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

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

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

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
- Charles Darwin

 

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

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.
- Charles Darwin

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

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In the struggle for survival,
the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals
because they succeed in adapting
themselves best to their environment.
- Charles Darwin

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

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

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin

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

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.
- Charles Darwin

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

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

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

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.
- Charles Darwin

I think that I could see Darwin having a relationship with Asia.
- Susan Oliver

Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin:
variation and selection.
- Ernst Mayr

Mr. Darwin refers to the multitude of the individual of every species,
which, from one cause or another, perish either before,
or soon after attaining maturity.
- Richard Owen

Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable
because it reverses the direction of tradition.
- Daniel Dennett

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

Darwin himself recorded the fact that he accepted the Malthusian idea.
- Trofim Lysenko

If you have Darwin, Christ and Nietzsche,
they're all going to talk at once.
You need somebody who listens.
- David Duchovny

The progress of evolution from President Washington
to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry B. Adams

Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country.
I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration,
I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.
- Michael Bloomberg

But, as we have before been led to remark,
most of Mr. Darwin's statements elude, by their vagueness and incompleteness,
the test of Natural History facts.
- Richard Owen

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

Darwin himself, in his day, was unable to fight free
of the theoretical errors of which he was guilty.
It was the classics of Marxism that revealed those
errors and pointed them out.
- Trofim Lysenko

Darwinism as presented by Darwin contradicted idealistic philosophy,
and this contradiction grew deeper with the development
of its materialist teaching.
- Trofim Lysenko

Darwin investigated the numerous facts obtained by
naturalists in living nature and analysed them through
the prism of practical experience.
- Trofim Lysenko

Biology has progressed tremendously due to the model that Darwin put forth.
But the black boxes Darwin accepted are now being opened,
and our view of the world is again being shaken.
- Michael Behe

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary
rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon.
- Ernst Mayr

No naturalist has devoted more painstaking attention
to the structure of the barnacles than Mr. Darwin.
- Richard Owen

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

A major fault, for example, is the fact that,
along with the materialist principle,
Darwin introduced into his theory of evolution reactionary Malthusian ideas.
- Trofim Lysenko

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.
- Charles Darwin

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

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

Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical.
You can go out and see that organisms do vary,
that variations are inherited, and that every organism
is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances.
- George C. Williams

In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world,
not to whom the idea first occurs.
- Francis Darwin

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -
a mere heart of stone.
- Charles Darwin

The universe we observe has precisely
the properties we should expect
if there is, at bottom, no design,
no purpose, no evil, no good,
nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- Charles Darwin

The classics of Marxism, while fully appreciating the
significance of the Darwinian theory,
pointed out the errors of which Darwin was guilty.
Darwin's theory, though unquestionably materialist in its main features,
is not free from some serious errors.
- Trofim Lysenko

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

Mr. Darwin contributes some striking and ingenious
instances of the way in which the principle partially affects the chain,
or rather network of life, even to the total obliteration of certain meshes.
- Richard Owen

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

In Darwin's time all of biology was a black box:
not only the cell,
or the eye, or digestion, or immunity,
but every biological structure and function because,
ultimately, no one could explain how biological processes occurred.
- Michael Behe

Agricultural practice served Darwin as the material
basis for the elaboration of his theory of Evolution,
which explained the natural causation of the adaptation
we see in the structure of the organic world.
That was a great advance in the knowledge of living nature.
- Trofim Lysenko

Darwin (1859) recognized the fact that paleontology
then seemed to provide evidence against rather for
evolution in general or the gradual origin of taxonomic
categories in particular.
- George G. Simpson

Even when Darwin's teaching first made its appearance,
it became clear at once that its scientific,
materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature,
was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology.
- Trofim Lysenko

A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.
- Erasmus Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
- Charles Darwin

And hail their queen, fair regent of the night.
- Erasmus Darwin

But sequence comparisons simply can't account for the
development of complex biochemical systems any more
than Darwin's comparison of simple and complex eyes
told him how vision worked.
- Michael Behe

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for
grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
- Charles Darwin

We entered the 20th century trying to deal with three
ideas purporting to define or describe or explain three spheres of action,
development and conflict: Darwin on the natural world,
Freud on the internal world, Marx on the economic world.
- Bruce Jackson

Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world
that a modern eye could be produced gradually from
a much simpler structure,
he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light
sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked.
- Michael Behe

I love fools' experiments.
I am always making them.
- Charles Darwin

I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you,
however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to
the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to
make anthropology what it is at the present time.
- Franz Boas

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.
- Charles Darwin

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.
- Charles Darwin

There seems to be one quality of mind which seems to
be of special and extreme advantage in leading him to make discoveries.
It was the power of never letting exceptions go unnoticed.
- Francis Darwin

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.
- Charles Darwin

Where love reigns, there is no will to power;
and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking.
The one is but the shadow of the other.
- Carl Jung

Although idea and form are ultimately paramount in my work,
so too are chance, accident, and rawness.
- Martin Puryear

A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.
- Tom Flores

I did well as an actor in Australia,
and then Paramount invited me over...
to have a look at me.
- Rod Taylor

I cannot permit you to disrupt the Paramount schedule.
- David O. Selznick

I joined Tommy Dorsey at the Paramount Theater in New York as a singer.
I replaced Frank Sinatra.
- Ken Curtis


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