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Quote: Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character.




Quote: The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.


Quote: Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Wherever the European had trod, death seemed to pursue the aboriginal.


Quote: Nevertheless so profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being; and as we do not see the cause, we invoke cataclysms to desolate the world, or invent laws on the duration of the forms of life! by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of Charles Darwin quote; white text on black background

Nevertheless so profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being; and as we do not see the cause, we invoke cataclysms to desolate the world, or invent laws on the duration of the forms of life!


Quote: The loss of these tastes for poetry and music is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The loss of these tastes for poetry and music is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.




Quote: We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.


Quote: It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.


Quote: For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.


Quote: Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science.


Quote: Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals.




Quote: Great is the power of steady misrepresentation. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately this power does not long endure.


Quote: Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.


Quote: The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.


Quote: We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.


Quote: Even when we are quite alone, how often do we think with pleasure or pain of what others think of us -- of their imagined approbation or disapprobation. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Even when we are quite alone, how often do we think with pleasure or pain of what others think of us -- of their imagined approbation or disapprobation.


Quote: There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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.


Quote: It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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


Quote: In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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


Quote: A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.


Quote: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.


Quote: My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive.


Quote: It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.


Quote: I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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.


Quote: Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.


Quote: Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.


Quote: The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.


Quote: On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.


Quote: Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.


Quote: The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.


Quote: I love fools' experiments. I am always making them. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Darwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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.


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