Archive for the ‘Charles Darwin’ Category

There is grandeur in this view of life… (that) from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these…

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

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It has been almost painful to find how much good enthusiasm has been evaporated during the last four years. I can now walk soberly through a Brazilian forest; not but what it is exquisitely beautiful, but now, instead of seeking for splendid contrasts, I compare the stately mango trees with the horse-chestnuts of England. Although…

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
painting of Charles Darwin

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. The conclusion that man is the co-descendant with other species of some ancient, lower, and extinct form, is not in any degree new. Lamarck long ago…

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