Erasmus Darwin

1731 - 1802

A Quote by Erasmus Darwin on beauty, fortune, and virtue

No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears, No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears, Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.

Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)

Source: Zoonomia, 1794, Part ii. Canto iii. Line 459.

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A Quote by Erasmus Darwin on crime and oppression

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)

Source: The Botanical Garden, 1789

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A Quote by Erasmus Darwin on animals, facts, and posterity

In fact, Darwin's own grandfather anticipated the central tenet of Lamarckism by some seven years: "All animals undergo perpetual transformations; which are in part produced by their own exertions... and many of these acquired forms or propensities are transmitted to their posterity."

Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)

Source: Zoonomia, 1794

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A Quote by Erasmus Darwin on automobiles and driving

Soon shall thy arm, unconquer'd steam! afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the field of air.

Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)

Source: The Botanic Garden. Part i. Canto i. Line 289.

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