Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.

Will Durant


With their four-dimensional minds, and their interdisciplinary ultra-verbal way, geologists can wriggle out of almost anything.

John McPhee


We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


We live in a society exquisitely dependent upon science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Carl Sagan


Are these the end times? Yes. And they have been this way since the beginning. Welcome to planet Earth, a wonderful but not entirely stable place to live.

Craig Childs


It strikes me that all our knowledge about the structure of our Earth is very much like what an old hen would know of the hundred-acre field in a corner of which she is scratching.

Charles Darwin


Geological age plays the same part in our view of the duration of the universe as the earth’s orbit radius does in our view of the immensity of space.

John Joly


I went into geology because I like being outdoors, and because everybody in geology seemed, well, they all seemed like free spirits or renegades or something. You know, climbing mountains and hiking deserts and stuff

Kathy B. Steele


Andy loved geology. I imagine it appealed to his meticulous nature. An ice age here, a million years of mountain building there, plates of bedrock grinding against each other over a span of millenia…geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes really. Pressure and time.

The Shawshank Redemption


Fifty years ago Geology was in its infancy; there were but few who cultivated it as a science…If an unfortunate lover of nature was seen hammering in a stome quarry, he was generally supposed to be slightly demented.

Peter Bellinger Brodie


The step between practical and theoretic science, is the step between the miner and the geologist, the apothecary and the chemist.

John Ruskin


It is a great philosophical breakthrough for geologists to accept catastrophe as a normal part of Earth history.

Erie Kauffman


The intelligent layman has long suspected curcular reasoning in the use of rocks to date fossils and fossils to date rocks. The geologist has never bothered to think of a good reply.



I didn’t write because in the corps I took mining engineering of all things and, you know, they, they graduate a mining engineer as a sort of illiterate.

Rube Goldberg


The history of any one part of the earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror.

Derek V. Ager


Geology is really something you have to study in the field. By taking geology it will help you get the full entertainment value out of this planet.

Steve Simpson