"I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems."
"The environment is everything that isn't me."Harri Holkeri on Albert Einstein
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."Harri Holkeri on Margaret Mead
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."Harri Holkeri on John Muir
"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."Harri Holkeri on Henry David Thoreau
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."Harri Holkeri on John Muir
"There are many challenges, there are many obstacles let us try to change the obstacles to advantages."
"One of the biggest development issues in the world is the education of girls. In the United States and Europe, it has been accepted, but not in Africa and the developing countries."
"If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly, it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education, which enables a better life for women."
"I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question."