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Quotations about animals and wildlife

Edward Abbey – All belong with us on this one small planet

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Edward AbbeyNot only the pretty birds, but also the predators and reptiles, the ugly and unloved, the organic and inorganic – all belong here, with us, on the same small planet.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)
The Great Chain of Life

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Nature is always consistent . . .

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Ralph Waldo EmersonNature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws. She keeps her laws, and seems to transcend them. She arms and equips an animal to find its place and living in the earth, and at the same time she arms and equips another animal to destroy it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ted Andrews – What one thinks of animals reflects themselves

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Every animal is a gateway to the phenomenal world of the human spirit. What most fail to realize is that what they think of animals reflects the way they think of them selves.

Ted Andrews  

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George Orwell – Ethics and the sacredness of life

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George OrwellA man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.

George Orwell   (1903-1950)

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William Temple Hornaday – Animals have their own wisdom and folly

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William Temple HornadayTo assume that every wild beast and bird is a sacred creature, peacefully dwelling in an earthly paradise, is a mistake. They have their wisdom and their folly, their joys and their sorrows, their trials and tribulations.

William Temple Hornaday   (1854-1937)

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Thomas Henry Huxley – Every animal lives at the expense of another

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Not only does every animal live at the expense of some other animal or plant, but the very plants are at war….The individuals of a species are like the crew of a foundered ship, and none but good swimmers have a chance of reaching the land.

Thomas Henry Huxley   (1825-1895)

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Nathaniel Southgate Shaler – Influences which have been exercised on man

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Of all the influences which have been exercised on man by the care of his flocks, herds, and droves, perhaps the most important is that which has arisen from the broader development of his sympathies. The savage may be defined as a man who cares only for his family and his tribe; the civilized man as one whose kindly interest extends to mankind and beyond to all sentient beings.

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler   (1841-1906)

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Diane Ackerman – Animals are always off on some errand

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Diane AckermanOne of the things I like best about animals in the wild is that they’re always off on some errand. They have appointments to keep. It’s only we humans who wonder what we’re here for.

Diane Ackerman   (1948-)

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Frank M. Chapman – Birds appeal most strongly through song

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. . . birds will appeal most strongly to us through their songs. When your ears are attuned to the music of birds, your world will be transformed. Birds’ songs are the most eloquent of Natures’ voices.

Frank M. Chapman   (1864-1945)
Bird-Life

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Thomas Henry Huxley – The animal world like a gladiator show

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The animal world is on about the same level as a gladiator’s show. The creatures are fairly well treated, and set to fight — whereby the strongest, the swiftest, and the cunningest live to fight another day. The spectator has no need to turn his thumbs down, as no quarter is given.

Thomas Henry Huxley   (1825-1895)

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