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Galapagos Islands Quotes


"The Galapagos Islands provide a window on time. In a geologic sense, the islands are young, yet they appear ancient." - Frans Lanting

"Tortoises can survive for weeks without food or water, easily long enough to float in the Humboldt Current from South America to the Galapagos Islands." - Richard Dawkins

"I like islands." - Dominic Monaghan

"I want to go skydiving. I'd love to go to the Galapagos. Nature still excites me." - Wayne Knight

"The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder - it's almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin's ground-breaking theory of natural selection." - Mark Carwardine

"Strictly cop and go's until we laid in the Galapagos Eating tacos, higher than an opera note" - Action Bronson

"Islands are reminders of arrivals and departures." - Gretel Ehrlich

"Islands are where species go to die." - David Quammen

"Humor is everything. Everything. Usually the negatives turned out to be the most positive for me. In the music industry, any other artist would have looked at the situation I was in and thought, "Oh man, this is not for me." I looked at it more like Darwin exploring the Galapagos Islands - survival of the fittest." - Pitbull

"I love travelling, and had the pleasure of being in the most developed country in the world and then parts of two of the most pristine natural areas of the world: the Galapagos islands and the Equador Amazon jungle. The contrast was incredible." - Adam Garcia

"Becoming a bird ecologist was just luck! I had the chance to be a field assistant for a scientist working in the Galapagos Islands, and while I was there, I saw a particular problem in behavioral biology that I wanted to solve and, in the process, made myself into a bird ecologist." - David J Anderson

"I love traveling and seeing new things, learning the histories of different cultures. But I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos to see the giant turtles." - Mikaela Shiffrin

"My boyhood saw Greek islands floating over Harvard Square." - Horace Gregory

"Sundays, quiet islands on the tossing seas of life." - S. W. Duffield

"... fertile golden islands, Floating on a silver sea." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Islands are gregarious animals, they decorate the ocean in conveys." - Stella Benson

"Id like to live in the Greek islands" - Paul Wesley

"I feel we are all islands - in a common sea." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"We're performing several shows in the Canary Islands." - George Duke

"Islands in the streams, that is what we are." - Dolly Parton

"The sky was as blue as a stupid postcard, and the islands were as green as islands." - Matthew Tobin Anderson

"However, the 1956 agreement refers to two islands while the Prime Minister [Shindzo Abe] is talking about four islands." - Vladimir Putin

"From the peak of Chimborazo (volcano) to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you, may you never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country." - Pope Francis

"My love for traveling to islands amounts to a pathological condition known as nesomania, an obsession with islands. This craze seems reasonable to me, because islands are small self-contained worlds that can help us understand larger ones." - Paul Theroux

"I am a big believer of what Darwin discovered in the Galapagos, proving that the species most responsive to change will survive over apparently stronger or more intelligent competitors." - John Elkann

"Charles Darwin sailed around the world for two years on the 'Beagle,' and he had quite a bit of interest in things like the iguanas of the Galapagos, even though they were primitive compared to your average Englishman." - Seth Shostak

"Mere opinions, in fact, were as likely to govern people's actions as hard evidence, and were subject to sudden reversals as hard evidence could never be. So the Galapagos Islands could be hell in one moment and heaven in the next, and Julius Caesar could be a statesman in one moment and a butcher in the next, and Ecuadorian paper money could be traded for food, shelter, and clothing in one moment and line the bottom of a birdcage in the next, and the universe could be created by God Almighty in one moment and by a big explosion in the next-and on and on." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Women are like those blinkin' little Greek islands, places to call at but not to stay." - Stacy Aumonier

"All men are islands, surrounded by the bottomless oceans of unthinking night." - Charles Stross

"Generally, I like all islands. There, it is easier to rule." - Albert Camus

"We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding." - Rudyard Kipling

"From sorrow to sorrow love crosses its islands and establishes roots that are watered by weeping." - Pablo Neruda

"Islands are metaphors of the heart, no matter what poet says otherwise." - Jeanette Winterson

"The Kiril Islands had changed hands more times than a good coin in a whorehouse." - Jaida Jones

"We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." - William James

"What loved little islands, twice seen in their lakes, Can the wild water-lily restore." - Thomas Campbell

"Ay, many flowering islands lie In the waters of wide Agony." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"When ghettos become the mainstream of society, islands of individuality cannot help but harbor an elite." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Trade unions are islands of anarchy in a sea of chaos." - Aneurin Bevan

"If it's a really good gift, I love receiving it, like jewels, small islands." - Gina Gershon

"You have to remember how the islands move. If you forget that, you're lost." - Mau Piailug

"There was a boy: ye knew him well, ye cliffs And islands of Winander!" - William Wordsworth

"The Japanese invaded Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on May 4." - Jack Adams

"A nice pop star would do you nice on one of those deserted islands." - Tom Felton

"In the islands of the Aegean Sea, every island is full of graves." - James Theodore Bent

"Islands are known to differ in the food supply available to ground finches, mainly seeds." - Peter R Grant

"I discovered Musha Cay and the islands around it in the Exumas." - David Copperfield

"The Gili Islands gave me some of my best scuba diving experiences, including tons of turtles." - Natalie Dormer

"The fact is, we are not islands and we are far more connected than we know" - Elisha

"We cannot have islands of excellence in a sea of slovenly indifference to standards." - John W Gardner

"When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, I was on vacation in the Cayman Islands." - Jose Andres Puerta

"My father used to run auctions. He's now a singer in the Canary Islands." - Jason Statham

"Pacific Islands are among those that contribute least to global warming, yet suffer most." - Ban Kimoon

"Dreams were the worst. Of course I dreamed of food and love, but they were pleasant rather than otherwise. But then I'd dream of things like slitting a baby's throat, mistaking it for a baby goat. I'd have nightmares of other islands stretching away from mine, infinities of islands, islands spawning islands, like frogs' eggs turning into polliwogs of islands, knowing that I had to live on each and every one, eventually, for ages, registering their flora, their fauna, their geography." - Elizabeth Bishop

"There is perhaps no surer road to peace than the one that starts from little islands and oases of genuine kindness, islands and oases constantly growing in number and being continually joined together until eventually they ring the world." - Dominique Pire

"I don't believe that the solutions in society will come from the left or the right or the north or the south. They will come from islands within those organizations, islands of people with integrity who want to do something." - Karl-Henrik Robert

"I started to draw desert islands. They were just rough, shapes in the middle of the page. Then I began drawing shapes within those shapes and I was amazed how quickly the islands got better. It took off from there." - Billy Connolly

"My best vacation was renting a boat and motoring along the Adriatic, going along the Croatian coast, before it became so fashionable. I've also sailed around the Turkish islands, the Greek islands and Sicily." - Ian Schrager

"we are so many and many within themselves travel to far islands but no one asks for their story...." - Denise Levertov

"Funny that. We live in islands of Hours and we never seem to have time enough for anything..." - Clive Barker

"As finite creatures who think and feel, we can create islands of meaning in the sea of information." - Freeman Dyson

"Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow." - Richard Francis Burton

"Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui, and after the age of thirty land is seldom seen." - Luke Rhinehart

"In his livery Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands were As plates dropp'd from his pocket." - William Shakespeare

"Through the sunset of hope, Like the shapes of a dream, What paradise islands of glory gleam!" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"God lead us past the setting of the sun To wizard islands, of august surprise; God make our blunders wise." - Vachel Lindsay

"Far clouds of feathery gold, Shaded with deepest purple, gleam Like islands on a dark blue sea." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable" - Thabo Mbeki

"There are no countries in the world less known by the British than those selfsame British Islands." - George Henry Borrow

"God lead us past the setting of the sun To wizard islands, of august surprise; God make our blunders wise." - Vachel Lindsay

"the islands of Italy combine all the elements - fire, water, earth, and air - and that is irresistible." - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

"Books are islands in the ocean of time. They are also oases in the deserts of time." - Lawrence Clark Powell

"Small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos can shift the whole system to a higher order." - Barbara Marx Hubbard

"I want people to think of Hawaii and think of palm trees and magical islands and Bruno Mars." - Bruno Mars

"I grew up in Hawaii and I think those islands are some of the most amazing places on the planet." - Mateus Ward

"Through the sunset of hope, Like the shapes of a dream, What paradise islands of glory gleam!" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The Senkaku islands are inherently Japanese territory. I want to show my strong determination to prevent this from changing." - Shinzo Abe

"No doubt these rocky islands have suggested the idea worked out in gardens, and they have been well imitated." - Robert Fortune

"My goal is to be living back in Canada as soon as I can, hopefully somewhere in the Gulf Islands." - Nicholas Lea

"California is an island, and New York's an island. Maybe it's time for me to change islands." - Paul Mazursky

"There are no countries in the world less known by the British than those selfsame British Islands." - George Borrow

"Islands are havens and breeding grounds for the unique and anomalous. They are natural laboratories of extravagant evolutionary experimentation." - David Quammen

"It sucks, but no Long Islands or margaritas when you drink. It has to be straight vodka." - Nicole Polizzi

"Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow." - Richard Burton

"I mean, we were hearing music all the way through the islands. You know, we, when we visit the islands, of course since the islands have been churches have come down, there's a church every two blocks. And so there's music in all these different denominations. So we said, music's gotta play a big part of this movie [Maona] to really capture the culture." - John Musker

"We have created islands, small islands of power, but we have not built a bridge between those islands, .. The center and the territories, regional and local authorities are still competing with each other, competing for power. Those who take advantage of disorder and arbitrary rule are watching their mutually destructive fight." - Vladimir Putin

"When I was writing some of songs for the record in Galapagos it was the feeling of being there I wanted to evoke more than anything. I remember hearing all the parts of the songs in my mind when I was walking around over the lava fields." - Jonathan Meiburg

"Dane was shaking his head firmly. "Don't bring it here, Ella. No babies." I gave him a dark look. "What if it were a baby polar bear or a baby Galapagos penguin? I bet you'd want it then." "I'd make an exception for endangered species," he allowed. "This baby is endangered. It's with my mother." - Lisa Kleypas

"Once we were happy in our own country and we were seldom hungry, for then the two-leggeds and the four-leggeds lived together like relatives, and there was plenty for them and for us. But the Wasichus came, and they have made little islands for us and other little islands for the four-leggeds, and always these islands are becoming smaller, for around them surges the gnawing flood of the Wasichu; and it is dirty with lies and greed." - Black Elk

"My father collected turtles when he was young. My parent's wedding album, there's two pictures of them getting married and the rest are just pictures of turtles. I remember they had Galapagos tortoises that they had somehow imported illegally and a bunch of other turtles too. I like the animals themselves. They're so self-possessed and self-contained and there's something wise and mysterious about them. I also like that they are prehistoric animals." - Hanya Yanagihara

"No nation as rich as ours should have so many people isolated on islands of poverty in such a sea of material wealth." - Andrew Young

"August for the people and their favourite islands. Daily the steamers sidle up to meet The effusive welcome of the pier." - W H Auden

"It is not just the history of the Hawaiian islands but the significance of the ordinary people whose lives - many quite extraordinary - make up that history." - Alan Brennert

"I know not where His islands lift Their fronded palms in air; I only know I cannot drift Beyond His love and care." - John Greenleaf Whittier

"...we shall board our imagined ship and wildly sail among sacred islands of the mad till death shatters the fabulous stars and makes us real." - Sylvia Plath

"Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest, which co-mingle their roots in the darkness underground." - William James

"They are supposed to be dispassionate dispensers of Pure Justice, icy islands of emotionless calculation. In short, umpires should be acute Republicans." - George Will

"The Cayman Islands, a British Crown colony in the Caribbean, for instance, is the fifth largest banking center in the world," - Michel Chossudovsky

"In the world of highways, a beautiful landscape means: an island of beauty connected by a long line with other islands of beauty." - Milan Kundera

"There is a saying in the Islands. Beware the women of the warrior class, for all they touch is both decorative and deadly.-Yuki" - Tamora Pierce

"In the sea of grief, there were islands of grace, moments in time when one could remember what was left rather than all that had been lost." - Kristin Hannah

"... everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world." - Guy Gavriel Kay

"Corporations are not going to stash their money in the Cayman Islands. We are going to reinvest in America, create jobs, make education available to all." - Bernie Sanders

"If Columbus was the first to discover the islands, Americus Vespucius and Cabot, and the Puritans, and we their descendants, havediscovered only the shores of America." - Henry David Thoreau

"We built everything - toilets included. I think those islands in the middle of nowhere are quite poetic. It's kind of an Oriental Atlantis." - Karl Lagerfeld

"I know not where His islands lift Their fronded palms in air; I only know I cannot drift Beyond His love and care." - John Greenleaf Whittier

"No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means." - George Bernard Shaw

"I know I speak for everyone in these islands, all parties, all our people, when I say to Mr. Smith tonight: Prime Minister, think again." - Harold Wilson

"There are no countries in the world less known by the British than these selfsame British Islands, or where more strange things are every day occurring." - George Borrow

"People are islands,' she said. 'They don't really touch. However close they are, they're really quite separate. Even if they've been married for fifty years." - Ian Fleming

"The good news was that Enterprise and the newly arrived Yorktown had attacked the Marshall and Gilbert islands. Those attacks had a great effect on morale." - Jack Adams

"In fact, the Senkaku Islands are... inherent territory of Japan that is recognized in our history and also by international law." - Naoto Kan

"The countries of the American continent and the adjacent islands are for the United States the natural marts of supply and demand." - Chester A Arthur

"Compared to overdeveloped islands like Nassau, Bimini has kept its original charm. Walk the streets to see colorfully painted houses, funky shops, and trade greetings with friendly Biminites." - Amanda Hearst

"Islands are natural workshops of evolution." - Richard Dawkins

"If the people of New Zealand want to be part of our world, I believe they should hop off their islands, and push 'em closer." - Lewis Black

"I thought to live on an island was like living on a boat. Islands intrigue me. You can see the perimeters of your world. It's a microcosm." - Jamie Wyeth

"Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I'm not even sure we can draw lessons from them." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Metaphorically these essays move as a quiet but observant coast-guard cutter among the rocks and islands up and down the littoral of our life." - David McCord

"Every article on these islands has an almost personal character, which gives this simple life, where all art is unknown, something of the artistic beauty of medieval life." - John Millington Synge

"Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls." - John Muir

"When I'm not working, my family and I have a house in the San Juan Islands. We've been here since '94." - Elizabeth Pena

"Aside from its parks and nature areas, Singapore is intensively developed, and due to the shortage of land, is building up, down and on manmade islands and landfills." - Alan Huffman

"Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I'm not even sure we can draw lessons from them." - P J Orourke

"Go to the east shore of any of the Hawaiian Islands, and that's a pretty big lesson on how much plastic is ending up in the ocean. Basically, the Hawaiian Islands act as a filter out in the middle of the Pacific." - Jack Johnson

"For relationships, too, must be like islands. One must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands surrounded and interrupted by the sea, continuously visited and abandoned by the tides. One must accept the serenity of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"There are spirits in Hawaii. They're very protective and very good and they watch over these islands. I must confess, they're not entirely happy with what they see, with the way the civilization is moving. But they're patient. They've been here for a long time, and they'll be here long after the human beings have ceased to inhabit the islands." - Frederick Lenz

"Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves ... But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean's bottom." - William James

"He only wishes there were something that would heal the scars in his mind, which he can still feel. He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between - and while he's had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he'll never reach." - Neal Shusterman

"The other exception where we did not at all restore the place to its original condition is the Surrounded Islands. Before we installed our fabric, we had our workers remove 42 tons of garbage off the beaches of those islands. We never brought the garbage back." - Christo

"In the vast archipelago of the east, where Borneo and Java and Sumatra lie, and the Molucca Islands, and the Philippines, the sea is often fanned only by the land and sea breezes, and is like a smooth bed, on which these islands seem to sleep in bliss,-islands in which the spice and perfume gardens of the world are embowered, and where the bird of paradise has its home, and the golden pheasant, and a hundred others of brilliant plumage, whose flight is among thickets so luxuriant, and scenery so picturesque, that European strangers find there the fairy land of their youthful dreams." - Frederick Marryat

"I have this awareness that the more dynamic the situation is, the more on guard I need to be that the dynamic isn't controlling the situation. I found that myself in the Galapagos. For the first time in my life I was around very exotic animals, colorful, beautiful, and immediately present, all around. Birds, turtles, iguanas, seals. I was being seduced by their exoticism, I was taking pictures.The pictures weren't well lit, there was no moment in play, there was no depth to the pictures. I was just gawking with my camera at something I'd never seen before." - Sam Abell

"We debase the richness of both nature and our own minds if we view the great pageant of our intellectual history as a compendium of new information leading from primal superstition to final exactitude. We know that the sun is hub of our little corner of the universe, and that ties of genealogy connect all living things on our planet, because these theories assemble and explain so much otherwise disparate and unrelated information not because Galileo trained his telescope on the moons of Jupiter or because Darwin took a ride on a Galapagos tortoise." - Stephen Jay Gould

"How did Italy manage to end up with no Caribbean islands at all? Christopher Columbus took the trouble to discover the Caribbean personally before the end of the fifteenth century. Try to get a decent plate of spaghetti there now." - Calvin Trillin

"Axiom: you are a sea. Your eye- lids curve over chaos My hands where they touch you, create small inhabited islands soon you will be all earth: a known land, a country." - Margaret Atwood

"Each person is an island unto himself, in a very real sense; and he can only build bridges to other islands if he is first of all willing to be himself and permitted to be himself." - Carl Rogers

"That's where the economy is going. It went somewhere. Just not to America. And the money made? That went to the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Not back here. Never to be taxed." - Henry Rollins

"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line,-the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea." - W E B Du Bois

"Monsieur Franqulin, inventor of electricity. This illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the world, died on the Sandwich Islands and was devoured by savages, of whom not a single fragment was ever recovered." - Ambrose Bierce

"Hawai'i is not truly the idyllic paradise of popular songs-islands of love and tranquility, where nothing bad ever happens. It was and is a place where people work and struggle, live and die, as they do the world over." - Alan Brennert

"The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilized forms" - Bruno Latour

"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty." - John Muir

"Yeah, my bad," Leo muttered. "I should've crashed on one of the other islands. Oh, wait-there aren't any!" She [Calypso] snarled and kept walking along the edge of the water." - Rick Riordan

"Christmas day in the year 182- was somewhat remarkable in the island of Guernsey. Snow fell on that day. In the Channel Islands, a frosty winter is remarkable, and a fall of snow is an event." - Victor Hugo

"The shallow sea that foams and murmurs on the shores of the thousand islands, big and little, which make up the Malay Archipelago has been for centuries the scene of adventurous undertakings." - Joseph Conrad

"Interestingly enough after diving to 235 feet in Saba, I visited the Virgin Islands. There, as a pure Karmic coincidence, I met the inventor of the snowboard, Steve Sanders, Mr. Burton's brother." - Frederick Lenz

"I believe in Eternity. I can find Greece, Palestine, Italy, Spain, and the Islands, - the Genius and creative Principle of each and of all eras, in my own mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Why would an all-powerful creator decide to plant his carefully crafted species on islands and continents in exactly the appropriate pattern to suggest, irresistibly, that they had evolved and dispersed from the site of their evolution?" - Richard Dawkins

"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line, - the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea." - W E B Du Bois

"I love living my life in flip-flops. I met a guy in the islands a while ago who told me he hadn't worn a pair of shoes in three years! I thought, 'Man, that's the life!'" - Kenny Chesney



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