National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.
— Wallace Stegner, novelist and environmentalist
Progress does not have to be patented to be worthwhile. Progress can also be measured by our interactions with nature and its preservation. Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing?
― Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
— Jane Austen, English novelist
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
— Lord Byron, English poet
There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.
— U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is nothing so American as our national parks. ... The fundamental idea behind the parks ... is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.
― John Muir, naturalist and author, Our National Parks
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
― John Muir, Our National Parks