Organism Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Organism Quotes from Ram Nath Kovind, Kevin Kelly, Walter Rudolf Hess, Antonio Damasio, Barry Schuler. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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Humankind’s craving to control nature and exploit all its resources for profit can be wiped out in a stroke by an organism we cannot even see with the naked eye.
Ram Nath Kovind
An organization’s reason for being, like that of any organism, is to help the parts that are in relationship to each other, to be able to deal with change in the environment.
Kevin Kelly
For man also, in health and sickness, is not just the sum of his organs, but is indeed a human organism.
Walter Rudolf Hess
Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.
Antonio Damasio
By being able to write a genome and plug it into an organism, the software, if you will, changes the hardware.
Barry Schuler
Each organism’s environment, for the most part, consists of other organisms.
Kevin Kelly
Nearly every one of the genes that turns out to be a key player in cancer has a vital role in the normal physiology of an organism. The genes that enable our brains and blood cells to develop are implicated in cancer.
Siddhartha Mukherjee
We live in a dancing matrix of viruses; they dart, rather like bees, from organism to organism, from plant to insect to mammal to me and back again, and into the sea, tugging along pieces of this genome, strings of genes from that, transplanting grafts of DNA, passing around heredity as though at a great party.
Lewis Thomas
Type a few lines of code, you create an organism.
Richard Powers
Disease is a vital expression of the human organism.
Georg Groddeck
I see the city as an organism, shaped through time by the little humans having habits and doing millions of stuff in and out of it.
Olivier Theyskens
The thought of security bears within it an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become more terroristic.
Giorgio Agamben
The genome was once thought to be just the blueprint for a living organism, like a combination of the architect’s plan for a building and the builder’s list of supplies. It specified the parts, the building blocks, and, somehow, the design of the whole, the way in which they are to be put together.
Iain McGilchrist
When a system is in turbulence, the turbulence is not just out there in the environment, but is a part of the organization or organism that you are looking at.
Kevin Kelly
A campaign is a complex organism that requires expensive parts. Finding the right parts and meshing them together into a cohesive working unit is an art in and of itself.
Peter Navarro
Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.
Hans Selye
Every being has the need not only to be but to affirm his own being. This is especially significant for the human organism, for it is gifted with, or condemned to, self-consciousness.
Rollo May
The body is never more alive than when it is dead; but it is alive in its units, and dead in its totality; alive as a congeries, dead as an organism.
Annie Besant
The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.
Larry Wall
The human organism inherits so delicate an adjustment to climate that, in spite of man’s boasted ability to live anywhere, the strain of the frozen North eliminates the more nervous and active types of mind.
Ellsworth Huntington
There have been low moments before, but Christianity is an incredibly adaptable organism, using different parts of its repertoire to mutate into new ecological niches, yet preserving intact its story of grace, of love improbably triumphant.
Francis Spufford
Back in 1983, the United States government approved the release of the first genetically modified organism. In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops.
Jeremy Rifkin
The biggest danger for any organism is to not identify that it’s being threatened. I want to hope that people realize that the source of danger and risk in the Middle East is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the deep radical Islamic vision of forming a global caliphate.
Naftali Bennett
Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That’s human nature.
Noam Chomsky
Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical. You can go out and see that organisms do vary, that variations are inherited, and that every organism is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances.
George C. Williams
The first true antibiotic to be derived from a culture of an actinomyces was isolated in our department in 1940. The organism, Actinomyces antibioticus, yielded a substance which was designated as actinomycin. It was soon crystallized, and its chemical and biological properties were established.
Selman Waksman
Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
That the variability of an organism to a certain extent is a constant and certain condition of life we admit, otherwise there would be no distinguishable individuals of a species.
Richard Owen
Humans have to realise they’re not individuals but individual parts of the same organism, with responsibility to each other.
Genesis P-Orridge
In the life of our organism, we are continually dealing with a development of force followed by a state of equilibrium. Of course, the human being has no conscious knowledge of what is really going on within him, but what takes place is so infinitely wise that the cleverness of the human ego is nothing by comparison.
Rudolf Steiner
Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
Nathalie Sarraute
It’s like the human body. What a tremendous organism. It actually craves contact. It likes contact. It craves it, as opposed to a car. If you backed into a brick wall, that would cause at least $2,000 worth of damage. It doesn’t have the ability to repair itself or callus over, but the human body does.
Jim Harbaugh
Each organism, no matter how simple or complex, has around it a sacred bubble of space, a bit of mobile territoriality which only a few other organisms are allowed to penetrate and then only for short periods of time.
Edward Hall
Genetically modified organism (GMO) foods are feared and hated by environmentalists and the public alike. Yet the scientific assessment of GMOs is remarkably different. Every major scientific evaluation of GMO technology has concluded that GMOs are safe for human consumption and are a benefit to the environment.
Ramez Naam
But in fact, when you try to model that on a computer you find that because of the very structure of matter and of the chemical bonds that are the basis of every organism, evolution is not random at all. It will tend to follow certain paths.
Kevin Kelly
In our evolutionary narratives, the organism itself often seems to play a passive role: a powerless victim, almost, of changes to its environment or mutations in its genes.
Alice Roberts
Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.
George Lucas
Acting on stage is a living organism you can never pin down, and I believe the audience feeds off that, too.
Hattie Morahan
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If you get very fine, accurate, and inexpensive control over your genome, you can fundamentally change the kind of organism you are. You are extending human capacity.
George M. Church
It has become evident that the primary lesson of the study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution: every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
Kevin Kelly
On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with a spiritual body or soul, both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism.
Alfred Russel Wallace
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
William James
The life force knows exactly what it takes to keep any particular living organism – any organism – alive. Anything in manifestation, for that matter. Even a rock is a manifestation of some sort, and you know, in physics and quantum physics, they know a rock is not dead.
Lindsay Wagner
As in all of biology, comparative studies showing differences among species are often helpful for a better understanding of the basic mechanisms; with all its advantages, there is a danger of clinging exclusively to one model organism.
John Tyler Bonner
Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.
Gore Vidal
When a child is born, it is immersed in an atmosphere charged with the stellar vibrations peculiar to that moment, which are stamped upon each atom of the sensitive organism by the air inhaled with the first breath.
Max Heindel
The individual organs follow the same pattern as the whole organism, i.e. they have their period of growth, of stationary, maximum activity and then of aging decline.
Wilhelm Ostwald
The cells of an organism are nodes in a richly interwoven communications network, transmitting and receiving, coding and decoding. Evolution itself embodies an ongoing exchange of information between organism and environment.
James Gleick
One of the functions of an organization, of any organism, is to anticipate the future, so that those relationships can persist over time.
Kevin Kelly
It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment.
Carl Andre
The first generation of biotech physically cut and pasted from one organism to another. You learned that taxol helped cure cancer, then you found the source organism and extracted the genes to make your drug. Now physical science is becoming information science.
Steve Jurvetson
I haven’t a clue if there is life on other planets but I’d be charmed if we found a unicellular organism on Mars. It would change our whole concept of life on Earth.
Tommy Lee Jones
I prefer to think of the audience as a single living organism with which I am sharing a singular, never-to-be-repeated experience.
Martha Plimpton
It is clear to all that the animal organism is a highly complex system consisting of an almost infinite series of parts connected both with one another and, as a total complex, with the surrounding world, with which it is in a state of equilibrium.
Ivan Pavlov
Countless are the women parasites who, to satisfy their craving for pleasure and luxury, impoverish father or husband. These lame limbs in the social organism, which themselves accomplish nothing, but for whom all other limbs work, are the most flagrant example of womanly immorality in the present.
Ellen Key
As is known, it is in the realm of experience inaugurated by psychoanalysis that we may grasp along what imaginary lines the human organism, in the most intimate recesses of its being, manifests its capture in a symbolic dimension.
Jacques Lacan
It seems likely that most if not all the genetic information in any organism is carried by nucleic acid – usually by DNA, although certain small viruses use RNA as their genetic material.
Francis Crick
I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is not an organism. It is a product of wills.
Arnold J. Toynbee
You have to ask yourself: how much does any one person or one family need? And when you start thinking about the universe as an organism, it’s important that we, as components of that organism, take care of each other and ourselves.
Nick Woodman
Stimuli, however, do not act upon an indifferent organism.
Jerome Bruner
I just feel like nobody truly understands who I am as a person. They think it’s one thing, but they get another. I feel like nobody fully comprehends who I am as a person, as a man, as a living organism in this world.
Denzel Curry
Sometime in the future, I am a hundred percent certain scientists will sit down at a computer terminal, design what they want the organism to do, and build it.
Craig Venter
The human body is essentially something other than an animal organism.
Martin Heidegger
Hatred, I think, is an organism that penetrates our skin in a mythic fashion and does not leave.
Svetlana Alexievich
In a broad systems sense, an organism’s environment is indistinguishable from the organism itself.
Kevin Kelly
With a movie, the die is cast. It is what it is. With TV, it’s a living organism in a way. Fans can have input, with the whole social media thing, and they can track what fans are liking and not liking.
George Newbern
The economy is a very sensitive organism.
Hjalmar Schacht
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Samuel Butler
The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.
Arthur Schopenhauer