Robert Ardrey Quotes

Sex is a sideshow in the world of the animal, for the dominant color of that world is fear.
Natural selection deals ruthlessly with any population, bird or beaver, which fails to solve the problems of its environment with all those resources, learned or unlearned, which may be at its disposal.
Why is man man? As long as we have had minds to think with, stars to ponder upon, dreams to disturb us, curiosity to inspire us, hours free for meditation, words to place our thoughts in order, the question like a restless ghost has prowled the cellars of our consciousness.
Not in innocence, and not in Asia, was mankind born. The home of our fathers was that African highland reaching north from the Cape to the Lakes of the Nile. Here we came about-slowly, ever so slowly-on a sky-swept savannah glowing with menace.
If you watch lizards and lions copulating, then you will see that in 200 million years the male has not had a single new idea.
Animal language is a contagious expression of mood effecting communication between social partners.
The dog barking at you from behind his master's fence acts for a motive indistinguishable from that of his master when the fence was built.
Classic is our daring, classic our cowardice. Classic is our cruelty, classic our charity.
What could not be denied was that in vast segments of the animal world natural selection of the most qualified individuals took place not by competition for females but by competition for space.
Man is a fraction of the animal world. Our history is an afterthought, no more, tacked to an infinite calender. We are not so unique as we should like to believe. And if man in a time of need seeks deeper knowledge concerning himself, then he must explore those animal horizons from which we have made our quick little march.