Charles Darwin Quotes (68 quotes)
As quoted in: Records of Tennyson, Ruskin, Browning by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1893, p. 170
“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.”
The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin: Including an Autobiographical Chapter, Volume 2 (D. Appleton, 1888), edited by Sir Francis Darwin, p. 105. Originally he wrote "Ichneumonidae" instead of "parasitic wasps".
“An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”
The Descent of Man (1871), Ch. 1, p. 7
Notebooks on transmutation of species (1960 edition)
“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.”
The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887), volume I, ch. VIII
“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.”
Ch. XXI : General Summary and Conclusion - The Descent of Man (1871)
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (2009 edition), MobileReference - ISBN: 9781605016337
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsCharles Darwin
Born: February 12, 1809
Died: April 19, 1882 (aged 73)
Bio: Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
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