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David Attenborough quotes

People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.

If I were beginning my career today, I don't think I would take the same direction. Television is at a crossroads at the moment. And although I am not up to date technologically, I suspect that somewhere out there people are conveying things about natural history by means other than television, and I think if I were beginning today, I'd be there.

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.

The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there's a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.

We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that's what's happening. Too many people there. They can't support themselves - and it's not an inhuman thing to say. It's the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it's going to get worse and worse.

I'm not in politics.

Nature isn't positive in that way. It doesn't aim itself at you. It's not being unkind to you.

There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.

I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programmes a lot, but I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature.

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.

I had a huge advantage when I started 50 years ago - my job was secure. I didn't have to promote myself. These days there's far more pressure to make a mark, so the temptation is to make adventure television or personality shows. I hope the more didactic approach won't be lost.

It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.

I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It's just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.

People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.

I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored.

There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.

What I am interested in with birds, just as I am with spiders or monkeys, is what they do and why they do it.

Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat. But when you got there it was the back of beyond. It was just a series of small tin sheds.

It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.