Edward O. Wilson Quotes

Who is Edward O. Wilson?

Edward Osborne Wilson was an American biologist specialized in ants... Sounds like fun!

Born June 10, 1929
Died December 26, 2021

Best 14 Quotes by Edward O. Wilson

“Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind descends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering.”

“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.”

“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.”

“Let us see how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax in our wings.”

“One planet, one experiment.”

“People would rather believe than know.”

“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.”

“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.”

The Ants Quotes

“Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species.”

The Ants

The Creation Quotes

“We need freedom to roam across land owned by no one but protected by all, whose unchanging horizon is the same that bounded the world of our millennial ancestors.”

The Creation

The Meaning of Human Existence Quotes

“Here indeed is a major difference between people and ants: where we send our young men to war, ants send their old ladies. No moral lesson there, unless you are looking for a less expensive form of elder care.”

The Meaning of Human Existence

“The most successful scientist thinks like a poet—wide-ranging, sometimes fantastical—and works like a bookkeeper. It is the latter role that the world sees.”

The Meaning of Human Existence

The Social Conquest of Earth Quotes

“Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life.”

The Social Conquest of Earth

“The creation myth is a Darwinian device for survival.”

The Social Conquest of Earth

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“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.”

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