- “There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen” (p. 77).
- “And believe me, they can’t breed” (p. 111).
Henry Wu’s confident assertion about the animals at the park.
- “Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way” (p. 160).
Malcolm speaking to Gennaro.
- “You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct” (p. 189).
Malcolm as he and his companions await a dinosaur attack.
- “The children of the world love dinosaurs, and the children are going to delight—just delight—in this place” (p. 198).
Hammond, refusing to acknowledge that anything is wrong.
- “To tell the truth, he struck me as a rather clumsy attacker of anything less than an automobile or a small apartment building” (p. 242).
Malcolm on the dinosaur that attacked him.
- “Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse” (p. 246).
Arnold, arguing that instability is a sign of a healthy system.
- “They don’t have intelligence. They have what I call ‘thintelligence.” They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it ‘being focused.’ They don’t see the surround. They don’t see the consequences” (p. 284).
Malcolm on the deficiencies of engineers and technicians.
- “Raptors are smart. Very smart” (p. 290).
- “Hammond whined. ‘But what are you going to do to my animals?
‘That’s not really the question, Mr. Hammond,’ Muldoon said. ‘The question is, what are they going to do to us?’” (p. 303).
Hammond and Muldoon after they hear the raptors have escaped.
Jurassic Park: Top Ten Quotes