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Jane Goodall Quotes

Jane Goodall is one of the world's most celebrated primatologists and conservationists. Born in London, England, in 1934, Goodall was fascinated by animals from a young age.

Jane Goodall portrait with jungle foliage behind her

She began her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park in 1960. Over the course of her five-decade career, Goodall has worked tirelessly to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.

In 2002, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports chimpanzee conservation efforts around the world. Goodall's work has inspired people of all ages to appreciate and respect animals and our natural environment.

Here are some of her inspiring quotations...

“I do have reasons for hope: our clever brains, the resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit, and above all, the commitment of young people when they’re empowered to take action.”

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

“Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.”

“Chimpanzees, more than any other living creature, have helped us to understand that there is no sharp line between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom.”

“If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution ― and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity.”

“There is a powerful force unleashed when young people resolve to make a change.”

“Let us not forget that human love and compassion are equally deeply rooted in our primate heritage.”

“Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking: I hope something will happen but I’m not going to do anything about it. This is indeed the opposite of real hope, which requires action and engagement.”

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

“There is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help alleviate the suffering. And so many young people dedicated to making this a better world. All conspiring to inspire us and to give us hope that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part.”

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