Charles Darwin Quotes

  • If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
  • 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.
  • 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 called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
  • A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
  • We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
  • I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
  • 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.
  • I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
  • 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.
  • It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
  • 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.
  • Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
  • 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.
  • I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
  • The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
  • On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
  • A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
  • How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
  • 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 have steadily endeavoured to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as facts are shown to be opposed to it.
  • An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
  • The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
  • The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
  • My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
  • A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.