Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region


Excerpts From Writings Of Rachel Carson

Click on the underlined text to view these examples of Rachel Carson's writing.

"A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods."  From The Sense of Wonder, 1965 (posthumously)

"Before sunset, the skies lightened and the wind abated. While it was yet light the sanderlings left the barrier island…"From Under the Sea-Wind, 1941

"I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel." From The Sense of Wonder, 1965

"A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement." From The Sense of Wonder, 1965

"Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation." From Carson’s speech in acceptance of the National Book Award, 1963

"…the way is being cleared for a raid upon our natural resources that is without parallel within the present century." Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, 1953

"Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment." From Carson’s essay on the biological sciences in Good Reading, 1958

"I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life – past, present, and future." Introduction to Humane Biology Projects, 1961

"The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth." From Carson’s remarks at her acceptance of the National Book Award for Nonfiction






Last updated: January 31, 2012