Daily Environmental Science AP Quotes on Board 2006 - 2007
September 5, 2006: I think over again my small adventures, my fears. Those small ones
that seemed so big. For all the vital things I had to get and to reach. – And yet
there is only one great thing, - the only thing, - to live and see the great day that
dawns and the light that fills the world. --Inuit Song
9-6-06: A poetic appreciation of life, combined with a knowledge of nature, creates
humility, which in turn becomes the greatness of a human being. –Olaus Murie
9-7-06: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the
world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead
9-8-06: How wonderful it is that nobody wait a single moment before starting to improve
the world. –Anne Frank
9-11-06: The key to your universe is that you have a choice. –Carl Frederick
9-12-06: People conserve only what they come to understand and respect.
--International Wolf Center mission statement
9-13-06: It is in the enjoying, not the possessing, that makes us happy. –Michelangelo
9-14-06: To know when you have enough is to be rich. –Lao-Tzu
9-15-06: Dreams are renewable, --no matter what your age or condition. –Dale Turner
9-18-06: We must become the change we wish to see in the world. –Mahatma Gandhi
9-19-06: Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
9-20-06: The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we
come to participating in its greatness. –Arne Ness
9-21-06: We need wilderness because we are wild animals. Every person needs a place
where he or she can go crazy in peace. –Ed Abbey
9-22-06: Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.
9-25-06: If there is no wind, row. -- Latin Proverb
9-26-06: Nature is the one place where miracles not only happen, but happen all the
time. -- Thomas Wolfe
9-27-06: Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise
you with their ingenuity. -- George Patton
9-28-06: It is obvious that the best qualities of human beings must atrophy in a standing-
room-only environment. -- Stewart Udall
9-29-06: Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. -- Hermann Buhl
October 2, 2006: These little creatures rule the earth, --by virtue of body weight.
-- E. O. Wilson
10-3-06: I hate that nitrogen cycle.
-- selected students, Jan. 2003, as we reviewed for the Semester I Final Exam
10-4-06: In the long run, a healthy economy can only exist in symbiosis with a healthy
ecology. -- Robert Costanza
10-5-06: Bad weather always looks worse through a window. --George Sheehan
10-6-06: We simply need wild country available to us, even if we never do more than
drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of
our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope. -- Wallace Stegner
10-9-06: All nature wears one universal grin. -- H. Fielding
10-10-06: I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without
Prior rules about what it should be. -- Bob Dylan
10-11-06: The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of
the human spirit. -- Joseph Wood Krutch
10-12-06: Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
10-13-06: Success is a journey, not a destination. --Ben Sweetland
10-16-06: --That mice and men, soils and songs, might be merely ways to retard
the march of atoms to the sea. -- Aldo Leopold
10-17-06: Using the commons as a cesspool does not harm the general public under
frontier conditions, because there is no public; the same behavior in a
metropolis is unbearable. -- Garrett Hardin, December, 1968
10-18-06: Ecology is the physiology of community. -- Frank Fraser Darling
10-19-06: No important change in ethics was ever accomplished without an internal
change in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions. The
proof that conservation has not yet touched these foundations of conduct lies in
the fact that philosophy and religion have not yet heard of it. In our attempt to
make conservation easy, we have made it trivial. -- Aldo Leopold
10-20-06: Contrary to what you may have heard, the rarest things in these parts are not
spotted owls but open minds. --John Balzar
10-23-06: The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must
turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
-- Teddy Roosevelt
10-24-06: In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we
understand. We will understand only what we are taught or what we otherwise
come to know. -- Baba Dioum, Senegalese Poet
10-25-06: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but
the one most responsive to change. --Charles Darwin
10-26-06: What makes it so hard to organize the environment sensibly is that everything
we touch is hooked up to everything else. --Isaac Asimov
10-27-06: Non-human animals have many advantages over men and women; they are not
concerned with the strike of a clock, -their last moments are not disturbed by
unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and
no one starts lawsuits over their wills. -- Voltaire
10-30-06: There is nothing in nature that can’t be taken as a sign of both mortality and
invigoration. ---Gretel Ehrlich
10-31-06: You see, in the end, copper and oil come out of our minds. That’s really where
they are. -- Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource, 1982
November 1, 2006: I don’t know the formula for success. But I do know the formula that
guarantees failure is trying to please everybody. -- Bill Cosby
11-02-06: In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted,
bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. -- Alice Walker
11-03-06: Rivers have what human beings most respect and long for in life and thought—
a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity,
cleansing. -- John Kauffmann, 1981
11-06-06: The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be
indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity. -- George Bernard Shaw
11-07-06: Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never
be found in another. -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
11-08-06: In that perennial process so frequently fatiguing, often depressing, and
occasionally painful, courage is the bridge between our minds and our bodies.
-- George Sheehan
11-09-06: There are two ways to live your life--- One is as though nothing is a miracle;
The other is as though everything is a miracle. -- Albert Einstein
11-13-06: Can we live without the willow tree? Well, no, you can’t. The willow tree is
you. -- John Steinbeck
11-14-06: Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office. -- Mae West
11-15-06: It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather
than just one or two stars. -- Sir David Attenborough
11-16-06: In nature, no organic substance is synthesized unless there is provision for its
degradation; recycling is enforced. -- Barry Commoner
11-17-06: In wildness is the preservation of the Earth. -- Henry David Thoreau
11-20-06: In order to see much of what we call wild life, -- it is necessary to become a
part of the silence. -- Robert Lynd
11-21-06: It is the weak who are cruel; Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
-- Leo Rosten
11-22-06: To err is human, but to really foul things up, you need a computer.
-- Paul Ehrlich
11-27-06: The arm of the law is short, but commerce reaches everywhere, -- if we can
change the politics of fishing, it will make good management of fishing
politically feasible. -- Mike Sutton, Director of Monterey bay Aquarium’s
Center for the Future of Oceans
11-28: 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 -- Aldo Leoplold
11-29: If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. – Geena Davis
11-30: To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist. – Gail Sheehy
December 1, 2006: The bird of war is not the eagle but the stork. -- Charles Potter
12-4: People used to come for the beauty and serenity. Those who come now don’t mind
the crowds; in fact, they like them…They come for the action.
-- Brian Harry, on National Parks, 1980
12-5: Ecology’s first law may be written: “All poverty is caused by the continued growth
of population. -- Paul Colinvaux in The Fates of Nations
12-6: If an individual is hungry and asks you for bread, and you offer him or her the Pill,
can you be surprised that they spit in your eye? -- Barbara Ward, 1990
12-7: One man’s (individual’s) conservation is all too frequently another man’s
(individual’s) unemployment. – Mike McCormack, Time, 1977
12-8: Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
12-11: Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. -- Confucius
12-12: Each generation writes its own biography in the cities it creates.
-- Lewis Mumford, in The Culture of Cities, 1938
12-13: Let the river roll which way it will, cities will rise on its banks.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
12-14: A city, like a living thing, is a united and continuous whole.
12-15: Birds seem to me to reflect some kind of life force. – Roger Tory Peterson
12-18: Birth, life, and death – each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
-- Toni Morrison
12-19: The true wisdom is out there in the wilderness, and not in books – you need direct
experience with wilderness to become enlightened. – Dave Foreman, 1988
12-20: Ecologists are aware that their view of ecosystem processes is warped by the
length of the human lifetime, if not by the length of the research grant.
-- Lawrence R. Pomeroy and James Alberts, in Concepts of Ecosystem Ecology, 1988
1-09-07: Life is change; Growth is optional. -- Karen Kaiser Clark
1-10-07: The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer is that a pigeon
can still make a deposit on a John Deere. -- Jim Hightower, former Texas
1-11-07: Visualize a strip of land half a mile wide stretching from New York to
California. That is one million acres – the amount of farmland converted to other
uses each year in the United States.
-- U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Council on Environmental Quality, 1981
1-12-07: You can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start
with a large one. -- Jim Hightower
1-16: Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
-- Grace Hansen
1-17: The very commonplaces of life are components of its eternal mystery.
-- Gertrude Atherton
1-18: The ultimate effect of the suburban escape in our time is, ironically, a low-grade
uniform environment from which escape is impossible. – Lewis Mumford, 1961
1-19: We make ourselves up as we go. -- Kate Green
1-22: The end is nothing; the road is all. -- Willa Cather
1-23: Under the philosophy that now seems to guide our destinies, nothing must get in
the way of the man with the spray gun. – Rachel Carson
Semester Final Exams: same quote up for Jan.24 – Jan.26
Life is like a camel: you can make it do many things, except back up. -- Marcelene Cox
1-30: Water flows uphill toward money. -- Marc Reisner
1-31: California’s water system might have been invented by a Soviet bureaucrat on
an LSD trip. ---Peter Russell
February 1, 2007: Water is the eye of a landscape. – Vincent Lean
Feb. 2: Whiskey’s for drinking; Water’s for fighting about. -- Mark Twain
2-5: When I grew up in Los Angeles, I never learned where water came from.
-- David Gaines
2-6: …more people, farms, and industries depend on the Colorado than on any
comparable river in the world; never has such a river been asked to do so much.
-- Alfre Woodard
2-7: The sewer is the conscience of the city. -- Victor Hugo
2-8: David Gaines used to remark that saving Mono Lake was not his unalterable goal.
His real aim was to make people throughout California realize what would be lost
if the Lake continued to sink; If Californians, and particularly Angelenos,
weighed those values, understood them deeply, and decided to sacrifice them for a
convenient and inexpensive water supply, Gaines would accept that choice. But it
had to be a knowing choice. -- John Hart
2-9: The amount of sewage dumped into the harbor in 1986 would cover all of
metropolitan Boston up to a depth of 17 feet … Boston is the only major city in
America to dump it right in its own harbor. -- George Bush, campaign speech,
Boston, Sept. 1, 1988
2-12: No School
2-13: The entire Western pioneering enterprise was, at its core, an effort to push the
world’s boundaries ever farther. –But we have never expanded our field of
vision enough to include all the real costs of being here.
–Matt Jenkins, The Efficiency Paradox(article), Feb. 5, 2007 High Country News
2-14: For all their breathtaking immensity, dams are oddly vulnerable things; the
engineers who have built them have gone to great lengths to make them safe
from earthquakes, landslides, and floods. But their ultimate vulnerability
…… is to silt. -- Marc Reisner
2-15: If you’re against a dam, you’re for a river. – David Brower, 1971
2-16: Should we flood the Sistine Chapel so the tourists can get near the ceiling?
-- David Brower
2-19: Holiday -- President’s Day – No School
2-20: It’s quite clear that consumers are now almost more aware of the packaging than
the product. – John Elkington, 1990
2-21: Some of our landfills are now richer in resources than some of our mines.
-- Denis Hayes, 1989
2-22: Source reduction is to garbage what preventive medicine is to health.
-- William Rathje
2-23: The packaging for a “microwavable” dinner is programmed for a shelf-life of
maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes, and a landfill dead-time of
centuries. -- David Wann, 1990
2-26: We all live downwind. -- bumper sticker
2-27: In a country where a significant amount of air pollution comes from energy use,
Much of that from transportation, we are trying to achieve clean air through a law
that has little say over how much energy we use or how we get around.
-- Jessica Matthews on the Clean Air Act, Washington Post
2-28: My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes make
one in sight. -- Robert Frost
March 1, 2007: The broadest pattern of history --- namely, the differences between
human societies on different continents – seems to me to be attributable to
differences among continental environments, and not to biological differences
among peoples themselves. -- Jared Diamond
3-2: If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of
opportunities, and never give up, -- you will find a way. -- Jane Goodall
3-5: Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the
Earth, are never alone or weary of life. -- Rachel Carson
3-6: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. -- Amelia Earhart
3-7: We live on the leash of our senses. -- Diane Ackerman
3-8: The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
3-9: Poetry is life distilled. -- Gwendolyn Brooks
3-12: A bird doesn’t sing because it has the answer, -- it sings because it has a song.
-- Maya Angelou
3-13: The challenge for governments is to adopt policies that address the increasing
energy demand, but within the long-term context of climate change.
-- Peter Garrett
3-14: Scientists worldwide agree that the reduction needed to stabilize the climate is
actually more like 80 percent. -- Donella Meadows
3-15: Wisdom begins in wonder. -- Socrates
3-16: When we speak of nature, we frequently forget that we, ourselves, are a part of
nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with
which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, -- because we are linked to the entire
universe. -- Henri Matisse