Erasmus Darwin Quotes (13 quotes)
“Soon shall thy arm, unconquer'd steam! afar
Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car;
Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear
The flying chariot through the field of air.”
The Botanic Garden (1791), Part i, Canto i, line 289.
“No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears,
No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears,
Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn,
Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn,
Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows
Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.”
The Botanic Garden (1791), Part ii, Canto iii, line 459.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsErasmus Darwin
Born: December 12, 1731
Died: April 18, 1802 (aged 70)
Bio: Erasmus Darwin was an English physician who turned down George III's invitation to be a physician to the King. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave trade abolitionist, inventor and poet. His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life.
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