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Welcome to our collection of quotes on biodiversity. If you know of any good biological diversity quotes that we are missing, please let us know. We hope you enjoy them -- please share widely.
quote by Edward O. Wilson: Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity? with background image: photo of author Edward O. Wilson with quote

Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?

--Edward O. Wilson
quote by Johan Rockstrom: The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems more resilient, which is a prerequisite for stable societies; its wanton destruction is akin to setting fire to our lifeboat. with background image: photo of author Johan Rockstrom with quote

The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems more resilient, which is a prerequisite for stable societies; its wanton destruction is akin to setting fire to our lifeboat.

--Johan Rockstrom
quote by David Attenborough: It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for -- the whole thing -- rather than just one or two stars. with background image: green trees under white clouds
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It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for -- the whole thing -- rather than just one or two stars.

--David Attenborough
quote by Martin Rees: Collective human actions are transforming, even ravaging, the biosphere -- perhaps irreversibly -- through global warming and loss of biodiversity. with background image: brown and white humming bird
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Collective human actions are transforming, even ravaging, the biosphere -- perhaps irreversibly -- through global warming and loss of biodiversity.

--Martin Rees

quote by D. Pariz: Biodiversity is fun, fascinating, functional, and fortunate.  But foremost, it is fundamental to our species' and our planet's health and prosperity. with background image: aerial photography of trees on mountain
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Biodiversity is fun, fascinating, functional, and fortunate. But foremost, it is fundamental to our species' and our planet's health and prosperity.

--D. Pariz
quote by Kristy Hinze: We need to act now. Otherwise the biodiversity that makes Australia so wonderfully unique is going to be lost to us forever. with background image: green leaf
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We need to act now. Otherwise the biodiversity that makes Australia so wonderfully unique is going to be lost to us forever.

--Kristy Hinze




quote by Diane Ackerman: We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own. with background image: aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime
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We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own.

--Diane Ackerman

quote by Edward O. Wilson: Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril. with background image: photo of author Edward O. Wilson with quote

Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril.

--Edward O. Wilson



quote by Edward O. Wilson: We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. with background image: photo of author Edward O. Wilson with quote

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.

--Edward O. Wilson

quote by Graciela Chichilnisky: To survive, humans need food, water, and air. Yet biodiversity, the Earth's bodies of water, and the planet's atmosphere are all under threat. with background image: pink, red, and black digital wallpaper
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To survive, humans need food, water, and air. Yet biodiversity, the Earth's bodies of water, and the planet's atmosphere are all under threat.

--Graciela Chichilnisky
quote by Guilherme Leal: Brazil has one of the greatest natural patrimonies in terms of biodiversity. with background image: green leaf tree on shore
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Brazil has one of the greatest natural patrimonies in terms of biodiversity.

--Guilherme Leal


quote by Paul Hawken: Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own. with background image: aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime
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Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own.

--Paul Hawken

quote by Eduardo Galeano: The diversity of life is so stimulating for me. with background image: photo of author Eduardo Galeano with quote

The diversity of life is so stimulating for me.

--Eduardo Galeano
quote by Johannes Kepler: The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. with background image: photo of author Johannes Kepler with quote

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.

--Johannes Kepler
quote by Seth Shostak: Planets that don't currently sport plate tectonics, such as Venus and Mars, are scarcely habitable. Tectonics might be a requirement of any world that aspires to a rich diversity of life. with background image: photo of author Seth Shostak with quote

Planets that don't currently sport plate tectonics, such as Venus and Mars, are scarcely habitable. Tectonics might be a requirement of any world that aspires to a rich diversity of life.

--Seth Shostak

quote by Aphra Behn: Variety is the soul of pleasure. with background image: photo of author Aphra Behn with quote

Variety is the soul of pleasure.

--Aphra Behn
quote by David R. Brower: Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place. with background image: photo of author David R. Brower with quote

Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place.

--David R. Brower
quote by Fabiola Gianotti: Diversity is really a richness for mankind. with background image: brown and black tiger near body of water
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Diversity is really a richness for mankind.

--Fabiola Gianotti

quote by Paul Watson: We're close to losing our essential diversity. Look at our wheat crops -- we rely on a handful of grain crops and plants that we've refined and bred over hundreds of years. with background image: photo of author Paul Watson with quote

We're close to losing our essential diversity. Look at our wheat crops -- we rely on a handful of grain crops and plants that we've refined and bred over hundreds of years.

--Paul Watson



quote by William Stanley Jevons: Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity. with background image: photo of author William Stanley Jevons with quote

Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity.

--William Stanley Jevons
quote by Thomas Berry: The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection. with background image: green lizard
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The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.

--Thomas Berry

quote by Julie Sweet: Diversity is critical to innovation. with background image: green trees on forest during daytime
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Diversity is critical to innovation.

--Julie Sweet
quote by Preeti Simran Sethi: Nearly every historic fruit and vegetable variety once found in the United States has disappeared. with background image: red metal bridge over river
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Nearly every historic fruit and vegetable variety once found in the United States has disappeared.

--Preeti Simran Sethi



quote by Edward O. Wilson: This is the assembly of life that took a billion years to evolve. It has eaten the storms-folded them into its genes-and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady. with background image: photo of author Edward O. Wilson with quote

This is the assembly of life that took a billion years to evolve. It has eaten the storms-folded them into its genes-and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady.

--Edward O. Wilson
quote by Richard Leakey: In the area of species protection, we should concern ourselves with what is right as opposed to what might be easier, or popular in the short term. with background image: photo of author Richard Leakey with quote

In the area of species protection, we should concern ourselves with what is right as opposed to what might be easier, or popular in the short term.

--Richard Leakey
quote by Richard Leakey: It's the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause. with background image: black mountain under blue sky during night time
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It's the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause.

--Richard Leakey
quote by Wes Jackson: Instead of trying to understand agriculture in its own terms, acknowledge that agriculture ultimately comes out of nature. Right now agriculture is the No. 1 threat to biodiversity on the planet. with background image: photo of author Wes Jackson with quote

Instead of trying to understand agriculture in its own terms, acknowledge that agriculture ultimately comes out of nature. Right now agriculture is the No. 1 threat to biodiversity on the planet.

--Wes Jackson


quote by William Butler Yeats: Man has created death. with background image: five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Man has created death.

--William Butler Yeats



quote by Thomas Lovejoy: Natural species are the library from which genetic engineers can work. with background image: focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf
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Natural species are the library from which genetic engineers can work.

--Thomas Lovejoy
quote by Chief Seattle: What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. with background image: green trees on forest during daytime
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What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit.

--Chief Seattle

quote by Sylvia Earle: People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity. with background image: photo of author Sylvia Earle with quote

People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity.

--Sylvia Earle
quote by David Foreman: We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity's sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight. with background image: green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime
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We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity's sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.

--David Foreman
quote by Thomas Eisner: Biodiversity is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all cost. with background image: green and white bird on black wire during daytime
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Biodiversity is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all cost.

--Thomas Eisner


quote by Frans Lanting: Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future. with background image: green and white abstract painting
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Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future.

--Frans Lanting
quote by Euripides: There is the sky, which is all men's together. with background image: sunset forest
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There is the sky, which is all men's together.

--Euripides

quote by David Suzuki: If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. with background image: photo of author David Suzuki with quote

If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.

--David Suzuki

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We wish you a sweetly diverse day!