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David Attenborough

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  • Being in touch with the natural world is crucial.

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  • 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.

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  • Crying wolf is a real danger.

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  • The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?

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  • It's a moral question about whether we have the right to exterminate species.

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  • I've been to Nepal, but I'd like to go to Tibet. It must be a wonderful place to go. I don't think there's anything there, but it would be a nice place to visit.

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  • The fundamental issue is the moral issue.

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  • In the old days... it was a basic, cardinal fact that producers didn't have opinions. When I was producing natural history programmes, I didn't use them as vehicles for my own opinion. They were factual programmes.

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

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  • I don't approve of sunbathing, and it's bad for you.

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  • You know, it is a terrible thing to appear on television, because people think that you actually know what you're talking about.

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  • I'm against this huge globalisation on the basis of economic advantage.

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  • I'm absolutely strict about it. When I land, I put my watch right, and I don't care what I feel like, I will go to bed at half past eleven. If that means going to bed early or late, that's what I live by. As soon as you get there, live by that time.

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  • You can only get really unpopular decisions through if the electorate is convinced of the value of the environment. That's what natural history programmes should be for.

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  • Well, I'm having a good time. Which makes me feel guilty too. How very English.

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

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  • I think a major element of jetlag is psychological. Nobody ever tells me what time it is at home.

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

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  • I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.

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  • 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.

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  • Before the BBC, I joined the Navy in order to travel.

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  • All we can hope for is that the thing is going to slowly and imperceptibly shift. All I can say is that 50 years ago there were no such thing as environmental policies.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Television of course actually started in Britain in 1936, and it was a monopoly, and there was only one broadcaster and it operated on a license which is not the same as a government grant.

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  • I suffer much less than many of my colleagues. I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival.

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  • I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of your country and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creature from dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild, which might come and settle near them.

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

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