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Evolution Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Evolution

Please enjoy these Evolution Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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

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

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

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The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Breaking up is a natural evolution
when you try to figure out what you want in life.
If you're with an individual
who isn't moving in the same direction
and at the same rate that you are,
it ain't going to work.
- Usher Raymond

It's the lie of evolution that all man are just evolved
and that they're all equal,
and that all creatures are equal.
- Tim LaHaye

Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It began as hackers' rights.
Then it became general civil liberties of everybody -
government stay away.
- Esther Dyson

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

Other people have noticed more of an evolution than
I have and so I'll try to tell you where I'm coming
from and also relate it to what I think other people perceive.
- Diane Wakoski

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying,
'You haven't answered every question with evolution,'...
Well, guess what? Science can't answer every question.
- Kenneth Miller

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution,
but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain
sequence by a particular process.
- Michael Shermer

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

God created a number of possibilities in case some
of his prototypes failed -
that is the meaning of evolution.
- Graham Greene

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

The Church's note must be a supernatural note which
distinguishes incarnation from immanence,
redemption from evolution, the Kingdom of God from mere spiritual process.
- Arthur Middleton

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution,
not a sudden miracle.
- Patty Duke

Evolution is a tinkerer.
- Francois Jacob

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.
- Bill Hicks

In art there are only fast or slow developments.
Essentially it is a matter of evolution,
not revolution.
- Bela Bartok

The causes of youth violence are working parents who
put their kids into daycare,
the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills.
- Tom DeLay

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Scripture suggests that the elements in space were
created for the benefit of earth,
while evolution suggests that earth is an insignificant speck in vast space.
- Walter Lang

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of
the theory of evolution in the classroom.
- Phyllis Schlafly

When the mother of the race is free,
we shall have a better world,
by the easy right of birth and by the calm,
slow, friendly forces of evolution.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I think that's what makes life interesting -
the evolution of getting older,
and it's kinda fascinating to me, the whole process.
- Alexis Bledel

For the first time in history we can track the evolution
of a pandemic in real time.
Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation
and unpredictable behaviour.
- Margaret Chan

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Theories of evolution must provide for the creative
acts which brought such theories into existence.
- Michael Polanyi

Evolution is fascinating to watch.
To me it is the most interesting when one can observe
the evolution of a single man.
- Shana Alexander

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

All the ills from which America suffers can be traced
to the teaching of evolution.
- William Jennings Bryan

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

It has become evident that the primary lesson of the
study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution:
every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
- Kevin Kelly

We're not going to make Evolution or any of our other
products depend on Mono anytime in the near future.
- Nat Friedman

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in
Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon,
strange to our values and heritage.
- Hosni Mubarak

The proposition that humans have mental characteristics
wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
- Gary L. Francione

This evolution may compromise Java's claim of being simpler than C++,
but my guess is that the effort will make Java a better
language than it is today.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

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

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

That's the way I try to live.
I think it's the only way for human beings at this
point in our evolution as souls,
where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.
- Al Jarreau

I believe that history might be, and ought to be,
taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of
it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.
- Thomas Huxley

We're all like little ants who scurry around with the
materials that are at hand right now.
Each generation finds new materials.
Its just evolution, isn't it?
- Beth Orton

A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Evolution is a tightly coupled dance,
with life and the material environment as partners.
From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.
- James Lovelock

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

In the nineteenth century, many Anglican theologians,
both evangelical and catholic, embraced positively
the proposal of evolution.
- Arthur Peacocke

Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the
blood of spiritual evolution.
- Teilhard de Chardin

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

Fears of creating new kinds of plagues or of altering
human evolution or of irreversibly altering the environment
were only some of the concerns that were rampant.
- Paul Berg

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

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
- Milton Berle

The first and most important reason for its elimination
is the unquestioned fact that evolution is not a science;
it is a hypothesis only,
a speculation.
- William B. Riley

Evolution has long been the target of illogical arguments that use presumption.
- Marilyn vos Savant

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

It may part of a one way evolution...
or it may be we are currently on the downside of an
innocence cycle where one day,
with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.
- Christopher Knight

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics,
which is the goal of all evolution.
Until we stop harming all other living beings,
we are still savages.
- Thomas A. Edison

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

We're in the midst of an evolution, not a revolution.
- James Levine

Evolution is not a force but a process.
Not a cause but a law.
- John Morley

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution,
though it may explain everything else,
cannot explain itself.
- Goldwin Smith


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