A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
"Tertiary education:" University of Edinburgh Medical School (medicine)
Christ's College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge) (BA)"Professional institution:" Geological Society of London
/academic_advisors = John Stevens Henslow
/known_for = The Voyage of the BeagleOn the Origin of Speciesevolution by natural selection,common descent
/influences = Alexander von HumboldtJohn HerschelCharles Lyell
/influenced = Joseph Dalton HookerThomas Henry HuxleyGeorge RomanesErnst HaeckelJohn Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury/Sir John Lubbock
/awards = Royal Medal (1853)Wollaston Medal (1859)Copley Medal (1864)
/signature = Charles Darwin Signature.svg
/signature_alt = "Charles Darwin", with the surname underlined by a downward curve that mimics the curve of the initial "C"
/spouse = Emma Darwin (married 1839)
/children = 10 children (Charles Darwin#Children/see list)
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The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
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.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -- a mere heart of stone.
Why, on the theory of Creation, should there be so much variety and so little real novelty?
The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.