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Carl Linnaeus Quotes


“If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too.”


“The first step in wisdom is to know the things themselves; this notion consists in having a true idea of the objects; objects are distinguished and known by classifying them methodically and giving them appropriate names. Therefore, classification and”


“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.”


“In natural science the principles of truth ought to be confirmed by observation.”


“It is not God, but people themselves who shorten their lives by not keeping physically fit.”


“Nature does not proceed by leaps.”


“The plant kingdom covers the entire earth, offering our senses great pleasure and the delights of summer.”


“A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discovers are among them, as comets amongst the stars.”


“As one sits here in summertime and listens to the cuckoo and all the other bird songs, the crackling and buzzing of insects, as one gazes at the shining colors of flowers, doth one become dumbstruck before the Kingdom of the Creator.”


“Stones grow, plants grow, and live, animals grow live and feel.”


“It is the genus that gives the characters, and not the characters that make the genus.”


“Nomenclature, the other foundation of botany, should provide the names as soon as the classification is made... If the names are unknown knowledge of the things also perishes... For a single genus, a single name.”


“Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring, for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds.”


“I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character... by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none.”


“Nature's economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics.”


“No one has been a greater botanist or zoologist. No one has written more books, more correctly, more methodically, from personal experience. No one has more completely changed a whole science and started a new epoch.”


“Yet man does recognise himself [as an animal]. But I ask you and the whole world for a generic differentia between man and ape which conforms to the principles of natural history, I certainly know of none... If I were to call man ape or vice versa, I”


“When all the thoughts are concerning one thing and the person loses interest in other things, the melancholy begins.”


“Natural bodies are divided into three kingdomes of nature: viz. the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. Minerals grow, Plants grow and live, Animals grow, live, and have feeling.”


“To live by medicine is to live horribly.”


“A herbarium is better than any illustration; every botanist should make one.”


“This drink has a magical power. It strengthens the weak, and revives those who have fainted. Those tired after work and physical activity can return their life forces by this drink much sooner than by nourishment. ... It works as a diuretic, an appetizer,”


“There are as many species as the infinite being created diverse forms in the beginning, which, following the laws of generation, produced many others, but always similar to them: therefore there are as many species as we have different structures before”

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