American bison roaming the verdant earth near snow-capped mountains in Montana. (Vann Cleveland, Progressive Farmer Archives)

Cornerstones highlights thought-provoking quotes from notable folks.

The Earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one comes from the earth like grass. We come like trees. We all have roots.
Maya Angelou

The miracle is not to fly in the air or to walk on water, but to walk on the earth.
Chinese proverb

First thing in the morning you look after yourself, you brush your teeth and wash your face, don't you? Well, the second thing you must do is to look after the planet.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
Carl Sagan

We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.
Xiye Bastida

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Mark 4:31-32 (KJV)

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.
Chief Seattle

The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.
Ernest Hemingway

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.
Pope John Paul II

What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on.
Henry David Thoreau

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
Robert Swan

We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
Barbara Ward

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1-3 (KJV)


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