65 Charles Darwin Quotes On Success In Life

Charles Robert Darwin FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted and considered a foundational concept in science. These Charles Darwin quotes will motivate you.

Best Charles Darwin Quotes

  1. “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, that lives within the means available and works co-operatively against common threats.” ~ Charles Darwin
  2. “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” ~ Charles Darwin
  3. “The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability.” ~ Charles Darwin
  4. “The world will not be inherited by the strongest, it will be inherited by those most able to change.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on change
  5. “It is not the biggest, the brightest, or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.” ~ Charles Darwin
  6. “Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life” ~ Charles Darwin

  7. “Building a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.” ~ Charles Darwin
  8. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” ~ Charles Darwin
  9. “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” ~ Charles Darwin
  10. “Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.” ~ Charles Darwin
  11. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on ignorance
  12. “Man, wonderful man, must collapse, into nature’s cauldron, he is no deity, he is no exception.” ~ Charles Darwin

  13. “Much love much trial, but what an utter desert is life without love.” ~ Charles Darwin
  14. “Even the humblest mammal’s strong sexual, parental, and social instincts give rise to ‘do unto others as yourself’ and ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Charles Darwin
  15. “Some call it Evolution, And others call it God.” ~ Charles Darwin
  16. “It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.” ~ Charles Darwin
  17. “Till facts are grouped & called there can be no prediction. The only advantage of discovering laws is to foretell what will happen & to see bearing of scattered facts.” ~ Charles Darwin
  18. “There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.” ~ Charles Darwin
  19. “A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there.” ~ Charles Darwin

  20. “we are always slow in admitting any great change of which we do not see the intermediate steps” ~ Charles Darwin
  21. “I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age.” ~ Charles Darwin
  22. “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, Charles Darwin quotes on evolution
  23. “It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.” ~ Charles Darwin
  24. “Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.” ~ Charles Darwin
  25. “The moral faculties are generally and justly esteemed as of higher value than the intellectual powers.” ~ Charles Darwin

  26. “Nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in a distant country.” ~ Charles Darwin
  27. “If Mozart, instead of playing the pianoforte at three years old with wonderfully little practice, had played a tune with no practice at all, he might truly have been said to have done so instinctively.” ~ Charles Darwin
  28. “Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.” ~ Charles Darwin
  29. “I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable.” ~ Charles Darwin
  30. “Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy.” ~ Charles Darwin

  31. “…for the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.” ~ Charles Darwin
  32. “The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.” ~ Charles Darwin
  33. “The formation of different languages and of distinct species and the proofs that both have been developed through a gradual process, are curiously parallel.” ~ Charles Darwin
  34. “Not one change of species into another is on record … we cannot prove that a single species has been changed.” ~ Charles Darwin

  35. “It’s not the strongest, but the most adaptable that survive.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on adaptation
  36. “Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms.” ~ Charles Darwin
  37. “I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” ~ Charles Darwin
  38. “We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.” ~ Charles Darwin
  39. “An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.” ~ Charles Darwin
  40. “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a great deity. More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals.” ~ Charles Darwin

  41. “Free will is to mind what chance is to matter.” ~ Charles Darwin
  42. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” ~ Charles Darwin
  43. “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.” ~ Charles Darwin
  44. “I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation, & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.” ~ Charles Darwin
  45. “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.” ~ Charles Darwin
  46. “Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music.” ~ Charles Darwin

  47. “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on animals
  48. “It is impossible to conceive of this immense and wonderful universe as the result of blind chance or necessity.” ~ Charles Darwin
  49. “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

  50. “Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.” ~ Charles Darwin
  51. “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on natural selection
  52. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” ~ Charles Darwin

  53. “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
  54. “The most powerful natural species are those that adapt to environmental change without losing their fundamental identity which gives them their competitive advantage.” ~ Charles Darwin”The most powerful natural species are those that adapt to environmental change without losing their fundamental identity which gives them their competitive advantage.” ~ Charles Darwin
  55. “Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.” ~ Charles Darwin

  56. “An agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.” ~ Charles Darwin
  57. “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” ~ Charles Darwin
  58. “Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits.” ~ Charles Darwin
  59. “Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” ~ Charles Darwin

  60. “How so many absurd rules of conduct, as well as so many absurd religious beliefs, have originated, we do not know; nor how it is that they have become, in all quarters of the world, so deeply impressed on the minds of men; but it is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, while the brain is impressionable, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.” ~ Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin quotes on nature
  61. “The more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become, – that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us, – that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, – that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eye-witnesses; – by such reflections as these… I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.” ~ Charles Darwin
  62. “Only the fittest will survive.” ~ Charles Darwin

  63. “We cannot fathom the marvelous complexity of an organic being, but on the hypothesis here advanced this complexity is much increased. Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm–a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.” ~ Charles Darwin
  64. “The main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely that man is descended from some lowly-organized form, will, I regret to think, be highly distasteful to many persons. But there can hardly be a doubt that we are descended from barbarians.” ~ Charles Darwin
  65. “Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” ~ Charles Darwin

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