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Charles Lyell Quote of the Day

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In reply, I can only plead that a discovery which seems
to contradict the general tenor of previous investigations
is naturally received with much hesitation.
- Charles Lyell

In valley drift we meet commonly with the bones of
quadrupeds which graze on plains bordering rivers.
- Charles Lyell

I long ago suggested the hypothesis,
that in the basin of the Thames there are indications
of a meeting in the Pleistocene period of a northern and southern fauna.
- Charles Lyell

Such discoveries have led me, and other geologists,
to reconsider the evidence previously derived from
caves brought forward in proof of the high antiquity of Man.
- Charles Lyell

 

When on my return to England I showed the cast of the
cranium to Professor Huxley,
he remarked at once that it was the most ape-like skull he had ever beheld.
- Charles Lyell

That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject,
some human remains will be detected in the older alluvium of European valleys,
I confidently expect.
- Charles Lyell

Never call an accountant a credit to his profession;
a good accountant is a debit to his profession.
- Charles Lyell


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In several sections, both natural in the banks of the
Mississippi and its numerous arms,
and where artificial canals had been cut,
I observed erect stumps of trees, with their roots attached,
buried in strata at different heights,
one over the other.
- Charles Lyell

No tools have yet been met with in any of the gravels
occurring at the higher levels of the valley of the Seine;
but no importance can be attached to this negative fact,
as so little search has yet been made for them.
- Charles Lyell

In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes,
where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water,
ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes
worn down to the surface of the mud,
sometimes projecting slightly above it.
- Charles Lyell

It has long been a fact familiar to geologists,
that, both on the east and west coasts of the central part of Scotland,
there are lines of raised beaches, containing marine
shells of the same species as those now inhabiting the neighbouring sea.
- Charles Lyell

So far, therefore, as we can draw safe conclusions from a single specimen,
there has been no marked change of race in the human
population of Switzerland during the periods above considered.
- Charles Lyell

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him,
and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
- Moliere

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass";
"We're not raising grass," Dad would reply.
"We're raising boys".
- Harmon Killebrew

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating
a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting
conventional political categories.
- Christopher Lasch

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher,
as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms
he may think undeservedly severe.
- Charles Babbage

And if you ask again whether there is any justice in the world,
you'll have to be satisfied with the reply:
Not for the time being;
at any rate,
not up to this Friday.
- Alfred Doblin

When I read something saying I've not done anything
as good as "Catch-22" I'm tempted to reply,
"Who has?"
- Joseph Heller

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable.
It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying,
"Just watch!"
- Bill Bradley

My reply is: the software has no known bugs,
therefore it has not been updated.
- Wietse Venema

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity,
the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.
They are right.
It is.
It is the American Dream.
- Archibald MacLeish

The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
- Truman Capote

Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why:
Theirs is but to do and die.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Even now, when I'm asked how I'm doing,
I like to reply, 'Pretty good.
I've got all my fingers and both eyes.
- Charley Pride

The usual complaint is, 'I have no other way of earning a living.'
The harsh reply can be,
'Do you have to live?'
- Tertullian

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
- Leonard Bernstein

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to
insist that politics and religion don't mix.
This is the stock response of the left.
- Christopher Lasch

I finally had to go to the American Civil Liberties
Union here in northern California to get my reply published
to what I considered to be a hatchet job done by Stanley Crouch.
- Ishmael Reed

Silence is true wisdom's best reply.
- Euripides

You do get some weirdos, but if there are any nice
people out there who want to write to me pleasantly,
then they'll get a pleasant reply back!
- Katie Price

I'll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions,
depending on what I think will help our election most.
- George H. W. Bush

Of-course we did, but we didn't reply because we knew
once this leaks the others will scatter,
so in the few days we moved quickly before the press got hold of it.
The press did get hold of it a few days later,
we nabbed, we were able to get 15, the others got away.
- Lee Kuan Yew

I.
cannot stoop to reply to the folly and the slander
of every poor Tory partisan who assails me,
and I should not have noticed you but for the fact
that you are a member of the House of Commons.
- John Bright

But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves.
It would be sufficient, then, to reply,
that this constitutional recognition must be void,
because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations.
- William H. Seward

A review was published in Nature, very scathing,
essentially calling me incompetent, though they didn't use that word.
I am putting a reply on my Web site in a few days,
where I go through their arguments, paragraph by paragraph.
- Bjorn Lomborg

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
- Dean Inge

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground,
but a kind word is never thrown away.
- Arthur Helps

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
- William James


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