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Charles Darwin quotes: A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone. A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
Charles Darwin quotes: If I had not been so great an invalid, I should not have done so much as I have accomplished. If I had not been so great an invalid, I should not have done so much as I have accomplished.
Charles Darwin quotes: This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection. This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection.
Charles Darwin quotes: It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant. It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant.
Charles Darwin quotes: Free will is to mind what chance is to matter. Free will is to mind what chance is to matter.
Charles Darwin quotes: It is mere rubbish thinking, at present, of origin of life; one might as well think of origin of matter. It is mere rubbish thinking, at present, of origin of life; one might as well think of origin of matter.
Charles Darwin quotes: An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men. An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
Charles Darwin quotes: We are optimists, until we are not. We are optimists, until we are not.
Charles Darwin quotes: I ought, or I ought not, constitute the whole of morality. I ought, or I ought not, constitute the whole of morality.
Charles Darwin quotes: The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient. The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient.
Charles Darwin quotes: The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile. The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile.
Charles Darwin quotes: [T]he young and the old of widely different races, both with man and animals, express the same state of mind by the same movements. [T]he young and the old of widely different races, both with man and animals, express the same state of mind by the same movements.
Charles Darwin quotes: Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can. Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can.
Charles Darwin quotes: The moral faculties are generally and justly esteemed as of higher value than the intellectual powers. The moral faculties are generally and justly esteemed as of higher value than the intellectual powers.
Charles Darwin quotes: Disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but at last it was complete. Disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but at last it was complete.
Charles Darwin quotes: The season of love is that of battle. The roots of these fights run deep. The season of love is that of battle. The roots of these fights run deep.
Charles Darwin quotes: The survival or preservation of certain favoured words in the struggle for existence is natural selection. The survival or preservation of certain favoured words in the struggle for existence is natural selection.
Charles Darwin quotes: I believe man . . . in the same predicament with other animals. I believe man . . . in the same predicament with other animals.
Charles Darwin quotes: Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive. Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.
Charles Darwin quotes: Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws. Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.
Charles Darwin quotes: I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision. I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision.
Charles Darwin quotes: I worked on true Baconian principles, and without any theory collected facts. I worked on true Baconian principles, and without any theory collected facts.
Charles Darwin quotes: A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
Charles Darwin quotes: 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 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.
Charles Darwin quotes: It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest. It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.
Charles Darwin quotes: There is a grandeur in this view of life, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful are being evolved There is a grandeur in this view of life, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful are being evolved
Charles Darwin quotes: I always make special notes about evidence that contridicts me: supportive evidence I can remember without trying. I always make special notes about evidence that contridicts me: supportive evidence I can remember without trying.
Charles Darwin quotes: I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age. I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age.
Charles Darwin quotes: Light may be shed on man and his origins. Light may be shed on man and his origins.
Charles Darwin quotes: If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin quotes: Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms. Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms.
Charles Darwin quotes: None can reply - all seems eternal now. The wilderness has a mysterious tongue, which teaches awful doubt. None can reply - all seems eternal now. The wilderness has a mysterious tongue, which teaches awful doubt.
Charles Darwin quotes: Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity. Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity.
Charles Darwin quotes: This prophecy has turned out entirely and miserably wrong. This prophecy has turned out entirely and miserably wrong.
Charles Darwin quotes: Thus we have given to man a pedigree of prodigious length, but not, it may be said, of noble quality. Thus we have given to man a pedigree of prodigious length, but not, it may be said, of noble quality.
Charles Darwin quotes: As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
Charles Darwin quotes: Language is an art, like brewing or baking ... It certainly is not a true instinct, for every language has to be learnt. Language is an art, like brewing or baking ... It certainly is not a true instinct, for every language has to be learnt.
Charles Darwin quotes: I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone. I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone.
Charles Darwin quotes: Sympathy for the lowest animals is one of the noblest virtues with which man is endowed. Sympathy for the lowest animals is one of the noblest virtues with which man is endowed.
Charles Darwin quotes: On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation. On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
Charles Darwin quotes: Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence. Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
Charles Darwin quotes: The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change. The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change.
Charles Darwin quotes: The normal food of man is vegetable. The normal food of man is vegetable.
Charles Darwin quotes: I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions. I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
Charles Darwin quotes: We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it. We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.
Charles Darwin quotes: Sympathy will have been increased through natural selection Sympathy will have been increased through natural selection
Charles Darwin quotes: I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations. I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations.
Charles Darwin quotes: I have no great quickness of apprehension or wit which is so remarkable in some clever men, for instance Huxley I have no great quickness of apprehension or wit which is so remarkable in some clever men, for instance Huxley
Charles Darwin quotes: We will now discuss in a little more detail the Struggle for Existence. We will now discuss in a little more detail the Struggle for Existence.
Charles Darwin quotes: The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank. The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.
Charles Darwin quotes: He who understands baboons would do more towards metaphysics than Locke. He who understands baboons would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.
Charles Darwin quotes: But I am very poorly today & very stupid & I hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders. But I am very poorly today & very stupid & I hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders.
Charles Darwin quotes: I am not the least afraid to die I am not the least afraid to die
Charles Darwin quotes: Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science. Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science.
Charles Darwin quotes: Even people who aren't geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits. Even people who aren't geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits.
Charles Darwin quotes: I agree with Agassiz that dogs possess something very like conscience. I agree with Agassiz that dogs possess something very like conscience.
Charles Darwin quotes: Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions. Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.
Charles Darwin quotes: Sexual selection will also be largely dominated by natural selection tending towards the general welfare of the species. Sexual selection will also be largely dominated by natural selection tending towards the general welfare of the species.
Charles Darwin quotes: The man who walks with Henslow. The man who walks with Henslow.
Charles Darwin quotes: Thomson's views on the recent age of the world have been for some time one of my sorest troubles. Thomson's views on the recent age of the world have been for some time one of my sorest troubles.
Charles Darwin quotes: Whilst Man, however well-behaved,At best is but a monkey shaved! Whilst Man, however well-behaved,
At best is but a monkey shaved!
Charles Darwin quotes: Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character. 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 quotes: If man had not been his own classifier, he would never have thought of founding a separate order for his own reception. If man had not been his own classifier, he would never have thought of founding a separate order for his own reception.
Charles Darwin quotes: A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour. A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.
Charles Darwin quotes: Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have. Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.
Charles Darwin quotes: I am convinced that natural selection has been the main but not exclusive means of modification. I am convinced that natural selection has been the main but not exclusive means of modification.
Charles Darwin quotes: Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits. Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
Charles Darwin quotes: The age-old and noble thought of 'I will lay down my life to save another,' is nothing more than cowardice. The age-old and noble thought of 'I will lay down my life to save another,' is nothing more than cowardice.
Charles Darwin quotes: A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question. Charles Darwin A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question. Charles Darwin