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Charles Darwin Quotes


British naturalist who achieved lasting fame by outlining the Theory of Evolution and proposing that evolution could be explained through natural and sexual selection.
(1809 - 1882)

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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life... there is nothing as intolerable as idleness
[Idleness]
 

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

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.
[Being]
 

A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honor
 

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
 

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

Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
 

As for future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
[Religion]
 

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 agree with Agassiz that dogs possess something very like a conscience.
[Dogs]
 

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

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.
[Bodies]
 

I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can.
 

I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
[Nature]
 

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
[Writers And Writing]
 

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

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.
 


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