Sustainability Quotes

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

– Native American Proverb

“I don’t know what the answer is. In time man gets used to almost anything, but the problem seems to be that technology is advancing faster than he can adjust to it. I think it’s time we started applying the brakes, slowing down our greed and slowing down the world.”

– Dick Proenneke

“There is no delight in owning anything unshared”

– Seneca

“You need time to make good food but time set aside to make good things for family and friends becomes a luxury in itself and the reward is all the sweeter.”

– Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“​A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is too much making and not enough designing.

– Ezio Manzini

“If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”

– Confucius

“Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”

– Elizabeth West

“If we human beings are ever going to live in happiness and harmony with each other and with the natural world, we will have to rethink our economics — starting with downgrading the importance of economics in our thinking.”

– Donella Meadows

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

– H. G. Wells

“For those who think business exists to make a profit, I suggest they think again…Surely it must exist for some higher, nobler purpose than that.”

– Ray Anderson

“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”

― Kenneth E. Boulding