"The main thing that gives me hope is the media. We have radio, TV, magazines, and books, so we have the possibility of learning from societies that are remote from us, like Somalia. We turn on the TV and see what blew up in Iraq or we see conditions in Afghanistan."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Jared Diamond on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Jared Diamond on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Jared Diamond on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Jared Diamond on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Jared Diamond on Earl Nightingale
"I've worked very hard in this book to keep the lines of communication open. I don't want to turn someone away from this information for partisan political reasons."
"I decided that now is the time to start doing the things that really interest me and I find important. It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that I began working on my first book... and I began putting more work into environmental history."
"Federal elections happen every two years in this country. Presidential elections every four years. And four years just isn't long enough to dismantle all the environmental laws we've got in this country."
"Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I'm optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history."
"Biology is the science. Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique."