Charles Darwin Quotes
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Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can.
I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections—a mere heart of stone.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance.
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our own thoughts.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits, and an inhabitant of the Old World.
What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
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.
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.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities ... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use.
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.