Lewis Thomas Quotes
Brief author info: Lewis Thomas (1913-1993) American physician, scientist and writer.
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Cats are a standing rebuke to behavioral scientists wanting to know how the minds of animals work. The mind of a cat is an unscrutable mystery.
It is in our collective behavior that we are most mysterious.
Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and almost entirely unaccountable of all the phenomena with which we are obliged to live.
The future is too interesting and dangerous to be entrusted to any predictable, reliable agency. We need all the fallibility we can get. Most of all, we need to preserve the absolute unpredictability and total improbability of our connected minds.
It is a distortion, with something profoundly disloyal about it, to picture the human being as a teetering, fallible contraption, always needing, watching and patching, always on the verge of flapping to pieces.
Altruism has always been one of biology's deep mysteries. Why should any animal, off on its own, specified and labeled by all sorts of signals as its individual self, choose to give up its life in aid of someone else?
If an idea cannot move on its own, pushing it doesn't help; best to let it lie there.
It begins to look, more and more disturbingly, as if the gift of language is the single human trait that marks us all genetically, setting us apart from all the rest of life.
I will confess that I have no more sense of what goes on in the mind of mankind than I have for the mind of an ant.
The human mind is not meant to be governed, certainly not by any book of rules yet written; it is supposed to run itself, and we are obliged to follow it along, trying to keep up with it as best we can.
Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
The time we waste trying to find out what life is all about could be spent loving someone and finding out.
I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.