Edward Wilson Quotes


27 Edward Wilson quotes:



"[It is] surpassingly strange, ... put their common sense on hold."
"In a purely technical sense, each species of higher organism is richer in information than a Caravaggio painting, Bach fugue, or any other great work of art."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Information Quotes
"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
"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."
"Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false."
"To genetic evolution, the human lineage has added the parallel track of cultural evolution."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"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."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Enemies Quotes
"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."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Humanity Quotes
"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."
"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?"
"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all."
"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."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Mankind Quotes
"There is no better high than discovery."
"The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology."
"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."
"Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition."
"Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart."
"I am an optimist by nature. But I have to admit, it's getting kind of scary."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Nature Quotes
"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."
"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."



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