Alexander Von Humboldt Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson
“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

{Letter to celebrated scientist Alexander von Humboldt, 6 December, 1813}”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Robert G. Ingersoll
“If the people of Europe had known as much of astronomy and geology when the bible was introduced among them, as they do now, there never could have been one believer in the doctrine of inspiration. If the writers of the various parts of the bible had known as much about the sciences as is now known by every intelligent man, the book never could have been written. It was produced by ignorance, and has been believed and defended by its author. It has lost power in the proportion that man has gained knowledge. A few years ago, this book was appealed to in the settlement of all scientific questions; but now, even the clergy confess that in such matters, it has ceased to speak with the voice of authority. For the establishment of facts, the word of man is now considered far better than the word of God. In the world of science, Jehovah was superseded by Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. All that God told Moses, admitting the entire account to be true, is dust and ashes compared to the discoveries of Descartes, Laplace, and Humboldt. In matters of fact, the bible has ceased to be regarded as a standard. Science has succeeded in breaking the chains of theology. A few years ago, Science endeavored to show that it was not inconsistent with the bible. The tables have been turned, and now, Religion is endeavoring to prove that the bible is not inconsistent with Science. The standard has been changed.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Robert G. Ingersoll
“As a rule, theologians know nothing of this world, and far less of the next; but they have the power of stating the most absurd propositions with faces solemn as stupidity touched by fear.

It is a part of their business to malign and vilify the Voltaires, Humes, Paines, Humboldts, Tyndalls, Haeckels, Darwins, Spencers, and Drapers, and to bow with uncovered heads before the murderers, adulterers, and persecutors of the world. They are, for the most part, engaged in poisoning the minds of the young, prejudicing children against science, teaching the astronomy and geology of the bible, and inducing all to desert the sublime standard of reason.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Alain de Botton
“The study of maps and the perusal of travel books aroused in me a secret fascination that was at times almost irresistible.”
Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Robert G. Ingersoll
“He [Alexander von Humboldt] was to science what Shakespeare was to the drama.”
Robert G. Ingersoll

“Every scientist is a descendant of Humboldt. We are all his family.”
Emil Heinrich Du Bois-Reymond

“Columbus gave Europe a New World; [Alexander von] Humboldt made it known in its physical, material, intellectual, and moral aspects.”
José Cipriano de la Luz y Caballero

Charles Darwin
“But when on shore, & wandering in the sublime forests, surrounded by views more gorgeous than even Claude ever imagined, I enjoy a delight which none but those who have experienced it can understand - If it is to be done, it must be by studying Humboldt.”
Charles Darwin

Simón Bolívar
“The real discoverer of South America was [Alexander von] Humboldt, since his work was more useful for our people than the work of all conquerors.”
Simón Bolívar

Hermann von Helmholtz
“During the first half of the present century we had an Alexander von Humboldt, who was able to scan the scientific knowledge of his time in its details, and to bring it within one vast generalization. At the present juncture, it is obviously very doubtful whether this task could be accomplished in a similar way, even by a mind with gifts so peculiarly suited for the purpose as Humboldt's was, and if all his time and work were devoted to the purpose.”
Hermann von Helmholtz

Thomas Jefferson
“I consider him [Alexander von Humboldt] the most important scientist whom I have met.”
Thomas Jefferson

Alain de Botton
“Humboldt's early biographer, F.A. Schwarzenberg, subtitled his life of Humboldt What May Be Accomplished in a Lifetime. He summarised the areas of his subject's extraordinary curiosity as follows: '1) The knowledge of the Earth and its inhabitants. 2) The discovery of the higher laws of nature, which govern the universe, men, animals, plants, minerals. 3) The discovery of new forms of life. 4) The discovery of territories hitherto but imperfectly known, and their various productions. 5)
The acquaintance with new species of the human race--- their manners, their language and the historical traces of their culture.'
What may be accomplished in a lifetime---and seldom or never is.”
Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Charles Darwin
“[Alexander von Humboldt was the] greatest scientific traveller who ever lived.”
Charles Darwin

“This man [Alexander von Humboldt] is as knowledgeable as a whole academy.”
Claude Louis Berthollet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“[Alexander von] Humboldt showers us with true treasures.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe