Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.
—Anthony J. D’Angelo
The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is—a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter.
—Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) English Polymath, Philosopher, Sociologist, Political Theorist
Since evolution became fashionable, the glorification of Man has taken a new form.
—Bertrand A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed—that is the meaning of evolution.
—Graham Greene (1904–91) British Novelist, Playwright, Short Story Writer
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
Evolution is not a force but a process. Not a cause but a law.
—John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn (1838–1923) British Political Leader, Writer, Editor, Journalist
Evolution is fascinating to watch. To me it is the most interesting when one can observe the evolution of a single man.
—Shana Alexander (1925–2005) American Journalist, Editor, Author
Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
—Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) American Philosopher, Logician, Mathematician
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
—H. G. Wells (1866–1946) English Novelist, Historian, Social Thinker
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
Evolution has developed man to such a high degree that he builds zoos to keep his ancestors in cages.
Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.
—W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) English Dramatist, Librettist, Poet, Illustrator
Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world… life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) French Jesuit Philosopher, Paleontologist
The question is this—Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
The collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind’s evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual.
—Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) Swiss Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Philosopher
All one’s work might have been better done; but this is a sort of reflection a worker must put aside courageously if he doesn’t mean every one of his conceptions to remain forever a private vision, an evanescent reverie.
—Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) Polish-born British Novelist
My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
—Steven Wright (b.1955) American Comedian, Actor, Writer
After listening to a lecture on evolution by a science professor, a student wrote a poem and titled it “The Amazing Professor.” The poem read: Once I was a tadpole when I began to begin. Then I was a frog with my tail tucked in. Next I was a monkey on a coconut tree. Now I am a doctor with a Ph.D.
The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient.
—Charles Darwin (1809–82) English Naturalist
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 (b.1941) British Evolutionary Biologist, Atheist
There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. ‘You forget,’ said the Devil, with a chuckle, ‘that I have been evolving too.’
—William Ralph Inge (1860–1954) English Anglican Clergyman, Priest, Mystic
Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it’s one of the most charming things about them.
—Germaine Greer (b.1939) Australia Academic, Journalist, Scholar, Writer
It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory. If it is true that we have sprung from the ape, there are occasions when my own spring appears not to have been very far.
—Cornelia Otis Skinner (1899–1979) American Actress, Playwright
The tide of evolution carries everything before it, thoughts no less than bodies, and persons no less than nations
—George Santayana (1863–1952) Spanish-American Poet, Philosopher
The goal of evolution is self – conquest
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Two million years from now the scientists can start a row by claming that the creatures of that period descended from us.
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 (1941–2002) American Paleontologist, Science Writer
It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.
—H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) American Journalist, Literary Critic
The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces—in nature, in society, in man himself.
—Leon Trotsky (1879–1940) Russian Marxist Revolutionary