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Alexander Von Humboldt Quotes

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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With most animals, as with man, the alertness of the senses diminishes after years of work, after domestic habits and progress of culture.

— Alexander Von Humboldt

This view of a living nature where man is nothing is both odd and sad. Here, in a fertile land, in an eternal greenness, you search in vain for traces of man; you feel you are carried into a different world from the one you were born into.

— Alexander Von Humboldt

I could not possibly have been placed in circumstances more highly favorable for study and exploration than those which I now enjoy. I am free from the distractions constantly arising in civilized life from social claims. Nature offers unceasingly the most novel and fascinating objects for learning. The only drawbacks to this solitude are the want of information on the progress of scientific discovery in Europe and the lack of all the advantages arising from an interchange of ideas.

— Alexander Von Humboldt

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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Before being free, it is necessary to be just

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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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The most powerful influence exercised by the Arabs on general natural physics was that directed to the advances of chemistry ; a science for which this race created a new era.( ... ) Besides making laudatory mention of that which we owe to the natural science of the Arabs in both the terrestrial and celestial spheres, we must likewise allude to their contributions in separate paths of intellectual development to the general mass of mathematical science.

— Alexander Von Humboldt

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