Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.

โ€” Joseph Wood Krutch

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Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.

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In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.

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The advertiser is the overrewarded court jester and court pander at the democratic court.

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It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.

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The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient.

There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.

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We need some contact with the things we sprang from.

We need nature at least as a part of the context of our lives. Without cities we cannot be civilized. Without nature, without wilderness even, we are compelled to renounce an important part of our heritage.

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The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.

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If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.

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Electronic calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot solve; but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm.

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When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.

When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.

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Nothing is too great or too good to be true.

Do not believe that we can imagine things better than they are. In the long run, in the ultimate outlook, in the eye of the Creator, the possibilities of existence, the possibilities open to us, are beyond our imagination.

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What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.

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About Joseph Wood Krutch

Quotes 84 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Environmentalist
Birthday November 25, 1893

Metaphysics may be, after all, only the art of being sure of something that is not so and logic only the art of going wrong with confidence.

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Whenever man forgets that man is an animal, the result is always to make him less humane.

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Those whose conscience demands that they defy authority in some ways that involve great consequences must be willing to accept some penalty.

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Anxiety and distress, interrupted occasionally by pleasure, is the normal course of man's existence.

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Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.

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The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing.

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Long before I ever saw the desert I was aware of the mystical overtones which the observation of nature made audible to me. But I have never been more frequently or more vividly aware of them than in connection with the desert phenomena.

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The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.... Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. This is the very three a.m. of the calendar.

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As machines get to be more and more like men, men will come to be more like machines.

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Any euphemism ceases to be euphemistic after a time and the true meaning begins to show through. It's a losing game, but we keep on trying.

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The flowers never waste their sweetness on the desert air or, for that matter, on the jungle air. In fact, they waste it only when nobody except a human being is there to smell it. It is for the bugs and a few birds, not for men, that they dye their petals or waft their scents.

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Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and a sense of fair play quite as surely as they die of debauchery.

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To those who study her, Nature reveals herself as extraordinarily fertile and ingenious in devising means, but she has no ends which the human mind has been able to discover or comprehend.

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Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.

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The famous balance of nature is the most extraordinary of all cybernetic systems. Left to itself, it is always self-regulated.

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The mind leaps, and leaps perhaps with a sort of elation, through the immensities of space, but the spirit, frightened and cold, longs to have once more above its head the inverted bowl beyond which may lie whatever paradise its desires may create.

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Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational.

The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.

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An abundance of some good things is perfectly compatible with the scarcity of others; that life is everywhere precarious, man everywhere small.

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Only those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set, the leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living is.

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The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.

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Life is very persistent and very ingenious in seizing every opportunity.

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If only the fit survive and if the fitter they are the longer they survive, then Volvox must have demonstrated its superb fitness more conclusively than any higher animal ever has.

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A humanist is anyone who rejects the attempt to describe or account for man wholly on the basis of physics, chemistry or animal behaviour.

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February... Now more than ever one must remind oneself that it is wasteful folly to wish that time would pass, or - as the puritanical old saying used to have it - to kill time until it kills you.

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True tragedy may be defined as a dramatic work in which the outward failure of the principal personage is compensated for by the dignity and greatness of his character.

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The cockroach and the bird were both here long before we were. Both could.

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Being the inventor of sex would seem to be a sufficient distinction for a creature just barely large enough to be seen by the naked eye.

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A book ... unlike a television program, moving picture or any other 'modern means of communication' ... can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed.

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August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.

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To be individually righteous is the first of all duties, come what may to ones self, to one's country, to society, and to civilization itself.

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There is no such thing as a dangerous woman; there are only susceptible men.

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The typical American believes that no necessity of the soul is free and that there are precious few, if any, which cannot be bought.

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There are some optimists who search eagerly for the skunk cabbage which in February sometimes pushes itself up through the ice, and who call it a sign of spring. I wish that I could feel that way about it, but I do not. The truth of the matter, to me, is simply that skunk cabbage blooms in the winter time.

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The grand paradox of our society is this: we magnify manโ€™s right but we minimize his capacities.

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We must not judge the society of the future by considering whether or not we should like to live in it; the question is whether those who have grown up in it will be happier than those who have grown up in our society or those of the past.

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Science has always promised two things not necessarily related;

an increase first in our powers, second in our happiness or wisdom, and we have come to realize that it is the first and less important of the two promises which it has kept most abundantly.

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How anyone can profess to find animal life interesting and yet take delight in reducing the wonder of any animal to a bloody mass of fur or feathers?

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