68+ Best Biology Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Biology Quotes

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries, and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century. — Freeman Dyson

Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species, man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one. — Victor Scheffer

A cell is regarded as the true biological atom. — George Henry Lewes

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. — Theodosius Dobzhansky

Any concept of biology is not only sterile and profitless, it is distorted and untrue, if it puts its primary focus on unnatural conditions rather than on those vast forces not of man’s making that shape and channel the nature and direction of life. — Rachel Carson

I believe that thirty million of these animalcules together would not take up as much room, or be as big, as a coarse grain of sand. — Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. — Oprah Winfrey

Biology is the most powerful technology ever created. DNA is software, protein are hardware, cells are factories. — Arvind Gupta

Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones. — Richard Dawkins

You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology. — Deepak Chopra

Life preys upon life. This is biology’s most fundamental fact. — Martin H. Fischer

If physics and biology one day meet, and one of the two is swallowed up, that one will be biology. — J. B. S. Haldane

I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life – past, present, and future. — Rachel Carson

Biology can be said to define possibilities but not determine them; it is never irrelevant, but it is also not determinant. — Cordelia Fine

By ‘life,’ we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay. — Aristotle

Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to the environmental signals that propel life. — Bruce H. Lipton

Biology, it’s the technology which builds our world, and we can harness it to shift humanity from a scarcity to an abundance economy. — Ryan Bethencourt

Everything that human beings or living animals do is done by protein molecules. And therefore, the kind of proteins that one has and therefore the ability one has is determined by the genes that one has. — Har Gobind Khorana

Biology sets the context, and that is critical, but obesity still boils down to whether a person eats too much or exercises enough. — Robin Marantz Henig

Instead of being the biological center of the Universe, I believe our planet is just an assembly station, but one with a major advantage over most other places. The constant presence of liquid water almost everywhere on the Earth is a huge advantage for life, especially for assembling life into complex forms by the process we call ‘evolution.’ — Fred Hoyle

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons. — James A. Baldwin

The biology of purpose keeps my nose above the surface. — Brian Eno

The finding of the double helix thus brought us not only joy but great relief. It was unbelievably interesting and immediately allowed us to make a serious proposal for the mechanism of gene duplication. — James Watson

I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Evolutionary biology is crazy because sometimes it seems anybody can draw any conclusion they want. — Naomi Wolf

The development of biology is going to destroy to some extent our traditional grounds for ethical belief and it is not easy to see what to put in their place. — Francis Crick

Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind. — Jeffrey Eugenides

Biology seems to be a chemical strategy for amplifying quantum mechanical indeterminacy so that it leaves the subatomic realm and can be present in a hundred and forty-five-pound block of meat. — Terence McKenna

Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? — Stephen Jay Gould

Biology is the science. Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique. — Jared Diamond

In biology, nothing is clear, everything is too complicated, everything is a mess, and just when you think you understand something, you peel off a layer and find deeper complications beneath. Nature is anything but simple. — Richard Preston

I think it would be quite wrong to suggest that my colleagues have rejected me or that I reject them. Quite the reverse. It’s only a small, vociferous group – mainly biologists, I’m sorry to say – that go beyond ordinary scientific criticism and start becoming personal. — James Lovelock

Culture is how biology responds and makes its living conditions better. — C. J. Cherryh

It’s in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced and photoshopped world very dangerous. — Brene Brown

This is an era of specialists, each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits. — Rachel Carson

Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion. — Leon Kass

Biology will relate every human gene to the genes of other animals and bacteria, to this great chain of being. — Walter Gilbert

Why the dinosaurs died out is not known, but it is supposed to be because they had minute brains and devoted themselves to the growth of weapons of offense in the shape of numerous horns. — Bertrand Russell

Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. — Richard Dawkins

Good biology without good philosophy will be a calamity. — George Will

Perhaps it is not amiss to remark that the biologist may not hope to solve the ultimate problems of life any more than the chemist and physicist may hope to penetrate the final mysteries of existence in the non-living world. — Edmund Beecher Wilson

I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning. — Steve Jobs

All increasing or dominant species (and it is from these that new species arise) vary considerably, in all their parts, organs and faculties, in every generation. — Alfred Russel Wallace

Biology is now accelerating at a pace faster than Moore’s Law. — Arvind Gupta

Did the genome of our cave-dwelling predecessors contain a set or sets of genes which enable modern man to compose music of infinite complexity and write novels with profound meaning? …It looks as though the early Homo was already provided with the intellectual potential which was in great excess of what was needed to cope with the environment of his time. — Susumu Ohno

I cannot think of a single field in biology or medicine in which we can claim genuine understanding, and it seems to me the more we learn about living creatures, especially ourselves, the stranger life becomes. — Lewis Thomas

Biology is a software process. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era. — Ray Kurzweil

The time however has arrived when biology must, like the other sciences, make a fresh start in a purely speculative direction, free from all entanglement with medical or any other art. — Auguste Compte

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. — E. O. Wilson

Biology will tell you a lot of things, but there are many that it cannot explain and you need to look at physics instead. — Walter Gilbert

Biology, list history, is not built with ‘if’s. — Andrea Moro

The job of theorists, especially in biology, is to suggest new experiments. A good theory makes not only predictions, but surprising predictions that then turn out to be true. — Francis Crick

The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man. — Rachel Carson

The ultimate aim of the modern movement in biology is in fact to explain all biology in terms of physics and chemistry. — Francis Crick

The biology of mind bridges the sciences concerned with the natural world and the humanities – concerned with the meaning of human experience. — Eric Kandel

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality. — Thomas Cech

Biology has tended to be an observational science and deriving things from first principles has not been possible in the past, but I hate to predict the future on that. — Jeremiah P. Ostriker

Biology has at least 50 more interesting years. — James D. Watson

And the more profoundly the science of biology reveals the laws of the life and development of living bodies, the more effective is the science of agronomy. — Trofim Lysenko

Biology sometimes reveals its fundamental principles through what may seem at first to be arcane and bizarre. — Elizabeth Blackburn

Half a million women die each year around the world in pregnancy. It’s not biology that kills them so much as neglect. — Nicholas D. Kristof

Biology always beats will power. — Mehmet Oz

Biology can be divided into the study of proximate causes, the study of the physiological sciences broadly conceived, and into the study of ultimate evolutionary causes, the subject of natural history. — Mayr

Evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology. Intelligent design is not a scientific concept. — John Marburger

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third. — Thomas Huxley

The pace of progress in biology creates a foundation that naturally gets picked up by the biotech and pharmaceutical industry to solve rich-world diseases. This is attractive science. It’s science that people want to work on. — Bill Gates

Teleology is a lady without whom no biologist can live. Yet he is ashamed to show himself with her in public. — Ernst Wilhelm von Brucke

There’s biology in everything, even when you’re feeling spiritual. — Helen Fisher

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