Charles Darwin

42Charles Darwin Quotes

English Scientist born on February 12, 1809, died on April 19, 1882

Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding... (source)

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

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. view quote

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men. view quote

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. view quote

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

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

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. view 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. view quote

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. view quote

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

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

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

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