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, 1809 -
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: 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.
An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
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A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
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.
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.
I have steadily endeavoured to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as facts are shown to be opposed to it.
Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.
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