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Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and died in 1882. He was most famous for his theory of evolution which transformed the way we understand the natural world.

He wrote “On The Origin Of Species” which led members of the Church of England to accuse him of blasphemy.

His birthday which is on the 12th of Fenruary is celebrated worldwide. Darwin Day is used to highlight Darwin’s contributions to science and to promote science in general.

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

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

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) 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 is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

Charles Darwin

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

Charles Darwin

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

Charles Darwin

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

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

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

Charles 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 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

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

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

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

Charles Darwin

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

Charles Darwin

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

Charles Darwin

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

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

Charles Darwin

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

Charles Darwin

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

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

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

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

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

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