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

โ€” Charles Darwin

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

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

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

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Charles Darwin quote It is not the strongest of the species t

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

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change, that lives within the means available and works co-operatively against common threats.

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A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.

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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.

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Charles Darwin quote A man who dares to waste one hour of tim

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

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An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

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It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.

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What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!

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

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

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If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

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About Charles Darwin

Quotes 365 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Naturalist
Birthday February 12, 1809

I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.

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When it was first said that the sun stood still and world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei [the voice of the people is the voice of God], as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science.

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

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I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.

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There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

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In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches.

Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.

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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.

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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.

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

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It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives;

it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

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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.

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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.

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

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That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes.

Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good God, or the product of uncaring natural forces? The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection.

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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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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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The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by mans attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than the woman. Whether deep thought, reason, or imagination or merely the use of the senses and hands.....We may also infer.....The average mental power in man must be above that of woman.

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We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

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To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

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Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.

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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?

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It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.

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Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

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I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation, & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

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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.

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

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We cannot fathom the marvelous complexity of an organic being;

but on the hypothesis here advanced this complexity is much increased. Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.

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The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient.

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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

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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.

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we are always slow in admitting any great change of which we do not see the intermediate steps

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Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of menโ€™s minds which follows from the advance of science.

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The love of a dog for his master is notorious;

in the agony of death he has been known to caress his master, and everyone has heard of the dog suffering under vivisection, who licked the hand of the operator; this man, unless he had a heart of stone, must have felt remorse to the last hour of his life.

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