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    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: complex 
     
    For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: victory 
     
    Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: nature  men 
     
    I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: religious 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: truth  struggle  mind 
     
    Great is the power of steady misrepresentation
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: power 
     
    In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: animals 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.
    — Charles Darwin
    One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: live  law  die 
     
    Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: human 
     
    Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: intelligence 
     
    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
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: men 
     
    The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: men  living  noble 
     
    If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: nature  law  poor  misery  sin 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: live  rules  music  poetry  read 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: animals  death  nature  war 
     
    A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: men  dark  cat  black 
     
    I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation, & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: believe  divine  god  jesus  bible  christ  son  sorry 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: instinct 
     
    Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: alone 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: world 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: men  fools 
     
    We are optimists, until we are not.
    — Charles Darwin
    All nature is perverse & will not do as I wish it.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: nature  wishes 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: animals  absurd  instinct 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: time  trust  believe  stock  worth 
     
    We behold the face of nature bright with gladness.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: nature 
     
    We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: fear  truth  hope 
     
    Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: attention 
     
    Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: death 
     
    An agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: mind 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: time  men  people  young  ideas 
     
    It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: ignorance 
     
    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.
    — Charles Darwin
    tags: animals  men  work  believe  true  arrogance 
     
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    charles darwin
    Birth    : February 12, 1809
    Death  : April 19, 1882
    Occupation  : Naturalist