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Jay Griffiths
(1965 - )

English writer whose several books include Wild: An Elemental Journey (2006), a narration of her seven-year exploration of the wildest places on earth, from the Amazon rain forest to the Arctic. She also contributes articles to a number of periodicals such as Observer and Ecologist.

Science Quotes by Jay Griffiths (7 quotes)




I wish there was a verb to otter, ottering around in pure play, to honour Otter ludens, which plays in my mind long after I’ve seen one.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012),
Science quotes on:  |  Honor (21)  |  Mind (544)  |  Otter (2)  |  Play (60)  |  Word (221)

Take nature out of Shakespeare and it would be incalculably impoverished; without his bunch of radish or shotten herring Falstaff wouldn’t be truly Falstaff, nor would Ophelia’s lament be so poignant without her rosemary for remembrance and rue for you.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012).
Science quotes on:  |  Falstaff (2)  |  Herring (3)  |  Impoverished (2)  |  Lament (7)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Remembrance (2)  |  William Shakespeare (90)  |  Truly (19)

The forest doctors of the Amazon say each plant has its “song”, and that to know how to use the plant you must listen to its voice.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012).
Science quotes on:  |  Amazon (6)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Forest (88)  |  Know (321)  |  Listen (26)  |  Plant (173)  |  Rain Forest (21)  |  Song (18)  |  Voice (41)

The human mind needs nature in order to think most deeply. Pretending to be other creatures, children practise metaphor and empathy alike.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012),
Science quotes on:  |  Child (189)  |  Creature (127)  |  Empathy (2)  |  Human Mind (51)  |  Metaphor (19)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Play (60)  |  Practice (67)  |  Pretend (14)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Think (205)

The losses of the natural world are our loss, their silence silences something within the human mind. Human language is lit with animal life: we play cats-cradle or have hare-brained ideas; we speak of badgering, or outfoxing someone; to squirrel something away and to ferret it out. … When our experience of the wild world shrinks, we no longer fathom the depths of our own words; language loses its lustre and vividness.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012),
Science quotes on:  |  Animal Life (4)  |  Badger (2)  |  Cat (31)  |  Depth (32)  |  Experience (268)  |  Fathom (5)  |  Fox (8)  |  Hare (2)  |  Human Mind (51)  |  Idea (440)  |  Language (155)  |  Lose (53)  |  Loss (62)  |  Lustre (3)  |  Natural World (21)  |  Play (60)  |  Shrink (10)  |  Silence (32)  |  Squirrel (7)  |  Wild (39)  |  Word (221)

The silencing of the rainforests is a double deforestation, not only of trees but a deforestation of the mind’s music, medicine and knowledge.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012),
Science quotes on:  |  Deforestation (39)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Mind (544)  |  Music (66)  |  Rain Forest (21)  |  Silence (32)  |  Tree (143)

The stupidity of overfishing would have shocked Carson, herself a marine biologist. … Dredgers carve graveyards in seabeds, fertilisers fuel plankton blooms that result in oxygenless dead zones, and climate change threatens much sea life.
— Jay Griffiths
In 'Fifty Years On, the Silence of Rachel Carson’s Spring Consumes Us', The Guardian (25 Sep 2012). Griffiths also quotes a professor of marine conservation, Callum Roberts, from his Ocean of Life that “Since the 1950s, when she published her trilogy The Sea, two-thirds of the species we have fished have collapsed, and some species are down 99%.”
Science quotes on:  |  Bloom (5)  |  Rachel Carson (32)  |  Carve (4)  |  Climate Change (56)  |  Fuel (27)  |  Graveyard (3)  |  Overfishing (25)  |  Oxygen (49)  |  Plankton (2)  |  Result (250)  |  Sea Life (4)  |  Shock (12)  |  Stupidity (27)  |  Threat (24)


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