Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Michael McCloskey

American Attorney, Conservationist, Author and Chairman of Sierra Club

"We are not immortal, but our acts are... The question is not why we exist but whether we deserve to exist as supposedly rational beings if we act like conquerors rather than caring beings willing to share the planet with all those who are less powerful, and to act with restraint in respecting the needs of others and all life to come. As a species, we are on trial to see whether rationality was an advance or a tragic mistake."

"Today it's a bottom-up issue, and the national organizations are being pushed to act by the people at home."