No one with an unbiased mind can study any living creature, however humble, without being struck with enthusiasm at its marvellous structure and properties.
No radiant pearl, which crested fortune wears, no gem, that twinkling hangs from beauty’s ears; not the bright stars, which night’s blue arch adorn; nor rising sun, that gilds the vernal morn; shine with such lustre as the tear that flows down virtue’s manly cheek for others’ woes.
- E. O. Wilson American Zoologist
- Humphry Davy British Chemist
- Thomas Henry Huxley English Biologist
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson British Poet
- John Muir Scottish-born American Naturalist
- James Cook English Explorer, Cartographer
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- William Ewart Gladstone British Head of State
- Arthur C. Clarke English Science-fiction Writer
- John Herschel English Mathematician