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From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.
 

God is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore.
 

Grown men do not need leaders.
 

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
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Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.
 

Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
 

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers - obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.
 

I am not an atheist but an earthiest.
 

I come more and more to the conclusion that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing left that is worth saving.
 

I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. (Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!)
 

I would give ten years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park, a Morgan police horse screaming in its jaws. We can never have enough of nature.
 

I'd sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse.
 

I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake.
 

If the end does not justify the means - what can?
 

If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness.
 

In a nation of sheep, one brave man forms a majority.
 

In the Soviet Union, government controls industry. In the United States, industry controls government. That is the principal structural difference between the two great oligarchies of our time.
 

It might be wise for us, as American citizens, to consider calling a halt to the mass influx of even more millions of hungry, ignorant, unskilled, and culturally-morally-genetically, impoverished people...Why not [support immigration]? Because we prefer democratic government, for one thing; because we still hope for an open, spacious, uncrowded, and beautiful--yes beautiful!--society, for another. The alternative, in the squalor, cruelty and corruption of Latin America, is plain for all to see.
 

Knowing now what we have learned, unless the need were urgent, I could no more sink the blade of an ax into the tissues of a living tree than I could drive it into the flesh of a fellow human.
 

Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death. Loving our mysterious blue planet, we resolve riddles and dissolve all enigmas in contingent bliss.
 


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