27 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quotes from American Journalist

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, born in 1890, was a pivotal figure in Everglades conservation, dubbed the “Guardian of the Glades”.

She shifted public perception of the wetlands with her 1947 best-seller “Everglades: River of Grass”.

Douglas was also an advocate for women’s and civil rights. As an assistant editor at the Miami Herald, she championed environmental causes.

In 1969, she founded “Friends of the Everglades” to battle projects damaging the area. Besides her conservation endeavors, Douglas was an acclaimed writer and received the

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her efforts immortalized her as an emblem of Everglades preservation. She died in 1998.

I have made a list of the best quotes by Marjory Stoneman Douglas below.

Best Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quotes


I’ll talk about the Everglades at the drop of a hat. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


I’m just a tough old woman. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


You have to stand up for some things in this world. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


Conservation is now a dead word. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


Pigheaded covers a multitude of virtues – as well as sins. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


You can’t conserve what you haven’t got. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

They are unique in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life that they enclose. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


No one is satisfied with their life’s work. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

I believe that life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


I take advantage of every thing I can – age, hair, disability – because my cause is just. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Famous Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quotes

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


To be a friend of the Everglades is not necessarily to spend time wandering around out there. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass. ~ Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.

Child welfare ought really to cover all sorts of topics, such as better water and sanitation and good roads, and clean streets and public parks and playgrounds. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

I feel greatly at fault in not having made a loud public protest about Belle Glade before this. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

The wealth of south Florida, but even more important, the meaning and significance of south Florida lies in the black muck of the Everglades and the inevitable development of this country to be the great tropic agricultural center of the world. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Top Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quotes

All we need, really, is a change from a near frigid to a tropical attitude of mind. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

It’s a little bit late in the day for men to object that women are getting outside their proper sphere. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


There is always the need to carry on. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

The hardest thing is to tell the truth about oneself. One doesn’t like to remember unpleasant details, but forgetting them makes one’s life seem disorganized. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Popular Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quotes


No matter how poor my eyes are I can still talk. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Whoever wants me to talk, I’ll come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Since 1972, I’ve been going around making speeches on the Everglades. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.


Sometimes, I tell them more than they wanted to know. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

I wanted to go to a good college, and my mind was set on Wellesley. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

So these were the 27 top Marjory Stoneman Douglas quotes and sayings.

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