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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg (1891–1967)
QUOTATION: You could cover the whole world with asphalt, but sooner or later green grass would break through.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to ILYA EHRENBURG.The New York Times Book Review, October 22, 1967, p. 1. Unverified.

Patricia Blake, author of the book review, obtained this quotation from the late Max Hayward, who may have gotten it directly from Ehrenburg.
SUBJECTS: Environment