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9. Who made the world I cannot tell; ’tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed. (God & World & Hell) A E Housman
1,056. And how am I to face the odds,
Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made. (Life’s Like That & God & World) A E Housman, Last Poems 1922
58. If a god made this world then I would not like to be the god. Its misery and distress would break my heart. (God & World) Arthur Schopenhauer
115. God’s in his heaven
All’s right with the world. (God & Heaven & World) Robert Browning, Pippa Passes
4,152. Who knows but the world may end to-night? (World & End of the World) Robert Browning, Last Ride Together
202. I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. (God & World & Responsibility) Georges Duhamel 1884-1966, French novelist
207. All societies have had need to find an explanation of the way in which human beings came into the world. (God & Society & World) David Attenborough, televised interview
4,120. If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off. (World & Humanity) David Attenborough, The Daily Telegraph 2005
5,898. And that basic notion that the world is there for us ... has produced the devastation of vast areas of the land surface. David Attenborough, televised interview
100,069. We, after all, are the architects of the urban world. Now over half of us live in an urban environment … Yet it’s on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world depend. It is surely our responsibility to do everything in our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us but for all life on Earth. (Earth & City & World) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Cities s2e6
2,570. The world is full of wonders. But they become more wonderful not less wonderful when Science looks at them. (Science & World & Great Britain) Genius of Britain II: A Roomful of Brilliant Minds, Channel 4 2012, David Attenborough
51,998. The natural world is the greatest of all treasures. And yet in my lifetime we have damaged it more severely than in the whole of the rest of the human history. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature) Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild III: Our Fragile Planet, BBC 2012
51,999. Peter [Scott] had his own natural history series on television: it was called Look. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature) ibid.
52,000. Life in Cold Blood 2008: The Giant Galapagos Tortoise – they live longer than any other animal on Earth, well over a hundred and fifty years. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature) ibid.
52,001. Dian Fossey had been studying the Mountain Gorilla. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature & Gorilla) ibid.
52,002. I actually witnessed the extinction in the wild of the Panamanian Golden Frog which fell victim to the same insidious killer. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature & Frog & Extinction) ibid.
52,003. I have been enthralled by coral reefs ever since. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature & Coral) ibid.
52,004. The change is already beginning to be seen at the Poles. (Animals & World & Earth & Nature) ibid.
131,670. Two hundreds million years ago our planet looked very different than it does today. It was entirely covered by sea which surrounded one super continent we call Pangea. And then Pangea began to break up. Life was cast adrift on fragments of land. And these fragments eventually became our seven continents. (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet I: Antarctica, BBC 2019
131,671. We are changing the world so rapidly that wildlife is now facing of its greatest challenges yet. (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) ibid.
131,672. Of all the continents, one was sighted by humans just two hundreds years ago. (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) ibid.
131,673. Only one mammal can live this face south: the Weddell seal. (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) ibid.
131,674. One of the richest feeding ground in all the world’s oceans. (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) ibid.
131,675. The frozen surface of the sea hides a great secret: it may be hostile above the ice, but below it conditions are so stable that life over millennia has had time to diversify. Creatures here grow to a great size … (Earth & World & Antarctica & Animals & Continent) ibid.
131,751. Asia: the largest of all the world’s continents. It stretches form the Equator to beyond the Arctic Circle. This is a continent of extremes. Here, temperatures can drop to bellow minus sixty degrees Celsius. On land, survival is almost impossible. But for a few weeks of summer the ice melts, and the coast is transformed. (Earth & World & Animals & Asia & Continent) David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet II: Asia
131,752. Pacific walrus … 100,000 of them: almost the entire world population is here. They are gigantic. (Earth & World & Animals & Asia & Continent) ibid.
131,753. Asia has the hottest deserts, highest mountains and tallest jungles on our planet. This is a continent of incredible variety. (Earth & World & Animals & Asia & Continent) ibid.
131,754. Meet the blue-faced, golden-coated snug-nosed snow monkey. They are among the heftiest of monkeys … The whole group snuggles together at the slightest opportunity to keep warm. (Earth & World & Animals & Asia & Continent & Monkey) ibid.
131,755. The bird was mistaken. It was a viper with a lethal bite. This species has only recently been discovered … On its tail movable scales have been modified to look like a spider’s legs, and its tip like an abdomen. (Earth & World & Animals & Asia & Continent & Snake) ibid.
131,854. At the southern tip of South America the Andes mountains rise almost vertically. Their very height affect life throughout the continent. The barren slopes look inhospitable. But like all parts of South America they are actually rich with wildlife. A family of Puma. They live further south than any kind of cat on Earth. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Cat) David Attenborough, Seven World, One Planet III: South America
131,855. Here on the coast of Peru there are so many seabirds fishing in the offshore waters that the cliffs are covered in droppings over a metre thick. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Bird) ibid.
131,856. The Andean bear: only a few thousand remain. They eat mostly leaves and fruit. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Bear) ibid.
131,857. A few patches of forest still remain. One in Colombia is the home of one of the world’s rarest monkeys: cotton-topped tamarins. They are critically endangered. They live largely on fruit and are particularly fond of tree sap: this is packed with sugars, so it also attracts insects. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Monkey) ibid.
131,858. Once fledged, these young [parrots] will follow their parents for up to a year learning where to find the salts. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Bird) ibid.
131,859. Anacondas are the largest of all snakes. They grow to over 200 kilos. And they usually stalk their prey from the water. (Earth & World & Animals & South America & Snake) ibid.
131,951. Australia: an island continent cast adrift during the time of the dinosaurs. Isolated from the rest of life on land for millions of years, the animals cast away here are today like none elsewhere. This is a land of survivors. (Earth & World & Animals & Australia) David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet IV: Australia
131,952. The animals and plants here are armed: built to live alongside dinosaurs. (Earth & World & Animals & Australia) ibid.
131,953. At nearly two metres tall, the cassowary rules this forest. (Earth & World & Animals & Australia) ibid.
131,954. A little red flying fox … a wombat … kangaroos … dingoes … koalas … jumping spider … Reptiles: Australia has more species of them than any other continent … The wild budgerigar … Sharks: there are more species here than anywhere else on Earth … The Tasmanian devil … now endangered. (Earth & World & Animals & Australia) ibid.
131,955. The driest inhabited continent on Earth. (Earth & World & Animals & Australia) ibid.
132,004. Europe. Home to more than 700,000,000 people. This is a continent that has been transformed by humanity. It is a crowded world. But not all of it. There are still precious areas of wilderness, and living within them, some very surprising animals. Forests once covered 80% of Europe. Now only half of it remains. A brown bear: one of only 1,500 that are left in Finland’s forest. (Earth & World & Animals & Europe & Bear) David Attenborough, Seven World, One Planet V: Europe
132,005. Gibraltar: Home to Europe’s only monkeys. Barbary Macaques. Four family troops live here. (Earth & World & Animals & Europe & Bear & Monkey) ibid.
132,109. One continent on our planet changes more dramatically than any other: North America. Whole landscapes here can be transformed in a matter of minutes. And all life has to be ready to seize the moment. Getting it wrong can be disastrous. But time it correctly and there can be great rewards. This is a land of opportunity. (Earth & World & Animals) David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet VI: North America
132,110. The coldest wilderness of all lies in the Arctic north … The Canadian lynx: no other kind of cat anywhere lives further north than this one. (Earth & World & Animals & Cat) ibid.
132,111. Over 1,000 tornadoes touch down here every year. (Earth & World & Animals & Tornado) ibid.
132,112. A relative of the elephant: a manatee … Every autumn they need to find warmer waters. (Earth & World & Animals) ibid.
132,267. Africa: no continent on Earth today has such spectacular wildlife. At its heart lies a vast tropical rainforest. Over a million square miles of wilderness, much of it still unexplored, even now. There are more animals and plants in these jungles than anywhere else on the continent. But even in this land of plenty, wildlife facing major challenges. (Earth & World & Animals & Africa) David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet VII: Africa
132,268. Chimpanzees: the elders in this group know where to find the most nutritious food and how to extract it. But if they are to survive to adulthood the youngsters must learn these skills from their parents. (Earth & World & Animals & Africa & Chimpanzee) ibid.
132,269. These lakes are now one of the richest freewater habitats to be found anywhere (Earth & World & Animals & Africa & Lakes) ibid.
132,270. Hyenas from all over the Namib head to where the sand dunes meet hte sea: somewhere along this seemingly barren stretch of land theree is food in great quantity: Cape fur seals: there are around 10,000 of them here. (Earth & World & Animals & Africa) ibid.
132,271. Aardvark: it’s the world’s largest burrowing animal. Its sense of smell is extremely acute. Shovel-like claws and powerful legs enable it to dig down to depths of five or six metres. A full-grown aardvark needs to eat about fifty thousands termites every day. Termites are highly nutricious and full of moisture, and they can be collected here year-round. Aardvark are usually nocturnal … Aardvark here are close to starvation. Changes in the world’s climate are affecting many of Africa’s animals. (Earth & World & Animals & Africa & Aardvark) ibid.