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Leon Kass Quotes and Sayings

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Perhaps you could sympathize with those who seek to
replace a dead child with a copy,
or to copy a parent or a relative or even a celebrity.
- Leon Kass

Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's
self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next
generation? It's a long argument.
- Leon Kass

Genetics is crude, but neuroscience goes directly to work on the brain,
and the mind follows.
- Leon Kass

The neuroscience area - which is absolutely in its infancy -
is much more important than genetics.
- Leon Kass

 

We are enmeshed in a lineage that came from somewhere
and is going to make way for the next generation.
- Leon Kass

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the...
cleverness that we have to make changes.
- Leon Kass

The technological way of thinking has infected even ethics,
which is supposed to be thinking about the good.
- Leon Kass

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One should proceed with caution.
We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the
kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.
- Leon Kass

I've been opposed to human cloning from the very beginning.
- Leon Kass

Technological innovation is indeed important to economic
growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.
- Leon Kass

In cloning, in contrast, reproduction is asexual -
the cloned child is the product not of two but of one.
- Leon Kass

We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce,
but for sociality and even for culture.
- Leon Kass

There were certain questions about the foundations
of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
- Leon Kass

What does it mean to be an individual? What does it mean to flourish?
- Leon Kass

Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise
of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.
- Leon Kass

The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious,
clear, and powerful.
The hazards are much less well appreciated.
- Leon Kass

I don't believe that efforts to prohibit only so-called
reproductive cloning can be successful.
- Leon Kass

I don't like being forced to reduce my thoughts to sound bites.
- Leon Kass

One could look over the past century and ask oneself,
has the increased longevity been good,
bad or indifferent?
- Leon Kass

It's very hard to make arguments about the effects
of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters.
- Leon Kass

Once you put human life in human hands,
you have started on a slippery slope that knows no boundaries.
- Leon Kass

My job is to provide the president with the richest possible consideration,
so that he knows what is at stake in whatever decision he makes.
- Leon Kass

Even if certain rogue countries do things we wish nobody did,
it doesn't necessarily mean that their foolishness
should justify our following suit.
- Leon Kass

In the case of abortion, one pits the life of the fetus
against the interests of the pregnant woman.
- Leon Kass

Many other countries have already banned human cloning,
and there are efforts at the UN to make such a ban universal.
- Leon Kass

We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the
kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.
- Leon Kass

If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very,
very cheap source of happiness.
- Leon Kass

Many people recognize that technology often comes with
unintended and undesirable side effects.
- Leon Kass

It seems to me that a kind of thinking which is not
technocratic has an opportunity for a renaissance in this country.
- Leon Kass

If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning,
one must stop the process before it starts.
- Leon Kass

It's a short step from the belief that every child
should be wanted to the belief that a child exists to satisfy our wants.
- Leon Kass

Cloning represents a very clear, powerful,
and immediate example in which we are in danger of
turning procreation into manufacture.
- Leon Kass

Our only responsibility is to live our own life and
take care of our own children.
- Leon Kass

I have nothing against respecting people who lived before,
but we have no responsibility toward them.
- Leon Kass

The technical is not just the machinery.
The technical is a disposition to life.
- Leon Kass

An enormous amount of direct advertising from pharmaceutical
companies are offering a kind of instantaneous solution to problems.
- Leon Kass

The abortion controversy is important for what it says
about our stance toward procreation and children altogether.
- Leon Kass

The so-called right to reproduce is not an unlimited right.
- Leon Kass

Sexuality itself means mortality - equally for both man and woman.
- Leon Kass

Biology, meaning the science of all life,
is a late notion.
- Leon Kass

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor
the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
- Leon Kass

We know next to nothing of what we're going to know in 20 or 50 years.
- Leon Kass

Cloning looks like a degrading of parenthood and a
perversion of the right relation between parents and children.
- Leon Kass

As bad as it might be to destroy a creature made in God's image,
it might be very much worse to be creating them after images of one's own.
- Leon Kass

The human animal has evolved as a preeminently social animal.
- Leon Kass

We should never rush into folly just because other
nations are practicing it.
- Leon Kass

We owe our existence to our parents,
but we actually didn't have a choice.
- Leon Kass

Nobody knew in advance that in vitro fertilization would be,
by and large, safe.
- Leon Kass

There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about
prospect of designer babies.
- Leon Kass

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens


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