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E. O. Wilson Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

There is no better high than discovery.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

INTENT:
We hold the power to make things happen
through our intent -
to the extent that we use our intention
with compassion and without ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The awareness that health is dependent
upon habits that we control
makes us the first generation in history
that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
- Jimmy Carter

The movies we love and admire are to some extent a
function of who we are when we see them.
- Mary Schmich

To the extent that we are all educated and informed,
we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

I'd had no particular interest in the Southwest at all as a young girl,
and I was completely surprised that the desert stole
my heart to the extent it did.
- Terri Windling

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

We know specific genes are turned on in specific cells,
but we don't know to what extent this happens.
- Walter Gilbert

The mood in which my book was conceived and executed,
was in fact to some extent a passing one.
- F. H. Bradley

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
- Thomas Aquinas

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their
conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
- Jean Genet

Bush does not want to go down in history as the president who lost in Iraq.
His strategy to the extent he has one is to hang tough
and let whoever succeeds him take the fall.
- Eleanor Clift

Most jazz players work out their solos,
at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
- Lee Konitz

The rocks, to a great extent, look swept clean.
It's a much cleaner surface than what we had a right to hope for.
- Steven Squyres

To what extent is any given man morally responsible
for any given act? We do not know.
- Alexis Carrel

So the only way we're going to improve fuel economy
or appliance efficiency swiftly and to the maximum
extent practicable is if the government requires it.
- Sherwood Boehlert

The extent of your consciousness is limited only by
your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you,
and all it contains.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization
is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud

I think the extent to which I have any balance at all,
any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid
and being raised in those isolated rural areas.
- James Earl Jones

I guess I kind of lived in a fairytale world...
looking at everything through rose-colored glasses.
I probably always will, to a certain extent.
- Sharon Tate

That song has the full extent of my mandolin abilities;
I'm not a good mandolin player at all.
- John Fogerty

The discoloration is very minimal.
I have not turned blue.
The extent of skin discoloration is not even remotely
near what the news media are saying.
It is barely noticeable.
- Stan Jones

Beck said he didn't believe in the theory of a song
coming through you as if you were an open vessel.
I agree with him to a certain extent.
- Sheryl Crow

Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage
to wipe out languages in Lithuania,
neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the
extent that we had feared.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

Some in journalism consider themselves apart from and
to some extent above the people they purport to serve.
- Brit Hume

I like America to some extent.
- Michael Moore

Children...
are our legacy.
Our responsibility.
They are our destiny and we are theirs.
The extent to which we fail as parents,
we fail as God's children.
- Dirk Benedict

Whoever sets any bounds for the reconstructive power
of the religious life over the social relations and institutions of men,
to that extent denies the faith of the Master.
- Walter Rauschenbusch

My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby,
to some extent, directed.
Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.
- Aldous Huxley

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life,
and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice.
We live in the mind.
- Wallace Stevens

If you know how rich you are, you are not rich.
But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth.
That's how rich we are.
- Imelda Marcos

I think most writers feel like they're on the outside
looking in much of the time.
All of us feel, to a certain extent,
alienated from the stuff going on around us.
- Mark Haddon

To the extent that I considered the personal burden
of harming the people who had trusted me,
plus the Agency, or the United States,
I wasn't processing that.
- Aldrich Ames

Science and technology multiply around us.
To an increasing extent they dictate the languages
in which we speak and think.
Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
- J. G. Ballard

When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
- Barbara Amiel

To some extent I happily don't know what I'm doing.
I feel that it's an artist's responsibility to trust that.
- David Byrne

However in countries outside of Japan I think game
music is still a potential growth market that has not
yet developed to the extent that we are seeing in Japan.
- Nobuo Uematsu

But we can also take the radical view that the test
of an economy has to do with the extent to which it
is providing everybody with a decent means of living.
- David Korten

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some
part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
- Sigmund Freud


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