Die gefährlichste Weltanschauung ist die Weltanschauung derer, die die Welt nie angeschaut haben. (The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world)

— Alexander von Humboldt

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Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury.

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People often say that I'm curious about too many things at once.

.. But can you really forbid a man from harbouring a desire to know and embrace everything that surrounds him?

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Mere communion with nature, mere contact with the free air, exercise a soothing yet comforting and strengthening influence on the wearied mind, calm the storm of passion, and soften the heart when shaken by sorrow to its inmost depths.

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Before being free, it is necessary to be just

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Collaboration operates through a process in which the successful intellectual achievements of one person arouse the intellectual passions and enthusiasms of others.

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At no other time has Nature concentrated such a wealth of valuable nourishment into such a small space as in the cocoa bean.

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Our imagination is struck only by what is great;

but the lover of natural philosophy should reflect equally on little things.

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Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people.

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The expression of vanity and self-love becomes less offensive, when it retains something of simplicity and frankness.

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Petroleum is the product of a distillation from great depth and issues from the primitive rocks beneath which the forces of all volcanic action lie.

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There are some races more cultured and advanced and ennobled by education than others; but there are no races nobler than others. All are equally destined for freedom.

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Statistical projections which speak to the senses without fatiguing the mind, possess the advantage of fixing the attention on a great number of important facts.

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About Alexander von Humboldt

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Naturalist
Birthday September 14, 1769

It is a proverbial expression that every man is the maker of his own fortune, and we usually regard it as implying that every man by his folly or wisdom prepares good or evil for himself. But we may view it in another light, namely, that we may so accommodate ourselves to the dispositions of Providence as to be happy in our lot, whatever may be its privations.

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