“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist is not only a technician: He is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”
"Oui: je suis un rêveur. Pour un rêveur est celui qui ne peut trouver son chemin au clair de lune, et sa punition est qu’il voit l’aube avant que le reste du monde ". ~ Oscar Wilde
"Question everything... accept nothing." ~ Euripides and Galileo; ideas shared, and expressed in some form, by both
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow [the child] with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"I keep six honest serving-men,
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who".
~ Rudyard Kipling
“I am no poet, but if you think for yourselves, as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your minds.”
~ Michael Faraday, capturing the inherent beauty that comes with understanding the natural world.
"Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know. There’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers." ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” ~ Charles Darwin
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall
"The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it." ~Chinese Proverb.
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
~ Rachel Carson
"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." ~ Albert Schweitzer
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
~ Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
"No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin [whale or porpoise] who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal."
~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
"If the oceans die, we die."
~ Paul Watson
"Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours and every one of them is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time."
~ Carl Sagan
“We are creatures of the cosmos and have always hungered to know our origins to understand our connection with the universe. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ~ Carl Sagan
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~ Carl Sagan
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~ Albert Einstein
"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and, therefore, part of the mystery that we are trying to solve." ~ Max Planck
“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”
~ Niels Bohr
“The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”
~Frank Herbert, Dune - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam to Paul Atreides.
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