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275 Inspiring Quotes by Charles Darwin

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Wikipedia Summary for Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history, and he was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.

Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species. By the 1870s, the scientific community and a majority of the educated public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations which gave only a minor role to natural selection, and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge (Christ's College) encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's conception of gradual geological change, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author.

Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin began detailed investigations, and in 1838 conceived his theory of natural selection. Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority. He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay that described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories. Darwin's work established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature. In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Actions of Worms (1881), he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.


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The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability.

--Charles Darwin



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Much love much trial, but what an utter desert is life without love.

--Charles Darwin

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A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.

--Charles Darwin

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Even when we are quite alone, how often do we think with pleasure or pain of what others think of us -- of their imagined approbation or disapprobation.

--Charles Darwin




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I must begin with a good body of facts and not from a principle (in which I always suspect some fallacy) and then as much deduction as you please.

--Charles Darwin


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Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character.

--Charles Darwin

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Man, wonderful man, must collapse, into nature's cauldron, he is no deity, he is no exception.

--Charles Darwin

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Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science.

--Charles Darwin

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July 24th, 1833.--The Beagle sailed from Maldonado, and on August the 3rd she arrived off the mouth of the Rio Negro.

--Charles Darwin

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It is a truly wonderful fact -- the wonder of which we are apt to overlook from familiarity -- that all animals and all plants throughout all time and space should be related to each other in group subordinate to group.

--Charles Darwin

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If man had not been his own classifier, he would never have thought of founding a separate order for his own reception.

--Charles Darwin

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I have long discovered that geologists never read each other's works, and that the only object in writing a book is a proof of earnestness.

--Charles Darwin


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But a plant on the edge of a deserts is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent upon the moisture.

--Charles Darwin


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Sympathy beyond the confines of man, that is, humanity to the lower animals, seems to be one of the latest moral acquisitions.

--Charles Darwin

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When the sexes differ in beauty, in the power of singing, or in producing what I have called instrumental music, it is almost invariably the male which excels the female.

--Charles Darwin

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The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile.

--Charles Darwin

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In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.

--Charles Darwin

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Any one whose disposition leads him to attach more weight to unexplained difficulties than to the explanation of facts will certainly reject my theory.

--Charles Darwin


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Whoever is led to believe that species are mutable will do good service by conscientiously expressing his conviction; for only thus can the load of prejudice by which this subject is overwhelmed be removed.

--Charles Darwin

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I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations.

--Charles Darwin


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On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.

--Charles Darwin



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Some call it evolution, And others call it God.

--Charles Darwin

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If I had life to live over again, I would give my life to poetry, to music, to literature, and to art to make life richer and happier. In my youth I steeled myself against them and thought them so much waste.

--Charles Darwin

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It may be doubted that there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as have these lowly organized creatures.

--Charles Darwin




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Hence if man goes on selecting, and thus augmenting, any peculiarity, he will almost certainly modify unintentionally other parts of the structure, owing to the mysterious laws of correlation.

--Charles Darwin



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In a series of forms graduating insensibly from some apelike creature to man as he now exists, it would be impossible to fix on any definite point where the term 'man' ought to be used.

--Charles Darwin

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May we not suspect that the vague but very real fears of children, which are quite independent of experience, are the inherited effects of real dangers and abject superstitions during ancient savage times?

--Charles Darwin

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Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, and books and music.

--Charles Darwin

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

--Charles Darwin




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The tree of life should perhaps be called the coral of life, base of branches dead; so that passages cannot be seen-this again offers contradiction to constant succession of germs in progress.

--Charles Darwin

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Thus we have given to man a pedigree of prodigious length, but not, it may be said, of noble quality.

--Charles Darwin

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Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal.

--Charles Darwin

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We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits, and an inhabitant of the Old World.

--Charles Darwin


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Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity.

--Charles Darwin

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Unusual degree. This family became divided eight generations.

--Charles Darwin

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The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?

--Charles Darwin

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On your life, underestimating the proclivities of finches is likely to lead to great internal hemorrhaging.

--Charles Darwin

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In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

--Charles Darwin

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The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.

--Charles Darwin

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If it wasn't for seasickness, all the world would be sailors!

--Charles Darwin


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The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.

--Charles Darwin



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Natural selection acts solely by accumulating slight successive favorable variations, it can produce no great or sudden modification; it can act only by very short steps.

--Charles Darwin

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I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.

--Charles Darwin

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It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.

--Charles Darwin

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Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but at last was complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct.

--Charles Darwin

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The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance.

--Charles Darwin

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It appears to me, the doing what little one can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelyhood pursue.

--Charles Darwin


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You ask about my opinion on vivisection. I quite agree that it is justifiable for real investigations on physiology; but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity.

--Charles Darwin

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We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.

--Charles Darwin

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I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.

--Charles Darwin

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There is a grandeur in this view of life, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful are being evolved.

--Charles Darwin

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Multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.

--Charles Darwin



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Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.

--Charles Darwin

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I can remember the very spot in the road, whilst in my carriage, when to my joy the solution occurred to me.

--Charles Darwin



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I would give absolutely nothing for the theory of Natural Selection, if it requires miraculous additions at any one stage of descent.

--Charles Darwin



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It is difficult to believe in the dreadful but quiet war lurking just below the serene facade of nature.

--Charles Darwin

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I have no great quickness of apprehension or wit which is so remarkable in some clever men, for instance Huxley.

--Charles Darwin



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The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals.

--Charles Darwin

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I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them.

--Charles Darwin




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It is uphill work writing books.

--Charles Darwin

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Animals manifestly enjoy excitement, and suffer from annul and may exhibit curiosity.

--Charles Darwin


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When the views entertained in this volume on the origin of species, or when analogous views are generally admitted, we can dimly forsee that there will be a considerable revolution in natural history.

--Charles Darwin

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Even people who aren't geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits.

--Charles Darwin

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Light may be shed on man and his origins.

--Charles Darwin


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Till facts are grouped and called there can be no prediction. The only advantage of discovering laws is to foretell what will happen and to see bearing of scattered facts.

--Charles Darwin

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I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.

--Charles Darwin


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The most powerful natural species are those that adapt to environmental change without losing their fundamental identity which gives them their competitive advantage.

--Charles Darwin

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To my deep mortification my father once said to me, "You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.

--Charles Darwin

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I have been speculating last night what makes a man a discoverer of undiscovered things. As far as I can conjecture the art consists in habitually searching for the causes and meaning of everything which occurs.

--Charles Darwin

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The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.

--Charles Darwin



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Two distinct elements are included under the term "inheritance"-- the transmission, and the development of characters;.

--Charles Darwin

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Or she may accept, as appearances would sometimes lead us to believe, not the male which is the most attractive to her, but the one which is the least distasteful.

--Charles Darwin

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When I view all beings not as special creations, but as the lineal descendants of some few beings which lived long before the first bed of the Cambrian system was deposited, they seem to me to become ennobled.

--Charles Darwin

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The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.

--Charles Darwin

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In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.

--Charles Darwin

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I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.

--Charles Darwin

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We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.

--Charles Darwin



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The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

--Charles Darwin


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As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.

--Charles Darwin

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I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.

--Charles Darwin

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It's not the strongest, but the most adaptable that survive.

--Charles Darwin

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I believe we were all glad to leave New Zealand. It is not a pleasant place. Amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity .... and the greater part of the English are the very refuse of society.

--Charles Darwin

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But I am very poorly today and very stupid and I hate everybody and everything. One lives only to make blunders.

--Charles Darwin

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It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

--Charles Darwin

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So great is the economy of nature, that most flowers which are fertilised by crepuscular or nocturnal insects emit their odour chiefly or exclusively in the evening.

--Charles Darwin

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The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

--Charles Darwin



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Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms.

--Charles Darwin

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A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.

--Charles Darwin


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Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.

--Charles Darwin

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It strikes me that all our knowledge about the structure of our Earth is very much like what an old hen would know of the hundred-acre field in a corner of which she is scratching.

--Charles Darwin

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Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals.

--Charles Darwin

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Hence, a traveller should be a botanist, for in all views plants form the chief embellishment.

--Charles Darwin

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The instruction at Edinburgh was altogether by lectures, and these were intolerably dull, with the exception of those on chemistry.

--Charles Darwin

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The loss of these tastes for poetry and music is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

--Charles Darwin

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The normal food of man is vegetable.

--Charles Darwin

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For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.

--Charles Darwin


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If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

--Charles Darwin

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I am dying by inches, from not having any body to talk to about insects.

--Charles Darwin

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Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull and undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.

--Charles Darwin



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Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.

--Charles Darwin



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We may confidently come to the conclusion, that the forces which slowly and by little starts uplift continents, and that those which at successive periods pour forth volcanic matter from open orifices, are identical.

--Charles Darwin







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Man has an instinctive tendency to speak, as we see in the babble of our young children, but no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew, or write.

--Charles Darwin


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But then arises the doubt, can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animal, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions?

--Charles Darwin



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With mammals the male appears to win the female much more through the law of battle than through the display of his charms.

--Charles Darwin


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I always make special notes about evidence that contridicts me: supportive evidence I can remember without trying.

--Charles Darwin

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Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.

--Charles Darwin

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A language, like a species, when extinct, never reappears.

--Charles Darwin

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He who believes that each being has been created as we now see it, must occasionally have felt surprise when he has met with an animal having habits and structure not at all in agreement.

--Charles Darwin

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This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

This preservation of favourable variations and the destruction of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest. Variations neither useful nor injurious would not be affected by natural selection and would be left a fluctuating element.


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I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men.

--Charles Darwin

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Free will is to mind what chance is to matter.

--Charles Darwin

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It may be conceit, but I believe the subject will interest the public, and I am sure that the views are original.

--Charles Darwin

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The power to charm the female has sometimes been more important than the power to conquer other males in battle. LAWS.

--Charles Darwin

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I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work; and I still think there is an eminently important difference.

--Charles Darwin




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Nothing can be more hopeless than to attempt to explain this similarity of pattern in members of the same class, by utility or by the doctrine of final causes.

--Charles Darwin

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Whilst Man, however well-behaved,
At best is but a monkey shaved!

--Charles Darwin

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Mere chance ... alone would never account for so habitual and large an amount of difference as that between varieties of the same species.

--Charles Darwin


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A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives -- of approving of some and disapproving of others.

--Charles Darwin


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The willing horse is always overworked.

--Charles Darwin

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I cannot persuade myself that a beneficient and omnipotent God would have designedly created...that a cat should play with mice.

--Charles Darwin


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Man could no longer be regarded as the Lord of Creation, a being apart from the rest of nature. He was merely the representative of one among many Families of the order Primates in the class Mammalia.

--Charles Darwin




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I suppose you are two fathoms deep in mathematics, and if you are, then God help you. For so am I, only with this difference: I stick fast in the mud at the bottom, and there I shall remain.

--Charles Darwin

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Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately this power does not long endure.



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The man who walks with Henslow.

--Charles Darwin

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At no time am I a quick thinker or writer: whatever I have done in science has solely been by long pondering, patience and industry.

--Charles Darwin

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Englishmen rarely cry, except under the pressure of the acutest grief; whereas in some parts of the Continent the men shed tears much more readily and freely.

--Charles Darwin

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The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe, with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for the existence of God.

--Charles Darwin

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The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change.

--Charles Darwin

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All that at present can be said with certainty, is that, as with the individual, so with the species, the hour of life has run its course, ans is spent.

--Charles Darwin

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I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age.

--Charles Darwin

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It is absurd to talk of one animal being higher than another...we consider those, where the intellectual faculties most developed as the highest. -- A bee doubtless would use ... instincts as a criteria.

--Charles Darwin

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A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.

--Charles Darwin



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Formerly Milton's Paradise Lost had been my chief favourite, and in my excursions during the voyage of the Beagle, when I could take only a single small volume, I always chose Milton.

--Charles Darwin

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On seeing the marsupials in Australia for the first time and comparing them to placental mammals: An unbeliever ... might exclaim "Surely two distinct Creators must have been at work."

--Charles Darwin




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We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.

--Charles Darwin

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From my early youth I have had the strongest desire to understand or explain whatever I observed. ... To group all facts under some general laws.

--Charles Darwin

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We have happy days, remember good dinners.

--Charles Darwin

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What wretched doings come from the ardor of fame; the love of truth alone would never make one man attack another bitterly.

--Charles Darwin




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Travelling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many trully goodnatured people there are.

--Charles Darwin

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Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy.

--Charles Darwin


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Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

--Charles Darwin

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Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life.

--Charles Darwin


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A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die -- which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct.

--Charles Darwin

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A cell is a complex structure, with its investing membrane, nucleus, and nucleolus.

--Charles Darwin

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Building a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.

--Charles Darwin

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It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.

--Charles Darwin

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It is no valid objection that science as yet throws no light on the far higher problem of the essence or origin of life. Who can explain the what is the essence of the attraction of gravity?

--Charles Darwin

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There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.

--Charles Darwin

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Conscience looks backwards and judges past actions, inducing that kind of dissatisfaction, which if weak we call regret, and if severe remorse.

--Charles Darwin

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It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant.

--Charles Darwin

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Origin of man now proved. Metaphysics must flourish. He who understand baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.

--Charles Darwin

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Delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist.

--Charles Darwin

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I think it can be shown that there is such an unerring power at work in Natural Selection, which selects exclusively for the good of each organic being.

--Charles Darwin


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The age-old and noble thought of 'I will lay down my life to save another,' is nothing more than cowardice.

--Charles Darwin


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The limit of man s knowledge in any subject possesses a high interest which is perhaps increased by its close neighbourhood to the realms of imagination.

--Charles Darwin


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It is impossible to concieve of this immense and wonderful universe as the result of blind chance or necessity.

--Charles Darwin

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I conclude that the musical notes and rhythms were first acquired by the male or female progenitors of mankind for the sake of charming the opposite sex.

--Charles Darwin

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How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!

--Charles Darwin


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The man that created the theory of evolution by natural selection was thrown out by his Dad because he wanted him to be a doctor. GAWD, parents haven't changed much.

--Charles Darwin



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A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.

--Charles Darwin


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Probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed.

--Charles Darwin

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With highly civilised nations continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes.

--Charles Darwin

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It is like confessing to a murder.

--Charles Darwin


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Man scans with scrupulous care the character and pedigree of his horses, cattle, and dogs before he matches them; but when he comes to his own marriage he rarely, or never, takes any such care.

--Charles Darwin



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Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.

--Charles Darwin

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But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man's mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.

--Charles Darwin

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But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man's mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey's mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?
To William Graham 3 July 1881.





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Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs so plainly as does a dog when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master.

--Charles Darwin

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The children of the Indians are saved, to be sold or given away as servants, or rather slaves, for as long a time as the owners can deceive them; but I believe in this respect there is little to complain of.

--Charles Darwin

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My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive.




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One hand has surely worked throughout the universe.

--Charles Darwin

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Many kinds of monkeys have a strong taste for tea, coffee and spirituous liqueurs.

--Charles Darwin

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge:.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: It is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.




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Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.

--Charles Darwin


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Only the fittest will survive.

--Charles Darwin

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