February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882


71 Greatest Quotes 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. Charles Darwin
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Charles Darwin
The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance. 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. Charles Darwin
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 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
... probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed. 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
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. Charles Darwin
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
I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable. Charles Darwin
Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory. Charles Darwin
Free will is to mind what chance is to matter. Charles Darwin
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. Charles Darwin
Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life. Charles Darwin
Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits. Charles Darwin
But I am very poorly today & very stupid & I hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders. Charles Darwin
The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change. Charles Darwin
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal. Charles Darwin
Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms. Charles Darwin
Not one change of species into another is on record ... we cannot prove that a single species has been changed. Charles Darwin
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. Charles Darwin
It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest. Charles Darwin
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection. Charles Darwin
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
Some call it evolution, And others call it God. Charles Darwin
Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music. Charles Darwin
Origin of man now proved.—Metaphysics must flourish.—He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke. Charles Darwin
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits. Charles Darwin
What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature! Charles Darwin
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation. Charles Darwin
Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive. Charles Darwin
It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance. Charles Darwin
I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age. Charles Darwin
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
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
We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it. Charles Darwin
If every one were cast in the same mould, there would be no such thing as beauty. 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. Charles Darwin
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin
Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity. Charles Darwin
A language, like a species, when extinct, never... reappears. Charles Darwin
I love fools' experiments. I am always making them. Charles Darwin
Worms have played a more important part in the history of the world than humans would at first suppose. Charles Darwin
It's not the strongest, but the most adaptable that survive. Charles Darwin
Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science. Charles Darwin
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason. Charles Darwin
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. Charles Darwin
Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends. Charles Darwin
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions. Charles Darwin
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence. Charles Darwin
There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. 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. Charles Darwin