„The ape, vilest of beasts, how like to us!“
As quoted by Cicero in De Natura Deorum, Book I, Chapter XXXV
Variant translation: How like us is that ugly brute, the ape!
Original: (la) Simia quam similis turpissima bestia nobis!
Simia quam similis turpissima bestia nobis!
— Francois Rabelais, buch Gargantua und Pantagruel
Quelle: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Gargantua (1534), Chapter 54 : The inscription set upon the great gate of Theleme
Kontext: Here enter not vile bigots, hypocrites,
Externally devoted apes, base snites,
Puffed-up, wry-necked beasts, worse than the Huns,
Or Ostrogoths, forerunners of baboons:
Cursed snakes, dissembled varlets, seeming sancts,
Slipshod caffards, beggars pretending wants,
Fat chuffcats, smell-feast knockers, doltish gulls,
Out-strouting cluster-fists, contentious bulls,
Fomenters of divisions and debates,
Elsewhere, not here, make sale of your deceits.
— V.S. Ramachandran, buch The Tell-Tale Brain
BBC Reith Lectures, quoted in p. 291
The Tell-Tale Brain (2010)
— Jami Persian poet 1414 - 1492
An argosy of fables, p. 242
about himself, Extracted from Baharīstān-e- Jami
— Bem Cavalgar King of Portugal 1391 - 1438
— Oscar Wilde, buch The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Pt. V, st. 30
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898)
Kontext: The vilest deeds like poison weeds
Bloom well in prison-air:
It is only what is good in Man
That wastes and withers there:
Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate,
And the Warder is Despair.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat American artist 1960 - 1988
On being asked whether his artwork was a form of primal expressionism in “How Jean-Michel Basquiat predicted our identity-obsessed digital age” https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/jean-michel-basquiat in GQ (2017 Sep 20)
— Bill Bryson American author 1951
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)
„Demanding an “ape-man” is actually just as silly as asking to see a mammal-man, or a half-human, half-vertebrate. How about a half dachshund, half dog? It’s the same thing. One may as well insist on seeing a town half way between Los Angeles and California. Because the problem with bridging the gap between humans and apes is that there is no gap because humans are apes –definitely and definitively. The word, “ape” doesn’t refer to a species, but to a parent category of collective species, and we’re included. This is no arbitrary classification like the creationists use. It was first determined via meticulous physical analysis by Christian scientists a century before Darwin, and has been confirmed in recent years with new revelations in genetics. Furthermore, it is impossible to define all the characters exclusively indicative of every known member of the family of apes without describing our own genera as one among them. Consequently, we can and have proven that humans are apes in exactly the same way that lions are cats, and iguanas are lizards, and whales are mammals. So where is the proof that humans descend from apes? How about the fact that we’re still apes right now!“
— Aron Ra Aron Ra is an atheist activist and the host of the Ra-Men Podcast 1962
"9th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfoje7jVJpU, Youtube (May 8, 2008)
Youtube, Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
— Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist and comparative anatomist 1825 - 1895
Quelle: 1860s, Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature (1863), Ch.1, p. 34
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
Variant translations of first portion: A book is a mirror: If an ape peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out. — this has actually been the most commonly cited form, but it is based on either a loose non-literal translation or a mistranslation of the German original: Ein Buch ist Spiegel, aus dem kein Apostel herausgucken kann, wenn ein Affe hineinguckt.
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook E (1775 - 1776)
Kontext: A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out. We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
— Frans de Waal Dutch primatologist and ethologist 1948
The Bonobo in All of Us (2007)
Kontext: It is true that the chimpanzee is dominance-oriented, violent, territorial. But it's also cooperative in many ways, and so that side is sometimes forgotten. The bonobo is sensual, sensitive, sexual, a peacemaker, but also can have a nasty side, and that's sometimes forgotten. So both species are sort of the ends of the spectrum, and we fall somewhere in between. Clearly, we have both of these sides in us, and that's why I sometimes call us "the bipolar apes."
„We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes. Our common ancestor with the chimpanzees and gorillas is much more recent than their common ancestor with the Asian apes — the gibbons and orangutans. There is no natural category that includes chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans but excludes humans.“
— Richard Dawkins, buch A Devil's Chaplain
"Gaps in the Mind"
A Devil's Chaplain (2003)
Quelle: A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
„Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of St. John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison.“
— Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
Lutetia; or, Paris. From the Augsberg Gazette, 12, VII (1842)
„[Saying that humans are related to apes is] an insult to apes. Experts say that violence is unknown among the creatures. They are generally gentle. They don't need to be continually policed so that they don't rape and murder like progressive man.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
God doesn't believe in atheists (2002)
— Pierre Trudeau 15th Prime Minister of Canada 1919 - 2000
Être votre voisin, c'est comme dormir avec un éléphant; quelque douce et placide que soit la bête, on subit chacun de ses mouvements et de ses grognements.
Addressing the Press Club in Washington, D.C. (25 March 1969) - Audio clip https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trudeau_sleeping_with_an_elephant.ogg
— Algernon Charles Swinburne, buch Poems and Ballads
"Anactoria", line 115.
Poems and Ballads (1866-89)
— Aldous Huxley, buch Ape and Essence
Quelle: Ape and Essence