If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.
Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process.
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do.
Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves.
Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it.
I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
The most important question we must ask ourselves is, 'Are we being good ancestors?'
Reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine he developed: It is safe, and you can't get safer than safe.
There is no such thing as failure, there's just giving up too soon.
[Who owns the patent on this vaccine?] Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine, you don't sleep well for two or three months.
The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around.
As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That's what motivates me.
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner.
This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it.
If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of evolution, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born.
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
What is ... important is that we - number one: Learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other.
If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish. If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish.
I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience.
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