Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, eminent as a collector and geologist, who proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection.
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If a person asked my advice, before undertaking a long voyage, my answer would depend upon his possessing a decided taste for some branch of knowledge, which could by this means be advanced. No doubt it is a high satisfaction to behold various countries and the many races of mankind, but the pleasures gained at the time do not counterbalance the evils.
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.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
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.
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance.
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
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.
... if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being perserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offsping similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection.
I feel like an old warhorse at the sound of a trumpet when I read about the capturing of rare beetles.
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.
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
I cannot persuade myself that a beneficient and omnipotent God would have designedly created...that a cat should play with mice.
The main conclusion here arrived at .
.. is that man is descended from some less highly organized form.
Man, wonderful man, must collapse, into nature's cauldron, he is no deity, he is no exception.
A novel according to my taste, does not come into the moderately good class unless it contains some person whom one can thoroughly love - and if a pretty woman, all the better.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.
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.
I have steadily endeavoured 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 facts are shown to be opposed to it.
We are optimists, until we are not.
The moral faculties are generally esteemed, and with justice, as of higher value than the intellectual powers. But we should always bear in mind that the activity of the mind in vividly recalling past impressions is one of the fundamental though secondary bases of conscience. This fact affords the strongest argument for educating and stimulating in all possible ways the intellectual faculties of every human being.
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.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
... not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity.
After my return to England it appeared to me that by following the example of Lyell in Geology, and by collecting all facts which bore in any way on the variation of animals and plants under domestication and nature, some light might perhaps be thrown on the whole subject.
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
On your life, underestimating the proclivities of finches is likely to lead to great internal hemorrhaging.
The moral faculties are generally and justly esteemed as of higher value than the intellectual powers.
It is a fatal fault to reason whilst observing, though so necessary beforehand and so useful afterwards.
Building a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God ... I think that generally (& more and more so as I grow older) but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.