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Jane Goodall Quote: “There are many animal-welfare groups that sometimes seem to forget that human beings are animals too, that we need to include them in our sphere of compassion.”

There are many animal-welfare groups that sometimes seem to forget that human beings are animals too, that we need to include them in our sphere of compassion.

— Jane Goodall



Jane Goodall Quote: “I would never say I was an icon, but so many people have said I am, so I suppose I am. I mean, I can’t not be what everyone says I am. But I don’t feel like an icon.”

I would never say I was an icon, but so many people have said I am, so I suppose I am. I mean, I can’t not be what everyone says I am. But I don’t feel like an icon.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Every single day, we could be in a motorcar accident, so, we have to carry on with our lives, and not imagine terror around every corner.”

Every single day, we could be in a motorcar accident, so, we have to carry on with our lives, and not imagine terror around every corner.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I’ve always felt you don’t have to be completely detached, emotionally uninvolved to make precise observations. There’s nothing wrong with feeling great empathy for your subjects.”

I’ve always felt you don’t have to be completely detached, emotionally uninvolved to make precise observations. There’s nothing wrong with feeling great empathy for your subjects.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I didn’t want to become a professor or get tenure or teach or anything. All I wanted to do was get a degree because Louis Leakey said I needed one, which was right, and once I succeeded I could get back to the field.”

I didn’t want to become a professor or get tenure or teach or anything. All I wanted to do was get a degree because Louis Leakey said I needed one, which was right, and once I succeeded I could get back to the field.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It’s not Africa that is destroying the African rainforest, it’s selling concessions to timber companies that are not African, they are from the developed world – Japan, America, Germany, Britain.”

It’s not Africa that is destroying the African rainforest, it’s selling concessions to timber companies that are not African, they are from the developed world – Japan, America, Germany, Britain.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I think anything is better than war. The extent to which one can negotiate with fanatics, I have no idea. I don’t know.”

I think anything is better than war. The extent to which one can negotiate with fanatics, I have no idea. I don’t know.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Certainly, if you look at human behavior around the world, you have to admit that we can be very aggressive.”

Certainly, if you look at human behavior around the world, you have to admit that we can be very aggressive.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I think we’re still in a muddle with our language, because once you get words and a spoken language it gets harder to communicate.”

I think we’re still in a muddle with our language, because once you get words and a spoken language it gets harder to communicate.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Terrorism is fueled by hate. The tragedy is that there are countless young children who are being taught to hate. Terrorism is usually fueled also by poverty.”

Terrorism is fueled by hate. The tragedy is that there are countless young children who are being taught to hate. Terrorism is usually fueled also by poverty.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “However much you know giraffes, to see one in the wild for the first time feels prehistoric.”

However much you know giraffes, to see one in the wild for the first time feels prehistoric.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If you look through all the different cultures. Right from the earliest, earliest days with the animistic religions, we have sought to have some kind of explanation for our life, for our being, that is outside of our humanity.”

If you look through all the different cultures. Right from the earliest, earliest days with the animistic religions, we have sought to have some kind of explanation for our life, for our being, that is outside of our humanity.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “War had always seemed to me to be a purely human behavior. Accounts of warlike behavior date back to the very first written records of human history; it seemed to be an almost universal characteristic of human groups.”

War had always seemed to me to be a purely human behavior. Accounts of warlike behavior date back to the very first written records of human history; it seemed to be an almost universal characteristic of human groups.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I cannot remember a time when I did not want to go to Africa to study animals.”

I cannot remember a time when I did not want to go to Africa to study animals.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “The chimpanzees taught me a lot about nonverbal communication. The big difference between them and us is that they don’t have spoken language. Everything else is almost the same: Kissing, embracing, swaggering, shaking the fist.”

The chimpanzees taught me a lot about nonverbal communication. The big difference between them and us is that they don’t have spoken language. Everything else is almost the same: Kissing, embracing, swaggering, shaking the fist.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I’m always pushing for human responsibility. Given that chimpanzees and many other animals are sentient and sapient, then we should treat them with respect.”

I’m always pushing for human responsibility. Given that chimpanzees and many other animals are sentient and sapient, then we should treat them with respect.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I had a wonderful teacher about animal behavior.”

I had a wonderful teacher about animal behavior.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I always loved animals. And when I was ten, I decided I had to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them.”

I always loved animals. And when I was ten, I decided I had to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Mainly because as women’s education increases all around the planet, we find that family size tends to drop.”

Mainly because as women’s education increases all around the planet, we find that family size tends to drop.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “When I began in 1960, individuality wasn’t an accepted thing to look for; it was about species-specific behaviour. But animal behaviour is not hard science. There’s room for intuition.”

When I began in 1960, individuality wasn’t an accepted thing to look for; it was about species-specific behaviour. But animal behaviour is not hard science. There’s room for intuition.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “We have language and they do not. Chimps communicate by embracing, patting, looking – all these things. And they have lots of sounds. But they cannot sit and discuss. They cannot teach about things that are not present, as far as we know.”

We have language and they do not. Chimps communicate by embracing, patting, looking – all these things. And they have lots of sounds. But they cannot sit and discuss. They cannot teach about things that are not present, as far as we know.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “You’re thinking about putting scientists into small cages and doing research on them. I wish it could happen sometimes.”

You’re thinking about putting scientists into small cages and doing research on them. I wish it could happen sometimes.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It made me feel particularly sickened to know that this kind of callous attitude toward animals is repeated again and again in laboratories around this country.”

It made me feel particularly sickened to know that this kind of callous attitude toward animals is repeated again and again in laboratories around this country.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “But does that mean that war and violence are inevitable? I would argue not because we have also evolved this amazingly sophisticated intellect, and we are capable of controlling our innate behavior a lot of the time.”

But does that mean that war and violence are inevitable? I would argue not because we have also evolved this amazingly sophisticated intellect, and we are capable of controlling our innate behavior a lot of the time.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Chimps are very quick to have a sudden fight or aggressive episode, but they’re equally as good at reconciliation.”

Chimps are very quick to have a sudden fight or aggressive episode, but they’re equally as good at reconciliation.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I don’t spend that much time being introspective, believe it or not. All I know is that I grew up not questioning God because that’s how you are. God was there like the birds and the wind.”

I don’t spend that much time being introspective, believe it or not. All I know is that I grew up not questioning God because that’s how you are. God was there like the birds and the wind.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Some humans are mathematicians-others aren’t.”

Some humans are mathematicians-others aren’t.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “One cannot watch chimpanzee infants for long without realizing that they have the same emotional need for affection and reassurance as human children.”

One cannot watch chimpanzee infants for long without realizing that they have the same emotional need for affection and reassurance as human children.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Lasting change is a series of compromises.”

Lasting change is a series of compromises.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If we do not do something to help these creatures, we make a mockery of the whole concept of justice.”

If we do not do something to help these creatures, we make a mockery of the whole concept of justice.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.” Jane Goodall.”

It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.” Jane Goodall.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I had been told from school onwards that the best definition of a human being was man the tool-maker – yet I had just watched a chimp tool-maker in action. I remember that day as vividly as if it was yesterday.”

I had been told from school onwards that the best definition of a human being was man the tool-maker – yet I had just watched a chimp tool-maker in action. I remember that day as vividly as if it was yesterday.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves.”

The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I got to Africa. I got the opportunity to go and learn, not about any animal, but chimpanzees. I was living in my dream world, the forest in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. It was Tanganyika when I began.”

I got to Africa. I got the opportunity to go and learn, not about any animal, but chimpanzees. I was living in my dream world, the forest in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. It was Tanganyika when I began.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Certainly it’s very often true that women tend to be a bit quieter and more prepared to sit there and let the animal tell you things.”

Certainly it’s very often true that women tend to be a bit quieter and more prepared to sit there and let the animal tell you things.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “We can’t leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world’s people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources.”

We can’t leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world’s people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Consider the farmer who sprays his fields with insecticide to kill the bugs that are damaging his crops. He kills thousands of harmless insects as well, including some that actually do good, such as bees that pollinate the flowers and give us honey. Creatures that feed on insects, especially birds, also get sick and die. In the end, because the poisonous chemicals get widely distributed, humans may become sick, too.”

Consider the farmer who sprays his fields with insecticide to kill the bugs that are damaging his crops. He kills thousands of harmless insects as well, including some that actually do good, such as bees that pollinate the flowers and give us honey. Creatures that feed on insects, especially birds, also get sick and die. In the end, because the poisonous chemicals get widely distributed, humans may become sick, too.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Most Africans don’t get to see these wild animals at all. Once they see and learn about them, they are much more likely to become involved in protecting the environment.”

Most Africans don’t get to see these wild animals at all. Once they see and learn about them, they are much more likely to become involved in protecting the environment.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “If I were a bird that needs feathers to fly higher, my mother would be my strongest feather. She was extremely supportive. When I was one and a half, I took a whole handful of earthworms to bed with me. My mother said very quietly, “Jane, they will die if they leave the earth.” And so, together, we put them back into the garden.”

If I were a bird that needs feathers to fly higher, my mother would be my strongest feather. She was extremely supportive. When I was one and a half, I took a whole handful of earthworms to bed with me. My mother said very quietly, “Jane, they will die if they leave the earth.” And so, together, we put them back into the garden.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “It was both fascinating and appalling to learn that chimpanzees were capable of hostile and territorial behavior that was not unlike certain forms of primitive human warfare.”

It was both fascinating and appalling to learn that chimpanzees were capable of hostile and territorial behavior that was not unlike certain forms of primitive human warfare.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I was even accused of teaching the chimps how to fish for termites which I mean that would have been such a brilliant coup.”

I was even accused of teaching the chimps how to fish for termites which I mean that would have been such a brilliant coup.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Some people say... that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. We’re not very good at it though, are we?”

Some people say... that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. We’re not very good at it though, are we?

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Grub and Derek sitting on the veranda of the house in Dar es Salaam. Derek was a nationalized Tanzanian. He knew Swahili as well as he knew English. And he was liked and respected by almost all Tanzanians, including the Kigoma officials and my own field staff. He helped me to build up a new research center, where almost all the observations were made by the Tanzanian field staff. The.”

Grub and Derek sitting on the veranda of the house in Dar es Salaam. Derek was a nationalized Tanzanian. He knew Swahili as well as he knew English. And he was liked and respected by almost all Tanzanians, including the Kigoma officials and my own field staff. He helped me to build up a new research center, where almost all the observations were made by the Tanzanian field staff. The.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “He had instigated a detailed study of the limb bones and locomotor patterns of a number of modern antelopes; the functions of varying bone structures of their legs could then be ascertained. Then, from the structure of fossil antelope bones reconstructed their movements.”

He had instigated a detailed study of the limb bones and locomotor patterns of a number of modern antelopes; the functions of varying bone structures of their legs could then be ascertained. Then, from the structure of fossil antelope bones reconstructed their movements.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “I well remember writing to Louis about my first observations, describing how David Graybeard not only used bits of straw to fish for termites but actually stripped leaves from a stem and thus made a tool. And I remember too receiving the now oft-quoted telegram he sent in response to my letter: “Now we must redefine tool, redefine Man, or accept chimpanzees as humans.” There.”

I well remember writing to Louis about my first observations, describing how David Graybeard not only used bits of straw to fish for termites but actually stripped leaves from a stem and thus made a tool. And I remember too receiving the now oft-quoted telegram he sent in response to my letter: “Now we must redefine tool, redefine Man, or accept chimpanzees as humans.” There.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Thousands of people who say they love animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.”

Thousands of people who say they love animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “So, let us move forward with faith in ourselves, in our intelligence, in our indomitable spirit. Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion and love.”

So, let us move forward with faith in ourselves, in our intelligence, in our indomitable spirit. Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion and love.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “When I was young, I knew that, somehow, I would go to Africa and live with animals. And I wanted to write books about them. I don’t think I spent too much time wondering exactly how I would do it. I just felt sure that the right opportunity would somehow come. I didn’t feel frustrated because I could not go a really long trip while Rusty was still alive. It would have seemed like a betrayal. And while I waited I went on learning.”

When I was young, I knew that, somehow, I would go to Africa and live with animals. And I wanted to write books about them. I don’t think I spent too much time wondering exactly how I would do it. I just felt sure that the right opportunity would somehow come. I didn’t feel frustrated because I could not go a really long trip while Rusty was still alive. It would have seemed like a betrayal. And while I waited I went on learning.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “Here was a chimpanzee using a tool... That was object modification – the crude beginning of tool making.”

Here was a chimpanzee using a tool... That was object modification – the crude beginning of tool making.

— Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall Quote: “How can you stop yourself from yelling and shouting and accusing everyone of cruelty? The easy answer is that the aggressive approach simply doesn’t work.”

How can you stop yourself from yelling and shouting and accusing everyone of cruelty? The easy answer is that the aggressive approach simply doesn’t work.

— Jane Goodall

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