Stewart Udall, Fully Stewart Lee Udall

Stewart
Udall, Fully Stewart Lee Udall
1920
2010

American Political Leader, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Author Quotes

Lady Bird Johnson did more than plant flowers in public places. She served the country superbly by planting environmental values in the minds of the nation's leaders and citizens.

Nature will take precedence over the needs of the modern man.

Nuclear energy people perceive the greenhouse effect as a fresh wind blowing at their back.

One of the best things that came out of the Carter administration was the energy policy. The best things in it were renewable energy.

Society as we know it is almost a conspiracy against human health. One of the main forces working to counteract that is the trailsman.

The auto industry must acknowledge that a rational transportation policy should seek a balance between individual convenience, the efficient use of limited resources, and urban-living values that protect spaciousness, natural beauty, and human-scale mobility.

The choice facing the American people is not between growth and stagnation, but between short-term growth and long-term disaster.

For those who want to understand the issues of the environmental crisis, Encounters with the Archdruid is a superb book. McPhee reveals more nuances of the value revolution that dominates the new age of ecology than most writers could pack into a volume twice as long. I marvel at his capacity to listen intently and extract the essence of a man and his philosophy in the fewest possible words.

The environmental effects of the automobile are well known: motor vehicles cause, for example, as much as 75 percent of the noise and 80 percent of the air pollution in our cities, and the industry must face mounting pressure from environmentalists.

I am not proposing that we bring our oil and auto industries to a screeching halt. There is still time to begin a series of gradual steps toward new transportation and energy policies, livable cities, and more humane, efficient transit systems.

The Indians may have in their religion and culture a reverence for the land. But then they get into the pressures created by modern society. Unless they are reasonably well-educated, they can't deal with them.

I don't like the term 'dynasty.'

The real story of the settlement of the West was work, not conquest.

I like the story about Henry David Thoreau, who, when he was on his death bed, his family sent for a minister. The minister said, 'Henry, have you made your peace with God?' Thoreau said, 'I didn't know we'd quarreled.'

There's not a single person in Arizona today who would say the Grand Canyon was a mistake.

I plowed fields with horses and worked as a hired hand in high school for 50 cents a day.

To those who complain of the complexity of modern life, he [Henry David Thoreau] might reply, If you want inner peace find it in solitude, not speed, and if you would find yourself, look to the land from which you came and to which you go.

I think the Colorado Plateau is the most scenic area in the world - let's begin with that. Not just the United States.

Wilderness, like the national park system, was an American idea.

If, in our haste to 'progress,' the economics of ecology are disregarded by citizens and policy makers alike, the result will be an ugly America. We cannot afford an America where expedience tramples upon esthetics and development decisions are made with an eye only on the present.

In a region with a growing population, if you're doing nothing, you're losing ground.

In the first weeks after Hiroshima, extravagant statements by President Truman and other official spokesmen for the U.S. government transformed the inception of the atomic age into the most mythologized event in American history.

A limit on the automobile population of the United States would be the best of news for our cities. The end of automania would save open spaces, encourage wiser land use, and contribute greatly to ending suburban sprawl.

America today stands poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and of an over-all environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight.

As the master politician navigates the ship of state, he both creates and responds to public opinion. Adept at tacking with the wind, he also succeeds, at times, in generating breezes of his own.

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First Name
Stewart
Last Name
Udall, Fully Stewart Lee Udall
Birth Date
1920
Death Date
2010
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American Political Leader, U.S. Secretary of the Interior