote: There is yet no ethic dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it. Land, like Odysseus' slave-girls, is still property. The land-relation is still strictly economic, entailing privileges but not obligations. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There is yet no ethic dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it. Land, like Odysseus' slave-girls, is still property. The land-relation is still strictly economic, entailing privileges but not obligations.


Quote: A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke of the axe he is writing his signature on the face of his land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke of the axe he is writing his signature on the face of his land.


Quote: Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.- black text on quotes background

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.




Quote: He who hopes for spring with upturned eye never sees so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

He who hopes for spring with upturned eye never sees so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance.




Quote: There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech.


Quote: The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy -- it is already too late for that -- but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy -- it is already too late for that -- but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance.


Quote: Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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




Quote: When we see land as a community to which we belong, 

we may see it with love and respect. -- Perhaps such a shift of values can be achieved 

by reappraising things unnatural, tame, and confined 

in terms of things natural, wild, and free. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

When we see land as a community to which we belong,

we may see it with love and respect. -- Perhaps such a shift of values can be achieved

by reappraising things unnatural, tame, and confined

in terms of things natural, wild, and free.


Quote: We face the question whether a still higher standard of living is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

We face the question whether a still higher standard of living is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free.


Quote: If we lose our wilderness, we have nothing left, in my opinion, worth fighting for; or to be more exact, a completely industrialized United States is of no consequence to me. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

If we lose our wilderness, we have nothing left, in my opinion, worth fighting for; or to be more exact, a completely industrialized United States is of no consequence to me.


Quote: If we lose our wilderness, we have nothing left worth fighting for. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

If we lose our wilderness, we have nothing left worth fighting for.


Quote: The drama of the sky dance is enacted nightly on hundreds of farms, the owners of which sigh for entertainment, but harbor the illusion that it is to be sought in theaters. They live on the land, but not by the land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The drama of the sky dance is enacted nightly on hundreds of farms, the owners of which sigh for entertainment, but harbor the illusion that it is to be sought in theaters. They live on the land, but not by the land.


Quote: Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.






Quote: It is part of wisdom never to revisit a wilderness, for the more golden the lily, the more certain that someone has gilded it. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

It is part of wisdom never to revisit a wilderness, for the more golden the lily, the more certain that someone has gilded it.


Quote: There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.


Quote: Sometimes in June, when I see unearned dividends of dew hung on every lupine, I have doubts about the real poverty of the sands. On solvent farmlands lupines do not even grow, much less collect a daily rainbow of jewels. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Sometimes in June, when I see unearned dividends of dew hung on every lupine, I have doubts about the real poverty of the sands. On solvent farmlands lupines do not even grow, much less collect a daily rainbow of jewels.


Quote: We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.




Quote: Never did we plan the morrow, for we had learned that in the wilderness some new and irresistible distraction is sure to turn up each day before breakfast. Like the river, we were free to wander. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Never did we plan the morrow, for we had learned that in the wilderness some new and irresistible distraction is sure to turn up each day before breakfast. Like the river, we were free to wander.


Quote: Prudence never kindled a fire in the human mind; I have no hope for conservation born of fear. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Prudence never kindled a fire in the human mind; I have no hope for conservation born of fear.




Quote: There can be no doubt that a society rooted in the soil is more stable than 

one rooted in pavements. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There can be no doubt that a society rooted in the soil is more stable than

one rooted in pavements.


Quote: What a thousand acres of Silphiums looked like when they tickled the bellies of the buffalo is a question never again to be answered, and perhaps not even asked. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

What a thousand acres of Silphiums looked like when they tickled the bellies of the buffalo is a question never again to be answered, and perhaps not even asked.


Quote: Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.




Quote: Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest.


Quote: It is disquieting to feel that the conversion into a National Forest or Park always means the esthetic death of a piece of wild country. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

It is disquieting to feel that the conversion into a National Forest or Park always means the esthetic death of a piece of wild country.




Quote: There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape. We tilt windmills in behalf of conservation in convention halls and editorial offices, but on the back forty we disclaim even owning a lance. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote: There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape. We tilt windmills in behalf of conservation in convention halls and editorial offices, but on the back forty we disclaim even owning a lance.- black text on quotes background

There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape. We tilt windmills in behalf of conservation in convention halls and editorial offices, but on the back forty we disclaim even owning a lance.


Quote: Land health is the capacity for self-renewal in the soils, waters, plants, and animals that collectively comprise the land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Land health is the capacity for self-renewal in the soils, waters, plants, and animals that collectively comprise the land.


Quote: All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts.


Quote: Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you.






Quote: Six days shalt thou paddle and pack, but on the seventh thou shall wash thy socks. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: All history consists of successive excursions from a single starting-point, to which man returns again and again to organize yet another search for a durable scale of values. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

All history consists of successive excursions from a single starting-point, to which man returns again and again to organize yet another search for a durable scale of values.


Quote: If the land mechanism as a whole is good then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

If the land mechanism as a whole is good then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.


Quote: The first law of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The first law of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.


Quote: We Americans, in most states at least, have not yet experienced a bear-less, eagle-less, cat- less, wolf-less woods. Germany strove for maximum yields of both timber and game and got neither. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

We Americans, in most states at least, have not yet experienced a bear-less, eagle-less, cat- less, wolf-less woods. Germany strove for maximum yields of both timber and game and got neither.


Quote: In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial.






Quote: Wilderness is a continuous stretch of country preserved in its natural state, open to lawful hunting and fishing, big enough to absorb a two weeks' pack trip, and kept devoid of roads, artificial trails, cottages, or other works of man. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Wilderness is a continuous stretch of country preserved in its natural state, open to lawful hunting and fishing, big enough to absorb a two weeks' pack trip, and kept devoid of roads, artificial trails, cottages, or other works of man.


Quote: Every farm woodland, in addition to yielding lumber, fuel and posts, should provide its owner a liberal education. This crop of wisdom never fails, but it is not always harvested. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Every farm woodland, in addition to yielding lumber, fuel and posts, should provide its owner a liberal education. This crop of wisdom never fails, but it is not always harvested.


Quote: To any one for whom wild things are something more than a pleasant diversion, (conservation) constitutes one of the milestones in moral evolution. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

To any one for whom wild things are something more than a pleasant diversion, (conservation) constitutes one of the milestones in moral evolution.


Quote: Your woodlot is, in fact, an historical document which faithfully records your personal philosophy. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Your woodlot is, in fact, an historical document which faithfully records your personal philosophy.


Quote: In farm country, the plover has only two real enemies: the gully and the drainage ditch. Perhaps we shall one day find that these are our enemies, too. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

In farm country, the plover has only two real enemies: the gully and the drainage ditch. Perhaps we shall one day find that these are our enemies, too.


Quote: Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.




Quote: A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct.


Quote: There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness heaven; one may never get there. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness heaven; one may never get there.


Quote: The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it? by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: No one would rather hunt woodcock in October than I, but since learning of the sky dance I find myself calling one or two birds enough. I must be sure that, come April, there be no dearth of dancers in the sunset sky. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

No one would rather hunt woodcock in October than I, but since learning of the sky dance I find myself calling one or two birds enough. I must be sure that, come April, there be no dearth of dancers in the sunset sky.


Quote: We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all the salient facts about any one of them. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all the salient facts about any one of them.


Quote: One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals.




Quote: To those who know the speech of hills and rivers straightening a stream is like shipping vagrants--a very successful method of passing trouble from one place to the next. It solves nothing in any collective sense. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

To those who know the speech of hills and rivers straightening a stream is like shipping vagrants--a very successful method of passing trouble from one place to the next. It solves nothing in any collective sense.


Quote: How would you like to have a thousand brilliantly colored cliff swallows keeping house in the eaves of your barn, and gobbling up insects over your farm at the rate of 100,000 per day? There are many Wisconsin farmsteads where such a swallow-show is a distinct possibility. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of Aldo Leopold quote; white text on black background

How would you like to have a thousand brilliantly colored cliff swallows keeping house in the eaves of your barn, and gobbling up insects over your farm at the rate of 100,000 per day? There are many Wisconsin farmsteads where such a swallow-show is a distinct possibility.


Quote: The life of every river sings its own song, but in most the song is long marred by the discords of misuse. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The life of every river sings its own song, but in most the song is long marred by the discords of misuse.


Quote: There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape.


Quote: Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: Conservation viewed in its entirety, is the slow and laborious unfolding of a new relationship between people and land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Conservation viewed in its entirety, is the slow and laborious unfolding of a new relationship between people and land.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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




Quote: We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.


Quote: The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on.... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on.... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind.


Quote: Recreational development is a job not of building roads into the lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into the lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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


Quote: Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.


Quote: Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

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.


Quote: Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.


Quote: To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.


Quote: Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.


Quote: Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. by author Aldo Leopold overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldo Leopold with quote

Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel.


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