Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters (Google eBook)

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John Murray, 1902 - Naturalists - 348 pages
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Page 40 - I happened to read for amusement Malthus on Population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from longcontinued observation of the habits of animals and plants...
Page 51 - The loss of these tastes, is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
Page 173 - At last gleams of light have come, and I am almost convinced (quite contrary to the opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable.
Page 185 - I never saw a more striking coincidence ; if Wallace had my MS. sketch written out in 1842, he could not have made a better short abstract ! Even his terms now stand as heads of my chapters.
Page 27 - The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life, and has determined my whole career...
Page 278 - ... that I attribute the modification of species exclusively to natural selection, I may be permitted to remark that in the first edition of this work, and subsequently, I placed in a most conspicuous position namely, at the close of the Introduction the following words : " I am convinced that natural selection has been the main but not the exclusive means of modification.
Page 236 - I am bewildered. I had no intention to write atheistically. But I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us.
Page 52 - 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. Indeed, I have had no choice but to act in this manner, for with the exception of the Coral Reefs, I cannot remember a single first-formed hypothesis which had not after a time to be given up or greatly modified.
Page 40 - After my return to England it appeared to me that by following the example of Lyell in Geology, and by collecting all facts which bore in any way on the variation of animals and plants under domestication and nature, some light might perhaps be thrown on the whole subject. My first note-book was opened in July 1837. 1 worked on true Baconian principles, and without any theory collected facts on a whole-sale scale...
Page 239 - I asserted and I repeat that a man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man a man of restless and versatile intellect who, not content with an equivocal success in his own sphere of activity, plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance...

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