"If you want to use a cliche you must take full responsibility for it yourself and not try to fob it off on anon., or on society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Lewis Thomas on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Lewis Thomas on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Lewis Thomas on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Lewis Thomas on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Lewis Thomas on Mahatma Gandhi
"A lot of people fear death because they think that so overwhelming an experience has to be painful, but I've seen quite a few deaths, and, with one exception, I've never known anyone to undergo anything like agony. That's amazing when you think about it. I mean, how complicated the mechanism is that's being taken apart."
"A multitude of bees can tell the time of day, calculate the geometry of the sun's position, argue about the best location for the next swarm. Bees do a lot of close observing of other bees maybe they know what follows stinging and do it anyway."
"I won't compare ants and people, but ants give us a useful model of how single members of a community can become so organized that they end up resembling, in effect, one big collective brain. Our own exploding population and communication technology are leading us that way."
"Survival, in the cool economics of biology, means simply the persistence of one's own genes in the generations to follow."
"There's really no such thing as the agony of dying. I'm quite sure that pain is shut off at the moment of death. You see, something happens when the body knows it's about to go. Peptide hormones are released by cells in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Endorphins. They attach themselves to the cells responsible for feeling pain."