born 1934

In 1960, British-born Jane Goodall parlayed a love of animals and a high school education into a job observing the lives of chimpanzees in Africa. Over the next 45 years, she would discover {among other things} that chimps, like humans, make tools and show affection.

Today Jane ~ now a PhD invested as a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II ~ remains the foremost expert on the species. She runs a research institute and travels some 300 days a year advocating for issues ranging from animal welfare + conservation to population control + good nutrition.

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her quotes

all quotes by Jane Goodall (17)

"The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves."

Animal Rights Opposing Viewpoints | september 1989

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

With Love | january 1999

"We are problem-solving creatures."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | 2000

"The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man—whether this be in entertainment, as 'pets,' for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them."

Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe | january 2000

"The world is not composed only of human beings; there are also other animal beings."

What separates us from chimpanzees? | february 2002

"We're the ones who can make a difference. If we lead lives where we consciously leave the lightest possible ecological footprints, if we buy the things that are ethical for us to buy and don't buy the things that are not, we can change the world overnight."

Jane Goodall: What Separates Us from the Chimpanzees | march 2002

"We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources."

World Summit on Sustainable Development | august 2002

"The greatest danger to our future is apathy."

The Power of One | august 2002

"Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long as your values don't change."

Jane Goodall primatologist and conservationist | august 2002

"I was in love with Tarzan. I was so jealous of that other wimpy Jane. I knew I would have made a better mate for Tarzan myself."

Jane Goodall | august 2009

"I don't think that whatever you're being faithful about really can be scientifically explained. I don't want to explain this whole life business through science."

Bill Moyers Journal: Jane Goodall | august 2009

"We can change any environment to suit ourselves. So we'd better start thinking about the long-term consequences of those changes."

Bill Moyers Journal: Jane Goodall | november 2009

"I think my main job is to give people hope. Because if we lose hope, then nobody does anything."

A Birthday Exclusive: Q&A with Jane Goodall | april 2014

"I like some animals more than some people, some people more than some animals."

Jane Goodall Answers "Silly" Questions | april 2014

"Imagine how much healthier our children might be if we held healthy eating habits to be as important as math skills or history knowledge."

Quote of the Week | august 2014

"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential."

Jane Goodall opens up about where science has gone wrong | september 2014

"I was told you have to give them numbers because you have to be objective as a scientist and you mustn't empathize with your subject. And I feel this is where science has gone wrong. To have this coldness, this lack of empathy, has enabled some scientists to do unethical behavior."

Jane Goodall opens up about where science has gone wrong | september 2014
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curated with care by Kathleen Murray {august 2014}