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E. O. Wilson Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by E. O. Wilson

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The one process now going on that will take millions
of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species
diversity by the destruction of natural habitats.
This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
- E. O. Wilson

There is no better high than discovery.
- E. O. Wilson

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless
while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
- E. O. Wilson

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate
back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago.
If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
- E. O. Wilson

 

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies.
I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my
energies and drove me in new directions.
- E. O. Wilson

It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in
the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life -
for 8 billion or more people -
without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.
- E. O. Wilson

True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
- E. O. Wilson

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Political ideology can corrupt the mind,
and science.
- E. O. Wilson

Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.
- E. O. Wilson

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept
our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable
price of population and economic growth,
or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
- E. O. Wilson

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse
us and close doors to further inquiry,
they are likely to be wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that
we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another.
Is there a way to erase the dilemma,
to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist
and the empiricist world views?
- E. O. Wilson

By any reasonable measure of achievement,
the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
- E. O. Wilson

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
- E. O. Wilson

When you have seen one ant, one bird,
one tree, you have not seen them all.
- E. O. Wilson

If history and science have taught us anything,
it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.
- E. O. Wilson

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers,
people able to put together the right information at the right time,
think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
- E. O. Wilson

Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods.
It did not evolve to believe in biology.
- E. O. Wilson

If those committed to the quest fail,
they will be forgiven.
When lost, they will find another way.
The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone,
whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
- E. O. Wilson

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning
a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
- E. O. Wilson

People need a sacred narrative.
They must have a sense of larger purpose,
in one form or another, however intellectualized.
They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
- E. O. Wilson

Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian
struggle waged among cultures,
and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.
- E. O. Wilson

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the "environmentalist" view,
as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity,
and to start calling it the real-world view.
- E. O. Wilson

You are capable of more than you know.
Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best,
however hard the path.
Aim high.
Behave honorably.
Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure.
Persist!
The world needs all you can give.
- E. O. Wilson

Even as empiricism is winning the mind,
transcendentalism continues to win the heart.
- E. O. Wilson

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed,
will not suffice.
Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption
about the human condition.
- E. O. Wilson

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic,
intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
- E. O. Wilson

The historical circumstance of interest is that the
tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts
of the continents since their origins as stronghold
of the flowering plants 150 million years ago.
- E. O. Wilson

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi PHOTO

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard PHOTO

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In great contests, each party claims to act
in accordance with the will of God.
Both may be, and one must be wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

No one is in control of your happiness but you;
therefore, you have the power to change anything
about yourself or your life that you want to change.
- Barbara De Angelis

Understanding does not cure evil,
but it is a definite help,
inasmuch as one can cope
with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

A man who dares to waste one hour of time
has not discovered the value of life.
- Charles Darwin

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
- Robert E. Lee

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

Each one prays to God according to his own light.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

NO ONE is really different;
each of us is actually a member of the human race.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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