Charles Darwin quotes

Born
12 February 1809 The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Died
19 April 1882.

Occupation
Naturalist, geologist, biologist.

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors.

I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
– Charles Darwin
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
– Charles Darwin
On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.
– Charles Darwin
The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.
– Charles Darwin
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
– Charles Darwin
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
– 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
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
– 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
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
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
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
– 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
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 have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
– Charles Darwin
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
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
I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.
– Charles Darwin
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
– Charles Darwin
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.
– Charles Darwin
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
– Charles Darwin