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Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#1. The assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for his existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent deity. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Michael Behe
#2. In private many scientists admit that science has no explanation for the beginning of life ... Darwin never imagined the exquisitely profound complexity that exists even at the most basic levels of life. #Quote by Michael Behe
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#3. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Susan Glaspell
#4. I often think of the different ways Goethe and Darwin got at evolution. Goethe had the poetic conception of it all right; Darwin worked it out step by step. Who's ahead? And which has any business scoffing at the other? #Quote by Susan Glaspell
Darwin quotes by Richard Dawkins
#5. Why did it take so long for a Darwin to arrive on the scene? What delayed humanity's tumbling to that luminously simple idea which seems, on the face of it, so much easier to grasp than the mathematical ideas given us by Newton two centuries earlier - or, indeed, by Archimedes two millennia earlier? #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#6. Some philosophers have been of opinion that our immortal part acquires during this life certain habits of action or of sentiment, which become forever indissoluble, continuing after death in a future state of existence ... I would apply this ingenious idea to the generation, or production of the embryon, or new animal, which partakes so much of the form and propensities of the parent. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Jon Lee Anderson
#7. Charles Darwin, who had witnessed the
atrocities perpetrated against Argentina's native
Indians by Juan Manuel de Rosas, had predicted
that the country will be in the hands of white
Gaucho savages instead of copper-coloured Indians.
The former being a little superior in education,
as they are inferior in every moral virtue. #Quote by Jon Lee Anderson
Darwin quotes by Tony Benn
#8. It would be as unthinkable to try to construct the Labour Party without Marx as it would to be to establish university faculties of astronomy,anthropology or psychology without permitting the study of Copernicus, Darwin or Freud, and still expect such faculties to be taken seriously #Quote by Tony Benn
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#9. Nevertheless so profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being; and as we do not see the cause, we invoke cataclysms to desolate the world, or invent laws on the duration of the forms of life! #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#10. My books have sold largely in England, have been translated into many languages, and passed through several editions in foreign countries. I have heard it said that the success of a work abroad is the best test of its enduring value. I doubt whether this is at all trustworthy; but judged by this standard my name ought to last for a few years. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#11. Even people who aren't geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#12. If I had not been so great an invalid, I should not have done so much as I have accomplished. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Fred Hoyle
#13. The likelihood of the formation of life from inanimate matter is 1 to a number with 40,000 noughts after it (1040,000) ... It is big enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution. There was no primeval soup, neither on this planet nor any other, and if the beginnings of life were not random, they must therefore have been the product of purposeful intelligence. #Quote by Fred Hoyle
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#14. I can remember the very spot in the road, whilst in my carriage, when to my joy the solution occurred to me. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#15. But Natural Selection, as we shall hereafter see, is a power incessantly ready for action, and is immeasurably superior to man's feeble efforts, as the works of Nature are to those of Art. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#16. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Victor Manan
#17. If you have to run then learn from Bolt, if you have to fight watch Muhammad Ali`s jab and grab punches, if dunking with a basketball does it for you why not pull a Vince Carter or fly in like Michael Jordan , if science and evolution tickles your fancy have you read "Evolution" by Charles Darwin?

Well, Like Martin Luther king said " If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

So pickup that broom , get started and stop complaining! #Quote by Victor Manan
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#18. Who when examining in the cabinet of the entomologist the gay and exotic butterflies, and singular cicadas, will associate with these lifeless objects, the ceaseless harsh music of the latter, and the lazy flight of the former - the sure accompaniments of the still, glowing noonday of the tropics. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Galton Darwin
#19. When homo sapiens is changing, it will not be by the whole race gaining simultaneously whatever qualities better fit it for survival, but rather by certain types of mankind proving superior to the rest in survival value, so that they contribute a larger proportion to the later generations, and in so doing drag the average qualities of humanity in the same direction. #Quote by Charles Galton Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#20. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#21. There is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be NATURALLY SELECTED. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Eric Greitens
#22. But it's also a human tendency - and a pronounced tendency in America - to become enamored of our tools and lose sight of their place. Think about a couple of the basic functions of any community: educating children and policing the streets. Today we spend huge effort and millions of dollars to bring more technology into the classroom, when the great majority of students in the great majority of circumstances can learn almost all of what they need to know with a supportive family, a pencil, some paper, good books, and a great teacher. The schools that produced Shakespeare and Jefferson and Darwin had some writing materials, some printed books - and that was it. #Quote by Eric Greitens
Darwin quotes by P. J. O'Rourke
#23. The motorcycle is a device created by the team of God and Darwin to rid the world of useless young males. #Quote by P. J. O'Rourke
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#24. I fully subscribe to the judgement of those writers who maintain that of all the differences between man and the lower animal, the moral sense of conscience is by far the most important ... It is the most noble of all the attributes of man. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#25. Man may be excused for feeling some pride at having risen, though not through his own exertions, to the very summit of the organic scale; and the fact of his having thus risen, instead of having been aboriginally placed there, may give him hopes for a still higher destiny in the distant future. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Mary Midgley
#26. Darwin proposed that creatures like us who, by their nature, are riven by strong emotional conflicts, and who have also the intelligence to be aware of those conflicts, absolutely need to develop a morality because they need a priority system by which to resolve them. The need for morality is a corollary of conflicts plus intellect:

'Man, from the activity of his mental faculties, cannot avoid reflection. . . . Any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well-developed, or anything like as well-developed as in man.' - Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

That (he said) is why we have within us the rudiments of such a priority system and why we have also an intense need to develop those rudiments. We try to shape our moralities in accordance with our deepest wishes so that we can in some degree harmonize our muddled and conflict-ridden emotional constitution, thus finding ourselves a way of life that suits it so far as is possible.

These systems are, therefore, something far deeper than mere social contracts made for convenience. They are not optional. They are a profound attempt -- though of course usually an unsuccessful one -- to shape our conflict-ridden life in a way that gives priority to the things that we care about most.

If this is right, then we are creatures whose evolved nature absolutely requires that w #Quote by Mary Midgley
Darwin quotes by Virginia Morell
#27. (Although Darwin did not have genetics at hand to prove his case, we now know that humans and chimpanzees share 98 percent of their genes; humans and fruit flies share 44 percent of their genes.) #Quote by Virginia Morell
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#28. An agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Peter Goldsworthy
#29. A constant flickering confetti of butterflies showered the town of Darwin. Designer insects, I think of them now: there was something enormously wasteful, extravagant even, about the profusion of patterns and shapes and brilliant colours. #Quote by Peter Goldsworthy
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#30. Now when naturalists observe a close agreement in numerous small details of habits, tastes and dispositions between two or more domestic races, or between nearly-allied natural forms, they use this fact as an argument that all are descended from a common progenitor who was thus endowed; and consequently that all should be classed under the same species. The same argument may be applied with much force to the races of man. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#31. We here see in two distant countries a similar relation between plants and insects of the same families, though the species of both are different. When man is the agent in introducing into a country a new species this relation is often broken: #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Tom Robbins
#32. Society in general maintains such a vested interested in its cozy habits and solidified belief systems that it had rather die - or kill - than entertain change. Consider how threatened religious fundamentalists of all faiths remain to this day by science in general and Darwin in particular. #Quote by Tom Robbins
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#33. The colours of insects and many smaller animals contribute to conceal them from the larger ones which prey upon them. Caterpillars which feed on leaves are generally green; and earth-worms the colour of the earth which they inhabit; butter-flies, which frequent flowers, are coloured like them; small birds which frequent hedges have greenish backs like the leaves, and light-coloured bellies like the sky, and are hence less visible to the hawk who passes under them or over them. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#34. Of all the differences between man and the lower animals, the moral sense or conscience is by far the most important ... [I]t is summed up in that short but imperious word ought, so full of high significance. It is the most noble of all the attributes of man, leading him without a moment's hesitation to risk his life for that of a fellow-creature; or after due deliberation, impelled simply by the deep feeling of right or duty, to sacrifice it in some great cause. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#35. This fundamental subject of Natural Selection will be treated at some length in the fourth chapter; and we shall then see how Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character. In the next chapter I shall discuss the complex and little known laws of variation and of correlation of growth. In the four succeeding chapters, the most apparent and gravest difficulties on the theory will be given: namely, first, the difficulties of transitions, or in understanding how a simple being or a simple organ can be changed and perfected into a highly developed being or elaborately constructed organ; secondly the subject of Instinct, or the mental powers of animals, thirdly, Hybridism, or the infertility of species and the fertility of varieties when intercrossed; and fourthly, the imperfection of the Geological Record. In #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#36. When we compare the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us is, that they generally differ more from each other than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. And if we reflect on the vast diversity of the plants and animals which have been cultivated, and which have varied during all ages under the most different climates and treatment, we are driven to conclude that this great variability is due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent species had been exposed under nature. There is, also, some probability in the view propounded by Andrew Knight, that this variability may be partly connected with excess of food. It seems clear that organic beings must be exposed during several generations to new conditions to cause any great amount of variation; and that, when the organisation has once begun to vary, it generally continues varying for many generations. No case is on record of a variable organism ceasing to vary under cultivation. Our oldest cultivated plants, such as wheat, still yield new varieties: our oldest domesticated animals are still capable of rapid improvement or modification. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#37. A celebrated author and divine has written to me that he has gradually learned to see that it is just as noble a conception of the Deity to believe that he created a few original forms capable of self-development into other and needful forms, as to believe that he required a fresh act of creation to supply the voids caused by the action of his laws. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#38. Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#39. The lower animals, on the other hand, must have their bodily structure modified in order to survive under greatly changed conditions. They must be rendered stronger, or acquire more effective teeth or claws, in order to defend themselves from new enemies; or they must be reduced in size so as to escape detection and danger. When they migrate into a colder climate they must become clothed with thicker fur, or have their constitutions altered. If they fail to be thus modified, they will cease to exist. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Sigmund Freud
#40. Humanity has in the course of time had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon its naive self-love. The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a tiny speck in a world-system of a magnitude hardly conceivable; this is associated in our minds with the name of Copernicus, although Alexandrian doctrines taught something very similar. The second was when biological research robbed man of his peculiar privilege of having been specially created, and relegated him to a descent from the animal world, implying an ineradicable animal nature in him: this transvaluation has been accomplished in our own time upon the instigation of Charles Darwin, Wallace, and their predecessors, and not without the most violent opposition from their contemporaries. But man's craving for grandiosity is now suffering the third and most bitter blow from present-day psychological research which is endeavoring to prove to the ego of each one of us that he is not even master in his own house, but that he must remain content with the veriest scraps of information about what is going on unconsciously in his own mind. We psycho-analysts were neither the first nor the only ones to propose to mankind that they should look inward; but it appears to be our lot to advocate it most insistently and to support it by empirical evidence which touches every man closely. #Quote by Sigmund Freud
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#41. The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#42. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by William Bryant Logan
#43. This is the contrary of the Darwin that we mainly receive from the Darwinists. The survival of the fittest is supposed to represent the conflict of sovereign individuals, among which the strongest wins and so gets to go on to the next round of the conflict. But in Darwin's day--at least when he was writing 'The Voyage of the Beagle'--'fittest' did not mean strongest. It meant the one that fit best into the network of mutual need #Quote by William Bryant Logan
Darwin quotes by Natasha Larry
#44. Well, my mother did teach me a killer family recipe for a Bloody Mary. I guess I can make that next Thanksgiving-Haylee Mitchell #Quote by Natasha Larry
Darwin quotes by Jacky Fleming
#45. As Darwin said by keeping women at home their achievements were paltry compared to men's which proved women were biologically inferior. And he should know because he was a Genius. You probably learned about him at school. #Quote by Jacky Fleming
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#46. We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Roger Caillois
#47. Clausius and Darwin cannot both be right. #Quote by Roger Caillois
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#48. Music was known and understood before words were spoken. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Joseph Dalton Hooker
#49. I expect to think that I would rather be author of your book [The Origin of Species] than of any other on Nat. Hist. Science.
[Letter to Charles Darwin 12 Dec 1859] #Quote by Joseph Dalton Hooker
Darwin quotes by Leonard Mlodinow
#50. By his own assessment, he was no genius. He had "no great quickness of apprehension or wit" or "power to follow a long and purely abstract train of thought." On the many occasions when I share those feelings, I find it encouraging to review those words because that Englishman did okay for himself - his name was Charles Darwin. #Quote by Leonard Mlodinow
Darwin quotes by David Berlinski
#51. Darwin's theory of evolution is the last of the great nineteenth-century mystery religions. And as we speak it is now following Freudians and Marxism into the Nether regions, and I'm quite sure that Freud, Marx and Darwin are commiserating one with the other in the dark dungeon where discarded gods gather. #Quote by David Berlinski
Darwin quotes by Trofim Lysenko
#52. Darwin himself, in his day, was unable to fight free of the theoretical errors of which he was guilty. It was the classics of Marxism that revealed those errors and pointed them out. #Quote by Trofim Lysenko
Darwin quotes by Stephen King
#53. At bottom, you see, we are not Homo sapiens as all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. And that is what the Pulse exposed five days ago. #Quote by Stephen King
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#54. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#55. Man, like every other animal, has no doubt advanced to his present high condition through a struggle for existence consequent on his multiplication; and if he is to advance still higher, it is to be feared that he must remain subject to a severe struggle. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#56. The earthquake, however, must be to every one a most impressive event: the earth, considered from our earliest childhood as the type of solidity, has oscillated like a thin crust beneath our feet; and in seeing the laboured works of man in a moment overthrown, we feel the insignificance of his boasted power. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by David Brin
#57. It is a total mystery how we evolved minds capable of piloting cars through wild maneuvers using a wrist to steep while shouting at a cell phone. The creationists are fools for focusing on animal evolution. Darwin explains nature! He has more difficulty explaining us. #Quote by David Brin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#58. The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery. Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, &c., when playing together, like our own children. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Dmitry Glukhovsky
#59. These were strange, freakish, and dangerous creatures, the likes of which might well have brought Darwin himself to despair with their obvious lack of conformity to the laws of evolutionary development. As much as these beasts might differ from the animals humans were used to, and whether they had been reborn under the invisible and ruinous rays of sunlight, turned from inoffensive representatives of urban fauna into the spawn of hell, or whether they had always dwelled in the depths, only now to be disturbed by man – still, they were an evident part of life on earth. #Quote by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#60. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Philip Appleman
#61. Darwin's Bestiary

PROLOGUE


Animals tame and animals feral
prowled the Dark Ages in search of a moral:
the canine was Loyal, the lion was Virile,
rabbits were Potent and gryphons were Sterile.
Sloth, Envy, Gluttony, Pride - every peril
was fleshed into something phantasmic and rural,
while Courage, Devotion, Thrift - every bright laurel
crowned a creature in some mythological mural.


Scientists think there is something immoral
in singular brutes having meat that is plural:
beasts are mere beasts, just as flowers are floral.
Yet between the lines there's an implicit demurral;
the habit stays with us, albeit it's puerile:
when Darwin saw squirrels, he saw more than Squirrel.



1. THE ANT


The ant, Darwin reminded us,
defies all simple-mindedness:
Take nothing (says the ant) on faith,
and never trust a simple truth.
The PR men of bestiaries
eulogized for centuries
this busy little paragon,
nature's proletarian -
but look here, Darwin said: some ants
make slaves of smaller ants, and end
exploiting in their peonages
the sweating brows of their tiny drudges.


Thus the ant speaks out of both
sides of its mealy little mouth:
its example is extolled
to the workers of the world,
but its habits also preach
the virtues of #Quote by Philip Appleman
Darwin quotes by Martin Rees
#62. Ever since Darwin, we've been familiar with the stupendous timespans of the evolutionary past. But most people still somehow think we humans are necessarily the culmination of the evolutionary tree. No astronomer could believe this. #Quote by Martin Rees
Darwin quotes by David O McKay
#63. But science, dominated by the spirit of religion is the key to progress and the hope of the future. For example, evolution's beautiful theory of the creation of the world offers many perplexing problems to the inquiring mind. Inevitably, a teacher who denies divine agency in creation, who insists there is no intelligent purpose in it, will infest the student with the thought that all may be chance. I say, that no youth should be so led without a counter balancing though. Even the skeptic teacher should be fair enough to see that even Charles Darwin, when he faced this great question of annihilation, that the creation is dominated only by chance wrote: "It is an intolerable thought than man and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long, continued slow progress." And another good authority, Raymond West, said, "Why this vast [expenditure] of time and pain and blood?" Why should man come so far if he's destined to go no farther? A creature that travels such distances and fought such battles and won such victories deserves what we are compelled to say, "To conquer death and rob the grave of its victory. #Quote by David O McKay
Darwin quotes by Daniel Dennett
#64. Let me lay my cards on the table. If I were to give an award for the single best idea anyone ever had, I'd give it to Darwin, ahead of even Newton or Einstein and everyone else. In a single stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the realm of life, meaning and purpose with the realm of space and time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law. It is not just a wonderful idea. It is a dangerous idea. #Quote by Daniel Dennett
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#65. Species that struggle to adapt to survive will become extinct #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#66. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Michael Pollan
#67. Darwin called such a process artificial, as opposed to natural, selection, but from the flower's point of view, this is a distinction without a difference: individual plants in which a trait desired by either bees or Turks occurred wound up with more offspring. #Quote by Michael Pollan
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#68. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Sam Starbuck
#69. I mean it. Aside from the old coastal cities, which in Australia are still very young themselves, what you have is a vast stretch of wilderness, wholly natural, with all the horror that nature brings to the table when she dines."
"You make it sound like we'll barely survive," Clare said.
"Oh, I'm sure we will, at least the journey to Port Darwin. From there we won't have to struggle with anything more lethal than a train carriage, I hope. My point is that this is a young country in an old land. And those who don't walk with respect in the wilderness do have a tendency to get eaten. #Quote by Sam Starbuck
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#70. If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by George Hammond
#71. Darwinian evolution has obviously not had enough time to work. #Quote by George Hammond
Darwin quotes by Natasha Larry
#72. They would ask people to do
something that is wrong? I thought angels were ... " She stumbled, trying to
think of a word to describe her preconceived notion. "Angelic," Jaycie Lerner #Quote by Natasha Larry
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#73. By firm immutable immortal laws Impress'd on Nature by the GREAT FIRST CAUSE,
Say, MUSE! how rose from elemental strife
Organic forms, and kindled into life;
How Love and Sympathy with potent charm
Warm the cold heart, the lifted hand disarm;
Allure with pleasures, and alarm with pains,
And bind Society in golden chains. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Leonard Susskind
#74. I'm not an historian but I'll venture an opinion: Modern cosmology really began with Darwin and Wallace. Unlike anyone before them, they provided explanations of our existence that completely rejected supernatural agents ... Darwin and Wallace set a standard not only for the life sciences but for cosmology as well. #Quote by Leonard Susskind
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#75. What can be more curious than that the hand of a man, formed for grasping, that of a mole for digging, the leg of the horse, the paddle of the porpoise, and the wing of the bat, should all be constructed on the same pattern? #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#76. Progress has been much more general than retrogression #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Isabella Rossellini
#77. One of the great issues in biology is the origin of altruism - of why you would do something for someone else that could hurt you - and Darwin posited that it might be rooted in maternal instinct, in sacrificing yourself for your children. #Quote by Isabella Rossellini
Darwin quotes by Albert Laszlo Barabasi
#78. In a completely different era and domain, Charles Darwin hypothesized that the emergence of each new species was a gradual process, taking place through the slow transformation of existing species into their somewhat-modified offspring. Yet evidence for such continuous change was not only lacking back then but is scarce even today, having prompted Darwin to label it "the gravest objection [that] can be urged against my theory." Instead, over millions of years species in the fossil record show little or no evolutionary change. New species tend to appear over periods spanning tens of thousands of years, a split second in terms of all evolutionary time. Evolution proceeds in bursts, which are in turn preserved in the fossil record. #Quote by Albert Laszlo Barabasi
Darwin quotes by J. Warner Wallace
#79. Dawkins recognizes the power irreducible complexity has to falsify naturalistic explanations (like any combination of chance, natural law, or natural selection). Even Charles Darwin acknowledged this dilemma when he wrote On the Origin of Species: "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."19 #Quote by J. Warner Wallace
Darwin quotes by Daniel Quinn
#80. I wonder if you've ever considered how strange it is that the educational and character-shaping structures of our culture expose us but a single time in our lives to the ideas of Socrates, Plato, Euclid, Aristotle, Herodotus, Augustine, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Descartes, Rousseau, Newton, Racine, Darwin, Kant, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy, Schopenhauer, Goethe, Freud, Marx, Einstein, and dozens of others of the same rank, but expose us annually, monthly, weekly, and even daily to the ideas of persons like Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, and Buddha. Why is it, do you think, that we need quarterly lectures on charity, while a single lecture on the laws of thermodynamics is presumed to last us a lifetime? Why is the meaning of Christmas judged to be so difficult of comprehension that we must hear a dozen explications of it, not once in a lifetime, but every single year, year after year after year? #Quote by Daniel Quinn
Darwin quotes by John Darwin
#81. Since histories were first written, the aim of the writer has invariably been to 'correct' our view of the past, and to align it more closely with the writer's view of the present, and the way it was reached. #Quote by John Darwin
Darwin quotes by Sylvia Earle
#82. If Darwin could get into a submarine and see what I've seen, thousand of feet beneath the ocean, I am just confident that he would be inspired to sit down and start writing all over again. #Quote by Sylvia Earle
Darwin quotes by Natasha Larry
#83. A road trip with your ancient mommy is just what you need after falling off a mountain and having your soul ripped out by your best friend. #Quote by Natasha Larry
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#84. The elder Geoffroy and Goethe propounded, at about the same time, their law of compensation or balancement of growth; or, as Goethe expressed it, in order to spend on one side, nature is forced to economise on the other side. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#85. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Isabella Rossellini
#86. I'd love to meet Darwin. He caused such controversy over whether God created the earth in six days or whether we evolved over time. I'd love to discuss that with him - what a fantastic conversation! #Quote by Isabella Rossellini
Darwin quotes by Mike Sutton
#87. is a mere tri-coincidence, improbable beyond rational belief, that three out of only seven naturalists known to have cited Matthew's prior-published book before 1858, containing the full hypothesis of natural selection, played such pivotal roles at the very epicenter of influence and facilitation of Darwin's and Wallace's published work on natural selection. #Quote by Mike Sutton
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#88. As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#89. It struck me that favourable variations would tend to be preserved and unfavourable ones tend to be destroyed #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#90. I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#91. Such is the condition of organic nature! whose first law might be expressed in the words 'Eat or be eaten!' and which would seem to be one great slaughter-house, one universal scene of rapacity and injustice! #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#92. As natural selection acts by competition, it adapts the inhabitants of each country only in relation to the degree of perfection of their associates; so that we need feel no surprise at the inhabitants of any one country, although on the ordinary view supposed to have been specially created and adapted for that country, being beaten and supplanted by the naturalised productions from another land. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#93. As the great botanist Bichat long ago said, if everyone were cast in the same mould, there would be no such thing as beauty. If all our women were to become as beautiful as the Venus de' Medici, we should for a time be charmed; but we should soon wish for variety; and as soon as we had obtained variety, we should wish to see certain characteristics in our women a little exaggerated beyond the then existing common standard. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#94. Some call it evolution, And others call it God. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Francis Parker Yockey
#95. Darwin, Marx, and Freud meet. They may have understood other things, but the human soul, and in particular the soul of Culture-man, they did not understand. Systems like theirs are only historical curiosities to the 20th century, unless they happen to claim to be appropriate descriptions of Reality. Anyone who believes in these antiquated fantasies stamps himself as ludicrous, posthumous, ineffective, and superfluous. No leading men of the coming decades will be Darwinians, Marxians or Freudians. #Quote by Francis Parker Yockey
Darwin quotes by Eric R. Weinstein
#96. My four things I care about are truth, meaning, fitness and grace. [...] Sam [Harris] would like to make an argument that the better and more rational our thinking is, the more it can do everything that religion once did. [...] I think about my personal physics hero, Dirac – who was the guy who came up with the equation for the electron, less well-known than the Einstein equations but arguably even more beautiful...in order to predict that, he needed a positively-charged and a negatively-charged particle, and the only two known at the time were the electron and the proton to make up, let's say, a hydrogen atom. Well, the proton is quite a bit heavier than the electron and so he told the story that wasn't really true, where the proton was the anti-particle of the electron, and Heisenberg pointed out that that couldn't be because the masses are too far off and they have to be equal. Well, a short time later, the anti-electron -- the positron, that is -- was found, I guess by Anderson at Caltech in the early 30s and then an anti-proton was created some time later. So it turned out that the story had more meaning than the exact version of the story...so the story was sort of more true than the version of the story that was originally told. And I could tell you a similar story with Einstein, I could tell it to you with Darwin, who, you know, didn't fully understand the implications of his theory, as is evidenced by his screwing up a particular kind of orchid in his later work...no #Quote by Eric R. Weinstein
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#97. But I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice ... 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. Let each man hope and believe what he can. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Herbert Spencer
#98. This survival of the fittest which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called 'natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. #Quote by Herbert Spencer
Darwin quotes by David Stoddart
#99. Much of the geographical work of the past hundred years ... has either explicitly or implicitly taken its inspiration from biology, and in particular Darwin. Many of the original Darwinians, such as Hooker, Wallace, Huxley, Bates, and Darwin himself, were actively concerned with geographical exploration, and it was largely facts of geographical distribution in a spatial setting which provided Darwin with the germ of his theory. #Quote by David Stoddart
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#100. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by George Del Prado
#101. I figured if evolution did its job, spinach salad would taste like pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie would taste like spinach salad. Sadly, it ain't so; so evolution must have dropped the ball somehow. (If you don't buy Darwin, then you'd have to agree this whole set up speaks volumes about God's sense of humor.) I #Quote by George Del Prado
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#102. If Mozart, instead of playing the pianoforte at three years old with wonderfully little practice, had played a tune with no practice at all, he might truly have been said to have done so instinctively. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Thomas Henry Huxley
#103. That which struck the present writer most forcibly on his first perusal of the 'Origin of Species' was the conviction that Teleology, as commonly understood, had received its deathblow at Mr. Darwin's hands. For the teleological argument runs thus: an organ or organism (A) is precisely fitted to perform a function or purpose (B); therefore it was specially constructed to perform that function. #Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley
Darwin quotes by Richard Dawkins
#104. We should not live by Darwinian principles. But Darwin explains how we got here. #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Darwin quotes by Lisa Kleypas
#105. How was your journey?" he asked.
"You don't have to make small talk with me," she said. "I don't like it, and I'm not very good at it."
They paused at the shade of portico, beside a sweet-scented bower of roses. Casually Lord St. Vincent leaned a shoulder against a cream-painted column. A lazy smile curved his lips as he looked down at her. "Didn't Lady Berwick teach you?"
"She tried. But I hate trying to make conversation about weather. Who cares what the temperature is? I want to talk about things like... like..."
"Yes?" he prompted as she hesitated.
"Darwin. Women's suffrage. Workhouses, war, why we're alive, if you believe in séances or spirits, if music has ever made you cry, or what vegetable you hate most..." Pandora shrugged and glanced up at him, expecting the familiar frozen expression of a man who was about to run for his life. Instead she found herself caught by his arrested stare, while the silence seemed to wrap around them.
After a moment, Lord St. Vincent said softly, "Carrots."
Bemused, Pandora tried to gather her wits. "That's the vegetable you hate most? Do you mean cooked ones?"
"Any kind of carrots."
"Out of all vegetables?" At his nod, she persisted, "What about carrot cake?"
"No."
But it's cake."
A smile flickered across his lips. "Still carrots."
Pandora wanted to argue the superiority of carrots over some truly atrocious vegetable, such as Brussels sprouts, but heir conversation was inte #Quote by Lisa Kleypas
Darwin quotes by Darwin Ortiz
#106. The similarities among different kinds of audiences far outweigh the differences. #Quote by Darwin Ortiz
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#107. A cell is a complex structure, with its investing membrane, nucleus, and nucleolus. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#108. Youatt gives an excellent illustration of the effects of a course of selection which may be considered as unconscious, in so far that the breeders could never have expected, or even wished, to produce the result which ensued - namely, the production of the distinct strains. The two flocks of Leicester sheep kept by Mr. Buckley and Mr. Burgess, as Mr. Youatt remarks, Have been purely bred from the original stock of Mr. Bakewell for upwards of fifty years. There is not a suspicion existing in the mind of any one at all acquainted with the subject that the owner of either of them has deviated in any one instance from the pure blood of Mr. Bakewell's flock, and yet the difference between the sheep possessed by these two gentlemen is so great that they have the appearance of being quite different varieties. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#109. I liked the thought of being a country clergyman. Accordingly I read with care Pearson on the Creed and a few other books on divinity; and as I did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word in the Bible, I soon persuaded myself that our Creed must be fully accepted. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#110. Every one must be struck with astonishment, when he first beholds one of these vast rings of coral-rock, often many leagues in diameter, here and there surmounted by a low verdant island with dazzling white shores, bathed on the outside by the foaming breakers of the ocean, and on the inside surrounding a calm expanse of water, which, from reflection, is of a bright but pale green color. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Thomas Henry Huxley
#111. It was badly received by the generation to which it was first addressed, and the outpouring of angry nonsense to which it gave rise is sad to think upon. But the present generation will probably behave just as badly if another Darwin should arise, and inflict upon them that which the generality of mankind most hate - the necessity of revising their convictions. Let them, then, be charitable to us ancients; and if they behave no better than the men of my day to some new benefactor, let them recollect that, after all, our wrath did not come to much, and vented itself chiefly in the bad language of sanctimonious scolds. Let them as speedily perform a strategic right-about-face, and follow the truth wherever it leads. #Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley
Darwin quotes by Joseph Dalton Hooker
#112. I am above the forest region, amongst grand rocks & such a torrent as you see in Salvator Rosa's paintings vegetation all a scrub of rhodos. with Pines below me as thick & bad to get through as our Fuegian Fagi on the hill tops, & except the towering peaks of P. S. [perpetual snow] that, here shoot up on all hands there is little difference in the mt scenery - here however the blaze of Rhod. flowers and various colored jungle proclaims a differently constituted region in a naturalist's eye & twenty species here, to one there, always are asking me the vexed question, where do we come from?
[Letter to Charles Darwin 24 Jun 1849] #Quote by Joseph Dalton Hooker
Darwin quotes by Malcolm Muggeridge
#113. I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially to the extent to which it has been applied, will be one of the greatest jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity it has. #Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#114. I fully agree with all that you say on the advantages of H. Spencer's excellent expression of 'the survival of the fittest.' This, however, had not occurred to me till reading your letter. It is, however, a great objection to this term that it cannot be used as a substantive governing a verb; and that this is a real objection I infer from H. Spencer continually using the words, natural selection.
(Letter to A. R. Wallace July 1866) #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#115. My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Isabella Rossellini
#116. Before Darwin, our world was very religious. People saw altruism as something given by God for us to be good so that we could go to Paradise. #Quote by Isabella Rossellini
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#117. The main conclusion here arrived at ... is that man is descended from some less highly organized form. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#118. Life is a forced state! I am surprized that we live, rather than that our friends die. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Frank Schatzing
#119. It was the mystery that biologists from Darwin onwards had been longing to solve. How could we understand the ability of fish and seals to survive in the cold dark waters of the Antarctic? How could humans see inside a biotope that was sealed with layers of ice? What would the Earth look like from the sky, if we crossed the Mediterranean on the back of a goose? How did it feel to be a bee? How could we measure the speed of an insect's wings and its heartbeat, or monitor its blood pressure and eating patterns? What was the impact of human activities, like shipping noise or subsea explosions, on mammals in the depths? How could we follow animals to places where no human could venture? #Quote by Frank Schatzing
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#120. It is not the conscience which raises a blush, for a man may sincerely regret some slight fault committed in solitude, or he may suffer the deepest remorse for an undetected crime, but he will not blush ... It is not the sense of guilt, but the thought that others think or know us to be guilty which crimsons the face. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Steve Jones
#121. Karl Marx, himself a denizen of one of the most congested of all London districts, was equally impressed by the dismal conditions of the new proletariat. he sent Darwin a copy of 'Das Kapital' (which was found unread after his death). #Quote by Steve Jones
Darwin quotes by Salman Rushdie
#122. In the absence of the great majority of guests, all manner of rumors came into the Shalimar Bagh, hooded and cloaked to shield themselves against the elements, and filled the empty places around the dastarkhans: cheap rumors from the gutter as well as fancy rumors claiming aristocratic parentage - an entire social hierarchy of rumor lounged against the bolsters, created by the mystery that enveloped everything like the blizzard. The rumors were veiled, shadowy, unclear, argumentative, often malicious. They seemed like a new species of living thing, and evolved according to the laws laid down by Darwin, mutating randomly and being subjected to the amoral winnowing processes of natural selection. The #Quote by Salman Rushdie
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#123. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#124. From the first dawn of life, all organic beings are found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is evidently not arbitrary like the grouping of stars in constellations. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Niles Eldredge
#125. Paleontologists ever since Darwin have been searching (largely in vain) for the sequences of insensibly graded series of fossils that would stand as examples of the sort of wholesale transformation of species that Darwin envisioned as the natural product of the evolutionary process. Few saw any reason to demur - though it is a startling fact that ... most species remain recognizably themselves, virtually unchanged throughout their occurrence in geological sediments of various ages. #Quote by Niles Eldredge
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#126. The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#127. [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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Dason Evans
#128. Mentoring is increasingly viewed as a key factor contributing to a successful career in medicine' Dimitriadis et al., 2012 Some famous mentoring relationships: Socrates to Plato John Stevens Henslow (academic and clergyman) to Charles Darwin Mariah Carey to Christina Aguilera Elmore Leonard (crime writer) to Quentin Tarantino Maya Angelou to Oprah Winfrey Dadabhai Naoroji (Indian leader) to Gandhi. #Quote by Dason Evans
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#129. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Aldo Leopold
#130. It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution. This new knowledge should have given us, by this time, a sense of kinship with fellow-creatures; a wish to live and let live; a sense of wonder over the magnitude and duration of the biotic enterprise. #Quote by Aldo Leopold
Darwin quotes by Paul Kalanithi
#131. Lucy and I both felt that life wasn't about avoiding suffering. Years ago, it had occurred to me that Darwin and Nietzsche agreed on one thing: the defining characteristic of the organism is striving. #Quote by Paul Kalanithi
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#132. 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." #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#133. When a man merely speaks to, or just notices, his dog,we see the last vestige of these movements in a slight wag of the tail, without any other movement of the body, and without even the ears being lowered. Dogs also exhibit their affection by desiring to rub against their masters, and to be rubbed or patted by them. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Darwin Ortiz
#134. The better you are, the closer they watch. #Quote by Darwin Ortiz
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#135. I always make special notes about evidence that contridicts me: supportive evidence I can remember without trying. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Jack Lemmon
#136. How do you know that God didn't speak to Charles Darwin? #Quote by Jack Lemmon
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#137. Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Jerry A. Coyne
#138. As Darwin noted, "It is certain that with almost all animals there is a struggle between the males for the possession of the female." When males of a species battle it out directly, be it through the clashing antlers of deer, the stabbing horns of the stag beetle, the head butting of stalk-eyed flies, or the bloody battles of massive elephant seals, they win access to females by driving off competitors. Selection will favor any trait that promotes such victories so long as the increased chance of getting mates more than offsets any reduced survival. This kind of selection produces armaments: stronger weapons, larger body size, or anything that helps a male win physical contests. #Quote by Jerry A. Coyne
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#139. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Deborah Heiligman
#140. We must be more and more to each other, my dear wife.' -Charles Darwin to wife Emma upon loss of daughter Annie #Quote by Deborah Heiligman
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#141. A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Bernard Darwin
#142. Golf being a cold, calculating sort of game gives perhaps more scope for folly than any other. We have all the time in the world to make up our minds as to what is the wise thing to do and then we do the foolish one. #Quote by Bernard Darwin
Darwin quotes by Karl Wiggins
#143. As the human race gradually evolves most of us will become beings of light, gradually transparent and invisible to the eye, with little use for human bodies. Chavs on the other hand, will devolve until they eventually learn to breathe through gills again, return to the water and become seaweed or mud.

Darwin would turn in his grave #Quote by Karl Wiggins
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#144. None can reply - all seems eternal now. The wilderness has a mysterious tongue, which teaches awful doubt. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#145. In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#146. It's an awful stretcher to believe that a peacock's tail was thus formed but ... most people just don't get it - I must be a very bad explainer #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Ernst Mayr
#147. It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon. #Quote by Ernst Mayr
Darwin quotes by Deborah Heiligman
#148. We shall me much less miserable together.' -Emma Darwin to husband Charles upon grief for loss of daughter Annie #Quote by Deborah Heiligman
Darwin quotes by Thomas Henry Huxley
#149. For these two years I have been gravitating towards your doctrines, and since the publication of your primula paper with accelerated velocity. By about this time next year I expect to have shot past you, and to find you pitching into me for being more Darwinian than yourself. However, you have set me going, and must just take the consequences, for I warn you I will stop at no point so long as clear reasoning will take me further.

{Letter of support to Charles Darwin on his theory of evolution} #Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley
Darwin quotes by Trofim Lysenko
#150. Darwin himself recorded the fact that he accepted the Malthusian idea. #Quote by Trofim Lysenko
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#151. Traveling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Henry Ian Cusick
#152. For all the creationists out there, Darwin's just an atheist. But he was actually agnostic. #Quote by Henry Ian Cusick
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#153. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#154. Mere chance ... alone would never account for so habitual and large an amount of difference as that between varieties of the same species. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#155. Humboldt's glorious descriptions are & will for ever be unparalleled: but even he with his dark blue skies & the rare union of poetry with science which he so strongly displays when writing on tropical scenery, with all this falls far short of the truth,he averred. The delight one experiences in such times bewilders the mind; if the eye attempts to follow the flight of a gaudy butter-fly, it is arrested by some strange tree or fruit; if watching an insect one forgets it in the stranger flower it is crawling over; if turning to admire the splendor of the scenery, the individual character of the foreground fixes the attention. The mind is a chaos of delight, out of which a world of future & more quiet pleasure will arise. I am at present fit only to read Humboldt; he like another sun illuminates everything I behold. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#156. The mass starts into a million suns; Earths round each sun with quick explosions burst, And second planets issue from the first. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#157. Hereafter we shall be compelled to acknowledge that the only distinction between species and well-marked varieties is, that the latter are known, or believed to be connected at the present day by intermediate gradations whereas species were formerly thus connected. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#158. Further on, he adds, that dogs, when feeling affectionate, lower their ears in order to exclude all sounds, so that their whole attention may be concentrated on the caresses of their master! Dogs have another and striking way of exhibiting their affection, namely, by licking the hands or faces of their masters. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Alan R. Rogers
#159. During Darwin's lifetime, most working scientists came around to the view that evolution is a fact, but they argued about the importance of natural selection. One hundred and fifty years later, it has turned out that Darwin was essentially right on both counts, but his theory of natural selection left out a lot of details. Those details are still a subject of active research. There is no research, however, about whether evolution happens. That issue was settled over a century ago and is no longer an interesting scientific question. #Quote by Alan R. Rogers
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#160. I had gradually come, by this time [1839-01], to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc. and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Arthur Koestler
#161. In the meantime, the educated public continues to believe that Darwin has provided all the relevant answers by the magic formula of random mutations plus natural selection
quite unaware of the fact that random mutations turned out to be irrelevant and natural selection tautology. #Quote by Arthur Koestler
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#162. It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist and an evolutionist ... I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#163. Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#164. The western nations of Europe, who now so immeasurably surpass their former savage progenitors, and stand at the summit of civilization, owe little or none of their superiority to direct inheritance from the old Greeks, though they owe much to the written works of that wonderful people. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Daniel C. Dennett
#165. We can now expose perhaps the most common misunderstanding of Darwinism: the idea that Darwin showed that evolution by natural selection is a procedure for producing Us. Ever since Darwin proposed his theory, people have often misguidedly tried to interpret it as showing that we are the destination, the goal, the point of all that winnowing and competition, and our arrival on the scene was guaranteed by the mere holding of the tournament. This confusion has been fostered by evolution's friends and foes alike, and it is parallel to the confusion of the coin-toss tournament winner who basks in the misconsidered glory of the idea that since the tournament had to have a winner, and since he is the winner, the tournament had to produce him as the winner. Evolution can be an algorithm, and evolution can have produced us by an algorithmic process, without its being true that evolution is an algorithm for producing us. #Quote by Daniel C. Dennett
Darwin quotes by David Attenborough
#166. Opponents say natural selection is not a theory supported by observation or experiment; that it is not based on fact; and that it cannot be proved. Well, no, you cannot prove the theory to people who won't believe in it any more than you can prove that the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. However, we know the battle happened then, just as we know the course of evolution on earth unambiguously shows that Darwin was right. #Quote by David Attenborough
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#167. Soon shall thy arm, UNCONQUER'D STEAM! afar
Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car;
Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear
The flying-chariot through the fields of air. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Hugh Hefner
#168. The people who had the most impact on me when I was young were Freud and Darwin, but growing up I also had my film idols. #Quote by Hugh Hefner
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#169. It is certain that there may be extraordinary mental activity with an extremely small absolute mass of nervous matter: thus the wonderfully diversified instincts, mental powers, and affections of ants are notorious, yet their cerebral ganglia are not so large as the quarter of a small pin's head. Under this point of view, the brain of an ant is one of the most marvelous atoms of matter in the world, perhaps more so than the brain of a man. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Carl Sagan
#170. Even Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Gregor Mendel, and Albert Einstein made serious mistakes. But the scientific enterprise arranges things so that teamwork prevails: What one of us, even the most brilliant among us, misses, another of us, even someone much less celebrated and capable, may detect and rectify. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Darwin quotes by Daniel Coyle
#171. I have always maintained that excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work. - Charles Darwin #Quote by Daniel Coyle
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#172. It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Leonard Darwin
#173. My firm conviction is that if wide-spread Eugenic reforms are not adopted during the next hundred years or so, our Western Civilization is inevitably destined to such a slow and gradual decay as that which has been experienced in the past by every great ancient civilization. The size and the importance of the United States throws on you a special responsibility in your endeavours to safeguard the future of our race. Those who are attending your Congress will be aiding in this endeavour, and though you will gain no thanks from your own generation, posterity will, I believe, learn to realize the great dept it owes to all the workers in this field. #Quote by Leonard Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#174. As man gradually advanced in intellectual power, and was enabled to trace the more remote consequences of his actions; as he acquired sufficient knowledge to reject baneful customs and superstitions; as he regarded more and more, not only the welfare, but the happiness of his fellow-men; as from habit, following on beneficial experience, instruction and example, his sympathies became more tender and widely diffused, extending to men of all races, to the imbecile, maimed,
and other useless members of society, and finally to the lower animals, - so would the standard of his morality rise higher and higher. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Galton Darwin
#175. Civilization has taught man how to live in dense crowds, and by that very fact those crowds are likely ultimately to constitute a majority of the world's population. Already there are many who prefer this crowded life, but there are others who do not, and these will gradually be eliminated. Life in the crowded conditions of cities has many unattractive features, but in the long run these may be overcome, not so much by altering them, but simply by changing the human race into liking them. #Quote by Charles Galton Darwin
Darwin quotes by Colin Camerer
#176. Charles Darwin and I and you broke off from the family tree from chimpanzees about five million years ago. They're still our closest genetic kin. We share 98.8 percent of the genes. We share more genes with them than zebras do with horses. And we're also their closest cousin. They have more genetic relation to us than to gorillas. #Quote by Colin Camerer
Darwin quotes by Oscar Wilde
#177. The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Not to recognise this is to miss the meaning of one of the most important eras in the progress of the world. #Quote by Oscar Wilde
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#178. I feel like an old warhorse at the sound of a trumpet when I read about the capturing of rare beetles. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#179. I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by George Gaylord Simpson
#180. [Darwin] gave an answer to the tremendous question that so deeply concerns...What is Man? [He] answered this question to the effect that man is a natural product of the universe;...man is an animal, a vertebrate, a mammal, and a primate....By bringing man into the evolutionary picture, Darwin finally took the last step in our emancipation and finally made our world rational. [Yet] Darwin felt humility and awe that seem to me truly religious. ["Darwin led us into this modern world," 1959, p. 271-272.] #Quote by George Gaylord Simpson
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#181. It is really laughable to see what different ideas are prominent in various naturalists' minds, when they speak of 'species'; in some, resemblance is everything and descent of little weight-in some, resemblance seems to go for nothing, and Creation the reigning idea-in some, descent is the key,-in some, sterility an unfailing test, with others it is not worth a farthing. It all comes, I believe, from trying to define the undefinable. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#182. Mr. J.S. Mill speaks, in his celebrated work, "Utilitarianism," of the social feelings as a "powerful natural sentiment," and as "the natural basis of sentiment for utilitarian morality," but on the previous page he says, "if, as is my own belief, the moral feelings are not innate, but acquired, they are not for that reason less natural." It is with hesitation that I venture to differ from so profound a thinker, but it can hardly be disputed that the social feelings are instinctive or innate in the lower animals; and why should they not be so in man? #Quote by Charles Darwin
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#183. I am a big believer of what Darwin discovered in the Galapagos, proving that the species most responsive to change will survive over apparently stronger or more intelligent competitors. #Quote by John Elkann
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#184. I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained - namely, that each species has been independently created - is erroneous. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#185. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Brian Christian
#186. When Charles Darwin was trying to decide whether he should propose to his cousin Emma Wedgwood, he got out a pencil and paper and weighed every possible consequence. In favor of marriage he listed children, companionship, and the 'charms of music and female chit-chat.' Against marriage he listed the 'terrible loss of time,' lack of freedom to go where he wished, the burden of visiting relatives, the expense and anxiety provoked by children, the concern that 'perhaps my wife won't like London,' and having less money to spend on books. Weighing one column against the other produced a narrow margin of victory, and at the bottom Darwin scrawled, 'Marry - Marry - Marry Q.E.D.' Quod erat demonstrandum, the mathematical sign-off that Darwin himself restated in English: 'It being proved necessary to Marry. #Quote by Brian Christian
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#187. The more efficient causes of progress seem to consist of a good education during youth whilst the brain is impressible, and of a high standard of excellence, inculcated by the ablest and best men, embodied in the laws, customs and traditions of the nation, and enforced by public opinion. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#188. I believe man . . . in the same predicament with other animals. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#189. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#190. When we no longer look at an organic being as a savage looks at a ship, as at something wholly beyond his comprehension; when we regard every production of nature as one which has had a history; when we contemplate every complex structure and instinct as the summing up of many contrivances, each useful to the possessor, nearly in the same way as when we look at any great mechanical invention as the summing up of the labour, the experience, the reason, and even the blunders of numerous workmen; when we thus view each organic being, how far more interesting, I speak from experience, will the study of natural history become! #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
#191. The four most influential moderns: Darwin, Marx, Freud, and (the productive) Einstein were scholars but not academics. It has always been hard to do genuine - and no perishable - work within institutions #Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Darwin quotes by Bill McKibben
#192. "Science," of course, replaced "God" as a guiding concept for many people after Darwin. Or, really, the two were rolled up into a sticky ball. To some degree this was mindless worship of a miracle future, the pursuit of which has landed us in the fix we now inhabit. #Quote by Bill McKibben
Darwin quotes by Scott F. Gilbert
#193. Genetics might be adequate for explaining microevolution, but microevolutionary changes in gene frequency were not seen as able to turn a reptile into a mammal or to convert a fish into an amphibian. Microevolution looks at adaptations that concern the survival of the fittest, not the arrival of the fittest ... The origin of species - Darwin's problem - remains unsolved. #Quote by Scott F. Gilbert
Darwin quotes by Christian B. Anfinsen
#194. Many prominent scientists - including Darwin, Einstein, and Planck - have considered the concept of God very seriously. What are your thoughts on the concept of God and on the existence of God? #Quote by Christian B. Anfinsen
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#195. What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature! #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#196. 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. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by Richard Lewontin
#197. My general impression about people like Steve Gould and Carl Sagan and so on is that when they disappear as individuals and are no longer appearing on the stage and they are no longer writing, that their lifetime of acknowledgement by the general reading public is not very long.There were many people in the 19th century who were equally famous people who gave working man's lectures, supporters of Darwin, we as scholars know their names but the general public never heard of them. #Quote by Richard Lewontin
Darwin quotes by Erasmus Darwin
#198. Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm, Immortal Nature lifts her changeful form: Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame, And soars and shines, another and the same. #Quote by Erasmus Darwin
Darwin quotes by Charles Darwin
#199. Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere schoolboys to old Aristotle. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Darwin quotes by David K. DeWolf
#200. Teachers seeking to 'teach the controversy' over Darwinian evolution in today's climate will likely be met with false warnings that it is unconstitutional to say anything negative about Darwinian evolution. Students who attempt to raise questions about Darwinism, or who try to elicit from the teacher an honest answer about the status of intelligent design theory will trigger administrators' concerns about whether they stand in Constitutional jeopardy. A chilling effect on open inquiry is being felt in several states already, including Ohio. South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. [District Court] Judge Jones's message is clear: give Darwin only praise, or else face the wrath of the judiciary. #Quote by David K. DeWolf

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