Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved ... more »

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  • There can be no doubt that the difference between the mind of the lowest man and that of the highest animal is immense. An anthropomorphous ape, if he could take a dispassionate view of his own case, ...
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. Descent of Man (1871).
  • ''The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.''
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man, ch. 4 (1871).
  • Man is more courageous, pugnacious, and energetic than woman, and has a more inventive genius. His brain is absolutely larger, but whether or not proportionally to his larger body, has not, I believe,...
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man (1871).
  • 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 ...
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man, ch. 21 (1871). Closing words of book.
  • ''A hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits.''
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man, ch. 21 (1871). Referring to the ancestry of humankind, according to Darwin's t...
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