Charles Darwin: English naturalist

Born: February 12, 1809

Died: April 19, 1882

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

And Charles Darwin knew what it was like to improvise.  Never a good student, he bounced from one school, and later university, to another.

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.

Overtime, Darwin changed and matured.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

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.

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Eventually he became fascinated by the world of science, and then more specifically, the question of origins.  He is now famous for his theories on natural selection.

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.

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