To keep every cog and wheel is the ﬁrst precaution of intelligent tinkering-Aldo Leopold
We humans may be the smartest objects that ever came down the pike of life's history on earth, but we are outstandingly inept about certain issues, particularly when our emotional arrogance joins forces with our intellectual ignorance.-S J Gould
When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.
The aim of science should certainly be to remove the mystery from natural phenomena, but not to take away wonder or that quality of nature which allows for the development and play of aesthetic appreciation.-Frank Fraser Darling
"What's the use of their having names," the Gnat said, "if they won't answer to them?" "No use to them," said Alice, "but it's useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do they have names at all?"
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge
...imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.-DNA
Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people
Science should be stripped of whatever tends to clothe it in a strange and repulsive garb; and every thing which, to keep up an appearance of superiority in its professors over the rest of mankind, assumes an unnecessary guise of obscurity, should be sacrificed without mercy.-John Herschel
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.-DNA
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
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