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In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
 

It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
 

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
 

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.
[Change]
 

Light may be shed on man and his origins.
[Nature]
 

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

Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
 

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

No radiant pearl, which crested fortune wears, no gem, that twinkling hangs from beauty's ears; not the bright stars, which night's blue arch adorn; nor rising sun, that gilds the vernal morn; shine with such lustre as the tear that flows down virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.
[Sympathy]
 

On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
 

Our faculties are more fitted to recognize the wonderful structure of a beetle than a Universe.
 

The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate and is sometimes equally convenient.
[Life]
 

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
 

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

The obedient steel with living instinct moves, and veers forever to the pole it loves.
 

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.
 

The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
 

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
 

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.
 

There is one living spirit, prevalent over this world ... which assumes a multitude of forms according to subordinate laws. There is one thinking sensible principle allied to one kind of organic matter.
 


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