Celebrating 18 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I have no satisfaction in formulas unless I feel their arithmetical magnitude.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index W > Category: Wild

Wild Quotes (39 quotes)

Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs,—
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress
Its music.
Poem, 'The Invitation' (1822), collected in The Poetical Works (1844), 306.
Science quotes on:  |  Down (44)  |  Men (17)  |  Music (66)  |  Repression (2)  |  Silent (18)  |  Soul (139)  |  Town (18)  |  Wilderness (28)  |  Wood (33)

Connected by innumerable ties with abstract science, Physiology is yet in the most intimate relation with humanity; and by teaching us that law and order, and a definite scheme of development, regulate even the strangest and wildest manifestations of individual life, she prepares the student to look for a goal even amidst the erratic wanderings of mankind, and to believe that history offers something more than an entertaining chaos—a journal of a toilsome, tragi-comic march nowither.
In 'Educational Value of Natural History Sciences', Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews (1870), 97.
Science quotes on:  |  Abstract (43)  |  Belief (400)  |  Chaos (63)  |  Comic (3)  |  Development (228)  |  Entertaining (2)  |  Erratic (2)  |  Goal (81)  |  History (302)  |  Humanity (104)  |  Individual (177)  |  Intimate (11)  |  Journal (13)  |  Law And Order (4)  |  Life (917)  |  Manifestation (30)  |  Mankind (196)  |  Physiology (66)  |  Prepare (19)  |  Science (1699)  |  Strange (61)  |  Student (131)  |  Teaching (99)  |  Toil (10)  |  Tragic (8)

Domesticated salmon, after several generations, are fat, listless things that are good at putting on weight, not swimming up fast-moving rivers. When they get into a river and breed with wild fish, they can damage the wild fish's prospects of surviving to reproduce.
In The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and what We Eat (2004), 312.
Science quotes on:  |  Aquaculture (5)  |  Breeding (11)  |  Damage (18)  |  Fast (24)  |  Fat (10)  |  Fish (85)  |  Fish Farming (2)  |  Generation (111)  |  Good (228)  |  Prospect (19)  |  Reproduction (57)  |  River (68)  |  Salmon (4)  |  Swimming (5)  |  Weight (61)

Fish farming, even with conventional techniques, changes fish within a few generations from an animal like a wild buffalo or a wildebeest to the equivalent of a domestic cow.
In The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and what We Eat (2004), 312.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  Aquaculture (5)  |  Buffalo (2)  |  Change (291)  |  Conventional (16)  |  Cow (27)  |  Domestic (12)  |  Equivalent (14)  |  Fish Farming (2)  |  Generation (111)  |  Overfishing (25)  |  Salmon (4)  |  Technique (41)  |  Wildebeest (2)

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity (1997), 184.
Science quotes on:  |  Complexity (80)  |  Contact (24)  |  Little (126)  |  Respect (57)  |  River (68)  |  Sense (240)  |  Support (63)  |  Thinking (222)  |  Water (244)  |  Web Of Life (4)  |  Wetland (3)  |  Working (20)

Glittering white, shining blue, raven black … the land looks like a fairytale. Pinnacle after pinnacle, peak after peak—crevassed, wild as any land on our globe, it lies, unseen and untrodden. It is a wonderful feeling to travel along it.
As quoted from South Pole expedition diary (13 Nov 1911) in Roland Huntford, Scott and Amundsen (1980), 438.
Science quotes on:  |  Black (27)  |  Blue (30)  |  Crevasse (2)  |  Feeling (79)  |  Glitter (5)  |  Globe (39)  |  Land (83)  |  Peak (15)  |  Pinnacle (2)  |  Raven (2)  |  Shining (8)  |  Travel (40)  |  Unseen (7)  |  White (38)  |  Wonderful (37)

God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation… . Let the earth produce every kind of living creature. …” God said, “Let us make man in our image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild beasts, and all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth. “
Bible
(circa 725 B.C.)
Science quotes on:  |  Beast (32)  |  Bird (96)  |  Cattle (13)  |  Crawl (5)  |  Creature (127)  |  Earth (487)  |  Fish (85)  |  Heaven (118)  |  Master (55)  |  Origin Of Life (32)  |  Reptile (23)  |  Sea (143)  |  Vegetation (16)

I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
After stating he did definitely not believe in flying saucers, ancient astronauts, Bermuda Triangle or life after death, he explained what he would believe in. From editorial, 'Don’t You Believe?', Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (18 Jan 1982), 6, No. 1, 6. Collected in The Roving Mind (1983), 43.
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (400)  |  Confirmation (15)  |  Evidence (157)  |  Firm (19)  |  Independent (41)  |  Measurement (148)  |  Observation (418)  |  Reasoning (79)  |  Ridiculous (9)  |  Solid (34)

I don't care two hoots about civilization. I want to wander in the wild.
Repeating a remark made in the past to Dr. Leakey, as quoted by Nan Robertson in 'Three Who Have Chosen a Life in the Wild', New York Times (1 May 1981), B36. The article featured three primatologists (Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas and Goodall) at a symposium, 'What We Can Learn About Humankind From the Apes' at Sweet Briar College campus.
Science quotes on:  |  Care (73)  |  Civilization (155)  |  Hoot (2)  |  Wander (16)  |  Want (120)

I find in the domestic duck that the bones of the wing weigh less and the bones of the leg more, in proportion to the whole skeleton, than do the same bones in the wild duck; and this change may be safely attributed to the domestic duck flying much less, and walking more, than its wild parents.
From On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1861), 17.
Science quotes on:  |  Attribute (22)  |  Bone (57)  |  Change (291)  |  Domestic (12)  |  Duck (3)  |  Find (248)  |  Fly (65)  |  Leg (13)  |  Parent (39)  |  Proportion (47)  |  Skeleton (15)  |  Walk (56)  |  Weight (61)  |  Whole (122)  |  Wing (36)

I had this experience at the age of eight. My parents gave me a microscope. I don’t recall why, but no matter. I then found my own little world, completely wild and unconstrained, no plastic, no teacher, no books, no anything predictable. At first I did not know the names of the water-drop denizens or what they were doing. But neither did the pioneer microscopists. Like them, I graduated to looking at butterfly scales and other miscellaneous objects. I never thought of what I was doing in such a way, but it was pure science. As true as could be of any child so engaged, I was kin to Leeuwenhoek, who said that his work “was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more that most other men.”
In The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth (2010), 143-144.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (137)  |  Book (181)  |  Butterfly (19)  |  Child (189)  |  Complete (43)  |  Craving (5)  |  Drop (27)  |  Enjoyment (27)  |  Experience (268)  |  Find (248)  |  Graduation (3)  |  Kin (6)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (17)  |  Little (126)  |  Microscope (68)  |  Name (118)  |  Parent (39)  |  Pioneer (23)  |  Plastic (15)  |  Praise (17)  |  Predictability (5)  |  Pure Science (18)  |  Pursuit (55)  |  Reside (8)  |  Scale (49)  |  Teacher (90)  |  Unconstrained (2)  |  Water (244)  |  Work (457)  |  World (667)

I have turned my attention from technological progress to life, from the civilized to the wild.
In Autobiography of Values (1976), p. 358.
Science quotes on:  |  Attention (76)  |  Civilization (155)  |  Life (917)  |  Progress (317)  |  Technology (199)  |  Turn (72)

If Melancholy increases so far, that from the great motion of the Liquid of the Brain the Patient be thrown into a wild Fury, it is call’d Madness.… The greatest Remedy for it is to throw the Patient unwarily into the Sea, and to keep him under Water as long as he can possibly bear without being quite stifled.
Aphorism No. 1118 and 1123 in Boerhaave’s Aphorisms: Concerning The Knowledge and Cure of Diseases (1715), 302-303.
Science quotes on:  |  Brain (181)  |  Depression (15)  |  Fury (5)  |  Greatest (53)  |  Liquid (25)  |  Madness (26)  |  Melancholy (8)  |  Motion (127)  |  Patient (116)  |  Remedy (46)  |  Sea (143)  |  Stifled (2)  |  Throw (31)  |  Water (244)

It be urged that the wild and uncultivated tree, hitherto yielding sour and bitter fruit only, can never be made to yield better; yet we know that the grafting art implants a new tree on the savage stock, producing what is most estimable in kind and degree. Education, in like manner, engrafts a new man on the native stock, and improves what in his nature was vicious and perverse into qualities of virtue and social worth.
From paper 'Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Fix the Site of the University of Virginia', included in Annual Report of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia for the Fiscal Year Ending May 31, 1879 (1879), 10. Collected in Commonwealth of Virginia, Annual Reports of Officers, Boards, and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for the Year Ending September 30, 1879 (1879).
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (62)  |  Better (131)  |  Bitter (12)  |  Education (280)  |  Fruit (63)  |  Graft (3)  |  Improvement (67)  |  Man (345)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Perverse (5)  |  Producing (6)  |  Quality (65)  |  Savage (23)  |  Social (93)  |  Sour (3)  |  Stock (5)  |  Tree (143)  |  Uncultivated (2)  |  Vicious (2)  |  Virtue (55)  |  Worth (74)  |  Yield (23)

It is the triumph of civilization that at last communities have obtained such a mastery over natural laws that they drive and control them. The winds, the water, electricity, all aliens that in their wild form were dangerous, are now controlled by human will, and are made useful servants.
In Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908), 75.
Science quotes on:  |  Civilization (155)  |  Community (65)  |  Control (93)  |  Dangerous (45)  |  Electricity (121)  |  Mastery (20)  |  Natural Law (26)  |  Obtain (21)  |  Servant (11)  |  Triumph (33)  |  Water (244)  |  Wind (52)

Let Nature do your bottling and your pickling and preserving. For all Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist her. With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick. Men have discovered—or think they have discovered—the salutariness of a few wild things only, and not of all nature. Why, “nature” is but another name for health, and the seasons are but different states of health. Some men think that they are not well in spring, or summer, or autumn, or winter; it is only because they are not well in them.
(23 Aug 1853). In Henry David Thoreau and Bradford Torrey (ed.), The Writings of Henry Thoreau: Journal: V: March 5-November 30, 1853 (1906), 395.
Science quotes on:  |  Autumn (4)  |  Bottle (13)  |  Different (110)  |  Discover (115)  |  Health (136)  |  Inclination (20)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Name (118)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Pickle (2)  |  Preserve (38)  |  Resist (10)  |  Salutary (5)  |  Season (24)  |  Sick (23)  |  Spring (47)  |  State (96)  |  Summer (26)  |  Winter (22)

Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal. Note his history, as sketched above. It seems plain to me that whatever he is he is not a reasoning animal. His record is the fantastic record of a maniac. I consider that the strongest count against his intelligence is the fact that with that record back of him he blandly sets himself up as the head animal of the lot: whereas by his own standards he is the bottom one.
In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which the other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.
Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh—not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.
In Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings (),
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  Arkansas (2)  |  Bone (57)  |  Bottom (28)  |  Brahman (2)  |  Cage (5)  |  Cat (31)  |  Catholic (5)  |  Chaos (63)  |  China (17)  |  Christian (17)  |  Disagreement (11)  |  Dispute (15)  |  Dog (39)  |  Dove (2)  |  Experiment (543)  |  Fact (609)  |  Flesh (22)  |  Fool (70)  |  Fox (8)  |  Friend (63)  |  Goose (9)  |  Greek (46)  |  Intelligence (138)  |  Ireland (7)  |  Learning (174)  |  Methodist (2)  |  Monkey (37)  |  Peace (58)  |  Proof (192)  |  Rabbit (6)  |  Reasoning (79)  |  Record (56)  |  Scotland (3)  |  Squirrel (7)  |  Tame (4)  |  Theology (35)  |  Think (205)  |  Truth (750)

Methods of fishing are becoming more and more efficient, but the whole fishing industry is based on the exploitation of a wild population. This is almost a prehistoric concept on land, but it has never been questioned at sea.
Men, Machines, and Sacred Cows
Science quotes on:  |  Base (43)  |  Become (100)  |  Concept (102)  |  Efficient (20)  |  Exploitation (8)  |  Fish (85)  |  Industry (91)  |  Land (83)  |  Method (154)  |  Population (71)  |  Prehistoric (5)  |  Question (315)  |  Sea (143)  |  Whole (122)

Nobody in the world of policy appears to be asking what is best for society, wild fish or farmed fish. And what sort of farmed fish, anyway? Were this question to be asked, and answered honestly, we might find that our interests lay in prioritizing wild fish and making their ecosystems more productive by leaving them alone enough of the time.
In The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat (2008), 313.
Science quotes on:  |  Answer (201)  |  Appear (55)  |  Ask (99)  |  Best (129)  |  Conservation (139)  |  Ecosystem (21)  |  Farm (17)  |  Fish (85)  |  Honest (26)  |  Interest (170)  |  Nobody (38)  |  Policy (23)  |  Productive (10)  |  Question (315)  |  Society (188)  |  Time (439)  |  World (667)

Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Justice (24)  |  Kind (99)  |  Law (418)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Revenge (6)  |  Run (33)  |  Weed (14)

Science and common sense differ as cultivated fruits differ from wild fruits.
Science sows its seeds of inquiry, and gathers the fruit.
Common sense picks the fruit, such as it, is by the wayside.
Common sense has no fields or orchards of knowledge.
In Sir William Withey Gull and Theodore Dyke Acland (ed.), A Collection of the Published Writings of William Withey Gull (1896), lvi.
Science quotes on:  |  Common Sense (69)  |  Cultivate (9)  |  Difference (208)  |  Field (119)  |  Fruit (63)  |  Gather (29)  |  Inquiry (33)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Orchard (3)  |  Pick (14)  |  Science (1699)  |  Seed (52)  |  Sow (10)  |  Wayside (4)

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin for-ests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Air (151)  |  American (34)  |  Book (181)  |  Case (64)  |  Cigarette (22)  |  Clean (20)  |  Comic (3)  |  Conservation (139)  |  Country (121)  |  Destroy (63)  |  Dirty (7)  |  Drive (38)  |  Exhaust (12)  |  Extinction (55)  |  Free (59)  |  Human (445)  |  Let (30)  |  Member (27)  |  Noise (24)  |  Pave (4)  |  People (269)  |  Permit (20)  |  Plastic (15)  |  Pollute (3)  |  Push (22)  |  Remain (77)  |  Road (47)  |  Silence (32)  |  Species (181)  |  Stink (5)  |  Stream (27)  |  Turn (72)  |  Virgin (4)  |  Waste (57)  |  Wilderness (28)  |  Zoo (6)

The girls are all giggling, then one girl suddenly remembers
the wild goat. Up there, on the hilltop, in the woods
and rocky ravines, the peasants saw him butting his head
against the trees, looking for the nannies. He’s gone wild,
and the reason why is this: if you don’t make an animal work,
if you keep him only for stud, he likes to hurt, he kills.

From Poem, 'The Goat God', Hard Labor (1936, 1976), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  Butt (2)  |  Girl (15)  |  Goat (5)  |  Head (52)  |  Hurt (11)  |  Keep (47)  |  Kill (37)  |  Peasant (4)  |  Ravine (5)  |  Reason (330)  |  Remember (53)  |  Rocky (2)  |  Tree (143)  |  Wood (33)  |  Work (457)

The life of a wild animal always has a tragic end.
In Wild Animals I Have Known (1898), 12
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  End (141)  |  Life (917)  |  Tragedy (19)

The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues-self-restraint.
Circle of the Seasons
Science quotes on:  |  Beauty (171)  |  Best (129)  |  Citizen (23)  |  Conservation (139)  |  Democracy (21)  |  Fight (37)  |  Hard (70)  |  Long (95)  |  Practice (67)  |  Represent (27)  |  Require (33)  |  Save (46)

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.
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)  |  Word (221)

The northern ocean is beautiful, ... and beautiful the delicate intricacy of the snowflake before it melts and perishes, but such beauties are as nothing to him who delights in numbers, spurning alike the wild irrationality of life and baffling complexity of nature’s laws.
In Kandelman's Krim: A Realistic Fantasy (1957), 101.
Science quotes on:  |  Baffling (4)  |  Beautiful (81)  |  Beauty (171)  |  Complexity (80)  |  Delicate (11)  |  Delight (51)  |  Intricacy (6)  |  Law Of Nature (52)  |  Life (917)  |  Melt (15)  |  Northern (2)  |  Nothing (267)  |  Number (179)  |  Ocean (115)  |  Perish (23)  |  Snowflake (9)  |  Spurn (2)

The novelties in the fish line this week are two—brook trout and California salmon. … Long Island cultivated trout, alive, sell for $1.50 a pound; killed $1 a pound; trout from other portions of the state, 75 cents; wild trout from the Adirondacks, 50 cents; Canada trout 25 to 35 cents. … Certainly ten times as many trout are eaten in New-York as in former years. California salmon … brought 45 cents a pound. … This is rather a high price for California fish, but the catch is very light, caused by overfishing. (1879)
In 'Features of the Markets', New York Times (6 Apr 1879), 9.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (38)  |  Brook (5)  |  California (7)  |  Canada (2)  |  Catch (21)  |  Cause (231)  |  Cent (5)  |  Cultivated (7)  |  Eat (38)  |  Fish (85)  |  Killed (2)  |  Light (246)  |  New York (14)  |  Novelty (19)  |  Overfishing (25)  |  Price (26)  |  Salmon (4)  |  Sell (10)  |  Trout (4)

The primary rocks, ... I regard as the deposits of a period in which the earth's crust had sufficiently cooled down to permit the existence of a sea, with the necessary denuding agencies,—waves and currents,—and, in consequence, of deposition also; but in which the internal heat acted so near the surface, that whatever was deposited came, matter of course, to be metamorphosed into semi-plutonic forms, that retained only the stratification. I dare not speak of the scenery of the period. We may imagine, however, a dark atmosphere of steam and vapour, which for age after age conceals the face of the sun, and through which the light of moon or star never penetrates; oceans of thermal water heated in a thousand centres to the boiling point; low, half-molten islands, dim through the log, and scarce more fixed than the waves themselves, that heave and tremble under the impulsions of the igneous agencies; roaring geysers, that ever and anon throw up their intermittent jets of boiling fluid, vapour, and thick steam, from these tremulous lands; and, in the dim outskirts of the scene, the red gleam of fire, shot forth from yawning cracks and deep chasms, and that bears aloft fragments of molten rock and clouds of ashes. But should we continue to linger amid a scene so featureless and wild, or venture adown some yawning opening into the abyss beneath, where all is fiery and yet dark,—a solitary hell, without suffering or sin,—we would do well to commit ourselves to the guidance of a living poet of the true faculty,—Thomas Aird and see with his eyes.
Lecture Sixth, collected in Popular Geology: A Series of Lectures Read Before the Philosophical Institution of Edinburgh, with Descriptive Sketches from a Geologist's Portfolio (1859), 297-298.
Science quotes on:  |  Abyss (20)  |  Age (137)  |  Ash (16)  |  Chasm (7)  |  Cloud (44)  |  Crack (11)  |  Current (43)  |  Deposition (3)  |  Era (14)  |  Fire (117)  |  Guidance (12)  |  Hell (29)  |  Igneous (2)  |  Linger (6)  |  Metamorphosis (4)  |  Molten (2)  |  Period (49)  |  Poet (59)  |  Rock (107)  |  Sea (143)  |  Sin (27)  |  Solitary (13)  |  Steam (24)  |  Suffering (26)  |  Vapour (9)  |  Wave (55)

The smallest particles of matter were said [by Plato] to be right-angled triangles which, after combining in pairs, ... joined together into the regular bodies of solid geometry; cubes, tetrahedrons, octahedrons and icosahedrons. These four bodies were said to be the building blocks of the four elements, earth, fire, air and water ... [The] whole thing seemed to be wild speculation. ... Even so, I was enthralled by the idea that the smallest particles of matter must reduce to some mathematical form ... The most important result of it all, perhaps, was the conviction that, in order to interpret the material world we need to know something about its smallest parts.
[Recalling how as a teenager at school, he found Plato's Timaeus to be a memorable poetic and beautiful view of atoms.]
In Werner Heisenberg and A.J. Pomerans (trans.) The Physicist's Conception of Nature (1958), 58-59. Quoted in Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory (2001), Vol. 2, 12. Cited in Mauro Dardo, Nobel Laureates and Twentieth-Century Physics (2004), 178.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (151)  |  Atom (251)  |  Body (193)  |  Building Block (4)  |  Conviction (57)  |  Cube (9)  |  Earth (487)  |  Element (129)  |  Fire (117)  |  Form (210)  |  Idea (440)  |  Importance (183)  |  Interpretation (61)  |  Material World (4)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Matter (270)  |  Pair (10)  |  Particle (90)  |  Plato (47)  |  Result (250)  |  Speculation (77)  |  Tetrahedron (3)  |  Triangle (7)  |  Water (244)

There is a huge disconnect. Those living in the most urbanised areas don’t see a wild thing from one day to the next—unless it’s a pigeon or a rat. If you lose the connection with nature, you lose a source of great pleasure.
Lamenting Britain’s urbanized population is increasingly separated from the natural world. As reported by Adam Lusher in 'Sir David Attenborough', Daily Mail (28 Feb 2014).
Science quotes on:  |  Connection (86)  |  Disconnect (2)  |  Huge (15)  |  Lose (53)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Pigeon (4)  |  Pleasure (98)  |  Rat (19)  |  Source (71)  |  Suburb (5)  |  Urban (7)

We have sought for firm ground and found none. The deeper we penetrate, the more restless becomes the universe; all is rushing about and vibrating in a wild dance.
Max Born
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Become (100)  |  Dance (14)  |  Deep (81)  |  Find (248)  |  Firm (19)  |  Ground (63)  |  Penetrate (21)  |  Restless (4)  |  Rush (12)  |  Seek (57)  |  Understand (189)  |  Universe (563)  |  Vibrate (3)  |  Vibration (13)

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Available (18)  |  Country (121)  |  Creature (127)  |  Drive (38)  |  Edge (16)  |  Geography (25)  |  Hope (129)  |  Means (109)  |  Need (211)  |  Ourselves (34)  |  Part (146)  |  Reassure (5)  |  Sanity (7)  |  Simply (34)

We want them to use the education to be leaders in their community with an understanding of ecology and conservation for the wild outdoors far beyond their legislators back home. We expect these people to he a grain of sand on the beach of future leadership.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Back (55)  |  Beach (14)  |  Beyond (65)  |  Community (65)  |  Conservation (139)  |  Ecology (55)  |  Education (280)  |  Expect (27)  |  Far (77)  |  Future (229)  |  Grain (24)  |  Home (58)  |  Leader (19)  |  Leadership (5)  |  Legislator (2)  |  People (269)  |  Sand (25)  |  Understand (189)  |  Want (120)

When I first ventured into the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950s, the sea appeared to be a blue infinity too large, too wild to be harmed by anything that people could do. I explored powder white beaches, dense marshes, mangrove forests, and miles of sea grass meadows alive with pink sea urchins, tiny shrimps, and seahorses half the size of my little finger. … Then, in mere decades, not millennia, the blue wilderness of my childhood disappeared: biologic change in the space of a lifetime.
From 'My Blue Wilderness', National Geographic Magazine (Oct 2010), 76.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (38)  |  Beach (14)  |  Biological (21)  |  Blue (30)  |  Change (291)  |  Childhood (23)  |  Decade (19)  |  Dense (2)  |  Disappear (22)  |  Exploration (93)  |  Finger (38)  |  Forest (88)  |  Grass (30)  |  Gulf Of Mexico (4)  |  Harm (31)  |  Infinity (59)  |  Large (82)  |  Lifetime (19)  |  Mangrove (3)  |  Marsh (5)  |  Meadow (12)  |  Mile (24)  |  Millennium (3)  |  Person (114)  |  Pink (2)  |  Powder (4)  |  Sea (143)  |  Shrimp (5)  |  Size (47)  |  Tiny (25)  |  Venture (12)  |  White (38)  |  Wilderness (28)

While the method of the natural sciences is... analytic, the method of the social sciences is better described as compositive or synthetic. It is the so-called wholes, the groups of elements which are structurally connected, which we learn to single out from the totality of observed phenomena... Insofar as we analyze individual thought in the social sciences the purpose is not to explain that thought, but merely to distinguish the possible types of elements with which we shall have to reckon in the construction of different patterns of social relationships. It is a mistake... to believe that their aim is to explain conscious action ... The problems which they try to answer arise only insofar as the conscious action of many men produce undesigned results... If social phenomena showed no order except insofar as they were consciously designed, there would indeed be no room for theoretical sciences of society and there would be, as is often argued, only problems of psychology. It is only insofar as some sort of order arises as a result of individual action but without being designed by any individual that a problem is raised which demands a theoretical explanation... people dominated by the scientistic prejudice are often inclined to deny the existence of any such order... it can be shown briefly and without any technical apparatus how the independent actions of individuals will produce an order which is no part of their intentions... The way in which footpaths are formed in a wild broken country is such an instance. At first everyone will seek for himself what seems to him the best path. But the fact that such a path has been used once is likely to make it easier to traverse and therefore more likely to be used again; and thus gradually more and more clearly defined tracks arise and come to be used to the exclusion of other possible ways. Human movements through the region come to conform to a definite pattern which, although the result of deliberate decision of many people, has yet not be consciously designed by anyone.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Action (151)  |  Aim (58)  |  Analytic (4)  |  Analyze (3)  |  Answer (201)  |  Anyone (26)  |  Apparatus (30)  |  Argue (17)  |  Arise (32)  |  Belief (400)  |  Best (129)  |  Better (131)  |  Break (33)  |  Briefly (3)  |  Clearly (17)  |  Conform (5)  |  Connect (15)  |  Conscious (25)  |  Consciously (4)  |  Construction (69)  |  Country (121)  |  Decision (58)  |  Define (29)  |  Definite (27)  |  Deliberate (10)  |  Demand (52)  |  Deny (29)  |  Describe (38)  |  Design (92)  |  Different (110)  |  Distinguish (32)  |  Dominate (13)  |  Easy (56)  |  Element (129)  |  Everyone (20)  |  Exclusion (11)  |  Existence (254)  |  Explain (61)  |  Explanation (161)  |  Fact (609)  |  First (174)  |  Form (210)  |  Gradually (13)  |  Group (52)  |  Human (445)  |  Inclined (7)  |  Independent (41)  |  Individual (177)  |  Instance (18)  |  Intention (25)  |  Learn (160)  |  Likely (23)  |  Merely (35)  |  Method (154)  |  Mistake (107)  |  Movement (65)  |  Natural Sciences (3)  |  Observe (48)  |  Often (69)  |  Order (167)  |  Part (146)  |  Path (59)  |  Pattern (56)  |  People (269)  |  Phenomenon (218)  |  Possible (100)  |  Prejudice (58)  |  Problem (362)  |  Produce (63)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Purpose (138)  |  Raise (20)  |  Reckon (6)  |  Region (26)  |  Relationship (59)  |  Result (250)  |  Room (29)  |  Seek (57)  |  Seem (89)  |  Show (55)  |  Single (72)  |  So-Called (18)  |  Social (93)  |  Social Sciences (4)  |  Society (188)  |  Sort (32)  |  Structurally (2)  |  Synthetic (12)  |  Technical (26)  |  Theoretical (10)  |  Thought (374)  |  Totality (9)  |  Track (9)  |  Traverse (4)  |  Try (103)  |  Type (34)  |  Whole (122)

Why then be concerned about the conservation of wildlife when for all practical purposes we would be much better off if humans and their domestic animals and pets were the only living creatures on the face of the earth? There is no obvious and demolishing answer to this rather doubtful logic although in practice the destruction of all wild animals would certainly bring devastating changes to our existence on this planet as we know it today...The trouble is that everything in nature is completely interdependent. Tinker with one part of it and the repercussions ripple out in all directions...Wildlife - and that includes everything from microbes to blue whales and from a fungus to a redwood tree - has been so much part of life on the earth that we are inclined to take its continued existence for granted...Yet the wildlife of the world is disappearing, not because of a malicious and deliberate policy of slaughter and extermination, but simply because of a general and widespread ignorance and neglect.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  Answer (201)  |  Better (131)  |  Bring (53)  |  Certainly (18)  |  Change (291)  |  Completely (19)  |  Concern (76)  |  Conservation (139)  |  Continue (38)  |  Creature (127)  |  Deliberate (10)  |  Demolish (2)  |  Destruction (80)  |  Devastating (4)  |  Direction (56)  |  Disappear (22)  |  Domestic (12)  |  Doubtful (5)  |  Earth (487)  |  Everything (120)  |  Existence (254)  |  Extermination (10)  |  Face Of The Earth (3)  |  Fungus (4)  |  General (92)  |  Grant (21)  |  Human (445)  |  Ignorance (190)  |  Inclined (7)  |  Include (27)  |  Interdependent (2)  |  Know (321)  |  Life (917)  |  Live (186)  |  Logic (187)  |  Malicious (2)  |  Microbe (17)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Neglect (23)  |  Obvious (54)  |  Part (146)  |  Pet (7)  |  Planet (199)  |  Policy (23)  |  Practical (93)  |  Practice (67)  |  Purpose (138)  |  Redwood (8)  |  Repercussion (4)  |  Ripple (3)  |  Simply (34)  |  Slaughter (6)  |  Tinker (5)  |  Today (86)  |  Tree (143)  |  Trouble (55)  |  Widespread (9)  |  Wildlife (11)  |  World (667)

Within the last five or six years [from 1916], from a common wild species of fly, the fruit fly, Drosophila ampelophila, which we have brought into the laboratory, have arisen over a hundred and twenty-five new types whose origin is completely known.
In A Critique of the Theory of Evolution (1916), 60.
Science quotes on:  |  Completely (19)  |  Drosophila (3)  |  Fruit Fly (5)  |  Know (321)  |  Laboratory (120)  |  New (340)  |  Origin (77)

Without knowing it, we utilize hundreds of products each day that owe their origin to wild animals and plants. Indeed our welfare is intimately tied up with the welfare of wildlife. Well may conservationists proclaim that by saving the lives of wild species, we may be saving our own.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (309)  |  Conservationist (2)  |  Hundreds (3)  |  Intimately (4)  |  Know (321)  |  Live (186)  |  Origin (77)  |  Owe (15)  |  Plant (173)  |  Proclaim (12)  |  Product (72)  |  Save (46)  |  Species (181)  |  Tie (21)  |  Utilize (6)  |  Welfare (16)  |  Wildlife (11)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by:Albert EinsteinIsaac NewtonLord KelvinCharles DarwinSrinivasa RamanujanCarl SaganFlorence NightingaleThomas EdisonAristotleMarie CurieBenjamin FranklinWinston ChurchillGalileo GalileiSigmund FreudRobert BunsenLouis PasteurTheodore RooseveltAbraham LincolnRonald ReaganLeonardo DaVinciMichio KakuKarl PopperJohann GoetheRobert OppenheimerCharles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about:Atomic  BombBiologyChemistryDeforestationEngineeringAnatomyAstronomyBacteriaBiochemistryBotanyConservationDinosaurEnvironmentFractalGeneticsGeologyHistory of ScienceInventionJupiterKnowledgeLoveMathematicsMeasurementMedicineNatural ResourceOrganic ChemistryPhysicsPhysicianQuantum TheoryResearchScience and ArtTeacherTechnologyUniverseVolcanoVirusWind PowerWomen ScientistsX-RaysYouthZoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton



who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.