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Evolution Quotes

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I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

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

 

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Breaking up is a natural evolution
when you try to figure out what you want in life.
If you're with an individual
who isn't moving in the same direction
and at the same rate that you are,
it ain't going to work.
- Usher Raymond

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

The causes of youth violence are working parents who
put their kids into daycare,
the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills.
- Tom DeLay

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.
- Theodosius Dobzhansky

It's the lie of evolution that all man are just evolved
and that they're all equal,
and that all creatures are equal.
- Tim LaHaye

In art there are only fast or slow developments.
Essentially it is a matter of evolution,
not revolution.
- Bela Bartok

Where there is age there is evolution,
where there is life there is growth.
- Anjelica Huston

The human's place in the universe will be set in the scheme of evolution,
the product of our biological inheritance.
- Walter Gilbert

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution,
but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain
sequence by a particular process.
- Michael Shermer

Fears of creating new kinds of plagues or of altering
human evolution or of irreversibly altering the environment
were only some of the concerns that were rampant.
- Paul Berg

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying,
'You haven't answered every question with evolution,'...
Well, guess what? Science can't answer every question.
- Kenneth Miller

Evolution acts slowly.
Our psychological characteristics today are those that
promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
- Keith Henson

In the nineteenth century, many Anglican theologians,
both evangelical and catholic, embraced positively
the proposal of evolution.
- Arthur Peacocke

A major fault, for example, is the fact that,
along with the materialist principle,
Darwin introduced into his theory of evolution reactionary Malthusian ideas.
- Trofim Lysenko

The progress of evolution from President Washington
to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry B. Adams

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

I believe in evolution.
But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset,
that the hand of God is there also.
- John McCain

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I believe that history might be, and ought to be,
taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of
it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.
- Thomas Huxley

That's the way I try to live.
I think it's the only way for human beings at this
point in our evolution as souls,
where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.
- Al Jarreau

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution.
But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records
to understand the significance of the earlier records!
- Evan Parker

The first and most important reason for its elimination
is the unquestioned fact that evolution is not a science;
it is a hypothesis only,
a speculation.
- William B. Riley

Kubrick's vision seemed to be that humans are doomed,
whereas Clarke's is that humans are moving on to a
better stage of evolution.
- Marvin Minsky

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution,
not a sudden miracle.
- Patty Duke

Essential to the theory of evolution is the premise
that everything has come into being by itself.
- Walter Lang

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

The theory of undirected evolution is already dead,
but the work of science continues.
- Michael Behe

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

When the mother of the race is free,
we shall have a better world,
by the easy right of birth and by the calm,
slow, friendly forces of evolution.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

I believe in intuition and inspiration.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited,
whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
- Albert Einstein

God created a number of possibilities in case some
of his prototypes failed -
that is the meaning of evolution.
- Graham Greene

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in
Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon,
strange to our values and heritage.
- Hosni Mubarak

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of
the theory of evolution in the classroom.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Natural selection is not evolution.
- Ronald Fisher

I think that's what makes life interesting -
the evolution of getting older,
and it's kinda fascinating to me, the whole process.
- Alexis Bledel

Believing in evolution is believing in the unproved,
while believing in Christ is believing in the proven.
- Edwin Louis Cole

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply
applies to life here on earth;
it applies to the whole universe.
- John Polkinghorne

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
- Milton Berle

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution
and not just a process of evolution.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

It may part of a one way evolution...
or it may be we are currently on the downside of an
innocence cycle where one day,
with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.
- Christopher Knight

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

Historians will have to face the fact that natural
selection determined the evolution of cultures in the
same manner as it did that of species.
- Konrad Lorenz

Tick is a cartoon character, I don't know if you're familiar with him.
This is the third step in his evolution.
Comic book to cartoon to, now, live-action.
- Patrick Warburton

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy,
not a scientific fact.
Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it.
Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
- Jimmy Swaggart

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur.
Evolution must be a myth then.
- John Bacon

Evolution is what it is.
The upper classes have always died out;
it's one of the most charming things about them.
- Germaine Greer

I think that many of my ideas are correct,
but I'll bet you, before my death other discoveries
will be made that will prompt me to alter various ideas
I have about human evolution.
- Donald Johanson

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest
spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest
guesses advanced in the name of science.
- William Jennings Bryan

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

Evolution is a tinkerer.
- Francois Jacob

We're all like little ants who scurry around with the
materials that are at hand right now.
Each generation finds new materials.
Its just evolution, isn't it?
- Beth Orton

All the ills from which America suffers can be traced
to the teaching of evolution.
- William Jennings Bryan


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