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Konrad Lorenz Quotes

The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this Earth can ever be.
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There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog

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The truth about an animal is far more exciting and altogether more beautiful than all the myths woven about it.

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Barking dogs occasionally bite, but laughing men hardly ever shoot.

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Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.

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More than any other product of human scientific culture scientific knowledge is the collective property of all mankind.

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Scientific truth is universal, because it is only discovered by the human brain and not made by it, as art is.

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Every danger loses some of its terror once its causes are understood.

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It must be the duty of racial hygiene to be attentive to a more severe elimination of morally inferior human beings than is the case today ... We should literally replace all factors responsible for selection in a natural and free life ... In prehistoric times of humanity, selection for endurance, heroism, social usefulness, etc. was made solely by hostile outside factors. This role must be assumed by a human organization; otherwise, humanity will, for lack of selective factors, be annihilated by the degenerative phenomena that accompany domestication.

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The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.

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We do not take humor seriously enough.

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It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.

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Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.

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We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war.

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Evil, by definition, is that which endangers the good, and the good is what we perceive as a value.

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All too willingly man sees himself as the centre of the universe, as something not belonging to the rest of nature but standing apart as a different and higher being. Many people cling to this error and remain deaf to the wisest command ever given by a sage, the famous "Know thyself" inscribed in the temple of Delphi.

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He who has seen the intimate beauty of nature cannot tear himself away from it again. He must become either a poet or a naturalist and, if his eyes are keen and his powers of observation sharp enough, he may well become both.

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All the advantages that man has gained from his ever-deepening understanding of the natural world that surrounds him, his technological, chemical and medical progress, all of which should seem to alleviate human suffering ... tends instead to favor humanity's destruction.

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Nothing can better express the feelings of the scientist towards the great unity of the laws of nature than in Immanuel Kant's words: "Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing awe: the stars above me and the moral law within me." ... Would he, who did not yet know of the evolution of the world of organisms, be shocked that we consider the moral law within us not as something given, a priori, but as something which has arisen by natural evolution, just like the laws of the heavens?

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It ought to be realized by all dog owners that obesity shortens a dog's life quite considerably, a life which is much too short anyhow.

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Few animals display their mood via facial expressions as distinctly as cats.

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I am convinced that of all the people on the two sides of the great curtain, the space pilots are the least likely to hate each other. Like the late Erich von Holst, I believe that the tremendous and otherwise not quite explicable public interest in space flight arises from the subconscious realization that it helps to preserve peace. May it continue to do so!

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One of the most dangerously vicious circles menacing the continued existence of all mankind arises through that grim striving for the highest possible position within the ranked order, in other words, the reckless pursuit of power which combines with an insatiable greed of neurotic proportions that the results of acquired power confer.

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The cat is a wild animal that inhabits the homes of humans.

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