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Asa Gray Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Asa Gray.

In short, the animal and vegetable lines,
diverging widely above, join below in a loop.
- Asa Gray

Is it philosophical, is it quite allowable,
to assume without evidence from fossil plants that
the family or any of the genera was once larger and
wide spread? and occupied a continuous area?
- Asa Gray

Why is it not just as likely that there were as many
small general nearly at first as now,
and as great a disproportion in the number of their species?
- Asa Gray

It remains to consider what attitude thoughtful men
and Christian believers should take respecting them,
and how they stand related to beliefs of another order.
- Asa Gray

 

Your candor is worth everything to your cause.
It is refreshing to find a person with a new theory
who frankly confesses that he finds difficulties,
insurmountable, at least for the present.
- Asa Gray

I know some people who never have any difficulties to speak of.
The moment I understood your premisses,
I felt sure you had a real foundation to hold on.
- Asa Gray

I am sufficiently convinced already that the members
of a profession know their own calling better than anyone else can know it.
- Asa Gray

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It was implicitly supposed that every living thing
was distinctively plant or animal;
that there were real and profound differences between the two,
if only they could be seized.
- Asa Gray

But it was soon ascertained that this quaternary matter
of the animal body was chemically the same in the plant,
was elaborated there, and only appropriated by the animal.
- Asa Gray

Many years ago it was taught that plants and animals
were composed of different materials:
plants,
of a chemical substance of three elements,-
carbon,
hydrogen, and oxygen; animals of one of four elements,
nitrogen being added to the other three.
- Asa Gray

Next it was found that it was physiologically and structurally the same in the plant,
that it was the living part of the plant,
that which manifested the life and did the work in
vegetable as well as in animal organisms.
- Asa Gray

The former conviction that these two kingdoms were
wholly different in structure,
in function, and in kind of life, was not seriously
disturbed by the difficulties which the naturalist
encountered when he undertook to define them.
- Asa Gray

There is a class, moreover, by whom all these scientific theories,
and more are held as ascertained facts,
and as the basis of philosophical inferences which
strike at the root of theistic beliefs.
- Asa Gray

I proceed with the proper subject of this discourse;
namely,
the further changes in scientific belief,
which have occurred within my own recollection,
even since the time when I first aspired to authorship,
now forty- five years ago.
- Asa Gray

I take it for granted that you do not wish to hear
an echo from the pulpit nor from the theological class-room.
- Asa Gray

It was always understood that plants and animals,
though completely contrasted in their higher representatives,
approached each other very closely in their lower and simpler forms.
But they were believed not to blend.
- Asa Gray

We may take it to be the accepted idea that the Mosaic
books were not handed down to us for our instruction in scientific knowledge,
and that it is our duty to ground our scientific beliefs
upon observation and inference,
unmixed with considerations of a different order.
- Asa Gray

This substance, which is manifold in its forms and
protean in its transformations,
has, in its state of living matter, one physiological
name which has become familiar,
that of protoplasm.
- Asa Gray

I accept extinction as best explaining disjoined species.
I see that the same cause must have reduced many species of great range to small,
and that it may have reduced large genera to so small,
and of families.
- Asa Gray

The best opinion now is, that there are multitudinous
forms which are not sufficiently differentiated to
be distinctively either plant or animal,
while, as respects ordinary plants and animals,
the difficulty of laying down a definition has become
far greater than ever before.
- Asa Gray

Indeed upon much that may have to say,
I expect rather the charitable judgment than the full
assent of those whose approbation I could most wish to win.
- Asa Gray

We have spoken of beings so low in the scale that the
individuals throughout their whole existence are not
sufficiently specialized to be distinctively plant or animal:
yet these are definite life in simpler shape.
- Asa Gray

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Embrace your uniqueness.
Time is much too short to be
living someone else's life.
- Kobi Yamada

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Life is short,
Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly,
Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret
ANYTHING
That makes you smile
- Mark Twain

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
- Jacqueline Schiff

There is no short cut to achievement.
Life requires thorough preparation -
veneer isn't worth anything.
- George Washington Carver

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Falling out of love is very enlightening.
For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
- Iris Murdoch

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I love short trips to New York; to me it is the finest three-day town on earth.
- James Cameron

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The attempt to combine wisdom and power
has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
- Albert Einstein

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed
by choosing personality over character.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Worry is spiritual short sight.
Its cure is intelligent faith.
- Paul Brunton

Work is hard.
Distractions are plentiful.
And time is short.
- Adam Hochschild

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
- Walter Elliot

In youth the days are short and the years are long.
In old age the years are short and day's long.
- Pope Paul VI

Anger is a short madness.
- Horace

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.
- Jules Feiffer

Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
- Henry Van Dyke

You only live a short time...
and you are dead a long time.
- Johan Huizinga

I have done some short pieces that are not horror.
- Richard King

You were about five feet short of a ten feet jump?
- Johnny Knoxville

All in all, I wouldn't call it a bad outing.
It was a short outing.
- Frank Robinson

I think a benefit is that we try to put it up in a short time.
From the decision to do this mission until we fly,
it's six months and one week or so, so it's a very short time.
- Claude Nicollier

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best,
and the old words best of all.
- Winston Churchill

Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.
- Gene Fowler

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass,
his life is not merely brutish and short,
but dull and mechanical.
- Herbert Read

For me, writing a short story is much,
much harder than writing a novel.
- Lynn Abbey

Directors are never in short supply of girlfriends.
- Bob Fosse

I have only ever made one prayer to God,
a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.
And God granted it.
- Voltaire

Fiction came quite a while later.
I began with short stories and fiction for children.
- Helen Dunmore

Chances are that neither the client nor the agency
will ever know very much about what role the ad has
played in sales or profits of the client,
either short-term or long-term.
- Michael Schudson

I think it's healthy for couples to be away from each other for short periods.
- Liv Tyler


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