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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Michael Crichton on history, science, fiction, fear, death, ontology, humanity, life, meaning, nature, human and bigotry.

76 Awesome Michael Crichton Quotes About Life, History & More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Author, Screenwriter, Film Director

Born On: October 23, 1942

Died On: November 4, 2008

Born In: Chicago

Died At Age: 66

John Michael Crichton was an American physician, novelist, screen play writer, director and producers who became one of the most popular and best-selling authors in the world during the course of his career that spanned several decades. Crichton was one of the most famous authors in science and medical fiction and according to some estimates, 200 million copies of his books have been sold globally and many of them have also been turned into successful films. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and took up a fellowship at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, but he did not pursue a career in medicine and instead decided to become a writer. Crichton’s novels are famous for the depiction of futuristic technology, disasters due to man’s inability to handle it and elements of biotechnology. Some of his famous works include the novels like ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Pirate Latitudes’, ‘Timeline’, ‘Rising Sun’, ‘The Lost World’, ‘Disclosure Congo’, ‘Dragon Teeth’ and ‘The Andromeda Strain’ among others. ‘Jurassic Park’, the movie based on his novel which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of all time while the medical drama 'ER' became hugely popular as well. He noted his observations over diverse subjects in his works and writings; many of his observations and thoughts became popular quotes. The below collection of Michael Crichton most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, books, novels, interviews and thoughts. Here is a collection of Michael Crichton quotes that would give you a glimpse into his remarkable mind. 

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.

Michael Crichton

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.

Michael Crichton

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.

Michael Crichton

It's better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.

Michael Crichton

God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.

Michael Crichton

The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.

Michael Crichton

No one escapes from life alive.

Michael Crichton

In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.

Michael Crichton

God created dinosaurs. God destroyed dinosaurs. God created Man. Man destroyed God. Man created dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man...Woman inherits the earth.

Michael Crichton

All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they'll tell you will be wrong.

Michael Crichton

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.

Michael Crichton

Discovery is always rape of the natural world. Always.

Michael Crichton

Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.

Michael Crichton

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Michael Crichton

Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else.

Michael Crichton

Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.

Michael Crichton

All major changes are like death. You can't see to the other side until you are there.

Michael Crichton

All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don't you take it away from yourself.

Michael Crichton

We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so.

Michael Crichton

You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct.

Michael Crichton

Life will find a way.

Michael Crichton

Anyone who says he knows God's intention is showing a lot of very human ego.

Michael Crichton

Everyone has a hidden agenda. Except me!

Michael Crichton

Praise not the day until evening has come, a woman until she is burnt, a sword until it is tried, a maiden until she is married, ice until it has been crossed, beer until it has been drunk.

Michael Crichton

It's hard to decide who's truly brilliant; it's easier to see who's driven, which in the long run may be more important.

Michael Crichton

Sometimes women scare the hell out of me.

Michael Crichton

You know what's wrong with scientific power? It's a form of inherited wealth. And you know what assholes congenitally rich people are.

Michael Crichton

Nobody smart knows what they want to do until they get into their twenties or thirties.

Michael Crichton

Power is neither male or female.

Michael Crichton

This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren't.

Michael Crichton

In the corner store we pulled fat bottles of water from the shelves. No one thinks it's weird that we have to buy clean water, and that's how I know we're going to hell.

Michael Crichton

They didn't understand what they were doing. I'm afraid that will be on the tombstone of the human race.

Michael Crichton

Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.

Michael Crichton

Friendships are nice. So is competence.

Michael Crichton

Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything. You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree.

Michael Crichton

Geniuses never pay attention.

Michael Crichton

Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.

Michael Crichton

Nobody dares to solve the problems-because the solution might contradict your philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important than succeeding in the world.

Michael Crichton

Do you want to understand how to swim, or do you want to jump in and start swimming? Only people who are afraid of the water want to understand it. Other people jump in and get wet.

Michael Crichton

A man can see by starlight, if he takes the time.

Michael Crichton

Nobody is driven by abstractions like 'seeking truth.

Michael Crichton

Discovery, they believe, is inevitable. So they just try to do it first. That's the game in science.

Michael Crichton

Working inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you are interested, keep working. If you are bored, keep working.

Michael Crichton

All human behavior has a reason. All behavior is solving a problem.

Michael Crichton

The rock, for its part, is not even aware of our existence because we are alive for only a brief instant of its lifespan. To it, we are like flashes in the dark.

Michael Crichton

Extrapolating from the statistical growth of the legal profession, by the year 2035 every single person in the United States will be a lawyer, including newborn infants.

Michael Crichton

He prays because he knows he doesn't control it. He's at the mercy of it.

Michael Crichton

Human intelligence was more trouble than it was worth. It was more destructive than creative, more confusing than revealing, more discouraging than satisfying, more spiteful than charitable.

Michael Crichton

You are the reason why he exists on this earth. You don't have the right to abandon him just because he's inconvenient or has trouble in school.

Michael Crichton

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

Michael Crichton

Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.

Michael Crichton

False fears are a plague, a modern plague!

Michael Crichton

Increasingly, the mathematics will demand the courage to face its implications.

Michael Crichton

It is especially difficult for modern people to conceive that our modern, scientific age might not be an improvement over the prescientific period.

Michael Crichton

You've never heard of Chaos theory? Non-linear equations? Strange attractors? Ms. Sattler, I refuse to believe you're not familiar with the concept of attraction.

Michael Crichton

Morality must keep up with technology because if a person is faced with the choice of being moral and dead or immoral and alive, they'll choose life everytime.

Michael Crichton

When you have a strongly held belief, don't you think it's important to express that belief accurately?

Michael Crichton

Expectation works in mysterious ways---and totally unconsciously.

Michael Crichton

They always say they didn't. I never heard of one who said, 'You know, I deserve this.' Never happens.

Michael Crichton

This fascination with computer models is something I understand very well. Richard Feynmann called it a disease. I fear he is right.

Michael Crichton

And entertainment has nothing to do with reality. Entertainment is antithetical to reality.

Michael Crichton

For our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behavior. We innovate new behavior to adapt.

Michael Crichton

The system didn't screw you. The system revealed you.

Michael Crichton

Exercise invigorates the body and sharpens the mind.

Michael Crichton

At the edge of chaos, unexpected outcomes occur. The risk to survival is severe.

Michael Crichton

If you gamble long enough, you'll always lose -- the gambler is always ruined.

Michael Crichton

Most areas of intellectual life have discovered the virtues of speculation, and have embraced them wildly. In academia, speculation is usually dignified as theory.

Michael Crichton

Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species.

Michael Crichton

Only assholes put a nickname on their business card.

Michael Crichton

The academic world was marching toward ever more specialized knowledge, expressed in ever more dense jargon.

Michael Crichton

The nasty little apes that call themselves human beings can do nothing except run and hide.

Michael Crichton

Obsession is just a variety of addiction ~ Ian Malcolm

Michael Crichton

Personally, I don't deal much in theory. I have to deal with the facts. And on the basis of facts, I don't see much difference in the behavior of men and women.

Michael Crichton

Good novels are not written, they're rewritten!

Michael Crichton

To apply general tools to specific problems is to fail.

Michael Crichton