Inspirational Charles Darwin quotes

Inspirational Charles Darwin quotes
Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was a naturalist and geologist who outlined the theory of evolution and proposed that evolution could be explained in part through natural and sexual selection.

Charles Darwin was a one of the key figure in the history of modern science. It was only because of his modern theory on evolution many recent scientific discoveries in field of Biology became possible. He has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.

Charles Darwin quotes are full of wisdom and inspiration. Below is a list of Charles Darwin quotes, which i have selected from his works.

It is mere rubbish thinking, at present, of origin of life; one might as well think of origin of matter.
– Charles Darwin

The highest stage in moral culture at which we can arrive, is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.
– Charles Darwin

I think it can be shown that there is such an unerring power at work in Natural Selection, which selects exclusively for the good of each organic being.
– Charles Darwin

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

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

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
– Charles Darwin

A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honor.
– 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 quotes

One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.
– Charles Darwin

The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.
– Charles Darwin

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

Life is nearly over with me. I have taken no pains about my style of writing.
– 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

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?
– Charles Darwin

As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
– Charles Darwin quotes

It is easy to specify the individual objects of admiration in these grand scenes; but it is not possible to give an adequate idea of the higher feelings of wonder, astonishment, and devotion, which fill and elevate the mind.
– 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

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

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

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

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

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

The moral faculties are generally esteemed, and with justice, as of higher value than the intellectual powers. But we should always bear in mind that the activity of the mind in vividly recalling past impressions is one of the fundamental though secondary bases of conscience. This fact affords the strongest argument for educating and stimulating in all possible ways the intellectual faculties of every human being.
– Charles Darwin

Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
– 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

Now when naturalists observe a close agreement in numerous small details of habits, tastes and dispositions between two or more domestic races, or between nearly-allied natural forms, they use this fact as an argument that all are descended from a common progenitor who was thus endowed; and consequently that all should be classed under the same species. The same argument may be applied with much force to the races of man.
– Charles Darwin

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

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

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

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

It is a curious little world within itself.
– Charles Darwin quotes

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

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

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

I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.
– 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

In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
– Charles Darwin

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

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

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

Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, … I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the main but not exclusive means of modification.
– Charles Darwin

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

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

I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can.
– Charles Darwin

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

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
– Charles Darwin

As some of the lowest organisms, in which nerves cannot be detected, are capable of perceiving light, it does not seem impossible that certain sensitive elements in their sarcode should become aggregated and developed into nerves, endowed with this special sensibility.
– Charles Darwin quotes

22 Comments


  1. Thank you for the quotations.
    How do you collect all these quotations? Do you read the author’s works?
    Thank you.

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  3. Much to explore here. Compilations remind us how many people have said similar things, but done so in their own unique way and time. Thank you for doing these.

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

    People don’t realize how deep and intelligent Darwin was, they just think of him as a Monkey’s Uncle.

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  5. I was so happy to see the last half of the quote from the Origin of Species that begins;

    “Thus from the war of nature from famine and from death..”.

    It’s the most poetic and beautiful description of something scientific I have heard and really expresses how wonderful the development of nature is.

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