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Propose the Theory of Evolution through the process of Natural Selection, providing the first accepted and unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life.

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Charles Darwin Quotes

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 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.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

 

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

 

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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