Biology Quotes

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Every biologist has at some time asked `What is life?` and none has ever given a satisfactory answer. Science is built on the premise that Nature answers intelligent questions intelligently; so if no answer exists, there must be something wrong with the question.

Albert Szent-Györgyi

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Charles Darwin

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Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.

Theodosius Dobzhansky

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Creation is not an act but a process; it did not happen five or six thousand years ago but is going on before our eyes. Man is not compelled to be a mere spectator; he may become an assistant, a collaborator, a partner in the process of creation.

Theodosius Dobzhansky

We are survival machines - robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.

Richard Dawkins

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We don`t love babies and puppies because they`re cute. It`s the other way around: we see them as cute because evolution has designed us to love things that look like that.

Daniel Dennett

It is almost as if the human brain were specifically designed to misunderstand Darwinism, and to find it hard to believe.

Richard Dawkins

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

Thomas Carlyle

I believe I have found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.

Konrad Lorenz

Living organisms had existed on earth, without ever knowing why, for over three thousand million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin.

Richard Dawkins

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The genes are master programmers, and they are programming for their lives.

Richard Dawkins

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Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.

Daniel Dennett

Evolution is all about processes that almost never happen. Every birth in every lineage is a potential speciation event, but speciation almost never happens, not once in a million births. Mutation in DNA almost never happens - not once in a trillion copyings - but evolution depends on it. Take the set of infrequent accidents - things that almost never happen - and sort them into the happy accidents, the neutral accidents, and the fatal accidents; amplify the effects of the happy accidents - which happens automatically when you have replication and competition - and you get evolution.

Daniel Dennett

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