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quote by Charles Darwin: Two distinct elements are included under the term inheritance-- the transmission, and the development of characters;. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Two distinct elements are included under the term inheritance-- the transmission, and the development of characters;.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: What wretched doings come from the ardor of fame; the love of truth alone would never make one man attack another bitterly. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

What wretched doings come from the ardor of fame; the love of truth alone would never make one man attack another bitterly.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: I do not believe, as we shall presently see, that all our dogs have descended from any one wild species; but, in the case of some other domestic races, there is presumptive, or even strong, evidence … with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

I do not believe, as we shall presently see, that all our dogs have descended from any one wild species; but, in the case of some other domestic races, there is presumptive, or even strong, evidence in favour of this view.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: The limit of man s knowledge in any subject possesses a high interest which is perhaps increased by its close neighbourhood to the realms of imagination. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

The limit of man s knowledge in any subject possesses a high interest which is perhaps increased by its close neighbourhood to the realms of imagination.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: Man could no longer be regarded as the Lord of Creation, a being apart from the rest of nature. He was merely the representative of one among many Families of the order Primates in the class Mammalia. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Man could no longer be regarded as the Lord of Creation, a being apart from the rest of nature. He was merely the representative of one among many Families of the order Primates in the class Mammalia.

--Charles Darwin

quote by Charles Darwin: Englishmen rarely cry, except under the pressure of the acutest grief; whereas in some parts of the Continent the men shed tears much more readily and freely. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Englishmen rarely cry, except under the pressure of the acutest grief; whereas in some parts of the Continent the men shed tears much more readily and freely.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: Whilst Man, however well-behaved,
At best is but a monkey shaved! with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Whilst Man, however well-behaved,
At best is but a monkey shaved!

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: It is difficult to believe in the dreadful but quiet war lurking just below the serene facade of nature. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

It is difficult to believe in the dreadful but quiet war lurking just below the serene facade of nature.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy.

--Charles Darwin



quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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
quote by Charles Darwin: But a plant on the edge of a deserts is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent upon the moisture. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

But a plant on the edge of a deserts is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent upon the moisture.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: But then arises the doubt, can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animal, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions? with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

But then arises the doubt, can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animal, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions?

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: One hand has surely worked throughout the universe. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

One hand has surely worked throughout the universe.

--Charles Darwin

quote by Charles Darwin: Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, and books and music. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, and books and music.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die -- which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die -- which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.

--Charles Darwin




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

--Charles Darwin

quote by Charles Darwin: 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

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

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

--Charles Darwin


quote by Charles Darwin: 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… with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin



quote by Charles Darwin: We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

quote by Charles Darwin: Great is the power of steady misrepresentation. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

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



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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

quote by Charles Darwin: There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. with background image: adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

Longer Version:

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 by Charles Darwin: It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by Charles Darwin: I love fools' experiments. I am always making them. with background image: photo of author Charles Darwin with quote

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

--Charles Darwin
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--Charles Darwin

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