All of these quotes are by Daniel Quinn... obviously. In the book, Ishmael is a gorilla that communicates telepathically with a man, so his quotes are sort of from a gorilla's point of view... obviously again.
"If I understood what made us animals (and I thought I did), I couldn’t understand what made them not animals"
"If you can’t understand what’s keeping you in, the will to get out soon becomes confused and in effectual"
"I’m telling you this because the people of your culture are in much the same situation. Like the people of Nazi Germany, they are the captives of a story."
"No creation story is a myth to the people who tell it. It’s just the story." - (p.52)
"And in spite of all the mastery we’ve attained, we don’t have enough mastery to stop devastating the world – or to repair the devastation we’ve already wrought."
"All the life processes of this planet will be where they belong – where the gods meant them to be – in our hands. And we’ll manipulate them the way a programmer manipulates a computer."
"But why? Why do you need prophets to tell you how you ought to live? Why do you need anyone to tell you how you ought to live?"
"Perhaps the flaw in man is exactly this: that he doesn’t know how he ought to live."
"I have amazing news for you. Man is not alone on this planet. He is part of a community, upon which he depends absolutely."
"That’s what their agricultural system is designed to support: not just settlement – growth. Unlimited growth."
"Increasing food production to feed an increased population results in yet another increase in population."
"The law itself is beyond argument. It’s there, plainly in place in the community of life. What the takers will deny is that it applies to mankind."
"The rule of that law was and is sufficient. Mankind was not needed to bring order to the world."
"The world of the Takers is one vast prison, and except for a handful of Leavers scattered across the world, the entire human race is now inside that prison."