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Crying wolf is a real danger. - David Attenborough
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Dreams are the touchstones of our character. - Henry David Thoreau
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I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. - Henry David Thoreau
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The language of friendship is not words but meanings. - Henry David Thoreau
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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. - Henry David Thoreau
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All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. - Henry David Thoreau
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. - Henry David Thoreau
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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. - Charles Darwin
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A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. - Charles Darwin
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A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others. - Charles Darwin
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A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone. - Charles Darwin
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An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men. - Charles Darwin
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Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal. - Charles Darwin
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At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world. - Charles Darwin
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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. - Charles Darwin
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How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children. - Charles Darwin
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I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions. - Charles Darwin
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I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars. - Charles Darwin
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I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection. - Charles Darwin
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I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. - Charles Darwin
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I love fools' experiments. I am always making them. - Charles Darwin
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If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin
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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Charles Darwin
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In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. - Charles Darwin
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It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. - Charles Darwin
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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin
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Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits. - Charles Darwin
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Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence. - Charles Darwin
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My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. - Charles Darwin
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On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation. - Charles Darwin
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The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. - Charles Darwin
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The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. - Charles Darwin
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The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason. - Charles Darwin
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To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. - Charles Darwin
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We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. - Charles Darwin
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We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. - Charles Darwin
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What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature! - Charles Darwin
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All we can hope for is that the thing is going to slowly and imperceptibly shift. All I can say is that 50 years ago there were no such thing as environmental policies. - David Attenborough
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An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment. - David Attenborough
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Before the BBC, I joined the Navy in order to travel. - David Attenborough
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Being in touch with the natural world is crucial. - David Attenborough
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Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat. But when you got there it was the back of beyond. It was just a series of small tin sheds. - David Attenborough
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I don't approve of sunbathing, and it's bad for you. - David Attenborough
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I don't run a car, have never run a car. I could say that this is because I have this extremely tender environmentalist conscience, but the fact is I hate driving. - David Attenborough
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I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored. - David Attenborough
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I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals. - David Attenborough
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I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of your country and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creature from dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild, which might come and settle near them. - David Attenborough
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I suffer much less than many of my colleagues. I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival. - David Attenborough
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I think a major element of jetlag is psychological. Nobody ever tells me what time it is at home. - David Attenborough
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If I can bicycle, I bicycle. - David Attenborough
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