30 Jane Goodall Quotes: Compassion is Language


Read these Jane Goodall quotes because compassion can go a long way. It’s what the world needs on a daily basis.

Born on  April 3, 1934, Jane Goodall‘s passion about animals and Africa led her to visit a friend in Kenya. There, she introduced herself to Kenyan archaeologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey. In 1960, Leakey sent her to Gombe Stream National Park to start her research on chimpanzees.

With no field training or college degree guiding her research, Goodall’s observations of chimpanzees were not set by scientific standards. She named her subjects and observed them to have unique personalities. Her research challenged the beliefs in the scientific community that only humans were capable of making tools and that chimpanzees were vegetarians.

jane goodall with chimpanzeesShe spent months in dangerous and remote areas, getting closer to chimps than anyone before her. In the next five years, National Geographic released a film about her research. She was also featured in numerous magazines. Goodall’s groundbreaking work on chimpanzees made her a celebrity.

More importantly, Goodall revolutionized science with the addition of an emotional component into her work. After over two decades of her study, she created the Jane Goodall Institute to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Now in her eighties, Goodall’s work and the compassion behind it lives on.

Here are 30 Jane Goodall quotes to inspire you to be the change that you want to see.

Some people say… that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. We’re not very good at it though, are we? – Jane Goodall

Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved. – Jane Goodall

There is a powerful force unleashed when young people resolve to make a change. – Jane Goodall

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The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. – Jane Goodall

One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun. – Jane Goodall

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Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right. – Jane Goodall

Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons? – Jane Goodall

The greatest danger to our future is apathy. – Jane Goodall

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Thousands of people who say they love animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs. – Jane Goodall

Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change. – Jane Goodall

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

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The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves. – Jane Goodall

Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential. – Jane Goodall

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place–or not to bother. – Jane Goodall

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So, let us move forward with faith in ourselves, in our intelligence, in our indomitable spirit. Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion and love. – Jane Goodall

I don’t have any idea of who or what God is. But I do believe in some great spiritual power. I feel it, particularly when I’m out in nature. It’s just something that’s bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is. I feel it. And it’s enough for me. – Jane Goodall

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love. – Jane Goodall

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You may not believe in evolution, and that’s all right. How we humans came to be the way we are is far less important than how we should act now to get out of the mess we have made for ourselves. – Jane Goodall

But if we want life, we will have to stop depending on someone else to save the world. It is up to us-you and me, all of us. – Jane Goodall

Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have? – Jane Goodall

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Cruelty is a terrible thing. I believe it is the worst human sin. – Jane Goodall

I’d like to be remembered as someone who really helped people to have a little humility and realize that we are part of the animal kingdom, not separated from it. – Jane Goodall

We find animals doing things that we, in our arrogance, used to think was “just human”. – Jane Goodall

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I love dogs, not chimps. Some chimps are nice, and some are horrid. I don’t actually think of them as animals any more than I think of us like animals, although both of us are. – Jane Goodall

A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, “This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do. – Jane Goodall

It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us. – Jane Goodall

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If we do not do something to help these creatures, we make a mockery of the whole concept of justice. – Jane Goodall

It is these undeniable qualities of human love and compassion and self-sacrifice that give me hope for the future. We are, indeed, often cruel and evil. Nobody can deny this.

Without patience, I could never have succeeded. – Jane Goodall

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We gang up on each one another, we torture each other, with words as well as deeds, we fight, we kill. But we are also capable of the most noble, generous, and heroic behavior. – Jane Goodall

I became totally absorbed into this forest existence. It was an unparalleled period when aloneness was a way of life; a perfect opportunity, it might seem, for meditating on the meaning of existence and my role in it all. – Jane Goodall

Share these 30 Jane Goodall quotes to friends and loved ones to remind them that passion and courage are enough to make a change.

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