Quotations by Charles Darwin

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Born: Sunday, February 12, 1809
Died: Wednesday, April 19, 1882 (73 years old)
Profession: Scientist
Nationality: English


A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Life, Time, Man, Value, Waste)

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Man, Worth)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Actions, Being, Motives, Past)

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Heart, Man, Wishes)

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Men, American)

Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Animals)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Future, Man, Will, World)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Science, Progress, Facts, Harm, Pleasure)

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Children, Future, Present)

I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Facts, Machine)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: God, Intention, Living)

I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Shakespeare)

I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Love, Fools)

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Nature, Laws, Misery, Poor, Sin)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Science, Confidence, Ignorance, Will)

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: History)

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Evil, Man)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Change)

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Habits, Man)

Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Man)

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Facts, Laws, Machine, Mind)

On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Gain)

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Control, Thoughts, Culture)

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Beginning, Content, Mystery)

The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Instinct, Reason)

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Fact, Service)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Act, Laws, Universe)

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.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Man)

What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Work, Devil)







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