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National Park Quotes


"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park" - Donella Meadows

"The national park is the best idea America ever had." - James Bryce

"Wilderness, like the national park system, was an American idea." - Stewart Udall

"Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park." - Donella Meadows

"I grew up on the edge of a national park in Canada - timberwolves, creeks, snow drifts." - Dan Aykroyd

"I got involved in Gateway National Park and just became fascinated with gardens." - Alexandra Kerry

"The National Park Service today exemplifies one of the highest traditions of public service." - Stewart Udall

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"Typically, an historic site is considered by the National Park Service to contain a single historical feature, while generally a National Historic Park extends beyond single properties or buildings." - Rick Renzi

"In Yellowstone National Park there are more 'do not feed the animals' signs than there are animals you might wish to feed." - Natalie Jeremijenko

"Television was supposed to be a national park. (Instead) it has become a money machine... It's a commodity now, just like pork bellies." - Fred W Friendly

"The National Park Service shot a mule in the face. He survived but had trouble swallowing and often food came out of his nose." - Cleveland Amory

"If the national park is, as Lord Bryce suggested, the best idea America has ever had, wilderness preservation is the highest refinement of that idea," - Wallace Stegner

"In Yellowstone National Park there are more "do not feed the animals" signs than there are animals you might wish to feed." - Natalie Jeremijenko

"I think every child in every country, not just South Africa, every year should go to a national park, and it should be part of their basic curriculum." - Lewis Pugh

"Television was supposed to be a national park. Instead it has become a money machine. It's a commodity now, just like pork bellies." - Fred W Friendly

"Even though the National Guard and Army Reserve see combat today, it rankles me that people assume it was some kind of waltz in the park back then." - Larry David

"In Yellowstone National Park, there are more 'do not feed the animals' signs than there are animals you might wish to feed." - Natalie Jeremijenko

"You can park your snark at the gate, Omaha." - Rainbow Rowell

"The establishment of the National Park Service is justified by considerations of good administration, of the value of natural beauty as a National asset, and of the effectiveness of outdoor life and recreation in the production of good citizenship." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The park lies directly downwind from a slew of coal plants. Virtually all of the major contaminants in the local air and water are direct results of coal emissions. Coal produces ozone, which kills trees. Coal produces sulfates, which kill fish. No other park in the country has more ozone or sulfates than Shenandoah National Park." - Wil S Hylton

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William E Gladstone

"A national language is a band of national union." - Noah Webster

"Baseball is our national game." - Calvin Coolidge

"The national pastime is juiced," - Jose Canseco

"The national park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans. Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best. Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life; of the natural processes which have given form to our land, and to the enrichment of the environment in which we live." - George B. Hartzog, Jr.

"There was a very important superintendent of Yellowstone, a man who was involved in the founding of the National Park Service itself, Horace Albright. And he became superintendent, which is the boss of Yellowstone Park, in 1919 - from 1919 to 1929. Later, he was director of the park service itself. Albright embraced the idea that in order for the national parks - and Yellowstone in particular - to have support from the American people and from politicians, there needed to be wildlife as spectacle." - David Quammen

"When I was about fifteen, I went to work at Yosemite National Park. It changed me forever. Nature had carved its own sculpture, and I was part of it, not the other way around." - Robert Redford

"I do have spare time and I love to read, and I love just to go to a national park and just relax and just think. But most of the time, it's swimming or talking." - Lewis Pugh

"It's the one species I wouldn't mind seeing vanish from the face of the earth. I wish they were like the White Rhinosix of them left in the Serengeti National Park, and all males." - Alan Bennett

"Although biodiversity loss continues globally, many countries are significantly slowing the rate of loss by shoring up protected natural areas and the services they provide, and in expanding national park systems with tighter management and more secure funding." - Helen Clark

"I have family in Tanzania. I can't even explain the joy of riding through the Tanzania national park and seeing giraffes run across the road and elephants over in a pond and baboons running." - Emanuel Cleaver

"In fact, at Olympic National Park in my district, they 3 years ago had 130 summer employees they brought in for temporary work. This summer they have 25 because they cannot afford more." - Norm Dicks

"I grew up on the edge of a national park in Canada - timberwolves, creeks, snow drifts. I really did have to walk home six miles through the snow, like your grandparents used to complain." - Dan Aykroyd

"I got to Africa. I got the opportunity to go and learn, not about any animal, but chimpanzees. I was living in my dream world, the forest in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. It was Tanganyika when I began." - Jane Goodall

"The prediction that glaciers will be gone from Glacier National Park has been moved up by 10 years to 2020, the same year it's predicted the Arctic Sea will be ice-free in the summer." - Bill Kurtis

"What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park." - Louie Schwartzberg

"What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park." - Louis Schwartzberg

"My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16. Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday." - Edmund Hillary

"For it is my opinion that we enclose and celebrate the freaks of our nation and our civilization. Yellowstone National Park is no more representative of America than is Disneyland." - John Steinbeck

"So when people go to the park this summer, they are not going to have the same quality of a visit. There is not going to be a ranger out on the trail to tell them about the important cultural and historic areas within the Olympic National Park." - Norm Dicks

"Under the snowcapped mountains of Fiordland National Park, freshwater streams empty into the saltwater fiords, creating a unique ecosystem. This is a heavily wooded park, so the water in the streams is stained with tannin, a substance found in plants that makes clean water seem dirty, though it isn't." - Brian Skerry

"If you're Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, if you're in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, you don't get out of your vehicle and go walking around amid the lions and the leopards. You stay in your Land Rover. You stay in your safari van, and you look out the windows or you look out the pop top at these animals. I know by experience how badly that can work out if you violate those guidelines." - David Quammen

"Culture Clash is a national treasure." - Philip Kan Gotanda

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Charles Thomson

"Overcriminalization has become a national plague." - George Will

"The Internet knows no national borders." - Alan Dershowitz

"Every war is a national misfortune." - Helmuth James Graf von Moltke

" Jurassic Park!" - Michael Crichton

"Why do we 'drive' on a 'parkway' but 'park' at a 'strip club'?" - Megan Amram

"Life is not a theme park, and if it is, the theme is death." - Russell Brand

"It's good to see so many friends here in the Rose Garden. This is our first event in this beautiful spot, and it's appropriate we talk about policy that will affect people's lives in a positive way in such a beautiful, beautiful part of our national - really, our national park system, my guess is you would want to call it." - George W Bush

"In terms of economical aspects, reinforcing those national parks with sophisticated anti-poaching patrols - these poachers are beefed up like the army. In the case of Cameroon, that's a perfect example of the lack of finance. The government could not provide the national park with more guards. Therefore, they lost the majority of the elephant population. I don't want to see that anywhere else." - Veronika Varekova

"I believe the National Park Service has demonstrated strong partnerships geared towards respecting the private property of citizens in its administering of the current Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and will continue to do so upon the addition of the routes." - Zach Wamp

"National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events." - Jane Addams

"The National Organization of Women is the national organization of witches." - Jerry Falwell

"Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal." - Ellen Wilkinson

"Modest about our national pride - and inordinately proud of our national modesty." - Ian Hislop

"Beer is the Danish national drink, and the Danish national weakness is another beer." - Clementine Paddleford

"Capital in the hands of a national government forms a part of the gross national capital." - Jean-Baptiste Say

"It is important that the remaining scenic areas of the country be at once made into State or National Parks. Fortunately there still are a number of these wild places, but it will require effort to save them. Each Park proposed will have powerful and insidious opposition. The insidious opposition to National Parks will say, 'There is a feeling in Congress that we should not have any more National Parks at this time'; or, 'We should wait until present ones are improved.'" - Enos Mills

"It is important that the remaining scenic areas of the country be at once made into State or National Parks. Fortunately there still are a number of these wild places, but it will require effort to save them. Each Park proposed will have powerful and insidious opposition. The insidious opposition to National Parks will say, "There is a feeling in Congress that we should not have any more National Parks at this time"; or, "We should wait until present ones are improved."" - Enos Mills

"It is important that the remaining scenic areas of the country be at once made into State or National Parks. Fortunately there still are a number of these wild places, but it will require effort to save them. Each Park proposed will have powerful and insidious opposition. The insidious opposition to National Parks will say, 'There is a feeling in Congress that we should not have any more National Parks at this time'; or, 'We should wait until present ones are improved.'" - Enos Mills

"At the foot of the mountain, the park ended and suddenly all was squalor again. I was once more struck by this strange compartmentalization that goes on in America - a belief that no commercial activities must be allowed inside the park, but permitting unrestrained development outside, even though the landscape there may be just as outstanding. America has never quite grasped that you can live in a place without making it ugly, that beauty doesn't have to be confined behind fences, as if a national park were a sort of zoo for nature." - Bill Bryson

"Central Park is the grandiose symbol of the front yard each child in New York hasn't got." - Robert Benchley

"Things she knew now, that she hadn't known two hours ago: Park was covered with skin. Everywhere." - Rainbow Rowell

"Ah...' Park said, pained. 'What?' 'Those are alphabetized.' 'It's okay. I know the alphabet.' 'Right.' He looked embarrassed. 'Sorry." - Rainbow Rowell

"The suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged a cloud of sunset." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"President Bush threw out the first pitch Monday at Cincinnati's great American ball park. 18 Iraqis were killed." - Amy Poehler

"When you say 'state' you mean 'national.' National Socialism. That is what Mussolini and Hitler did. National Socialism. State Capitalism. They've changed the name." - Beck

"On the lip of the Grand Canyon. I've always wanted to do that. My very first TV special out of the Olympics was on a glacier in Alaska. Right after that one, I went and pitched this idea to skate in three National Parks. Like Voyageurs National Park, because it freezes over and you have these little islands that you can skate around. [The networks] were like, 'Way too expensive.'" - Brian Boitano

"We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions..." - George Washington

"FC Barcelona is the national team of Catalonia" - Carles Puyol

"Stupidity is a personal achievement which transcends national boundaries." - Albert Einstein

"...the facility at Guantanamo Bay is necessary to national security." - Jeff Miller

"The biggest stories in 2005 were the national disasters" - Geraldo Rivera

"I am not a supporter of buying a national team." - Oliver Bierhoff

"National liberation is necessarily an act of culture" - Amilcar Cabral

"I'd like to get into the National Guard." - Dan Quayle

"Peace is a national issue, not only government's responsibility." - Ashraf Ghani

"Everything about my life is about winning a national championship" - Kyle Dake

"Should National Security Issues be decided by a Local Referendum?" - Arun Jaitley

"What do Japanese Jews love to eat? Hebrew National Tsunami." - Gilbert Gottfried

"Queen Victoria - a mixture of national landlady and actress." - V S Pritchett

"Welfare is ... the victim of national compassion fatigue." - Ellen Goodman

"The Jews are the enemy of National Socialism." - Arthur Seyss-Inquart

"That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory." - Henry Ward Beecher

"National governments are under paid, under staffed, and under talented." - Terence Mckenna

"Our biggest national security crisis is Barack Obama" - John Bolton

"The liberal agenda is the blueprint for national ruin." - James Cook

"The virulence of the national appetite for bogus revelation." - H L Mencken

"Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish" - Robin Cook

"Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children." - Walt Disney

"Opera is given so little attention in the national press." - Carlisle Floyd

"We must make children and families a national priority." - Robert Casey

"I've always been endorsed by the National Rifle Association." - Howard Dean

"The Danish glee: the national version of cheerfulness." - Georg Brandes

"Mayors of New York are almost automatically national figures." - Stephen Kinzer

"'National Security' is the root password to the Constitution." - Phil Karn

"I think, too, that we've got to recognize that where the preservation of a natural resource like the redwoods is concerned, that there is a common sense limit. I mean, if you've looked at a hundred thousand acres or so of trees-you know, a tree is a tree, how many more do you need to look at? Opposing expansion of Redwood National Park." - Ronald Reagan

"I've been through legislation creating a dozen national parks, and there's always the same pattern. When you first propose a park, and you visit the area and present the case to the local people, they threaten to hang you. You go back in five years and they think it's the greatest thing that ever happened." - Mo Udall

"Antarctica is one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. I don't think that everyone should go there. I also think that we need to respect it as a kind of a national park for the planet. It should be you know put in parentheses." - DJ Spooky

"Without the support of local people, you might as well give up because you can make all the noise you like, you can demarcate a national park, but if the people outside want to go creeping into a forest you really can't stop them. They've got to get a benefit." - Jane Goodall

"I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don't need to make anything up; they just write down what's around them." - Mark Barrowcliffe

"Safeco Field is a lot like a National League park. Because of that, we're more of a pitching-defensive type club. Anaheim and Oakland - and even Texas - are more offensive oriented. We're a club that doesn't blow anybody out, but at the same time we don't get blown out much. We're in most of the games." - Pat Gillick

"Biodiversity can't be maintained by protecting a few species in a zoo, or by preserving greenbelts or national parks. To function properly, nature needs more room than that. It can maintain itself, however, without human expense, without zookeepers, park rangers, foresters or gene banks. All it needs is to be left alone." - Donella Meadows

"The central part of the state is more remote and less scenic, and there's a huge agricultural belt that stretches from the south of Lake Okeechobee to the border of Everglades National Park, where the restoration effort is being concentrated, .. Obviously the movement to save the Everglades runs up against agricultural concerns." - Carl Hiaasen

"I haven't been to Tasmania. I haven't been to the South Pole, and I haven't been to the North Pole. I want to see the polar bear migration before there are no polar bears. I want to see Glacier National Park before the glacier melts." - Martha Stewart

"If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll get some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors. When you walk into it, then you see it in a completely different way. You discover it in a much slower, more majestic sort of way." - Bill Bryson

"I think that the invasion of suburbia, our homes and our families, by this indefatigable, unstoppable force like zombies is frightening and personal. And it's so much more frightening than a national park like Disneyland being invaded by Martians. I think that's the enduring appeal of zombies." - Marc Price

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"Relinquishing apparent national sovereignty does not have to entail a loss of national sovereignty, but can actually be a benefit." - Ulrich Beck

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture." - Paul Tsongas

"Wouldn't it be great if our national news media had standards as high as the National Football League's?" - Rush Limbaugh

"The decay of the late, great country of South Africa is beginning to become apparent. The name of the Transvaal has been officially changed to 'Gauteng.' (One of our friends has suggested that in view of this its inhabitants in the future should be referred to as Oranggautengs.) ... And now there is a move afoot to wreck the Kruger National Park, one of the wonders of the world, on the notion that a good bit of its land was 'taken from the blacks.' This idea is somewhat akin to giving Yellowstone Park back to the Blackfeet." - Jeff Cooper

"What if Park realized that all the things he thought were so mysterious and intriguing about her were actually just ... bleak?" - Rainbow Rowell

"Park was never going to love her more than he did on the day they said goodbye. And she couldn't bear to think of him loving her less." - Rainbow Rowell

"Give the park police more ammo." - Newt Gingrich

"Bears don't live on Park Avenue." - Bernard Baruch

"There's something intrinsically therapeutic about choosing to spend your time in a wide, open park- like setting that non-golfers can never truly understand." - Charles Rosin

"Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!" - Anonymous

"We live in God's amusement park." - Dean Koontz

"This is an especially good time for you vacationers who plan to fly, because the Reagan administration, as part of the same policy under which it recently sold Yellowstone National Park to Wayne Newton, has "deregulated" the airline industry. What this means for you, the consumer, is that the airlines are no longer required to follow any rules whatsoever. They can show snuff movies. They can charge for oxygen. They can hire pilots right out of Vending Machine Refill Person School." - Dave Barry

"Bart Giamatti did not grow up (as he had dreamed) to play second base for the Red Sox. He became a professor at Yale, and then, in time president of the National Baseball League. He never lost his love for the Boston Red Sox. It was as a Red Sox fan, he later realized that human beings are fallen, and that life is filled with disappointment. The path to comprehending Calvinism in modern America, he decided, begins at Fenway Park." - David Halberstam

"He was skinning a bear. I was terrified at first, because the corpse resembled a naked man quartered between two trees. He'd created a deadfall trap over some big talus blocks and the bear had fallen in. He used the skin for something and jerked the meat. If it wasn't astonishing enough behavior in a national park, the next day he made donuts, using bear fat for grease ! Surely, by now, he's created an empire somewhere in the world..." - Dave Cook

"Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion." - Stephen Harper

"You'll never forget October 9, 2005, ... Every time you see the National Mall, every time you see that [Capitol] building back there, every time you see the national monument, you'll say 'I met God on the National Mall.'" - Luis Palau

"The cinema is going to form the mind of England. The national conscience, the national ideals and tests of conduct, will be those of the film." - George Bernard Shaw

"It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity." - Frank Zappa

"I love National Geographic. Just when you think you've seen the last lost native tribe, National Geographic will find a new one." - Sandra Bernhard

"To talk only about national security, national defense, means to be selfish, ambitious. It is discrimination, isolation. "It is just me. What do I care about others?"" - Evo Morales

"National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice." - Samuel Smiles

"Computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is." - Larry Wall

"It was sweaty Whitney (Houston) in Central Park. She knew that park pretty well. Every bush!" - Kathy Griffin

"The park grass looked greener, the park benches looked better and the flowers were trying harder." - Charles Bukowski

"Spotted Park Bench I am a park bench. Ordinary words cannot express my thoughts on birds." - J. Patrick Lewis

"And now, in the interest of equal time, here is a message from the National" - George Carlin

"We must pass a national energy policy to continue our successes in the War on Terrorism." - Zach Wamp

"Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest." - Thomas Sowell

"Be of good cheer, for sadness cannot heal the national wounds." - Dorothea Dix

"The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families." - John Adams

"Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles." - Harry S Truman

"The substance of man cannot be measured by Gross National Product." - E F Schumacher

"History shows that anything conducive to our national stability is good." - Jiang Zemin

"Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt." - Herbert Hoover

"You have more issues than National Geographic by Austin LeFleur in Hissy Fit" - Mary Kay Andrews

"They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the national anthem." - Humphrey Bogart



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