Top 307 Survival Quotes

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“I had a lot of survival jobs. One was for the Witty Ditty singing-telegram company. I was in the red-and-white stripes with the straw boater hat and kazoo. Balloons. Even when you’re sleeping on a friend’s couch, you have to pay some kind of rent.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“Much has changed since the end of the Cold War that augurs well for the survival of our nation.”

― Adam Schiff

“Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“I need a producer who will look for a good script. I need a director whose purpose to make a film is not for his survival but because he loves making films.”

― Ajith Kumar

“’A collected poems’ is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.”

― Al Purdy

“I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds.”

― Alan Shepard

“The cell, over the billions of years of her life, has covered the earth many times with her substance, found ways to control herself and her environment, and insure her survival.”

― Albert Claude

“The juke joint, the honky tonk, and the ballroom also represent one more thing, anthropologically speaking: a ceremonial context for the male-with-female-duet dance flirtation and embrace, upon which the zoological survival of the human species has always been predicated.”

― Albert Murray

“I left Mexico for artistic survival. If I had stayed, I would have been forced by the government, who control the movie business, to direct TV shows or commercials or infomercials for the government.”

― Alfonso Cuaron

“Humor can be one of our best survival tools.”

― Allen Klein

“Moving to Mumbai was difficult, as survival was a major concern. I was not from a very well-to-do family.”

― Amruta Khanvilkar

“We did everything we could to save my legs, and it just came to a point where if we didn’t amputate my legs, I wouldn’t survive. In that situation, you kind of go into survival mode, and you find strength.”

― Amy Purdy

“You have to seed internal disruptors. You need sources of internal disruption. They don’t guarantee your survival, but you have got to try.”

― Anand Mahindra

“If something happens and you’re behind, and you get hit in the mouth early like that, you have two options: You can either pack it in mentally and internally and go into survival mode and quit, or you’re going to get up and go to work.”

― Andre Ward

“In a world where change is inevitable and continuous, the need to achieve that change without violence is essential for survival.”

― Andrew Young

“Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”

― Anita Roddick

“In Afghanistan, getting shot at was a regular occurrence. I viewed survival as a numbers game. As point man, every time I entered a Taliban compound first, I played the odds in my head.”

― Ant Middleton

“I eat healthily as much as I can – meat, protein, carbs as well. I like my pasta; I like my rice. I like to have that sort of sustenance in me, because I’m always thinking of survival.”

― Ant Middleton

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”

― Aristotle

“The human race’s prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“I didn’t take the money route because I saw my parents struggle for survival.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.”

― Aslan Maskhadov

“Let me make one thing clear. I have never considered mere survival in power as any achievement, just as I have never seen coming to power as an achievement in itself.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“But the question is a matter of the survival and the teaching. That’s what our work comes down to. No matter where we key into it, it’s the same work, just different pieces of ourselves doing it.”

― Audre Lorde

“Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.”

― Bear Grylls

“The rules of survival never change, whether you’re in a desert or in an arena.”

― Bear Grylls

“Survival is not about being fearless. It’s about making a decision, getting on and doing it, because I want to see my kids again, or whatever the reason might be.”

― Bear Grylls

“Textbook survival tells you to stay put. Stop. Wait for rescue. Don’t take any risks. But there’d been a whole host of survival shows like that and I didn’t really want to do that.”

― Bear Grylls

“Weather can kill you so fast. The first priority of survival is getting protection from the extreme weather.”

― Bear Grylls

“Survival requires us to leave our prejudices at home. It’s about doing whatever it takes – and ultimately those with the biggest heart will win.”

― Bear Grylls

“Nanotechnology in medicine is going to have a major impact on the survival of the human race.”

― Bernard Marcus

“The will to work of everyone in the country is the best guarantee of national survival.”

― Bhumibol Adulyadej

“Most people are living lives of sort of survival. And constantly posing an existential crisis, either through fantasy or oblivion, really has been pretty much explored in rock and roll. At least in the western version of rock n’ roll.”

― Billy Corgan

“I became a stand-up because that was my survival.”

― Brad Garrett

“Many different planets are many different distances from their host star; we find ourselves at this distance because if we were closer or farther away, the temperature would be hotter or colder, eliminating liquid water, an essential ingredient for our survival.”

― Brian Greene

“My family and I participate in ‘Cycle for Survival.’ it was started by a friend of my wife’s who lost his wife to a rare form of cancer.”

― Brian Krzanich

“Since the majority of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean, not to mention much of the world’s protein, it is not an exaggeration to say that when our oceans’ health declines, our very survival is at risk.”

― Brian Skerry

“For science, the end of the evolution struggle is simply represented by ‘survival.’ As for the means to that end, apparently anything goes. Darwinism leaves humanity without a moral compass.”

― Bruce Lipton

“So much of Judaism is about suffering, survival, and pathos.”

― Bryan Fogel

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

― C. S. Lewis

“It angers me when sustainability gets used as a buzz word. For 90 percent of the world, sustainability is a matter of survival.”

― Cameron Sinclair

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”

― Carl Sagan

“Your community is your survival.”

― Carolyn Chute

“I’m really grateful I grew up in a house in which media literacy was a survival skill.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“The podcast movement was really a creative survival mechanism for standup comics.”

― Chris Hardwick

“For the continued survival of our planet and humanity, it is crucial that certain discoveries and skills and inventions made by people over the years be passed on from one human generation to the next, from one person, face-to-face, to another.”

― Chris Raschka

“I tend to take things personally. But I can only take so much, and then I jump back. I have strong survival skills.”

― Christina Hendricks

“I invented Christine as a survival technique. I was inspired by the idea that everyone could have a Christine inside to wake.”

― Christine and the Queens

“I invented ‘Christine’ as a survival technique to deal with many things. I felt it would save me.”

― Christine and the Queens

“When you’re in survival mode, you numb yourself.”

― Clemantine Wamariya

“I don’t really know any survival skills of any kind.”

― Connor Jessup

“Terrorists cannot threaten the survival of a great nation.”

― Conrad Black

“I represent central Florida, which depends on tourists for its economic survival. We need people to be able to get to the State and enjoy it.”

― Corrine Brown

“Preventative medicine has to be the direction we go in. For example, if colon cancer is detected early – because a person knew he had a genetic risk and was having frequent exams – the surgery is relatively inexpensive and average survival is far greater than 10 years.”

― Craig Venter

“Am I a trance medium? No. Have I got a gift psychically? Absolutely not. But I believe in the survival of consciousness after death.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“My great-grandfather, Sam Aykroyd, was a dentist in Kingston, Ontario, and he was also an Edwardian spiritualist researcher who was very interested in what was going on in the invisible world, the survival of the consciousness, precipitated paintings, mediumship, and trans-channeling.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“Everyone fears the cut of the blade. It doesn’t matter after that. I know the spirit survives as there is so much evidence of the survival of the personality in the afterlife.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“Music has got to be useful for survival, or we would have gotten rid of it years ago.”

― Daniel Levitin

“That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It’s such a powerful force.”

― Danny Boyle

“I’m always looking for a story of survival.”

― Dave Pelzer

“I sat there in awe that some guy overseas, trying to protect our interests, was using a silly comedy as a survival tool. My brain had an explosion. I was really moved by that.”

― David Denman

“Survival is the main objective. There are going to be some awful days, I know that from my background in the sport.”

― David Millar

“Everything that’s going on within the peloton – there’s about ten different races going on. There is also a survival element to it – I love the fact that it’s so epic. You crash on a bike, the first thing you do is try and get back up on it. No whinging!”

― David Millar

“Humans are not the fastest or the strongest animals on the planet, but when it comes to survival, we have had the unique advantage of being clever.”

― David Perlmutter

“While the hippocampus itself doesn’t store memories, it serves to triage our experiences based upon their survival significance.”

― David Perlmutter

“I cannot escape the feeling that I was, at best, a cancer tourist, that my survival means I dabbled.”

― David Rakoff

“Connections with other people affect not only the quality of our lives but also our survival.”

― Dean Ornish

“I bring forward stories from the lives of everyday Americans: those whose path hasn’t been set out on easy street or who haven’t been given it all, those who are actually forging ahead because of their own personal resources, their moxie, their survival instincts.”

― Debra Granik

“When I’m interested in an aspect of someone’s life, I want to ask about their experiences, their survival strategies, and what they do to keep their lives interesting.”

― Debra Granik

“The masculine energy was about survival. The male was the hunter who risked his life and had to be in the fight-flight mode.”

― Deepak Chopra

“I’ve learned survival secrets from being on camera, and then translated them into everyday life.”

― Deidre Hall

“Stand-up is like a row boat: it’s fun and romantic when you’re choosing to do it. But if you have no other choice than to be in a row boat it’s not as enjoyable; that’s survival.”

― Demetri Martin

“I learned a lot in those first years in Miami, while struggling just for survival, by observing my father’s fortitude.”

― Desi Arnaz

“The mountain gorilla faces grave danger of extinction – primarily because of the encroachments of native man upon its habitat – and neglect by civilized man, who does not conscientiously protect even the limited areas now allotted for the gorilla’s survival.”

― Dian Fossey

“Survival is nothing more than recovery.”

― Dianne Feinstein

“One of the things I find extremely challenging about the continent of Africa is that when the immediate needs and the social needs of people are not met, that kills dreams, and it’s all about survival.”

― Djimon Hounsou

“For Dylan, it seems, life is always the next gig. Changing pace and location are essential to his survival as an artist.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Water, like many other resources, is harvested, transported and used throughout all aspects of society. Unlike other resources, water is critical to the survival of all forms of life. The underlying question that sits at the core of my exploration is to what degree can we shape water before it begins to shape us.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.”

― Edward Everett Hale

“Hezbollah will support Assad to the end because his continuing hold on power is critical to its own survival.”

― Ehud Barak

“The planet’s survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.”

― Elias Canetti

“From the very dawn of time until now and well into the future… human-animal companionship is at the very core of our instincts not only for mutual survival, but mutually rewarding relationships.”

― Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

“For many women, the on-time payments of domestic support obligations are essential to economic survival.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“Certainly it is valuable to a trained writer to crash in an aircraft which burns. He learns several important things very quickly. Whether they will be of use to him is conditioned by survival. Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“Reactionaries often describe both Marx and Lenin as theorists, without taking into consideration that their utopias inspired Russia and China – the two countries called upon to lead a new world which will allow for human survival if imperialism does not first unleash a criminal, exterminating war.”

― Fidel Castro

“The world has not yet reached the point which, in my view, is an essential condition for the survival of our human species: access by all the peoples to the material resources of this planet.”

― Fidel Castro

“What prevails in every corner of this globalized world is the real struggle of our species for its own survival.”

― Fidel Castro

“The human being is very resourceful. When you fight for survival, you don’t think much; you just do. If you think too much, you sink.”

― Frank Lowy

“My core thing is gangster rap, but a lot of my music is melodic and carries a message of survival.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“My architecture is the architecture of survival.”

― Frei Otto

“In the game of life, survival is only part of the battle.”

― Gad Saad

“The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life.”

― Gary Zukav

“The question is no longer whether the United States should contribute to assuring Israel’s survival and prosperity; that goes without saying.”

― George Ball

“We finally understand in general terms how a cell is organized, how its specialized organs function in a well integrated manner to insure its survival and replication.”

― George Emil Palade

“There are 13 stories in ‘The Fencepost Chronicles’ about corrupt tribal leaders, trouble on the reserve, survival schemes, and communal drinking.”

― Gerald Vizenor

“Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.”

― Germaine Greer

“The key to Judaism’s survival is the emotional attachment to the religion.”

― Gil Marks

“All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.”

― Grace Paley

“I don’t concentrate on any one period of history; I like to locate my stories in wildly different eras and places. I seem to be drawn to large, sprawling, uncomfortable swaths of American history, finding embedded within them a tight narrative that involves strife, heroism, and survival under difficult circumstances.”

― Hampton Sides

“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.”

― Hans Selye

“It’s time for the aesthetics of upwardly mobile feminist respectability to make room for the aesthetics of survival, particularly trans survival.”

― Hari Nef

“I’ve witnessed the survival of the theatre several times when it was meant to be dying.”

― Harriet Walter

“Survival is triumph enough.”

― Harry Crews

“Water is one of the most basic and vital requirements for survival. And with the issue of water shortage aggravating every single day, it’s just something I felt we had to address and spread the message on whatever level we can.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“Evolution does not necessarily favor the longest-lived. It doesn’t necessarily favor the biggest or the strongest or the fastest, and not even the smartest. Evolution favors those creatures best adapted to their environment. That is the sole test of survival and success.”

― Harvey V. Fineberg

“The things that prey on my mind in London seem to disappear as soon as I find myself in a different environment. Survival mode kicks in.”

― Hayley Atwell

“I resent having witnessed the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of the very brilliant female ones.”

― Helen Mirren

“Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.”

― Henri Frederic Amiel

“It goes without saying that when survival is threatened, struggles erupt between peoples, and unfortunate wars between nations result.”

― Hideki Tojo

“During this period, Japan’s peaceful commercial relations were successively obstructed, primarily by the American rupture of commercial relations, and this was a grave threat to the survival of Japan.”

― Hideki Tojo

“I’ve always believed in survival.”

― Hugh Leonard

“I’m loyal to a fault – even though I’ve been to hell and back with Vince McMahon, I would never to do anything to hurt him. But it’s also survival of the fittest out there.”

― Hulk Hogan

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I have a hot memory, but I know I’ve forgotten many things, too, just squashed things in favor of survival.”

― Iggy Pop

“Doesn’t the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.”

― Imelda Marcos

“Being a parent is about your survival. Surviving the terrible two’s is the most important thing.”

― J. B. Smoove

“Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet.”

― Jack Herer

“Israel is now sustaining a war for its own existence. A nation defending its citizens against terrorist bombings and a military and diplomatic onslaught by an array of Arab foes is practicing survival, not genocide.”

― Jack Schwartz

“Earth is abundant with plentiful resources. Our practice of rationing resources through monetary control is no longer relevant and is counter-productive to our survival.”

― Jacque Fresco

“The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”

― Jamais Cascio

“As in the war of 1941-45, our victory and our survival depend on how and where we attack.”

― James Forrestal

“The human young must learn to perceive these affordances, in some degree at least, but the young of some animals do not have time to learn the ones that are crucial for survival.”

― James J. Gibson

“The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.”

― Jane Wagner

“The ability to sympathize with those around us seems crucial to our survival, and it’s connected to the mirroring functions of the brain.”

― Jay Parini

“It’s a survival thing. I don’t do anything to be artistic or just because I like it.”

― Jeff Dunham

“I think survival, with agency intact, is heroic for anyone or anything.”

― Jeffrey Wright

“They’re now turning those seeds into intellectual property, so they have a virtual lock on the seeds upon which we all depend for our food and survival.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“That larger story in ‘Salvage the Bones’ is just about survival, and I think that, in the end, there are things about this novel and about these characters’ experiences that make their stories universal stories.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“Humor – I see it as a survival skill.”

― Jill McCorkle

“Fear is always there; it’s a survival instinct. You just need to know how to manage it.”

― Jimmy Chin

“I’ve taken regular gigs, I’ve worked in grocery stores, worked as a dishwasher, a porter in different places, all for survival. I don’t feel bad about doing it. I wished I could have done better. And still do.”

― Jimmy Scott

“You don’t write on tour; it takes all your concentrating to make the gig – that’s survival technique. Afterwards, you run around town to find interesting hipsters and go to all the interesting spots. You got to go to every hotspot until everything has closed down.”

― Joe Strummer

“When most of us hear the phrase, ‘survival of the fittest,’ we assume it originated with Charles Darwin. It did not. The phrase doesn’t exist anywhere in Darwin’s first edition of ‘Origin of the Species.’”

― Joel A. Barker

“I think some of this fascination with the ‘Arab Spring’ is just a grand experiment with Israel’s survival.”

― John Bolton

“Every story I do is about people. It’s my survival instinct – one person, one story.”

― John Branch

“I think that the majority of messages are validating messages to confirm the survival of conscious. And many times that validation message is negative or sad.”

― John Edward

“A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest.”

― John McCarthy

“At heart, I’m a dude from South Central Los Angeles. We roll the way we roll because we had survival tactics; we had to learn how to adapt. That’s just me.”

― John Singleton

“I know that in the battle of ideas, Republican politicians are at a distinct disadvantage. Their fundamental philosophy – which I characterize as survival of the fittest, richest and whitest – is too callous for most Americans.”

― John Yarmuth

“Escapism is survival to me.”

― Johnny Depp

“Love is the substance of human survival.”

― Josh Tillman

“Somewhat sadly, the survival of many bookstores now depends on selling merchandise other than books.”

― Julia Glass

“I have an instinct for survival, for self-preservation.”

― Julian Barnes

“As much as we would like to deny it, reading is not vital to human survival.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I have been fascinated with survival and having to go on no matter what. That always appealed to me.”

― Katharine Ross

“In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage, we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression is more than a monstrous defect, that it is also a crucial survival tool.”

― Katherine Dunn

“Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.”

― Ken Burns

“In particular, for younger researchers on whom the future of mankind may depend. We believe that they are working with all the scientific wisdom at their disposal for the preservation of the inheritance of the earth and for the lasting survival of mankind.”

― Kenichi Fukui

“If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.”

― Khalil Gibran

“I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for survival.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“To a certain degree, I think both self-narrativizing and selective memory are essential survival skills.”

― Laura van den Berg

“I always felt that I had anxiety of survival in terms of livelihood even when I was making plenty of money.”

― Leonard Baskin

“Success is survival.”

― Leonard Cohen

“Animals have genes for altruism, and those genes have been selected in the evolution of many creatures because of the advantage they confer for the continuing survival of the species.”

― Lewis Thomas

“Survival, in the cool economics of biology, means simply the persistence of one’s own genes in the generations to follow.”

― Lewis Thomas

“We need art. We’ve been telling stories since the beginning. As human beings, we need it for our survival.”

― Lili Taylor

“It’s hard to appreciate the importance of the rainforest because it seems so far away, but it’s vital to the survival of the planet as we know it.”

― Lily Cole

“Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest – then we can all die laughing.”

― Lily Tomlin

“As a journalist, it is so easy to get hardened when you see so many stories that are disturbing. Sometimes it’s just your survival mechanism that makes you hardened to some of it.”

― Linda Vester

“Every soldier should learn survival on land, sea, and in the air.”

― Louis Zamperini

“My father so appropriately put it that we are certainly the only animal that makes conscious choices that are bad for our survival as a species.”

― Louise Leakey

“In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.”

― Luis Bunuel

“The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as humanity survives.”

― M. H. Abrams

“People are all vulnerable in so many different ways. We go into survival mode a lot of times.”

― Malin Akerman

“Moderation is the secret of survival.”

― Manly Hall

“As a chef, I could not wash my hands – nor clean pots, pans, utensils, meats or produce, nor make soups and sauces – if I did not have clean water. Were this to happen, of course, these would be the least of my concerns. Because water is the linchpin of survival: without it, not much else matters.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“I grew up in the north woods of Canada. You had to know certain things about survival. Wilderness survival courses weren’t very formalized when I was growing up, but I was taught certain things about what to do if I got lost in the woods.”

― Margaret Atwood

“I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.”

― Margaret J. Wheatley

“Education is a precondition to survival in America today.”

― Marian Wright Edelman

“Babies act out when they’re hungry, cold, tired. They do this for survival.”

― Marilu Henner

“I’m usually writing about survival. I never planned it, but it runs through all my books.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“I just absolutely needed the theatre so desperately – it was my fate; it was where I was running towards. It was the place where I found peace and survival and all kinds of things.”

― Mark Rylance

“It might not be pretty, but the A-10 is our most capable close air-support aircraft, and its arrival on the battlefield signals survival for our troops and annihilation for our enemies.”

― Martha McSally

“High among the unpredictable variables that endanger the survival of worthy buildings are the vagaries of taste.”

― Martin Filler

“I’m one of the writers that would die if I didn’t say what I needed to say. For me, it’s a matter of survival to write.”

― Mary Lambert

“It’s increasingly clear that governments, major corporations, banks, universities and other such bodies view the defense of their secrets as a desperate matter of institutional survival, so much so that the state has gone to extraordinary lengths to punish and/or threaten to punish anyone who so much as tiptoes across the informational line.”

― Matt Taibbi

“I wrote ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ because I wanted to read it, and nobody else was writing it. All I’ve been doing with everything I’ve written is answering questions that I had.”

― Max Brooks

“Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that democratization in Ethiopia is not just a matter of choice. It’s a matter of national survival. I am deeply convinced that we either democratize and have a good chance of surviving, or if we fail to do so, we disintegrate.”

― Meles Zenawi

“For me, basketball was always about survival because I was just trying to get out the hood, right? When I got to Chicago, I’m like, ‘I’m just trying to survive, and anybody I got to step on or break, so be it.’”

― Metta World Peace

“When all is said and done, it looks like the Palestinians have been massively robbed and abused, and are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival and liberation. Israel, on the other hand, would appear to be conducting an imperialistic campaign of oppression supported and substantially armed by the most powerful nation on earth.”

― Michael Leunig

“I think it is essential for Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state that we end the status quo. The preferred way to end the status quo would be on the basis of a two-state solution. We don’t want the Palestinians to be citizens of Israel, nor do we want them to be subjects.”

― Michael Oren

“Flawed as they may be, science and the secular Enlightenment values expressed in Western democracies are our best hope for survival.”

― Michael Shermer

“Sooner or later, we will face a catastrophic threat from space. Of all the possible threats, only a gigantic asteroid hit can destroy the entire planet. If we prepare now, we better our odds of survival. The dinosaurs never knew what hit them.”

― Michio Kaku

“The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.”

― Mo Udall

“For a country boy, poor as I was, whose constant worry was to be able to have enough to eat, the Army guaranteed one’s survival.”

― Mo Yan

“When I was first diagnosed, I went out, as a book person, and got some books on cancer and looked up my version of the disease. It said that I had about a 5 percent chance of survival. I said, ‘Gosh, well, it’s been a good run.’ What I didn’t realize is that in the two years since those books were published, things had shifted dramatically.”

― Molly Ivins

“Lying is not only a defense mechanism; it’s also a coping mechanism and a survival technique.”

― Monica Raymund

“My form of therapy and survival has been exercise.”

― Nadya Suleman

“Because our choices are largely based on survival. But if life is eternal, life is not a question.”

― Neale Donald Walsch

“In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you’re surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“It turns out our brain is sensitive, maybe too sensitive, to motion. It’s a survival mechanism.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Some day we’ll move into space and start ensuring the survival of our species beyond Earth, whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand.”

― Neil Turok

“Living in a small town, one of the keys to survival was your imagination.”

― Nick Nolte

“We truly have an ancient part of the brain that was about survival when we were prey but we seem to have gone past prey. We eat everything and nothing eats us.”

― Nick Nolte

“Astonishingly powerful and poignant, ‘Gravity’ is the rarest of rares: a space survival film informed by a genuine reverence for the awe-inspiring cosmos we inhabit.”

― Nick Sagan

“Selective memory is surely one of nature’s most effective ways of ensuring the survival of our species.”

― Nigel Hamilton

“’The Dovekeepers’ is a compelling, beautifully written novel that combines history and fiction into a timeless story of survival and heroism.”

― Nina Tassler

“There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.”

― Noam Chomsky

“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The target of preventive war must have several characteristics. It must be virtually defenceless; it must be important enough to be worth the trouble; it must be possible to portray it as the ultimate evil and an imminent threat to our survival.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival.”

― Norbert Wiener

“When we were engaged in the problems of survival we had no time to have anything to do with culture.”

― Nursultan Nazarbayev

“The old series of sittings with Mrs. Piper convinced me of survival for reasons which I should find it hard to formulate in any strict fashion, but that was their distinct effect.”

― Oliver Joseph Lodge

“Basing my conclusions on experience I am absolutely convinced not only of survival but of demonstrated survival, demonstrated by occasional interaction with matter in such a way as to produce physical results.”

― Oliver Joseph Lodge

“Survival is important, art is secondary. If you aren’t alive, how can you create art?”

― Pankaj Tripathi

“I’m interested in how we react when we’re heavily pressed. When we’re vulnerable and our survival is in question, how do we behave?”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“Survival is not just a physical thing. It’s a constant mental affair. So, I kind of really draw a lot of power from that word.”

― Parvathy

“Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.”

― Patricia Cornwell

“Natural selection shaped the human brain to be drawn toward aspects of nature that enhance our survival and reproduction, like verdant landscapes and docile creatures. There is no payoff to getting the warm fuzzies in the presence of rats, snakes, mosquitoes, cockroaches, herpes simplex and the rabies virus.”

― Paul Bloom

“Cancer cells come pre-programmed to execute a well-defined cascade of changes, seemingly designed to facilitate both their enhanced survival and their dissemination through the bloodstream. There is even an air of conspiracy in the way that tumours use chemical signals to create cancer-friendly niches in remote organs.”

― Paul Davies

“Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.”

― Paulo Coelho

“This generation has given up on growth. They’re just hoping for survival.”

― Penelope Spheeris

“Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival.”

― Peter Benchley

“Gossip, in its earlier forms, contained information that was critical to survival because, in clans of 150, what happened to anyone had a direct impact on everyone.”

― Peter Diamandis

“I’m a New Zealand actor, and I really want to be doing our stuff here, and our stuff includes plays from overseas. In terms of survival, maybe I should have taken a shot elsewhere at some point, but it gets back to the same theme – we should have our own people telling our own stories.”

― Peter Hambleton

“Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss? For species that depend on hearing for survival – to find food, migrate, and communicate – any hearing loss could be catastrophic. As one scientist noted, a deaf whale is a dead whale.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“We started writing songs like ‘Shook Ones’ and ‘Survival of the Fittest’ explaining our neighborhood, but more our personal lives.”

― Prodigy

“Overall, my life has been one of survival, and the decisions that I have made along the way, including my identification, have been to survive.”

― Rachel Dolezal

“As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.”

― Raoul Vaneigem

“The great majority of people are calm, resourceful, altruistic or even beyond altruistic, as they risk themselves for others. We improvise the conditions of survival beautifully.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“Credibility is a basic survival tool.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“As Darwin himself was at pains to point out, natural selection is all about differential survival within species, not between them.”

― Richard Dawkins

“The survival of extraordinary creatures such as the giant Tasmanian freshwater crayfish – the largest in the world – is in doubt because of logging.”

― Richard Flanagan

“The reactionary percentage of the electorate in these United States has been relatively constant since McCarthy’s day; I’d estimate it as hovering around 30 percent. A minority, but one never all that enamored of the niceties of democracy – they see themselves as fighting for the survival of civilization, after all.”

― Rick Perlstein

“Each time these pioneers expanded into new realms, they discovered the old ways wouldn’t work. Whenever a new domain was inhabited by humans, old survival patterns were left behind and new patterns created.”

― Rick Tumlinson

“The Baja is a survival race, and there is no break, but you’re not up on the wheel all day in the Baja like you are in Winston Cup or at Indy.”

― Robby Gordon

“The 600 is survival. It’s NASCAR’s longest race.”

― Robby Gordon

“A steady diet of the higher truths might prove exhausting, but it’s important that we acknowledge their validity and celebrate their survival.”

― Robert Gottlieb

“Through the evolutionary process, those who are able to engage in social cooperation of various sorts do better in survival and reproduction.”

― Robert Nozick

“When a trait is universal, evolutionary biologists look for a genetic explanation and wonder how that gene or genes might enhance survival or reproductive success.”

― Robin Marantz Henig

“I shot part of ‘Resurrecting the Champ’ in Denver, and I spent a summer going to survival school in Colorado Springs.”

― Rod Lurie

“Imagination is an instrument of survival.”

― Rogier van der Heide

“Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.”

― Rollo May

“They went into stores to get food to stay alive. Looting isn’t the right word. I call it survival.”

― Russel Honore

“We have the capability – physically, technically – to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts. We are now able to very slightly and subtly reshape the solar system in order to enhance human survival.”

― Rusty Schweickart

“The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.”

― Rutherford B. Hayes

“Do we really want to continue to push out the envelope of survival only to see other things crop up that we may not like?”

― S. Jay Olshansky

“I’ve never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I feel like the writers that I’m drawn to, the writers that I really cling to, are the writers who seem to be writing out of a desperate act. It’s like their writing is part of a survival kit. Those are the writers that I just absolutely cherish and carry with me everywhere I go.”

― Sam Shepard

“When you’re in the battlefield, survival is all there is. Death is the only great emotion.”

― Samuel Fuller

“When I make a film about a physically challenged person, I come away with so much. I learn to value what I have. My survival instinct sharpened after ‘Black’ and ‘Guzaarish.’”

― Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“Living authentically isn’t an act of courage as much as an act of survival.”

― Sarah McBride

“Looting speaks to a lack of economic opportunities – frankly, we all would loot, too, if our families’ continued survival depended on it.”

― Sarah Parcak

“Jews, black people – any people who are hated or who have suffered, either as individuals or as a people – use humour. It is a survival skill.”

― Sarah Silverman

“Sustainability is the key to our survival on this planet and will also determine success on all levels.”

― Shari Arison

“It’s interesting that people bring different things to oppressive and difficult situations, when they’re reduced to the barest terms of survival. That’s what provides tension in a lot of films.”

― Sharon Salzberg

“The good thing that may yet happen during dying is not the possibility of survival when we’re beyond that point. The good thing that may yet happen is that our lives will have great meaning for those we leave behind.”

― Sherwin B. Nuland

“Adaptability and constant innovation is key to the survival of any company operating in a competitive market.”

― Shiv Nadar

“I am passionately invested in the survival of Israel and everything Israel represents. But I am extremely critical of much of its policy. I believe that the occupation must end. And if it doesn’t, it will end Israel. I’m not in favor of settlements.”

― Simon Schama

“Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.”

― Simon Wiesenthal

“My shows are about the complete woman who swallows it all. It’s a question of survival.”

― Sonia Rykiel

“I fought for my survival since infancy.”

― Soon-Yi Previn

“In the fast zombie stories, it’s not our humanity that is at stake anymore. It’s our survival.”

― Stephen Graham Jones

“Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.”

― Stephen Hawking

“Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.”

― Stephen Hawking

“It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.”

― Stephen Hawking

“In superficial terms, to have an orchestral career is to be better than others, or at least to be chosen over others on that particular occasion; it is a form of survival.”

― Stephen Hough

“Look in the mirror, and don’t be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival.”

― Stephen Jay Gould

“What I learned with Cecil Taylor was strategy and survival and how to resist temptations and resist getting discouraged.”

― Steve Lacy

“In the wild, those traits that are adaptive for survival and reproductive advantage are brought out through natural selection. So cats that were fierce, furtive hunters, alert to the snapping of every twig, with coats that gave them good camouflage, would have been favored by evolution.”

― Sue Hubbell

“Every writer follows a theme, and mine is survival. If you can’t figure out what a writer’s theme is, look at the books you are attracted to.”

― Sylvia Day

“In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.”

― Tae Yoo

“Fears, insecurities, and the need to please can rule our lives. Our society is economically and socially set up for us to live under these pressures in order to maintain its control and survival.”

― Tara Stiles

“Every country in Europe needs immigrants for its economic survival.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation’s support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?”

― Theodore Bikel

“We need not renounce the use of conventional force. We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.”

― Theodore C. Sorensen

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

― Thornton Wilder

“There are a lot of comedians that were bullied and picked on, and that’s why they became comedians. Survival of the fittest.”

― Tiffany Haddish

“When I read about how 200 people died on a polar expedition, I wonder why they didn’t get to know the Inuit people who were around and presumably know something about surviving in the Arctic after living there for thousands of years. Talking to people is a survival mechanism.”

― Tim Cahill

“Finding shelter with nomads in the desert during summer was a matter of survival for me and my animals.”

― Tim Cope

“The key to the survival of liberty in the modern world is the embrace of multiple identities.”

― Timothy Garton Ash

“To argue that universal health care would wreck the U.S. lead in cancer survival, you’d have to argue that universal health care would wreck the entire U.S. economy.”

― Timothy Noah

“My survival skills are very good for Hollywood. Beyond that, I’m not really sure.”

― Timothy Olyphant

“Not everyone has the survival skills of William Jefferson Clinton.”

― Tina Brown

“What has happened to America’s survival instincts?”

― Tina Brown

“I fight on emotions. When I don’t fight on emotions, I don’t fight well. I fight on emotion, because I’m in for survival.”

― Tito Ortiz

“Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.”

― Todd Solondz

“It is precisely because neither individuals nor small groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation is necessary to human survival and flourishing.”

― Tom G. Palmer

“I’m a believer in belief. Faith is something that works – it causes people to do things, it has results. It’s an intangible, indefinable, very real thing. And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity. And sometimes to survival.”

― Tommy Lee Jones

“I may find Saddam Hussein’s regime abhorrent – any normal person would – but the survival of it is in his hands.”

― Tony Blair

“Hamas’s strategy is resistance and survival. As long as they survive, this is a victory.”

― Tzipi Livni

“If somebody writes a book and doesn’t care for the survival of that book, he’s an imbecile.”

― Umberto Eco

“Sex in space is not just a good idea, it’s survival.”

― Vanna Bonta

“I haven’t seen the show, but when it was finished I felt good about what we had done. I don’t know how it will stack up with Survival, but that’ll be up to the critics.”

― Vic Morrow

“My favorite part about Mare Barrow is her almost selfish survival instinct, as well as her increasingly gray morality. Her character arc in ‘Glass Sword’ is a lot deeper and more emotional than before, so I’m glad I got to write this sequel and that people want to read it.”

― Victoria Aveyard

“Growing up with Koli boys is a different experience. It teaches you survival.”

― Vikrant Massey

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

― Virginia Satir

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”

― W. Edwards Deming

“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”

― W. Edwards Deming

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

― Wendell Berry

“I would love to do Tammi Terrell’s story. I love stories of the underdog coming out on top and stories of survival.”

― Wendy Raquel Robinson

“I think the default position of humans is to be terrible, and we have to train it out of our children. That’s just part of survival, right? Predator animals don’t survive by being nice; humans are basically predator animals.”

― Wil Wheaton

“The survival of ISIS’s ideology is success enough for them. We must spare no effort in denying ISIS this success.”

― Will Hurd

“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.”

― William F. Buckley, Jr.

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

― Winston Churchill

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

― Winston Churchill

“Yidaki didgeridoo has been used in every part of Australian regional culture, all around the country. It’s become a message stick for the survival of those people, for aboriginal people and aboriginal culture.”

― Xavier Rudd

“Survival is very powerful. All your faculties want to cling to life. We’re not tested usually, luckily, but when we are, we become superheroes.”

― Yossi Ghinsberg

“Surviving is not something you need to learn. You don’t need to learn survival skills; you have them already. That’s why we’re here, all of us, because it’s a game of survival anyway.”

― Yossi Ghinsberg

“Having raised humanity above the beastly level of survival struggles, we will now aim to upgrade humans into gods and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.”

― Yuval Noah Harari
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