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Alfred Russel Wallace Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Alfred Russel Wallace Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

If this is not done, future ages will certainly look
back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit
of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest -
the conflict of opinion,
of religion, or of race.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I have since wandered among men of many races and many religions.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations,
and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

 

To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

To expect the world to receive a new truth,
or even an old truth, without challenging it,
is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.
- Alfred Russel Wallace


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What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis,
the spoonbill, and the heron?
- Alfred Russel Wallace

There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing
that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the
development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

What we need are not prohibitory marriage laws,
but a reformed society, an educated public opinion
which will teach individual duty in these matters.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this,
and to see that there must be some other principle
regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

In all works on Natural History, we constantly find
details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food,
their habits, and the localities in which they are found.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Modification of form is admitted to be a matter of time.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

To say that mind is a product or function of protoplasm,
or of its molecular changes, is to use words to which
we can attach no clear conception.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space,
eternity, life and death.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I hold with Henry George, that at the back of every
great social evil will be found a great political wrong.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

It has been generally the custom of writers on natural
history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point,
and to consider their structure and organization as
specially adapted to be in accordance with them.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

As well might it be said that, because we are ignorant
of the laws by which metals are produced and trees developed,
we cannot know anything of the origin of steamships and railways.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances
we can trace such a necessary connexion,
especially among birds, and often with more complete
success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of
a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with
a spiritual body or soul,
both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's
family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best,
most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever
been my fortune to meet with,
but it produced no effect whatever on my mind.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

The foregoing considerations lead us to the very important conclusion,
that matter is essentially force, and nothing but force;
that matter,
as popularly understood, does not exist,
and is, in fact, philosophically inconceivable.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
- Carl Lewis

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it open.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

A bend in the road is not the end of the road
unless you fail to make the turn.
- Anonymous

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Beating an opponent is not a goal,
but a by-product of success.
- John Wooden

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment,
full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People are not lazy.
They simply have impotent goals -
that is, goals that do not inspire them.
- Tony Robbins

Commitment cannot be taught;
it can only be caught.
I refer to the crusading spirit.
Without the crusading spirit,
you may have the starting power
but not the staying power.
- Jimmy Yen

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

It is not more vacation we need -
it is more vocation.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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