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By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

We were born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missiles, and our irreconcilable regiments?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Is it possible that the environmental severity of the 1930s induced-particularly in the most aware, alert, and compassionate of [British] men-a morality which makes no sense today?

By Anonym 20 Sep

Robert Ardrey

What we call patriotism, in other words, is a calculable force which, released by a predictable situation, will animate man in a manner no different from other territorial species.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Far from the truth lay the antique assumption that man had fathered the weapon. The weapon, instead, had fathered man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

A human being is a problem in search of a solution.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

We may agree, for example, that our societies must provide greater security for the individual; yet if all we succeed in producing is a providing increased anonymity and ever increasing boredom, then we should not wonder if ingenious man turns to such amusements as drugs, housebreaking, vandalism, mayhem, riots, or - at the most harmless - strange haircuts, costumes, standards of cleanliness, and sexual experiments.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Men, unlike mockingbirds, have the capacity for systematic self-delusion. We echo each other with equal precision, equal eloquence, equal assurance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

We are born of risen apes, not fallen angels.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

What could not be denied was that in vast segments of the animal world natural selection of the most qualified individuals took place not by competition for females but by competition for space.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

While we pursue the unattainable, we make impossible the realizable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

The hunter died when he achieved supremacy. Perhaps the death of the hunter will be the long monument to interglacial man. We denied a future to our sucessor beings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Not in innocence, and not in Asia, was mankind born. The home of our fathers was that African highland reaching north from the Cape to the Lakes of the Nile. Here we came about-slowly, ever so slowly-on a sky-swept savannah glowing with menace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

If you watch lizards and lions copulating, then you will see that in 200 million years the male has not had a single new idea.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

The dog barking at you from behind his master's fence acts for a motive indistinguishable from that of his master when the fence was built.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

But we were born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missiles, and our irreconcilable regiments? Or our treaties whatever they may be worth; our symphonies however seldom they may be played; our peaceful acres, however frequently they may be converted into battlefields; our dreams however rarely they may be accomplished. The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Human war has been the most successful of our cultural traditions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Do you care about freedom? Dreams may have inspired it, and wishes prompted it, but only war and weapons have made it yours.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Animal language is a contagious expression of mood effecting communication between social partners.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Sex is a sideshow in the world of the animal, for the dominant color of that world is fear.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Classic is our daring, classic our cowardice. Classic is our cruelty, classic our charity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Natural selection deals ruthlessly with any population, bird or beaver, which fails to solve the problems of its environment with all those resources, learned or unlearned, which may be at its disposal.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Man is neither unique nor central nor necessarily here to stay. But he is a product of circumstances special to the point of disbelief. And if man in his current predicament seeks a fair mystique to see him through, then I can only suggest that he consider his genes. For they are marked. They are graven by luck beyond explanation. They are stamped by forces that we shall never know. But even so, in the hieroglyph of the human emergence certain symbols must stand for all to read: Change is the elixir of the human circumstance, and acceptance of challenge the way of our kind. We are bad-weather animals, disaster’s fairest children. For the soundest of evolutionary reasons man appears at his best when times are worst.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Ardrey

The city is a cultural invention enforcing on the citizen knowledge of his own nature. And this we do not like. That we are aggressive beings, easily given to violence; that we get along together because we must more than because we want to, and that the brotherhood of man is about as far from reality today as it was two thousand years ago; that reason's realm is small; that we never have been and never shall be created equal; that if the human being is perfectible, he has so far exhibited few symptoms - all are considerations of man from which space tends to protect us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Aggressiveness is the principal guarantor of survival.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Ardrey

A bird does not fly because it has wings; it has wings because it flies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

What truly leads the evolutionary procession, in other words, is behavior.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robert Ardrey

Why is man man? As long as we have had minds to think with, stars to ponder upon, dreams to disturb us, curiosity to inspire us, hours free for meditation, words to place our thoughts in order, the question like a restless ghost has prowled the cellars of our consciousness.