"We're uncomfortable about considering history as a science. It's classified as a social science, which is considered not quite scientific."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Jared Diamond on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Jared Diamond on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Jared Diamond on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Jared Diamond on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Jared Diamond on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."
"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."