In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.
Roots creep under the ground to make a firm foundation. Shoots seems new and small, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls.
Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature.
The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.
I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Doolittle.
If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
People say to me so often, 'Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful,' and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.
Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don't change.
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.
My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.
If you look through all the different cultures. Right from the earliest, earliest days with the animistic religions, we have sought to have some kind of explanation for our life, for our being, that is outside of our humanity.
Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.
The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other's company.
Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.
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.
There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles anymore. To me it'd be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how its emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.