20 Quotes from Charles Darwin


Charles Darwin was the first person to really put the Galapagos Islands on the map with his descriptions in The Journal during the voyage on the Beagle. Here are twenty of our favourite Charles Darwin quotes.

1. “I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” – Charles Darwin

2. “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

3. “Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.” – Charles Darwin

4. “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.” – Charles Darwin

5.  “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

6. “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin

7. “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

8. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

9. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.” – Charles Darwin

10. “I am not the least afraid to die” – Charles Darwin

11. “Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.” – Charles Darwin

12. “We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.” –  Charles Darwin

13. “He who understands baboons would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” – Charles Darwin

14. “The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.” –  Charles Darwin

15. “Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.” – Charles Darwin

16. “A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.” – Charles Darwin

17. “One hand has surely worked throughout the universe.” – Charles Darwin

18. “In conclusion, it appears that nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in distant countries.” – Charles Darwin

19. “Our descent, then, is the origin of our evil passions!! The devil under form of Baboon is our grandfather. ” – Charles Darwin

20. “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me” – Charles Darwin

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