Top 10 Charles Darwin Quotes
#10 - Struggle for Existence
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"As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form."
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

#09 - Natural Selection
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"It may be said that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinizing, throughout the world, every variation, even the slightest; rejecting that which is bad, preserving and adding up all that is good; silently and insensibly working, wherever and whenever opportunity offers, at the improvement of each organic being in relation to its organic and inorganic conditions of life."
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

#08 - Striving
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"Each organic being is striving to increase in a geometrical ratio . . . each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life and to suffer great destruction . . . The vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply."
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

#07 - War of Nature
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"Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

#06 - Highly Distasteful
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"The main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely, that man is descended from some lowly organized form, will, I regret to think, be highly distasteful to many. But there can hardly be a doubt that we are descended from barbarians."
The Descent of Man, 1871

#05 - Noble Qualities
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"Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system—with all these exalted powers—Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."
The Descent of Man, 1871

#04 - Highest Possible Stage
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"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."
The Descent of Man, 1871

#03 - Ignorance Begets Confidence
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"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."
The Descent of Man, 1871

#02 - Vague Probabilities
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"As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities."
—Quoted in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887

#01 - Intolerable Thought
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"Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress. To those who fully admit the immortality of the human soul, the destruction of our world will not appear so dreadful."
—Quoted in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887

User Comments - Add a Comment
V.S.Dwarakanath - 2008-07-07 14:53:19
Long before reading this,something in me told that only God,the Supreme being, is perfect and we are trying to be perfect.
God - 2009-01-11 22:44:39

VS, you're a stupid cunt.

bigWAVEdave - 2009-02-11 21:15:08

thanks for that ,God

T-rick - 2009-03-05 18:09:37

Can you even digest that last quote? What disfunctional God would stop the evolution before the final triumphant cake is out of the oven? We have a long way yet to go! And those poor misguided folk who would take their place in an imaginary castle in the sky and do nothing to help preserve Mother Earth... even though God has granted them dominion and given them the wisdom, knowledge and tools to save Her. GOD WILL SAVE HER! That is why God made YOU.

Now a fan of "God " - 2009-05-17 23:40:29

lmao, nice one God xD

Forgotten Lily - 2009-09-29 20:44:03

T - Rick made an excellent comment about the human race. We are constantly out doing ourselves as technology advances and we learn more about what our minds are capable of. We have all the resources available to us but most people don't take the time to even acknowledge this. God made us complex and advance so we can create. We use our minds, our hands, and our hearts to obtain amazing new creations or ways to help our people. I just wish more people thought that way though. People limit themselves of what they are capable of because giving up is the easiest solution to everything but it answer the question why you are miserable. You limit your capables that could impact the world. The quote for Natural Selection summarizes a lot of how people are. Trial and error is how we learn but if you wait too long for a solution rather than good, old fashioned, hard work then nothing will improve. Maybe our planet will get cooked up by the sun or global warming will kill every natural resource on this planet. But are you part of the problem or do you want to be part of the solution? Then do something rather than just talk about it. There are so many people on this planet and more generations of our families that will precede us. Don't you care about them having a future? It is amazing that Darwin was able to see these simple details in his time and our current generation is all about the almighty dollar. Power will get you so far until you are the only person standing and you have nothing to show far than a piece of paper that I can set on fire and watch it burn. That is what I say to the almight dollar.

OverDave - 2010-05-17 09:46:17

"We could have the Earth but we were too damn cheap" -Kurt Vonnegut.

Monkey theory - 2012-11-06 15:04:59

God bestowed upon us a knowledge, power and intelligent to rule upon earth, we are so much advance and intelligent that we even doubted God ' does god really exist'? This is the low-life of what we human are, those who believe in human origin from apes would please somebody tell me UUUK...UK..AAK..AK.... ( i means they should atleast discover their ancestors language by now as they've discovered their origin)

ScienceIsRad - 2013-11-15 20:11:01

It's quite clear that your understanding, if it could be called that, of evolution is to say the least, flawed. If you think that evolution means that the gorillas and apes in the wild today will eventually evolve into human beings, then you do not understand evolution. Evolution, with it's many complexities, can't be explained in a few comments. Evolution is a body of facts that describe the proven origins of human beings. Before you claim that "It's only a theory", let me clear that up for you. A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. If enough evidence accumulates to support a hypothesis, it moves to the next step—known as a theory—in the scientific method and becomes accepted as a valid explanation of a phenomenon. When used in non-scientific context, the word “theory” implies that something is unproven or speculative. As used in science, however, a theory is an explanation or model based on observation, experimentation, and reasoning, especially one that has been tested and confirmed as a general principle helping to explain and predict natural phenomenon. Clearly, evolution is a bit more than monkeys turning into humans. But ya know what? Even if you disagree with evolution, or don't understand it, that is no reason to appeal to a deity. It's no reason to assume we got here by magic. No reason to persist in a delusion.