Have you ever felt homesick? Well, here I’ve prepared amazing quotations said by the greatest astronauts being thousands of kilometers away from the Earth.
Earth Day is on April 22—celebrate the day with these Earth Day quotes that remind us to take care of our beautiful planet.
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“When I watched the horizon, I saw the abrupt, contrasting transition from the earth’s light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky.
I enjoyed the rich color spectrum of the earth. It is surrounded by a light blue aureole that gradually darkens, becoming turquoise, dark blue, violet, and finally coal black.”
– Yuri Gagarin, Cosmonaut,
First Human in Space
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
– Neil Armstrong, Astronaut,
First Human to Walk on the Moon
“I thought at one point, if you could be up in heaven,
this is how you would see the planet.
And then I dwelled on that and said, no, it’s more beautiful than that.
This is what heaven must look like. I think of our planet as a paradise.
We are very lucky to be here.”
– Mike Massimino,
“In the future, I would like to be more of an advocate for animal conservation. Every single part of the Earth reacts with every other part. It’s one thing. Every little animal is important in that ecosystem.
[Seeing the planet from above] makes you realize that, and makes you want to be a little more proactive in keeping it that way.
If I could get every Earthling to do one circle of the Earth, I think things would run a little differently.”
– Karen Nyberg
“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”
— Galileo Galilei,
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, 1632.
“[The Moon] was a sobering sight, but it didn’t have the impact on me, at least, as the view of the Earth did.”
— Frank Borman,
Apollo 8, Interview for the PBS TV show Nova, 1999.
“Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there.”
— Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut,
interview for the 2007 movie In the Shadow of the Moon.
“The overriding impression I got of life on Earth is how robust it is.
Life has managed to essentially completely cover this planet in all sorts of different places—it finds a way.”
– ED LU
“As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine.
That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man.”
– James B. Irwin,
Astronaut, Apollo Program
“The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic.
The Earth was absolutely round.
I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space. ”
– Aleksei Leonov, Cosmonaut,
First Human to Conduct Extra-Vehicular Activity
Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.Carl Sagan
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.Albert Einstein
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.Mahatma Gandhi
First thing in the morning you look after yourself, you brush your teeth and wash your face, don’t you? Well, the second thing you must do is to look after the planet.Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.Rachel Carson
The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.John Paul II
The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.Pope John Paul II
The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.Lady Bird Johnson
To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.Bill Nye
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.Franklin D. Roosevelt
An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.David Attenborough
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.Jimmy Carter
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.John Ruskin
That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”Carl Sagan
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.Marshall McLuhan
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”Native American Proverb
Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.Jackie Speier
When enough people come together, then change will come and we can achieve almost anything. So instead of looking for hope — start creating it.Greta Thunberg
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.Rabindranath Tagore
When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.Alanis Obomsawin, Indigenous filmmaker
Do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.Dave Foreman, environmentalist and author
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”Carl Sagan
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’Sylvia Plath, poet
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.Isaac Newton
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.Rabindranath Tagore
We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.Barack Obama