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David Attenborough Quotes About Animals, Life, Love, Nature, Climate Change, Funny, Short, Environment & The Ocean! The voice of natural history programs worldwide has been David Attenborough for more than six decades. He’s made an incredible contribution to wildlife film-making and broadcasting. On May 8, 1926, David Attenborough was born in Isleworth, Middlesex. Since he was a kid, he’s been collecting fossils, stones, and natural specimens. As a boy, he went to Wigginton Grammar School.

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He won a scholarship to Clare College at Cambridge University, where he earned a degree in natural sciences in 1945. After retiring from the Navy in 1952, he joined the BBC as a producer for Talks. After resigning from BBC of Economics to study at the London School, he returned to the corporation as controller of BBC Two. From 1965, he was the controller of BBC Two. His program includes various topics, from the performing arts and natural sciences to archaeology, experimental humor, travel, and theatre.

He is responsible for the writing, presentation, narration, and production of the 96 natural history programs in the ‘Life’ series, which began in 1979. His narration of ‘Wildlife on One,’ a ‘BBC One wildlife series that ran between 1977 and 2005, lasted 253 episodes. The show drew between 8 million and 10 million viewers every week. He wrote an autobiography in 2002 called ‘Life on Air.’ His audiobooks include lots of works, and he narrates himself.

He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees in ‘The University of Oxford and ‘The University of Cambridge’ but also 32 honorary degrees from other British universities. ‘New Statesman’ magazine names him one of the top ten ‘Heroes of Our Time.’ Sadly, he passed away on August 24, 2014.

Best David Attenborough Quotes

1. “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” -David Attenborough

2. “You know, it is a terrible thing to appear on television because people think that you actually know what you’re talking about.”-David Attenborough

3. “People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.”-David Attenborough

4. “Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.”-David Attenborough

5. “If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they’re going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it.”-David Attenborough

6. “The fact remains that man has unprecedented control over the world and everything in it. And so, whether he likes it or not, what happens next is very largely up to him.”-David Attenborough

7. “Every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food that we take, comes from the natural world. And if we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves.”-David Attenborough

8. “I don’t run a car, have never run a car. I could say that this is because I have this extremely tender environmentalist conscience, but the fact is I hate driving.”-David Attenborough

9. “People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.”-David Attenborough

10. “What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.”-David Attenborough

11. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”-David Attenborough

12. “It seems to me that an understanding of the natural world is crucial for all of us – after all we depend upon it for our food, for the air we breathe and, some would say, for our very sanity.”-David Attenborough

13. “The biggest animal that has ever lived on our planet: a blue whale…It’s far bigger than even the biggest dinosaur. Its tongue weighs as much as an elephant. Its heart is the size of a car. And some of its blood vessels are so wide that you could swim down them.”-David Attenborough

14. “I think we’re lucky to be living when we are, because things are going to get worse.”-David Attenborough

15. “The whole biological community needs to be talking to one another so that people can get a comprehension of the turmoil in which our planet is involved at the moment, which is a biological turmoil above anything else.”-David Attenborough

16. “I’m against this huge globalisation on the basis of economic advantage.”-David Attenborough

17. “This isn’t just about losing wonders of nature. With the loss of even the smallest organisms, we destabilise and ultimately risk collapsing the world’s ecosystems – the networks that support the whole of life on Earth.”-David Attenborough

18. “You have to steer a course between not appalling people, but at the same time not misleading them.”-David Attenborough

19. “There are three times as many people in the world as when I started making television programs 56 years ago. It is frightening. We can’t go on as we have been. We are seeing the consequences in terms of ecology, pollution, space and food production.”-David Attenborough

20. “Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment.”-David Attenborough

21. “It’s extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. The things that people always go on about is, ‘tell us about us’, ‘tell us about the first human being’. We are so self-obsessed with our own history. There is so much more out there than what connects to us.”-David Attenborough

22. “Human beings have overrun the world.”-David Attenborough

23. “If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off.”-David Attenborough

24. “It is now clear our actions are having a significant impact on the world’s oceans. They are under threat now as never before in human history. Many people believe the oceans have reached a crisis point.”-David Attenborough

25. “Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and habitable by all species.”-David Attenborough

26. “Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?”-David Attenborough

27. “We can now destroy or we can cherish, the choice is ours.”-David Attenborough

28. “I would be absolutely astounded if population growth and industrialisation and all the stuff we are pumping into the atmosphere hadn’t changed the climatic balance. Of course it has. There is no valid argument for denial.”-David Attenborough

29. “If I can make programmes when I’m 95, that would be fine. But I would think I’ll have had enough by then.”-David Attenborough

30. “In moments of great grief, that’s where you look and immerse yourself. You realise you are not immortal, you are not a god, you are part of the natural world and you come to accept that.”-David Attenborough

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