Charles Darwin quotes page 2
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
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.
Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great
is our sin.
I think it inevitably follows, that as new species in the course of time are formed through
natural selection, others will become rarer and rarer, and finally extinct. The forms which
stand in closest competition with those undergoing modification and improvement will
naturally suffer most.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to controlI am not apt to follow blindly the lead of
other men. I have steadily endeavoured to keep my
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
Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that 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.
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.It is the very essence of the human
mind to inquire after the causes of whatever happens in
this world of ours.
Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere
damnable and detestable curiosity.
A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of
justice and honour.
There is good evidence that the art of shooting with bows and arrows has not been handed
down from any common progenitor of mankind, yet as Westropp and Nilsson have remarked,
the stone arrow-heads, brought from the most distant parts of the world, and manufactured
at the most remote periods, are almost identical; and this fact can only be accounted for by
the various races having similar inventive or mental powers.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we would expect if there is, at bottom,
no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have
been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break
down. But I can find no such case.