Charles Darwin

1809 - 1882

A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on confession and correction

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

Source: Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London, 1859.

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on animals and slavery

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

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on dawn and life

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From the first dawn of life, all organic beings are found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is evidently not arbitrary like the grouping of stars in constellations.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on books, cruelty, devil, and nature

About to start the Origin of Species in 1856: What a book a Devil's Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low & horridly cruel works of nature!

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on life, love, and nobility

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on animals, kindness, and mind

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. . . . The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on blindness, design, evil, good, indifference, observation, purpose, and universe

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 (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on animals, boasts, curiosity, emotion, imitation, intuition, love, memory, reason, and senses

We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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