E. O. Wilson

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity

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

Every major religion today is a winner

Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals. -E.O Wilson

Sometimes a concept is baffling

Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong. -E.O Wilson

By any reasonable measure of achievement

By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified. -E.O Wilson

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed

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

The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone

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. -E.O Wilson

Destroying rainforest for economic gain

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. -E.O Wilson

We are drowning in information

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. -E.O Wilson

The world needs all you can give

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. -E.O Wilson

If all mankind were to disappear

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. -E.O Wilson