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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that you use it so little.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction.
Rachel Carson (NBAN Acceptance speech for her book The Sea Around Us, 1952)
It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.
Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us, 1951)
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life; past, present, and future.
Rachel Carson (Humane Biology Projects - Preface, 1961)
The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man. The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science. It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modem and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Chapter 17, 1962)
Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life. Man's future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces.
Rachel Carson (Good Reading - Essay on the Biological Sciences, 1958)
If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.
Rachel Carson (NBAN Acceptance speech for her book The Sea Around Us, 1952)
For all at last returns to the sea - to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the everflowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.
Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us, 1951)
There is no drop of water in the ocean, not even in the deepest parts of the abyss, that does not know and respond to the mysterious forces that create the tide.
Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us, 1951)
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction of our race.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Introduction, 1962)
In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Chapter 4, 1962)
I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel... Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love - then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but ourselves.
Variant: The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves.
Rachel Carson (C.B.S. Reports - The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, 1963)
Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Introduction, 1962)
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
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. 
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history or fiction. It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.
Rachel Carson (NBAN Acceptance speech for her book The Sea Around Us, 1952)
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
Through all these new, imaginative, and creative approaches to the problem of sharing our earth with other creatures there runs a constant theme, the awareness that we are dealing with life with living populations and all their pressures and counter pressures, their surges and recessions. Only by taking account of such life forces and by cautiously seeking to guide them into channels favorable to ourselves can we hope to achieve a reasonable accommodation between the insect hordes and ourselves.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Chapter 17, 1962)
One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?"
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
We stand now where two roads diverge.. and they are not equally fair.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring - Chapter 17, 1962)
The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth - soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife.
Rachel Carson (Letter to the Washington Post's editor, 1953)
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
Rachel Carson (Under the Sea-Wind, 1941)
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.
Rachel Carson (Quoted in Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge, 2008)
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
Rachel Carson (The Sense of Wonder, 1965)
Rachel Carson Biography

Born: May 27, 1907
Died: April 14, 1964

Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist. She was an advocate for the protection of all species and her writings had an influential role in the advancement of the global environmental movement.

Notable Works

Under the Sea Wind (1941)
Fishes of the Middle West
(1943)
The Sea Around Us
(1951)
The Edge of the Sea
(1955)
Silent Spring
(1962)
The Sense of Wonder
(1965)


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