„It is a curious feature of our existance that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it.“
Source: A Short History of Nearly Everything
Summing up the documentation Wonders of the Solar System, episode 5
Source: A Short History of Nearly Everything
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Source: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990 Update), Journeys in Space and Time [Episode 8], 54 min 55 sec
Context: Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours and every one of them is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet at this moment, here we face a critical branch point in history, what we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants, it is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition or greed or stupidity we could plunge our world into a time of darkness deeper than the time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissance. But we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet.
— Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014
— Gideon Mantell British scientist and obstetrician 1790 - 1852
The Wonders of Geology (1839)
— Jonathan Carroll novelist, short story writer 1949
— E.M. Forster English novelist 1879 - 1970
Two Cheers for Democracy (1951)
— Benjamin Creme artist, author, esotericist 1922 - 2016
The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom (1980)
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Source: Tears and Saints (1937)
Source: The Martian Chronicles
— Lynn Margulis American evolutionary biologist 1938 - 2011
Source: Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution
Source: The Alchemist (1988), p. 93
— David Icke English writer and public speaker 1952
Source: The Veil of Tears
— Yevgeniy Chazov Russian physician 1929
Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech (1985)
Context: I am convinced that today is a great and exciting day not only for the members of our international movement but also for all physicians on our planet, irrespective of their political and religious beliefs. For the first time in history, their selfless service for the cause of maintaining life on Earth is marked by the high Nobel Prize. True to the Hippocratic Oath, we cannot keep silent knowing what final epidemic-nuclear war — can bring to humankind. The bell of Hiroshima rings in our hearts not as a funeral knell, but as an alarm bell calling out to actions to protect life on our planet.
We were among the first to demolish the nuclear illusions that existed and to unveil the true face of nuclear weapons — the weapons of genocide. We warned the peoples and governments that medicine would be helpless to offer even minimal relief to the hundreds of millions of victims of nuclear war.
However, our contacts with patients inspire our faith in the human reason. Peoples are heedful of the voice of physicians who warn them of the danger and recommend the means of prevention.
spirituality and wisdom
Source: The Turning Point (1982), Ch. 1. The Turning of the Tide.
"Uniformity and Catastrophe", p. 147
Ever Since Darwin (1977)
— Masaaki Imai Japanese business theorist and consultant 1930
Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management (ed. McGraw Hill Professional, 1997), ISBN 9780071368162
Source: Cosmos (1980), p. 103
— George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
Essentials to Peace (1953)
Context: In America we have not suffered the destruction of our homes, our towns, and our cities. We have not been enslaved for long periods, at the complete mercy of a conqueror. We have enjoyed freedom in its fullest sense. In fact, we have come to think in terms of freedom and the dignity of the individual more or less as a matter of course, and our apparent unconcern until times of acute crisis presents a difficult problem to the citizens of the countries of Western Europe, who have seldom been free from foreign threat to their freedom, their dignity, and their security. I think nevertheless that the people of the United States have fully demonstrated their willingness to fight and die in the terrible struggle for the freedom we all prize... I recognize that there are bound to be misunderstandings under the conditions of wide separation between your countries and mine. But I believe the attitude of cooperation has been thoroughly proven.
— Ann Druyan American author and producer 1949
Ann Druyan interviewed by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. — "Ann Druyan Talks About Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe … and Carl Sagan" http://www.csicop.org/si/show/ann_druyan_talks_about_science_religion/. Skeptical Inquirer 27 (6). November–December 2003.