Aldo Leopold Quotes

Aldo Leopold (January 11, 1887 – April 21, 1948) was an American author, philosopher, 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 sold more than two million copies

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Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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.

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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 Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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.

Aldo Leopold


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.

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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.

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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

Aldo Leopold


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.

Aldo Leopold