Charles Darwin Quotes

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Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
Charles Darwin (The Descent of Man, 1871)
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
Charles Darwin
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin (Letter Susan Darwin, 1836)
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
Charles Darwin
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Charles Darwin (Quoted in On Friendship, 1966)
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
Charles Darwin
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
Charles Darwin (Letter to W. D. Fox, 1852)
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
Charles Darwin
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
Charles Darwin (Letter to T. H. Huxley, 1857)
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
Charles Darwin (On the Origins of Species, 1859)
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
Charles Darwin (The Descent of Man, 1871)
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 (Notebook N, 1838)
As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
Charles Darwin (The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887)
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
Charles Darwin (The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, 1868)
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 (Quoted in The Living Clocks, 1971)
I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men. I have steadily endeavoured to keep my mind free.
Charles Darwin (The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887)
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
Charles Darwin (The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887)
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 (The Descent of Man, 1871)
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 (Letter to Julia Wedgwood, 1861)
If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin (The Voyage of the Beagle, 1839)
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
Charles Darwin
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
Charles Darwin (The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887)
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 (Letter to Stephen Wilson, 1879)
What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
Charles Darwin (Letter to J. D. Hooker, 1856)
An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
Charles Darwin (The Descent of Man, 1871)
It is the very essence of the human mind to inquire after the causes of whatever happens in this world of ours.
Charles Darwin
A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.
Charles Darwin (The Voyage of the Beagle, 1839)
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.
Charles Darwin
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 (The Descent of Man, 1871)
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 (The Descent of Man, 1871)
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Charles Darwin Biography

Born: February 12, 1809
Died: April 19, 1882

Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and scientist. He is undoubtedly most famous for his revolutionary discovery of Evolution as put forward by his book "On the Origin of Species" in 1859.

Notable Works

The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs (1842)
On the Origins of Species (1859)
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (1868)
The Descent of Man (1871)
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)
The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms (1881)

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

Supposedly this is from The Descent of Man, but I have not found any real evidence for this. My guess is that this is a summary of something else Charles Darwin may have written.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Richard Dawkins
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.
Elizabeth Hope (Lady Hope), who according to an article in The Watchman-Examiner on August 15, 1916 quoted Darwin to describe his deathbed convertion to Christianity. However this is an fabrication and even the children of Darwin claimed that Elizabeth was not anywhere near Darwin when he was dying.