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But what really excited me was the idea that humans
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Scientists are very afraid of being proven wrong.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous,
there's really nothing to lose.
- Jewel

The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is really a gift to yourself -
have the compassion to forgive others,
and the courage to forgive yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

We all have a social mask, right?
We put it on, we go out, put our
best foot forward, our best image.
But behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe
about who we are and what we're capable of.
- Phil McGraw

If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
then we are really enjoying life.
We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.
- don Miguel Ruiz

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

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

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A friendship that can end never really began.
- Publilius Syrus

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

If something is important to you,
attend to it immediately, and regularly.
If something is not really important to you,
that's great also -
just scratch it off your to-do list forever,
and never worry about it again.
Choose how you invest your time, and honor your choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We never see Life as it really is.
All we can ever see is the reflection of Life -
distorted by our unique perceptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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