45 Inspirational Quotes by Charles Darwin

Great Charles Darwin Quotes

Charles Robert Darwin was a British naturalist. He was best recognized for embryonic a theory of progression to describe biological change. He published his theory of evolution with convincing facts in his book On the Origin of Species in year 1859. Here are some fine quotes by Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin Quotes

  1. “Delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist.” – Charles Darwin
  2. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin
  3. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” – Charles Darwin
  4. “A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there.” – Charles Darwin
  5. “And hail their queen, fair regent of the night.” – Charles Darwin
  6. “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
  7. “We will now discuss in a little more detail the Struggle for Existence.” – Charles Darwin
  8. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
  9. “Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.” – Charles Darwin
  10. “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
  11. “Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.” – Charles Darwin
  12. “A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” – Charles Darwin
  13. “The plow is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man’s inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly plowed, and still continues to be thus plowed by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” – Charles Darwin
  14. “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
  15. “Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.” – Charles Darwin
  16. “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection.” – Charles Darwin
  17. “Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.” – Charles Darwin
  18. “How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.” – Charles Darwin
  19. “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
  20. “A man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” – Charles Darwin
  25. “I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.” – Charles Darwin
  26. “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
  27. “What a book a Devil’s Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low & horridly cruel works of nature!” – Charles Darwin
  28. “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin
  29. “Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.” – Charles Darwin
  30. “The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.” – Charles Darwin
  31. “I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.” – Charles Darwin
  32. “My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” – Charles Darwin
  33. “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” – Charles Darwin
  34. “Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.” – Charles Darwin
  35. “It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.” – Charles Darwin
  36. “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree.” – Charles Darwin
  37. “From the first dawn of life, all organic beings are found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is evidently not arbitrary like the grouping of stars in constellations.” – Charles Darwin
  38. “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
  39. “On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.” – Charles Darwin
  40. “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
  41. “I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” – Charles Darwin
  42. “Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” – Charles Darwin
  43. “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.” – Charles Darwin
  44. “Great is the power of steady misrepresentation” – Charles Darwin
  45. “Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.” – Charles Darwin

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