Carl Linnaeus quotes

Born
23 May 1707, Råshult, Älmhult, Sweden.

Died
10 January 1778.

Occupation
Botanist, zoologist, physician.

Carl Linnaeus (Carl von Linné) was a Swedish botanist, zoologist and physician.

If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
– Carl Linnaeus
Nature does not proceed by leaps.
– Carl Linnaeus
The names of the plants ought to be stable [certa], consequently they should be given to stable genera.
– Carl Linnaeus
A herbarium is better than any illustration; every botanist should make one.
– Carl Linnaeus
It is the genus that gives the characters, and not the characters that make the genus.
– Carl Linnaeus
If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too.
– Carl Linnaeus
The plant kingdom covers the entire earth, offering our senses great pleasure and the delights of summer.
– Carl Linnaeus
Stones grow, plants grow, and live, animals grow live and feel.
– Carl Linnaeus
Nature’s economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics.
– Carl Linnaeus
The first step in wisdom is to know the things themselves; this notion consists in having a true idea of the objects; objects are distinguished and known by classifying them methodically and giving them appropriate names. Therefore, classification and name-giving will be the foundation of our science.
– Carl Linnaeus
To live by medicine is to live horribly.
– Carl Linnaeus
Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring, for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds.
– Carl Linnaeus
It is not God, but people themselves who shorten their lives by not keeping physically fit.
– Carl Linnaeus
Botany is based on fixed genera.
– Carl Linnaeus
A practical botanist will distinguish at the first glance the plant of the different quarters of the globe and yet will be at a loss to tell by what marks he detects them.
– Carl Linnaeus
In natural science the principles of truth ought to be confirmed by observation.
– Carl Linnaeus
When all the thoughts are concerning one thing and the person loses interest in other things, the melancholy begins.
– Carl Linnaeus
Nomenclature, the other foundation of botany, should provide the names as soon as the classification is made… If the names are unknown knowledge of the things also perishes… For a single genus, a single name.
– Carl Linnaeus
We admit as many genera as there are different groups of natural species of which the fructification has the same structure.
– Carl Linnaeus
Natural bodies are divided into three kingdomes of nature: viz. the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. Minerals grow, Plants grow and live, Animals grow, live, and have feeling.
– Carl Linnaeus