Evolution Quotes

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Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
Men first appeared as fish. When they were able to help themselves they took to land.


All modern men are descended from a wormlike creature, but it shows more on some people.
The teaching of the [Catholic] Church leaves the doctrine of evolution an open question.
Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
Those who reject biological evolution do so, usually, not out of reason, but out of unjustified vanity.
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
Some might accept evolution, if it allowed human beings to be created by God, but evolution won't work halfway.
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.


Teaching biology without evolution would be like teaching chemistry without molecules, or physics without mass and energy.
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
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.

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Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colors.
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.
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.


Evolution is not a religious tenet, to which one swears allegiance or belief as a matter of faith.  It is a factual reality of the empirical world.  Just as one would not say "I believe in gravity," one should not proclaim "I believe in evolution."