Snippets of Wisdom - Our Top 25 Sustainability Quotes

What do Anne Frank, Barack Obama, Yvon Chouinard and Lao Tzu have in common? They’re the people who said some of the wise and wonderful words that make up our favourite quotes. Here is our top 25 of wisdoms, all of which we believe can apply to creating change and treating our planet better.

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Liz de Vries

1/31/2022 3 min read

What do Anne Frank, Barack Obama, Yvon Chouinard and Lao Tzu have in common? They’re the people who said some of the wise and wonderful words that make up our favourite quotes. Here is our top 25 of wisdoms, all of which we believe can apply to creating change and treating our planet better.

1. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama 

2. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu

3. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank 

4. "No matter what people will tell you, words and ideas can change the world." - Robin Williams

5. “The young are not afraid of telling the truth.” - Anne Frank

6. “We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns. For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.” - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

7. “It always seems impossible until it is done.“ - Nelson Mandela 

8. “Change is never easy, but always possible.” - Barack Obama 

9. “The great milestones of civilisation always have the whiff of utopia about them at first.” - Rutger Bregman

10. “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” - Unknown

11. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” - Rumi

12. “Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward.” - Yvon Chouinard

13. “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” - Max Depree

14. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

15. “And remember, do what you can, in whatever way you can, and feel really good for doing it.“ - Robyn Rosenfeldt

16. If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. - Vincent van Gogh

 17. “Treat the Earth as though we intend to stay here.” - Crispin Tickell

18. “We can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.” - Yvon Chouinard

Image of a butterfly with a quote.
quote by Ryunosuke Satoro on a blue background.

19. “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” - David Attenborough

20. "Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." - Ryunosuke Satoro

21. “Colours are the smiles of nature.” - Leigh Hunt

22. "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" - Dolly Parton

23. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. - Simone de Beauvoir

24. “Choose only one master - nature.“ - Rembrandt van Rijn

25. …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that's not enough, what is enough?"- Vincent van Gogh

Image of a blue wren in grass with a quote by Leigh Hunt.
Monstera leaves with a quote by Robin Williams.