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Top quotes by Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin's top quotes. 'An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.' 'If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.'


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


If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.


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


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


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


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


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


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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