"The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves most things, in fact, are better in the morning."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Lewis Thomas on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Lewis Thomas on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Lewis Thomas on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Lewis Thomas on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Lewis Thomas on Winston Churchill
"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."