Mark Kurlansky: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Mark Kurlansky Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Mark Kurlansky, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Mark Kurlansky you will find my Ten favorites of Mark Kurlansky’s quotes. 

About Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky has written, edited, or contributed to twenty books, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. All of his previous books were New York Times best-sellers, including Cod, Salt, 1968, and The Food of a Younger Land.

Born: December 07, 1948, Hartford, Connecticut, The United States
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Science

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“ENEMIES OFTEN become mirror images of each other.”
― Mark Kurlansky, The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

 “Man wants to see nature and evolution as separate from human activities. There is a natural world, and there is man. But man also belongs to the natural world. If he is a ferocious predator, that too is part of evolution. If cod and haddock and other species cannot survive because man kills them, something more adaptable will take their place. Nature, the ultimate pragmatist, doggedly searches for something that works. But as the cockroach demonstrates, what works best in nature does not always appeal to us.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

“It is not an overstatement to say that the destiny of the entire human race depends on what is going on in America today. This is a staggering reality to the rest of the world; they must feel like passengers in a supersonic jetliner who are forced to watch helplessly while a passel of drunks, hypes, freaks, and madmen fight for the controls and the pilot’s seat. – Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice, 1968”
― Mark Kurlansky, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

 “Even the name, Celt, is not from their own Indo-European language but from Greek. Keltoi, the name given to them by Greek historians, among them Herodotus, means “one who lives in hiding or under cover.” The Romans, finding them less mysterious, called them Galli or Gauls, also coming from a Greek word, used by Egyptians as well, hal, meaning “salt.” They were the salt people.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

 “In February 1912, ancient China came to an end when the last of three millennia of Chinese emperors abdicated.

Imagine twentieth-century Italy coming to terms with the fall of the Roman empire or Egypt with the last pharaoh abdicating in 1912. For China, the last century has been a period of transition – dramatic change and perpetual revolution.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

 “In every age, people are certain that only the things they have deemed valuable have true value. The search for love and the search for wealth are always the two best stories. But while a love story is timeless, the story of a quest for wealth, given enough time, will always seem like the vain pursuit of a mirage.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

“The main body of Vikings were given lands in the Seine basin in exchange for protecting Paris. They settled into northern France and within a century were speaking a dialect of French and became known as the Normans.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

 “I did not realize at the time, as I have discovered since, that anyone who attempts any thing original in this world must expect a bit of ridicule.” Clarence Birdseye”
― Mark Kurlansky

“In the Middle Ages, adultery was thought to be a major cause of the herring leaving.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

“modern people have seen too many chemicals and are ready to go back to eating dirt.”
― Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

10 Famous Quotes by Author Mark Kurlansky

So there you have it my Ten favorite quotes by Mark Kurlansky, please comment below and share your favorite quotes by the fantastic author Mark Kurlansky.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Mark Kurlansky. 

One Final Bonus – Mark Kurlansky Quote 

“There is a big difference between living in a society that hunts whales and living in one that views them. Nature is being reduced to precious demonstrations for entertainment and education, something far less natural than hunting. Are we headed for a world where nothing is left of nature but parks? Whales are mammals, and mammals do not lay a million eggs. We were forced to give up commercial hunting and to raise domestic mammals for meat, preserving the wild ones as best we could. It is harder to kill off fish than mammals. But after 1,000 years of hunting the Atlantic cod, we know that it can be done.”

― Mark Kurlansky

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