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Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth's surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one after another, like the individuals which compose them. There is no possibility of escaping from this conclusion.
- Sir Charles Lyell
Life is a copiously branching bush, continually pruned by the grim reaper of extinction, not a ladder of predictable progress.
- Stephen Jay Gould
We don't know for sure how many species there are, where they can be found or how fast they're disappearing. It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
- Edward O Wilson
It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.
- David Attenborough
Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.
- Carl Sagan
In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.
- Samuel Beckett
There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation.
- Herman Daly
When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some great writer have perished.
- Theodore Roosevelt
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.
- Chief Seattle
We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do not love.
~ Stephen Jay Gould
"They are all beasts of burden in a sense," Thoreau once remarked of animals, "made to carry some portion of our thoughts." Animals are the old language of the imagination; one of the ten thousand tragedies of their disappearance would be a silencing of this speech.
- Rebecca Solnit
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence.
- Wallace Stegner
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.
- Steven Weinberg
Most evolving lineages, human or otherwise, when threatened with extinction, don't do anything special to avoid it.
- George C. Williams
Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Marin Luther King, Jr.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells
We're just discovering that we're in the middle of a mass extinction. the worst thing that's happened to the earth in sixty-five million years is happening now. What's necessary is for us to understand that, really, at the root of things is community. and when I say "community," I mean the whole earth community. Let's build a civilization that is based upon the reality of our relationships. The first step is just paying attention.
- Brian Swimme
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