39 Charles Darwin Quotes:


1. “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.” — CHARLES DARWIN


2. “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

3. “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


4. “Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” — CHARLES DARWIN


5. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” — CHARLES DARWIN


6. “Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.” — CHARLES DARWIN


7. “We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.” — CHARLES DARWIN


8. “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



9. “Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits.” — CHARLES DARWIN


10. “Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.” — CHARLES DARWIN


11. “On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.” — CHARLES DARWIN


12. “I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.” — CHARLES DARWIN


13. “Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.” — CHARLES DARWIN


14. “How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.” — CHARLES DARWIN


15. “There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.” — CHARLES DARWIN


16. “I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.” — CHARLES DARWIN


17. “A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” — CHARLES DARWIN


18. “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — CHARLES DARWIN


19. “Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.” — CHARLES DARWIN


20. “I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” — CHARLES DARWIN



21. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — CHARLES DARWIN


22.  “We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.” — CHARLES DARWIN


23. “It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.” — CHARLES DARWIN


24. “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


25. “A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.” — CHARLES DARWIN


26. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” — CHARLES DARWIN


27. “Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.” — CHARLES DARWIN


28. “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


29. “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; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes 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


30. “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.” — CHARLES DARWIN


31. “Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.” — CHARLES DARWIN


32. “False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.” — CHARLES DARWIN


33. “An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.” — CHARLES DARWIN


34. “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



35. “Although I am fully convinced of the truth of Evolution, I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists. But I look with confidence to the future naturalists, who will be able to view both sides with impartiality.” — CHARLES DARWIN


36. “Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.” — CHARLES DARWIN


37. “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


38. “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection.” — CHARLES DARWIN


39. “The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?” — CHARLES DARWIN

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