• We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within

    Stephen Jay Gould
  • We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are

    Stephen Jay Gould
  • We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes—one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximum freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way

    Stephen Jay Gould
  • Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism--and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency

    Stephen Jay Gould
  • Obsolescence is a fate devoutly to be wished, lest science stagnate and die

    Stephen Jay Gould
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