Charles R. Darwin Quotes

At no time am I a quick thinker or writer: whatever I have done in science has solely been by long pondering, patience and industry.

In calling up images of the past, I find that the plains of Patagonia frequently cross before my eyes; yet these plains are pronounced by all wretched and useless. They can be described only by negative characters; without habitations, without water, without trees, without mountains, they support merely a few dwarf plants. Why, then, and […]

I believe we were all glad to leave New Zealand. It is not a pleasant place. Amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity which is found at Tahiti; and the greater part of the English are the very refuse of society. Neither is the country itself attractive. I look back to but one […]

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

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

I fully subscribe to the judgment of those writers who maintain that of all the differences between man and the lower animals, the moral sense of conscience is by far the most important… It is the most noble of all the attributes of man.

I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.

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

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.

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