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Page xiii - I soon perceived that selection was the keystone of man's success in making useful races of animals and plants. But how selection could be applied to organisms living in a state of nature remained for some time a mystery to me.
Page xi - It was evident that such facts as these, as well as many others, could only be explained on the supposition that species gradually become modified ; and the subject haunted me. But it was equally evident that neither the action of the surrounding conditions, nor the will of the organisms (especially in the case of plants) could account for the innumerable cases in which organisms of every kind are beautifully adapted to their habits of life — for instance, a woodpecker or a tree-frog to climb trees,...
Page xi - In July opened first note-book on Transmutation of Species. Had been greatly struck from about the month of previous March on character of South American fossils, and species on Galapagos Archipelago. These facts (especially latter), origin of all my views...
Page iii - Nothing could have been worse for the development of my mind than Dr. Butler's school, as it was strictly classical, nothing else being taught, except a little ancient geography and history. The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.
Page xvii - Favoured Races in the Struggle of Life." It is doubtful if any single book, except the " Principia," ever worked so great and so rapid a revolution in science, or made so deep an impression on the general mind.
Page ii - ... Nevertheless it is probable that the hearing rather early in life such views maintained and praised may have favoured my upholding them under a different form in my Origin of Species. At this time I admired greatly the Zoonomia; but on reading it a second time after an interval of ten or fifteen years, I was much disappointed; the proportion of speculation being so large to the facts given.
Page 279 - The creature measures above 5J feet from the tip of the nose to the root of the tail, and so approaches in size the smallest Highland cattle.
Page xi - ... by the South American character of most of the productions of the Galapagos Archipelago, and more especially by the manner in which they differ slightly on each island of the group; none of the islands appearing to be very ancient in a geological sense. "It was evident that such facts as these, as well as many others, could only be explained on the supposition that species become modified; and the subject haunted me.
Page 17 - Virginis, Rigel, etc., are also white stars, but show no lines : perhaps they contain no mineral substance, or are incandescent without flame.