Even if you have never heard of Michael Crichton, you have surely seen his movies. The most famous ones being, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Congo, The 13th Warrior, The Terminal Man, etc. We cannot deny the influence that Michael Crichton has had on our culture, thanks to the books to film translations.
Interestingly though, he has given us many quotes to live by, and there are many truths to ponder in these quotes; some being more philosophical, while others being a social commentary. The quotes below are meant to make you think, share, and hopefully, make you want to pick up his books to read.
“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”
“False fears are a plague, a modern plague!”
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”
“I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.”
“It’s hard to observe without imposing a theory to explain what we’re seeing, but the trouble with theories, as Einstein said, is that they explain not only what is observed but what CAN BE observed. We start to build expectations based on our theories. And often those expectations get in the way.”
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“We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so.”
“Raising children is, in a sense, the reason the society exists in the first place. It’s the most important thing that happens, and it’s the culmination of all the tools and language and social structure that has evolved.”
“And I think the answer is that we are, in reality, terribly frail animals. And we don’t like to be reminded of how frail we are—how delicate the balances are inside our own bodies, how short our stay on Earth, and how easily it is ended.”
“Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.”
“It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.”
“God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.”
“In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.”
“Let’s be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven’t got the power to destroy the planet – or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.”
“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.”
About Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards–the final straw came when he submitted an essay by George Orwell that was given a “B-.” After giving up English and spending a year in Europe, Michael returned to Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Havard Medical School to train as a doctor. Several times, he was persuaded not to quit the course but did so after qualifying in 1969.
Crichton’s novels, including Jurassic Park, have been described by The Guardian as “harking back to the fantasy adventure fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Edgar Wallace, but with a contemporary spin, assisted by cutting-edge technology references made accessible for the general reader”. According to The Guardian, “Michael Crichton wasn’t really interested in characters, but his innate talent for storytelling enabled him to breathe new life into the science fiction thriller”. Like The Guardian, The New York Times has also noted the boys’ adventure quality to his novels interfused with modern technology and science.