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Charles Darwin

1809-1882 ,  British scientist
Charles DarwinEnglish naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies. An affable country gentleman, Darwin at first shocked religious Victorian society by suggesting that animals and humans shared a common ancestry.

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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 every week.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

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

Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.

Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.

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, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

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.

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

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

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

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

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than the establishing of a new truth or fact.

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.

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

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

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

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

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

Building a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.


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