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In our case, finding a Lucy is unique.
by Donald Johanson

In our case, finding a Lucy is unique.
No one will ever find another Lucy.
You can't order one from a biological supply house.
It's a unique discovery, a unique specimen.
- Donald Johanson

And what I wanted to do was, I wanted to explore problems
and areas where we didn't have answers.
In fact, where we didn't even know the right questions to ask.
- Donald Johanson

I realized immediately that this was a terribly important discovery,
but I didn't realize how important it would be until
we had spent a lot of time in the laboratory studying it.
- Donald Johanson

But what really excited me was the idea that humans
had a tremendous pre-history that went back millions of years.
I wanted to go to Africa to find some of these creatures.
- Donald Johanson

 

Scientists are very afraid of being proven wrong.
- Donald Johanson

One has to devote oneself to a particular pursuit.
To be successful at anything, you have to make a total commitment to it.
- Donald Johanson

Most achievers I know are people who have made a strong
and deep dedication to pursuing a particular goal.
That dedication took a tremendous amount of effort.
- Donald Johanson

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I think that many of my ideas are correct,
but I'll bet you, before my death other discoveries
will be made that will prompt me to alter various ideas
I have about human evolution.
- Donald Johanson

I was very intellectually oriented, very early on.
- Donald Johanson

Normally, we are happy to find a fragment of jaw,
a few isolated teeth, a bit of an arm,
a bit of a skull.
But to find associated body parts is extremely rare.
- Donald Johanson

Lucy brought with her an image of our human ancestors
that you don't get when you find a jaw or an arm bone or a leg bone.
Here was 40 percent of a single skeleton.
- Donald Johanson

My real father died when I was two years old,
so I never knew him.
He was a barber in Chicago.
- Donald Johanson

There have been some friendships lost over this.
That's the most difficult for me.
I find it very uncomfortable to know that I was at
one time close friends with someone,
and because of jealousies and misunderstandings and so on,
these friendships have dissolved.
- Donald Johanson

When I realized, in 1978, that Lucy did represent a
new species of human ancestor,
and that I had an opportunity to name this new species,
I realized this was a revolutionary step in understanding human origins.
- Donald Johanson

This was the most important discovery I had ever made in my life.
It was a discovery which has irrevocably changed my whole life's direction.
It immediately elevated me to the status of one of
the world's leading anthropologists.
- Donald Johanson

But it really wasn't until three to four years later,
when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations,
and comparisons with other fossil discoveries,
that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.
- Donald Johanson

As an undergraduate, I had an opportunity to go on
a number of archeological digs.
So I had experience excavating, digging up remains
of ancient Indian villages in the Midwest and in the Southwest.
- Donald Johanson

I was aware of it, but I grew up in a very a-religious family.
My mother never went to church, she never had any religious training or background.
It was never a part of our social interaction.
- Donald Johanson

When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa,
in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was,
biology and anthropology.
I was around 16 years old when I made this particular
choice of academic pursuit.
- Donald Johanson

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each one of us has our own perspective
on everything we see in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Giving is the highest expression of our power.
- Vivian Greene

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Our deepest fears are like dragons
guarding our deepest treasure.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

The key to growth is the introduction of
higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Lao Tzu

The promises we makes to ourselves are the things
that assure us we have the capacity to keep our promises to others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
- Winston Churchill

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
- Marianne Williamson

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Marcus Aurelius


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