Lewis Thomas

1913 - 1993

A Quote by Lewis Thomas

We have yet to learn how to retain our humaneness when assembled in masses.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: Lewis Thomas: "The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher"

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on society, evolve, shout, unique, individual, human being, and comprehend

Society evolves not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on memory, mind, perception, thinking, and work

The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on choice, life, mistakes, and thought

Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack for being wrong, we could never get anything useful done. We think our way along by choosing between right and wrong alternatives, and the wrong choices have to be made as often as the right ones. We get along in life this way.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on change, evolution, individuality, literature, meditation, music, people, play, poetry, society, and understanding

We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on animals, death, discontent, earth, future, ideas, life, present, and worry

We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on agreement, failure, fashion, and sports

I do not agree with this century's fashion of running down the human species as a failed try, a doomed sport. At our worst, we may be going through the early stages of adolescence, and everyone remembers what that is like.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on language

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on affection, goals, language, life, music, nature, and usefulness

We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language. . . . We have affection. We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a "common goal" of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

Contributed by: Zaady

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