John Ray

The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation.

John Ray (29 November 162717 January 1705) was an English naturalist, sometimes referred to as the father of English natural history.

QuotesEdit

  • The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation.
    • Title of a book (1691)

English Proverbs (1670)Edit

If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
  • In a calm sea every man is a pilot.
  • If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
  • Money begets money.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Misery loves company.
  • To go like a cat upon a hot bakestone.
  • He speaks Bear-garden. That is, such rude and uncivil, or sordid and dirty language, as the rabble that frequent those sports, are wont to use.

Quotes about John RayEdit

  • I do not know who first emphasized the need for a clear understanding of the sense in which the term species is to be applied. In the second half of the seventeenth century Ray shows some degree of concern on this matter. In the introduction to the Historia Plantarum, 1686, he discusses some of the difficulties and lays down the principle that varieties which can be produced from the seed of the same plant are to be regarded as belonging to one species, being, I believe, the first to suggest this definition.

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