Geography—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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77 Page Quotation Collection on Geography
This 77 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Geography. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Geography, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.
The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.
The world belongs to me because I understand it.
--Honoré de Balzac
Geography affects history. Trace any civilization back to its origin, and geography takes center stage. Be it a strategic military position, an abundant water supply, or a convenient traveling location, geography determines, by and large, where historical events occur.
Geography is essential to a good education because all of the human drama has been played out in an environmental setting, on an environmental stage. Climate, resources, the presence of some peoples, the absence of others are all elements of geography that give character to the events we’re studying.
--Christopher L. Salter
Geography is history. From the geographic factors that determined the course of evolution, to the fact that people built their cities near rivers, to all the wars that men have fought to get what was on the other side of the hill, geographic factors have shaped the events that have shaped our world.
--Kenneth C. Davis
Why is St. Louis where it is? Ah, of course! It’s where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers come together. Why were mill towns built along the fall line of the Appalachians? Because of the long north-to-south series of waterfalls.
Geography is the science of space and place on Earth’s surface. Its subject matter is the physical and human phenomena that make up the world’s environments and places. Geographers describe the changing patterns of places in words, maps, and geo-graphics, explain how these patterns come to be, and unravel their meaning. Geography’s continuing quest is to understand the physical and cultural features of places and their natural settings on the surface of Earth.
--American Geographical Society
For a billion years the patient earth amassed documents and inscribed them with signs and pictures which lay unnoticed and unused. Today, at last, they are waking up, because man has come to rouse them. Stones have begun to speak, because an ear is there to hear them. Layers become history and, released from the enchanted sleep of eternity, life’s motley, never-ending dance rises out of the black depths of the past into the light of the present.
Alaska is northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the U.S. It sounds impossible, geographically, but Alaska’s uninhabited Semisopochnoi Island lies just west of the International Dateline, technically making it the easternmost point of the United States.
Viewed from the distance of the moon, the astonishing thing about the Earth, catching the breath, is that it is alive. The photographs show the dry, pounded surface of the moon in the foreground, dead as an old bone. Aloft, floating free beneath the moist, gleaming membrane of bright blue sky, is the rising Earth, the only exuberant thing in this part of the cosmos. If you could look long enough, you would see the swirling of the great rifts of white cloud, covering and uncovering the half-hidden masses of land. If you had been looking a long, geologic time, you could have seen the continents themselves in motion, drifting apart on their crustal plates, held aloft by the fire beneath. It has the organized, self-contented look of a live creature, full of information, marvelously skilled in handling the sun.
Why do Americans have such a tough time understanding the rest of the world, and, from the rest of the world’s perspective, why are Americans so damn hard to understand? Aaron David Miller...writes, ‘The United States is the only great power in the history of the world that has had the luxury of having nonpredatory neighbors to its north and south….the luxury of America’s circumstances’ has made its people, by and large, optimistic and idealistic, and has inclined them to self-delusion when dealing with societies where ethnic, religious, and social hatreds are embedded deep in the DNA. Geography has indulged what Miller calls the Americans’ ‘schizophrenic’ blend of isolationist ambivalence and missionary arrogance. But they have to remember, he says, that ‘not everyone is lucky enough to have Canadians, Mexicans, and fish for neighbors.’
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