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Earon's Favorite Primate Quotes:


I view my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.

                                             -- Desmond Morris, author of "The Naked Ape"


Modern man is the missing link between apes and human beings.

--Author Unknown


I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey,
without very mortifying reflections.

                                            -- William Congreve (1670-1729) British Poet


"It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious
revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory.
 If it is true that we have sprung from the ape,
there are occasions when my own spring
appears not to have been very far."

-- Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901-1979)  American Author and Actress


The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his
wondering whether he is his brother's keeper or his keeper's brother.

                                            -- Evan Esar (1899-1995) American Humorist


I am quite sure now that often, very often,
in matters concerning religion and politics
a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's

                                                                    -- Mark Twain (American Writer) 1835-1910


Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

                                                        -- Albert Camus (Author, Philosopher)


"The science of Human Nature has never been attempted,
as the science of Nature has.
 The dry light has never shone on it.
Neither physics nor metaphysics have touched it."

                                                -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


"It would indeed be the ultimate tragedy
if the history of the human race proved to be
nothing more noble than the story of an ape
playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump.

                                                   -- David Ormsby-Gore, Great Britain Minister of State (1918-1985)


Monkeys are superior to men in this:
when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

                                                                          -- Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981) Mauritanian Writer


Nevertheless, it is even harder for the average ape
to believe that he has descended from man.

                                            -- H.L. Mencken (American Journalist)




In studing the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals,
and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me.

            -- Mark Twain (Author)


Contrary to general belief, humans imitate apes more than the reverse.

                                        -- Frans de Waal (Primatologist, Author)


To me, the beginning of wisdom is that we are, at once, both divine and primate.

                -- Earon S. Davis (Writer)


Imagine a chimpanzee, so like us in so many ways, reaching out to us across that chasm.
There is an unspoken question.  "Will you acknowledge me as 'kin'?"
If you dare look into his eyes and take hold of his hand,
he will look back toward the other animal beings and then back to you with a question,
"What about them? Don't they matter too?"
Indeed, the great apes are like us in so many ways that they serve as ambassadors
for all the wonderful animals with whom we share the planet."

                                        -- Jane Goodall (Primatologist, Author)


Ultimately, aren't we all just talking monkeys with an attitude problem?

                               -- "Uncle Ben" at quotes-r-us.org

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