Jared Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, biogeographer and nonfiction author. He is best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997).
- History, as well as life itself, is complicated; neither life nor history is an enterprise for those who seek simplicity and consistency.
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005), p. 349
- People often ask, "What is the single most important environmental/population problem facing the world today?" A flip answer would be, "The single most important problem is our misguided focus on identifying the single most important problem!"
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005), p. 498
- Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. On reflection, we can also recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of our individual lives.
- On the fates of past societies facing problems of sustainability, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005), p. 522