quote by Theodore Roosevelt

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Famous Waste Land quotations

Waste land quote Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerfu
Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.

In the mountains, there you feel free.

To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste;

to others, the most valuable part.

Waste land quote Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way.
Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way.

Don't complain. The Israelites wasted forty years murmuring and complaining in the wilderness, when they could have just obeyed God and entered into their Promised Land.

Will biofuel usage require land? Absolutely, but we think the ability to use winter cover crops, degraded land, as well as using sources such as organic waste, sewage, and forest waste means that actual land usage will be limited. Just these sources can replace most of our imported oil by 2030 without touching new land.


When you sail on a boat you take with you the minimum of resources.

You don't waste anything. You don't leave the light on; you don't leave a computer screen on... on land we take what we want

Waste land quote Never waste your feelings on people who don't value them.
Never waste your feelings on people who don't value them.
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Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend;

you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.

In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing

When we set out to land people on the surface of Mars, I think we should as a nation, as a world, commit ourselves to supporting a growing settlement and colonization there. To visit a few times and then withdraw would be an unforgivable waste of resources.

Waste land quote If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you I will show you fear in a handful of dust


What I was trying to convey there was the kind of waste land that was left after the war. It was a bit like one always thinks of war, you know, stark scenery and no birds, no trees, no leaves, nothing living. And just emptiness.

Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.

Waste land quote Don't use a lot where a little will do.
Don't use a lot where a little will do.

My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me. 'Speak to me. Why do you never speak? Speak. 'What are you thinking of? What thinking? What? 'I never know what you are thinking. Think.

The modern spectacle of vanished forests and eroded lands, wasted petroleum and ruthless mining, national debts recklessly increased until they are repudiated, and continual revision of positive law, is evidence of what an age without veneration does to itself and its successors.

As there is not in human observation proper means for measuring the waste of land upon the globe, it is hence inferred, that we cannot estimate the duration of what we see at present, nor calculate the period at which it had begun; so that, with respect to human observation, this world has neither a beginning nor an end.

Waste land quote Don't waste your time with explanations people only hear what they want to hear.
Don't waste your time with explanations people only hear what they want to hear.

He who was living is now dead We who were living are now dying With a little patience.

These fragments I have shored against my ruins

For you know only a heap of broken images

Waste land quote If you love life, dont waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
If you love life, dont waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

Food security is an authentically human requirement.

Guaranteeing it for present and future generations also means safeguarding ourselves against the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources. Indeed, the process of consumption and waste seems to overlook any concern for ... biodiversity, which is so important for agriculture.

The great fact was the land itself, which seemed to overwhelm the little beginnings of human society that struggled in its sombre wastes.


Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow

Waste land quote A day without laughter is a day wasted
A day without laughter is a day wasted

I think we are in rats’ alley Where the dead men lost their bones.

I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.

Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together But when I look ahead up the white road There is always another one walking beside you Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded I do not know whether a man or a woman -But who is that on the other side of you?

Waste land quote Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.
Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.

Some otherwise sane scientists have seriously proposed that we tuck this deadly garbage under the edges of drifting continents but how can they be sure the moving land masses will climb over the waste and not just push it forward?


Buckwheat may be planted later than any similar crop, and often does well on old meadows or waste land that can be broken after the more exacting crops are planted.

The world is too little aware of the waste of life, limb and land which anti-personnel landmines are causing among some of the poorest people on earth.

Waste land quote Don't waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear
Don't waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear.

Evening had fallen. A rim of the young moon cleft the pale waste of sky line, the rim of a silver hoop embedded in grey sand: and the tide was flowing in fast to the land with a low whisper of her waves, islanding a few last figures in distant pools.

A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many.

A part of eugenic politics would finally land us in an extensive use of the lethal chamber. A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people's time to look after them.

Waste land quote You're always haunted by the idea that you're wasting your life
You're always haunted by the idea that you're wasting your life
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All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.

What have we given? My friend, blood shaking my heart The awful daring of a moment's surrender Which an age of prudence can never retract By this, and this only, we have existed.

I can connect Nothing with nothing

[On The Waste Land:] Various critics have done me the honor to interpret the poem in terms of criticism of the contemporary world, have considered it, indeed, as an important bit of social criticism. To me it was only the relief of a personal and wholly insignificant grouse against life; it is just a piece of rhythmical grumbling.

Dayodhuam: I have heard the key Turn in the door once and turn once only We think of the key, each in his prison Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison.