charles darwin Quotes

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. But I can find no such case.
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— Charles Darwin
For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.
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— Charles Darwin
Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends.
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— Charles Darwin
I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone.
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— Charles Darwin
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life, or more difficult--at least I have found it so--than constantly to bear this conclusion in mind.
tags: truth struggle mind
— Charles Darwin
Great is the power of steady misrepresentation
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— Charles Darwin
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
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— Charles Darwin
As man advances in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races.
tags: men community civilization race instinct
— Charles Darwin
Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.
tags: animals morals quality instinct
— Charles Darwin
One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.
tags: live law die
— Charles Darwin
Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.
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— Charles Darwin
Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.
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— Charles Darwin
We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.
— Charles Darwin
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men
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— Charles Darwin
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
tags: men living noble
— Charles Darwin
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
tags: nature law poor misery sin
— Charles Darwin
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 every week.
tags: live rules music poetry read
— Charles Darwin
From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of higher animals, directly follows.
tags: animals death nature war
— Charles Darwin
A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
tags: men dark cat black
— Charles Darwin
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.
tags: believe divine god jesus bible christ son sorry
— Charles Darwin
Building a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.
— Charles Darwin
Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.
tags: instinct
— Charles Darwin
Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life
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— Charles Darwin
In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.
tags: survival environment struggle
— Charles Darwin
The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change.
tags: world
— Charles Darwin
I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work; and I still think there is an eminently important difference.
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— Charles Darwin
We are optimists, until we are not.
— Charles Darwin
All nature is perverse & will not do as I wish it.
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— Charles Darwin
It is absurd to talk of one animal being higher than another...we consider those, where the intellectual faculties most developed as the highest. - A bee doubtless would [use] ... instincts as a criteria.
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— Charles Darwin
The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by mans attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than the woman. Whether deep thought, reason, or imagination or merely the use of the senses and hands.....We may also infer.....The average mental power in man must be above that of woman.
tags: men women power thoughts mental sex imagination
— Charles Darwin
I trust and believe that the time spent in this voyage... will produce its full worth in Natural History; and it appears to me the doing what little we can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelihood pursue.
tags: time trust believe stock worth
— Charles Darwin
We behold the face of nature bright with gladness.
tags: nature
— Charles Darwin
We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.
tags: fear truth hope
— Charles Darwin
Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.
tags: attention
— Charles Darwin
Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal.
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— Charles Darwin
An agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.
tags: mind
— Charles Darwin
I think it inevitably follows, that as new species in the course of time are formed through natural selection, others will become rarer and rarer, and finally extinct. The forms which stand in closest competition with those undergoing modification and improvement will naturally suffer most.
tags: time improvement competition
— Charles Darwin
I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them.
tags: time men people young ideas
— Charles Darwin
It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.
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— Charles Darwin
Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a great deity. More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals.
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— Charles Darwin
charles darwin
Birth    : February 12, 1809
Death  : April 19, 1882
Occupation  : Naturalist