My dear Halee from 2BLUEEYES nominated me, some time ago I have to admit, for a 3 day quoting challange. It was a good experience to go though all the proverbs from vocally educated wise people. I actually love reading quotes. So thanks to Halee for challenging me. By the way Mark Twain is one of my favorites to quote, especially his bon mots about Germany and the German language make me always laugh as they are all true!
And here we go.
Rules for the Quote Challenge
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog post
- Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days
- Nominate 3 blogger each day
Today’s nominees are:
Brianna Sommer – For You
That was administrative preamble.
The quote that came to my mind immediately is the one I am starting with today.
When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.
According to Quote Investigator: The earliest instance located by QI was in a collection of essays published in 1972 titled “Who is the Chairman of This Meeting?” A chapter called “Conversations with North American Indians” contained comments made by Alanis Obomsawin who was described as “an Abenaki from the Odanak reserve, seventy odd miles northeast of Montreal.” (The book uses the spelling Obomosawin.) Obomsawin employed a version of the saying while speaking with the chapter author Ted Poole.
When I grew up this very quote was a sticker from Greenpreaceand almost everywhere stuck on. I am a bit sad that this true proverb seems to be out of fashion these days. Probably we should revive this fashion again as it is more true today.