Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) English biologist, naturalist, writer

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Without speculation there is no good and original observation. - Charles Robert 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. (The Descent of Man) - Charles Robert 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 Robert Darwin

It has been a bitter mortification for me to digest the conclusion that the 'race is for the strong' and that I shall probably do little more but be content to admire the strides others made in science. - Charles Robert Darwin

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

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

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. - Charles Robert 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. (Introduction to The Descent of Man, 1871) - Charles Robert Darwin