E. O. Wilson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old e. o. wilson quotes, e. o. wilson sayings, and e. o. wilson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.     

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Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.     

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There is no better high than discovery.     

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Ants have the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans.     

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Competing is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.     

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Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.     

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Theology made no provision for evolution.     

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To know how scientists engage in visual imagery is to understand how they think creatively.     

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The search for knowledge is in our genes. It was put there by our distant ancestors who spread across the world, and it's never going to be quenched.     

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The love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science.     

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The naturalist is a civilized hunter. He goes alone into the field or woodland and closes his mind to everything but that time and place, so that life around him presses in on all the senses and small details grow in significance. He begins the scanning search for which cognition was engineered. His mind becomes unfocused, it focuses on everything, no longer directed toward any ordinary task or social pleasantry.     

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Secular humanists can sit around and talk about their love of humanity, but it doesn't stack up against a two-millennium-old funeral high mass.      

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Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.     

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One planet, one experiment.     

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This planet can be a paradise in the 22nd century.     

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Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.     

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If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.     

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The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrinsically ennobling as any religious epic.     

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I tend to believe that religious dogma is a consequence of evolution.     

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If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.     

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We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.     

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Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril.     

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Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?     

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Jehovah had nothing to say to Moses and the others about the care of the planet. He had plenty to say about tribal loyalty and conquest.     

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Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.     

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Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.      

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