„If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.“

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belgischer Schriftsteller 1862 - 1949

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„If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
A variant — "Professor Einstein, the learned scientist, once calculated that if all bees disappeared off the earth, four years later all humans would also have disappeared" — appears in The Irish Beekeeper, v.19-20, 1965-66, p74, citing Abeilles et Fleurs (Bees and Flowers, the house magazine of Union Nationale de l'Apiculture Française) for June 1965. Snopes.com mentions its use in a beekeepers' protest in 1994 in Europe http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/bees.asp suggesting invention and attribution to Einstein for political reasons.

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„The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it“

—  Jacques-Yves Cousteau French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher 1910 - 1997

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„We think we are smart because we have been flying for about sixty years. Birds and bees and butterflies have been flying for hundreds of thousands of years.“

—  Charles Kettering American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 140 patents 1876 - 1958
as quoted in Boss Ket (1961) by Rosamond McPherson Young p. 194

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„The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing,
Will sense the opening of another year
And blunder out to seek another spring.“

—  Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
Context: In February, if the days be clear, The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing, Will sense the opening of another year And blunder out to seek another spring. "Bee-Master", p. 40

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