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Jane Goodall Quote: “Today it is generally accepted that although the earliest humans probably ate some meat, it was unlikely to have played a major role in their diet. Plants would have been a much more important source of food.”

Today it is generally accepted that although the earliest humans probably ate some meat, it was unlikely to have played a major role in their diet. Plants would have been a much more important source of food.

— Jane Goodall



Jane Goodall Quote: “Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.”

Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle... If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that’s what will give you hope.”

I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle... If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that’s what will give you hope.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.”

One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “You cannot share your life with a dog, as I had done in Bournemouth, or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.”

You cannot share your life with a dog, as I had done in Bournemouth, or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It’s the bond between mother and child, which is really, for us and for chimps and other primates, the root of all the expressions of social behavior.”

It’s the bond between mother and child, which is really, for us and for chimps and other primates, the root of all the expressions of social behavior.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I thought my life was mapped out. Research, living in the forest, teaching and writing. But in ’86 I went to a conference and realised the chimpanzees were disappearing. I had worldwide recognition and a gift of communication. I had to use them.”

I thought my life was mapped out. Research, living in the forest, teaching and writing. But in ’86 I went to a conference and realised the chimpanzees were disappearing. I had worldwide recognition and a gift of communication. I had to use them.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “There isn’t a sharp line dividing humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. All the time, we find animals doing things that, in our arrogance, we thought were just human.”

There isn’t a sharp line dividing humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. All the time, we find animals doing things that, in our arrogance, we thought were just human.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That’s what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.”

From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That’s what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If we allow the destruction of the environment, we can see the terrorists have utterly won, and are destroying the future of our children and grandchildren. We must not let that happen.”

If we allow the destruction of the environment, we can see the terrorists have utterly won, and are destroying the future of our children and grandchildren. We must not let that happen.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Chimps taught us we’re not separated from the animal kingdom, we’re a part of it.”

Chimps taught us we’re not separated from the animal kingdom, we’re a part of it.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I am living in the Africa I have always longed for, always felt stirring in my blood.”

I am living in the Africa I have always longed for, always felt stirring in my blood.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.”

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I believe the only hope for mankind lies in the hands of our young people.”

I believe the only hope for mankind lies in the hands of our young people.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “The cheapest and most efficient way of slowing down global warming is to protect and restore the forests, particularly the tropical forests.”

The cheapest and most efficient way of slowing down global warming is to protect and restore the forests, particularly the tropical forests.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If we could just stop building up armies and things like that, we would have all the money we need for wildlife and poverty.”

If we could just stop building up armies and things like that, we would have all the money we need for wildlife and poverty.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “But let us not forget that human love and compassion are equally deeply rooted in our primate heritage, and in this sphere too our sensibilities are of a higher order of magnitude than those of chimpanzees.”

But let us not forget that human love and compassion are equally deeply rooted in our primate heritage, and in this sphere too our sensibilities are of a higher order of magnitude than those of chimpanzees.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “We find animals doing things that we, in our arrogance, used to think was “just human”.”

We find animals doing things that we, in our arrogance, used to think was “just human”.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationists themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.”

There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationists themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “People say to me so often, ‘Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful,’ and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.”

People say to me so often, ‘Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful,’ and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I don’t think that faith, whatever you’re being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don’t want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There’s so much mystery. There’s so much awe.”

I don’t think that faith, whatever you’re being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don’t want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There’s so much mystery. There’s so much awe.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Well, in some ways we’re not successful at all. We’re destroying our home. That’s not a bit successful.”

Well, in some ways we’re not successful at all. We’re destroying our home. That’s not a bit successful.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “The only possible way to get somebody to change is to reach into their hearts.”

The only possible way to get somebody to change is to reach into their hearts.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “We are unique. Chimpanzees are unique. Dogs are unique. But we humans are just not as different as we used to think.”

We are unique. Chimpanzees are unique. Dogs are unique. But we humans are just not as different as we used to think.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “And always I have this feeling – which may not be true at all – that I am being used as a messenger.”

And always I have this feeling – which may not be true at all – that I am being used as a messenger.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message.”

I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Especially now when views are becoming more polarized, we must work to understand each other across political, religious and national boundaries.”

Especially now when views are becoming more polarized, we must work to understand each other across political, religious and national boundaries.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don’t want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings.”

Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don’t want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “You aren’t going to save the world on your own. But you might inspire a generation of kids to save it for all of us. You would be amazed at what inspired children can do.”

You aren’t going to save the world on your own. But you might inspire a generation of kids to save it for all of us. You would be amazed at what inspired children can do.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Words can be said in bitterness and anger, and often there seems to be an element of truth in the nastiness. And words don’t go away, they just echo around.”

Words can be said in bitterness and anger, and often there seems to be an element of truth in the nastiness. And words don’t go away, they just echo around.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I like some animals more than some people, some people more than some animals.”

I like some animals more than some people, some people more than some animals.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I learnt from Flo how to be mother. Flo was patient, tolerant. She was supportive. She was always there. She was playful. She enjoyed having her babies, as good mothers do.”

I learnt from Flo how to be mother. Flo was patient, tolerant. She was supportive. She was always there. She was playful. She enjoyed having her babies, as good mothers do.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle.”

I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other’s company.”

I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Terrorism is usually fueled by poverty, and the fanatical faith of the terrorists who truly believe that the more people they kill who do not subscribe to their faith, the greater their reward in heaven.”

Terrorism is usually fueled by poverty, and the fanatical faith of the terrorists who truly believe that the more people they kill who do not subscribe to their faith, the greater their reward in heaven.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “You may not believe in evolution, and that is all right. How we humans came to be the way we are is far less important than how we should act now to get out of the mess we have made for ourselves.”

You may not believe in evolution, and that is all right. How we humans came to be the way we are is far less important than how we should act now to get out of the mess we have made for ourselves.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Even chimps understand the concept – if a troop of chimps enters a fruit tree, they will only pick the fruits that are ripe and leave the others growing. That is sustainability.”

Even chimps understand the concept – if a troop of chimps enters a fruit tree, they will only pick the fruits that are ripe and leave the others growing. That is sustainability.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I believe that accurate knowledge is very, very important, but find that out in free time. Don’t let it take over every hour of the day. Perhaps most important, talk about it.”

I believe that accurate knowledge is very, very important, but find that out in free time. Don’t let it take over every hour of the day. Perhaps most important, talk about it.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It was because the chimps are so eye-catching, so like us and teach us so much that my work was recognised worldwide.”

It was because the chimps are so eye-catching, so like us and teach us so much that my work was recognised worldwide.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Women tend to be more intuitive, or to admit to being intuitive, and maybe the hard science approach isn’t so attractive. The way that science is taught is very cold. I would never have become a scientist if I had been taught like that.”

Women tend to be more intuitive, or to admit to being intuitive, and maybe the hard science approach isn’t so attractive. The way that science is taught is very cold. I would never have become a scientist if I had been taught like that.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “As human beings, we can encompass a vague feeling of what the universe is, and all in this funny little brain here – so there has to be something more than just brain, it has to be something to do with spirit as well.”

As human beings, we can encompass a vague feeling of what the universe is, and all in this funny little brain here – so there has to be something more than just brain, it has to be something to do with spirit as well.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I shouldn’t have named the chimps. It wasn’t scientific. I didn’t know. I knew nothing. And worse sin of all was that I was ascribing to them emotions like happiness, sadness and so forth.”

I shouldn’t have named the chimps. It wasn’t scientific. I didn’t know. I knew nothing. And worse sin of all was that I was ascribing to them emotions like happiness, sadness and so forth.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If plants could be credited with reasoning powers, we would marvel at the imaginative ways they bribe or ensnare other creatures to carry out their wishes.”

If plants could be credited with reasoning powers, we would marvel at the imaginative ways they bribe or ensnare other creatures to carry out their wishes.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Animals were my passion from even before I could speak apparently. When I was about 10, 11 I fell in love with Tarzan.”

Animals were my passion from even before I could speak apparently. When I was about 10, 11 I fell in love with Tarzan.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature.”

Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “That’s what keeps me going. Everywhere I go there are young people with shining eyes wanting to tell me, “Dr. Jane, we’re going to make the world a better place.””

That’s what keeps me going. Everywhere I go there are young people with shining eyes wanting to tell me, “Dr. Jane, we’re going to make the world a better place.”

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Chimpanzees, more than any other living creature, have helped us to understand that there is no sharp line between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a very blurry line, and it’s getting more blurry all the time.”

Chimpanzees, more than any other living creature, have helped us to understand that there is no sharp line between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a very blurry line, and it’s getting more blurry all the time.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I’ve learned that if you want people to join in any kind of conservation effort, you have to help them to care with their hearts, not just their heads.”

I’ve learned that if you want people to join in any kind of conservation effort, you have to help them to care with their hearts, not just their heads.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Some people say, therefore, that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior.”

Some people say, therefore, that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “As a child, we couldn’t afford holidays overseas, so instead I travelled through books. I was inspired by Dr Dolittle and Tarzan.”

As a child, we couldn’t afford holidays overseas, so instead I travelled through books. I was inspired by Dr Dolittle and Tarzan.

— Jane Goodall

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