Whether they be used as a means of inspiration, to invoke philosophical thoughts, to provide concise information, or to illuminate meaning, a quote is a powerful literary tool.
Here are a few of our favorite quotes about forests in general, and rainforests in particular.
“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.”
E. O. Wilson – American researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author
“He who plants a tree loves others beside himself.”
“Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.“
“A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.”
“After several thousand years, we have advanced to the point where we bolt our doors and windows and turn on our burglar alarms – while the jungle natives sleep in open-door huts.”
Morris Mandel – American Jewish educator and Journalist
“The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.”
Desmond Morris, English zoologist, ethologist, and author
“At first, I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity.”
Chico Mendes, Brazilian Environmentalist
“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings.”
“The time has come to link ecology to economic and human development. When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all. What is happening to the rainforests of Madagascar and Brazil will affect us all.”
Jamie Murphy and Andrea Dorfman, ‘The Quiet Apocalypse,’ Time (13 Oct 1986)
“If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rainforest with respect, man will become extinct.”
Peter Benchley, American author
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