Dr. Jane Goodall’s Most Inspiring Quotes of 2019


In 2019, the Philippines experienced the most powerful typhoon on record. Hurricane Dorian was declared the worst natural disaster in the history of the Bahamas. Drought has persisted around the world and fires are still burning in California, across South America and Africa. Increasing political division has led to hateful rhetoric and disillusionment. Despite the hardships that our world faced in 2019, Dr. Jane Goodall has a tremendous amount of hope. Why? It is because of what she has seen accomplished when people act the way they believe. To spread hope, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Jane quotes from 2019 to lead us into a more hopeful 2020, and to help make the Oxford Word of the Year 2020 “Hope”! 

“Fortunately, nature is amazingly resilient: places we have destroyed, given time and help, can once again support life, and endangered species can be given a second chance. And there is a growing number of people, especially young people, who are aware of these problems and are fighting for the survival of our only home, Planet Earth. We must all join that fight before it is too late.” 

Dr. Goodall Speaks About Threats to Biodiversity Following U.N. Report 

“In all my lectures and books, I focus on reasons for hope. But today, it’s getting harder and harder to take that message of hope around the world. Todays’ young people—everywhere I go—they’re so excited and empowered. We’re listening to their voices. That gives us a reason to hope.” 

A New Era of Discovery in Gombe Thanks to Disney Family Trust 

“But consumers, at least if they’re not living in poverty, have an enormous role to play, too. If you don’t like the way the business does its business, don’t buy their products. This is beginning to create change. People should think about the consequences of the little choices they make each day.” 

Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a lot of Hope (And a Bit of Whiskey) NYTIMES

“Young people, when they understand the problems, are empowered to take action. When we listen to their voices (they) actually are changing the world and making it better for people, for animals, and for the environment because everything is interconnected.” 

Jane Goodall, Dr. Goodall & JGI Win BBVA Foundation Worldwide Award for Biodiversity 

“My job now is to try and help people understand every one of us makes a difference. And cumulatively, wise choices in how we act each day can begin to change the world.”
Dr. Jane Goodall in an interview with The Washington Post 

“ In order to slow down climate change, we must solve four seemingly unsolvable problems. We must eliminate poverty. We must change the unsustainable lifestyles of so many of us. We must abolish corruption. And we must think about our growing human population…But I believe we have a window of time to have an impact.”

Jane Goodall: These 4 Issues May Not Seem Related to Climate Change. But They Are and We Need to Solve Them Now

“What you have to do is to get into the heart. And how do you get into the heart? With stories. 

Dr. Jane Goodall at the World Economic Forum 

“More and more young people around the world are taking-action now, today, on projects they are truly passionate about. I am very excited to have the opportunity to connect with classrooms around the globe for this Skype in the Classroom broadcast and to discuss how we can improve the world for people, animals and the environment we share.” 

Hope Online: Dr. Goodall’s Skype in the Classroom Reaches 200k Students 

“If we all get together, we can truly make a difference, but we must act now. The window of time is closing.” 

Jane Goodall: These 4 Issues May Not Seem Related to Climate Change. But They Are and We Need to Solve Them Now

What keeps her going: “Precious moments when I can have a quick walk in nature. I always hope to meet and greet a dog, get a ‘dog fix’—any old dog whose owner agrees.” 

Dr. Goodall’s Productivity Advice for Fast Company 

Bonus: We’re not, after all, separate from the animal kingdom. We’re part of it.

Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a lot of Hope (And a Bit of Whiskey) NYTIMES

To keep up with Jane follow us on social @janegoodall on Facebook and @janegoodallinst on Twitter and Instagram. Get to know Jane’s schedule as she travels nearly 300 days all around the world spreading her message of hope and individual action by checking #wheresjane on social and bit.ly/wheresjane.


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Lana is an intern on the Community Engagement team at JGI. She is currently a Junior attending New York University and majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. Lana has a background in local environmental activism and is passionate about art, community engagement, and conservation. She is excited to be a part of spreading Jane Goodall’s message and educating her community