Quotes by Charles Darwin
- A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
- A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
- An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
- At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
- 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.
- How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
- 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.
- If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
- 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.
- In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
- To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!