Rachel Carson Quotes
There is one quality that characterizes all of us who deal with the sciences of the earth and its life -- we are never bored. We can't be. Every mystery solved brings us to the threshold of a greater one.
From a speech Rachel Carson gave in 1954.
[Earth is] a water world, a planet dominated by its covering mantle of the ocean, in which continents are but transient intrusions of land above the surface of the all-encircling sea.
In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth.
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
Under the philosophy that now seems to guide our destinies, nothing must get in the way of the man with the spray gun.
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one "less traveled by"—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.