57 Total Quotes

Edward Wilson Quotes

The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Information

Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Evolution

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Behavior

The brain and its satellite glands have now been probed to the point where no particular site remains that can reasonably be supposed to harbor a nonphysical mind.
Edward Wilson
#Brain

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

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.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Mankind

It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life -- for 8 billion or more people -- without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.
Edward Wilson
#Humanity

True character arises from a deeper well than religion. It is the internalization of moral principles of a society, augmented by those tenets personally chosen by the individual, strong enough to endure through trials of solitude and adversity. The principles are fitted together into what we call integrity, literally the integrated self, wherein personal decisions feel good and true. Character is in turn the enduring source of virtue. It stands by itself and excites admiration in others.
Edward Wilson
#Character

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Nature

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

If insemination were the sole biological function of sex, it could be achieved far more economically in a few seconds of mounting and insertion. Indeed, the least social of mammals mate with scarcely more ceremony. The species that have evolved long-term bonds are also, by and large, the ones that rely on elaborate courtship rituals. . . . Love and sex do indeed go together.
Edward Wilson
#Sex

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

Science is not marginal. Like art, it is a universal possession of humanity, and scientific knowledge has become a vital part of our species' repertory. It comprises what we know of the material world with reasonable certainty. . . . Thanks to science and technology, access to factual information of all kinds is rising exponentially.
Edward Wilson
#Art

Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Ideology

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies . . . I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.
Edward Wilson
#Enemies

There is a hereditary selective advantage to membership in a powerful group united by devout belief and purpose. Even when individuals subordinate themselves and risk death in common cause, their genes are more likely to be transmitted to the next generation than are those of competing groups who lack equivalent resolve.
Edward Wilson
#Belief

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the "environmentalist" view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Astronomy

There is no better high than discovery.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist #Discovery

Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.
Edward Wilson
#American Scientist