When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.

-Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey

Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There's very little if any 'me-itis.' When I get back to civilization I'm always appalled by 'me, me, me.'

Dian Fossey
I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people. I can anticipate what a gorilla's going to do, and they're purely motivated.
Dian Fossey

I have no friends. The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.

Dian Fossey
None of the three great apes is considered ancestral to modern man, Homo sapiens, but they remain the only other type of extant primate with which human beings share such close physical characteristics. From them we may learn much concerning the behavior of our earliest primate prototypes, because behavior, unlike bones, teeth, or tools, does not fossilize.
Dian Fossey

I had this great urge... I had it the day I was born. Some may call it destiny. My parents and friends called it dismaying.

Dian Fossey
The extraordinary gentleness of the adult male with his young dispels all the King Kong mythology.
Dian Fossey

Gorillas are the largest of the great apes. A mature male may be six feet tall and weigh 400 pounds or more; his enormous arms can span eight feet.

Dian Fossey
[About gorillas] You take these fine, regal animals. How many (human) fathers have the same sense of paternity? How many human mothers are more caring? The family structure is unbelievably strong.
Dian Fossey

I had a wonderful contact, especially with Uncle Bert who was an angel and led the whole group over to my side of a steep ravine I could not cross to get over to them

Dian Fossey
When you realize the value of all life, you dwell on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.