Welcome...to Jurassic Park!— Michael Crichton
The most relaxing Michael Crichton quotes to get the best of your day
Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort.
You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can't be given away : it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.
Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.
Books aren't written - they're rewritten.
Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
The extreme positions of the Crossfire Syndrome require extreme simplification - framing the debate in terms which ignore the real issues.
You think you can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity.
. . . . We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.
The purpose of life is to stay alive.
Watch any animal in nature--all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn't care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal's behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct.
Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else.
Social control is best managed through fear.
Harassment is about power---the undue exercise of power by a superior over a subordinate.
Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers.
Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.
The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.
...scientific power is like inherited wealth: attained without discipline. You read what others have done, and you take the next step. You can do it very young...there is no mastery, old scientists are ignored. There is no humility before nature...Its a form of inherited wealth. And you know what assholes congenitally rich people are.
The doctor is not a miracle worker who can magically save us but, rather, an expert adviser who can assist us in our own recovery.
Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we're a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that's our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
Safety is the last refuge of the scoundrel!
The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.
The system didn't screw you. The system revealed you.
We live in a world of frightful givens.
It is given that you will behave like this, given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.
All your life people will tell you things.
And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they'll tell you will be wrong.
Most areas of intellectual life have discovered the virtues of speculation, and have embraced them wildly. In academia, speculation is usually dignified as theory.
All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you.
Don't you take it away from yourself.
They believed that prediction was just a function of keeping track of things.
If you knew enough, you could predict anything. That's been cherished scientific belief since Newton.' And?' Chaos theory throws it right out the window.
Sometimes I look around my living room, and the most real thing in the room is the television. It's bright and vivid, and the rest of my life looks drab. So I turn the damn thing off. That does it every time. Get my life back.
Each person bears a fear which is special to him.
One man fears a close space and another man fears drowning; each laughs at the other and calls him stupid. Thus fear is only a preference, to be counted the same as the preference for one woman or another, or mutton for pig, or cabbage for onion.
Scientific research was much like prospecting: you went out and you hunted, armed with your maps and instruments, but in the ened your preparations did not matter, or even your intuition. You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.
I think every writer should have tattooed backwards on his forehead, like ambulance on ambulances, the words 'everybody needs an editor.
And that's how things are. A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there. . . . And at the end of your life, your whole existence has the same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day.
I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.
You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct.
They didn't understand what they were doing.
I'm afraid that will be on the tombstone of the human race.
Personally, I don't deal much in theory.
I have to deal with the facts. And on the basis of facts, I don't see much difference in the behavior of men and women.
Life will find a way.
Raising children is, in a sense, the reason the society exists in the first place. It's the most important thing that happens, and it's the culmination of all the tools and language and social structure that has evolved.
People were so naive about plants, Ellie thought.
They just chose plants for appearance, as they would choose a picture for the wall. It never occurred to them that plants were actually living things, busily performing all the living functions of respiration, ingestion, excretion, reproduction---and defense.
Finally, I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked.
Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.
We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionists. We are pro-private sector or pro-government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us hold these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.
In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results.
In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.
I operate under the assumption that the mass media will never be accurate.
... It operates with the objective to simplify and exaggerate, which is exactly what Walt Disney told his cartoonists.
Increasingly, people perceive no difference between the narcissistic self-serving reporters asking questions, and the narcissistic self-serving politicians who evade them.
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
Everyone has a hidden agenda. Except me!
Without question, the notion of the doctor as a legitimate fee-for-service entrepreneur, making his fortune from misfortunes of his patients, is old-fashioned, distasteful, and doomed.
You've never heard of Chaos theory? Non-linear equations? Strange attractors? Ms. Sattler, I refuse to believe you're not familiar with the concept of attraction.
Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.
Living systems are never in equilibrium.
They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.