Ellsworth Huntington Quotes


32 Ellsworth Huntington quotes:



"After washing there was no place to pour the water except out of the window onto the heads of the people in the streets, which is the proper place to throw everything that is not wanted."
"From first to last the civilization of America has been bound up with its physical environment."
"Today, no less than in the past, the tetrahedral form of the earth and the relation of the tetrahedron to the poles and to the equator preserve the conditions that favor rapid evolution."
"A journey of four hundred and thirty miles can be made in any part of the United States, but in Turkey it takes as many days."
"Although mountains may guide migrations, the plains are the regions where people dwell in greatest numbers."
"In fact, the history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man's inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home."
"It seems strange that almost no other traces of the strong vikings are found in America."
"The evidence points to central Asia as man's original home, for the general movement of human migrations has been outward from that region and not inward."
"The geysers and hot springs of the Yellowstone are another proof of recent volcanic activity."
"The Indians could not undertake any widespread cultivation of the plains not only because they lacked iron tools but also because they had no draft animals."
"According to the now almost universally accepted theory, all the races of mankind had a common origin."
"America is the last great goal of these migrations."
"Curiously enough man's body and his mind appear to differ in their climatic adaptations."
"Fertile soil, level plains, easy passage across the mountains, coal, iron, and other metals imbedded in the rocks, and a stimulating climate, all shower their blessings upon man."
"Nevertheless most of the evergreen forests of the north must always remain the home of wild animals and trappers, a backward region in which it is easy for a great fur company to maintain a practical monopoly."
"For the source of any characteristic so widespread and uniform as this adaptation to environment we must go back to the very beginning of the human race."
"As a matter of fact, an ordinary desert supports a much greater variety of plants than does either a forest or a prairie."
"History in its broadest aspect is a record of man's migrations from one environment to another."
"Man could not stay there forever. He was bound to spread to new regions, partly because of his innate migratory tendency and partly because of Nature's stern urgency."
"We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one of Nature's greatest healers."



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