Geography Quotes

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A collection of geography related quotes. Do you have a favorite geography quote that you’d like to see on this list?  If so, please submit your geography quote here.

General Geography Quotes

“I looked at books, I looked at maps, I looked at atlases, I enjoyed that, but the thing that inspired me most of all was being taken from the school into the local area to look at nature, to look at the way the land looked, to understand the geography, to walk up little hills and streams and see how the ecological system worked, look at the environment.”

Michael Palin

“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.” 

President Barack Obama, 2012 National Geographic Bee

“Everything has to do with geography”

~ Judy Martz, 22nd Governor of Montana.

“Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.”

~ Terry Pratchett, Author

War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography

~ Ambrose Bierce

“For as geography with history seemeth a carkasse without motion, so history without geography wandereth as a vagrant without certain habitation.  He who studies one without the other will understand neither.  Who despises both should live like the mole under the Earth.”

~ John Smith, 1624, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles

There is no subject in the school curriculum so many-sided as Geography, and none of more practical value. It teaches history, literature, travel, business, and, indeed, every phase of the everyday life of everybody, and its teaching in the schools ought to be of that vitality which characterizes the study itself. 

~ Melville Dozier, 1919, “Geography games; a method of teaching geography in primary grades