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Alfred Russel Wallace Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred Russel Wallace.

I have since wandered among men of many races and many religions.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Modification of form is admitted to be a matter of time.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

 

What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis,
the spoonbill, and the heron?
- Alfred Russel Wallace

To expect the world to receive a new truth,
or even an old truth, without challenging it,
is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

If this is not done, future ages will certainly look
back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit
of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

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In all works on Natural History, we constantly find
details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food,
their habits, and the localities in which they are found.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

It has been generally the custom of writers on natural
history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point,
and to consider their structure and organization as
specially adapted to be in accordance with them.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of
a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with
a spiritual body or soul,
both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances
we can trace such a necessary connexion,
especially among birds, and often with more complete
success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

As well might it be said that, because we are ignorant
of the laws by which metals are produced and trees developed,
we cannot know anything of the origin of steamships and railways.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

To say that mind is a product or function of protoplasm,
or of its molecular changes, is to use words to which
we can attach no clear conception.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space,
eternity, life and death.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing
that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the
development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

The foregoing considerations lead us to the very important conclusion,
that matter is essentially force, and nothing but force;
that matter,
as popularly understood, does not exist,
and is, in fact, philosophically inconceivable.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations,
and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this,
and to see that there must be some other principle
regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I hold with Henry George, that at the back of every
great social evil will be found a great political wrong.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

What we need are not prohibitory marriage laws,
but a reformed society, an educated public opinion
which will teach individual duty in these matters.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest -
the conflict of opinion,
of religion, or of race.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's
family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best,
most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever
been my fortune to meet with,
but it produced no effect whatever on my mind.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

I've had two proposals since I've been a widow.
I am a wonderful catch, you know.
I have a lot of money.
- Ruth Rendell

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

I concentrate on exercises from the waist down,
since that is the laziest part of a woman's body.
- Tina Louise

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

This life is worth living, we can say,
since it is what we make it.
- William James

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends,
never lose a chance to make them.
- Francesco Guicciardini

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,
since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
- Thomas Kempis

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

The Internet is the most important single development
in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.
- Dave Barry

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft.
Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
- Will Rogers

Since I travel so much, it's always great to be home.
There's nothing like getting to raid my own refrigerator at two in the morning.
- Amy Grant

He who joyfully marches in rank and file
has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
- Albert Einstein

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country
16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket.
A lot has happened since then.
- Antonio Banderas

I was losing interest in politics,
when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again.
What I have done since then is pretty well known.
- Abraham Lincoln

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk.
It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
- Jean Cocteau

Biologically the species is the accumulation of the
experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
- H. G. Wells

That's the greatest comeback since Lazarus.
- Sid Waddell

Since 2000, we have lost 2.7 million manufacturing jobs,
of which 500,000 jobs were in high-tech industries
such as telecommunications and electronics.
- Jerry Costello

Although your knowledge is weak and small,
you need not be silent: since you cannot be judges be at least witnesses.
- Franz Grillparzer

Since God knows our future, our personalities,
and our capacity to listen, He isn't ever going to
say more to us than we can deal with at the moment.
- Charles Stanley

I have never done any other job.
I have sung in bands since I was 15.
I left school completely unqualified.
I have no other training.
- Alison Moyet

And then I wrote my first autobiography when I -
well,
it was 23 years ago.
And since then I've written about one book every two years.
- Joan Collins

I play the piano and have been playing since I was 7,
mainly classical Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart.
- Kiana Tom

It seems to me that since I've had children,
I've grown richer and deeper.
They may have slowed down my writing for a while,
but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
- Anne Tyler

We had two grand antique professors who had been teaching
at Lombard since before I was born.
- Carl Sandburg

On a plane you can pick up more and better people than
on any other public conveyance since the stagecoach.
- Anita Loos

Since September 11, 2001, many in this nation and this
Congress have a deeper appreciation for the importance
of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers.
- Jerry Costello

I left 'Law and Order' because I really honestly did
want to do movies and did want to be a movie star since I was a little girl.
- Angie Harmon

Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart.
As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.
- Soren Kierkegaard

As a world view, Darwinism cannot of course be refuted,
since Faith is, always has been, and always will be,
stronger than facts.
- Francis Parker Yockey

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

That's a tough question; I've been acting since I was 10.
My dad was an entrepreneur, so I guess something along those lines.
I wouldn't want a 9-5 job.
- Will Estes

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle,
and since then have followed me throughout my life.
- Edvard Munch

Finally, we need more Border Patrol agents.
Although Congress has already tripled the number of
Border Patrol agents since the late 1980s,
more are still needed.
- Ric Keller

I'm scared to death to fly commercial...
I have not flown commercial since 9/11.
- Brett Hull

Christ preferred the poor; ever since I have been converted
so have I. - John Nelson Darby

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who,
by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances,
are brought into closer connection with you.
- Augustine of Hippo


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