Learning about life - the quotes that inspire us

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Take a look at our Living Grid team's favourite quotes on learning from nature, and share some of yours with us too!

By Futures Centre / 28 Apr 2017

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

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  “I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

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“Nature is the domain of liberty,’ Humboldt said, because nature’s balance was created by diversity which might in turn be taken as a blueprint for political and moral truth. Everything, from the most unassuming moss or insect to elephants or towering oak trees, had its role, and together they made the whole. Humankind was just one small part. Nature itself was a republic of freedom.” - Andrea Wulf, in The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

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"Molecules of all varieties join in a metabolic dance to make cells. Cells interact with cells to form organisms; organisms interact with organisms to form ecosystems, economies, societies." - Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization

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"Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves" - Nāgārjuna, Buddhist Philosopher and founder of the Madhyamika (“Middle Way”) school, 2nd century CE

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“By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass.” - Patrick Geddes

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“Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.” - Aldo Leopold

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“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing.  Not so with technology.” - E.F. Schumacher

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"Taking impermanence truly to heart is to be slowly freed from the idea of grasping, from our awed and destructive view of permanence, from the false passion for security on which we build everything.” - Sogyal Rinpoche

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“Nature has evolved systems over billions of years that work in harmony with each other...the processes of nature have evolved self-regulating forces of beauty, grace and efficiency. Our challenge is to learn how to honour them and be inspired by their truth to create new cultural values and systems.”  - James A. Swan and Roberta Swan

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“Nature doesn’t thrive because everything tries to grow and reach its potential independently.  Life is a web and the rule of interwoven contribution is what makes it thrive.” - Ash Buchanan, University of Melbourne

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“Every life form is unique and nested within other, larger living systems and it thrives or dies based on the whole systems within which it is nested. A microbe lives in soil, embedded into vegetation, within a specific watershed and ecosystem. Every entity within these systems contributes to their working effectively. Regeneration is a value-adding process that works with this reciprocity so that humans leave behind us more life, rather than less.” - Carol Sanford

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