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Richard Jefferies
(6 Nov 1848 - 14 Aug 1887)

English naturalist, novelist and essayist who wrote many works of natural history and country life, and essays in journals and magazines. Jefferies relied greatly on field notebooks, where he entered his meticulous observations on the life of the countryside.


Science Quotes by Richard Jefferies (4 quotes)

It would seem that the ant works its way tentatively, and, observing where it fails, tries another place and succeeds.
— Richard Jefferies
In Wild Life in a Southern County (1897), 13.
Science quotes on:  |  Ant (34)  |  Fail (191)  |  Observe (179)  |  Succeed (114)  |  Tentative (18)  |  Try (296)  |  Work (1402)

Subtle as the mind is it can effect little without knowledge. It cannot construct a bridge, or a building, or make a canal, or work a problem in algebra, unless it is provided with information.
— Richard Jefferies
In Chap. 7, The Story of My Heart: My Autobiography (1883), 176.
Science quotes on:  |  Algebra (117)  |  Bridge (49)  |  Building (158)  |  Canal (18)  |  Construct (129)  |  Information (173)  |  Knowledge (1647)  |  Mind (1377)  |  Problem (731)  |  Subtle (37)

The sun was stronger than science; the hills more than philosophy.
— Richard Jefferies
In The Story of My Heart: My Autobiography (1891), 23.
Science quotes on:  |  Hill (23)  |  Philosophy (409)  |  Strong (182)  |  Sun (407)

There is nothing human in the whole round of nature. All nature, all the universe that we can see, is absolutely indifferent to us, and except to us human life is of no more value than grass. If the entire human race perished at this hour, what difference would it make to the earth? What would the earth care? As much as for the extinct dodo, or for the fate of the elephant now going.
— Richard Jefferies
In Chap. 4, The Story of My Heart: My Autobiography (1883), 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Care (203)  |  Difference (355)  |  Dodo (7)  |  Earth (1076)  |  Elephant (35)  |  Extinct (25)  |  Fate (76)  |  Grass (49)  |  Human (1512)  |  Human Race (104)  |  Indifferent (17)  |  Life (1870)  |  Nature (2017)  |  Perish (56)  |  Universe (900)


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  • 6 Nov - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Jefferies's birth.
  • Nature Near London, by Richard Jefferies. - book suggestion.

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