As a bio-philosopher — as someone who draws upon the scriptures of nature, recognizing that we are the product of the process of evolution, and in a sense, we have become the process itself — through the emergence and evolution of our consciousness, our awareness, our capacity to imagine and to anticipate the future and to choose from amongst alternatives.
Responding to a question of whether he holds his views as a philosopher or as a biologist.
It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.Jonas Salk
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.Jonas Salk
Why did Mozart compose music?Jonas Salk
Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years.Jonas Salk
Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.Jonas Salk
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.Jonas Salk
I have dreams, and I have nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.Jonas Salk
I couldn't possibly have become a member of this institute if I hadn't founded it myself.Jonas Salk