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EVOLUTION
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[ Also see Chaos Creation Experience Growth Life Man Progress Science World ]

The rise of every man he loved to trace,
  Up to the very pod O!
    And, in baboons, our parent race
      Was found by old Monboddo.
        Their A, B, C, he made them speak,
          And learn their qui, quae, quod, O!
            Till Hebrew, Latin, Welsh, and Greek
              They knew as well's Monboddo!
      - Unattributed Author,
        ballad in "Blackwood's Mag" referring to monkey theory of James Burnett (Lord Monboddo)

The stream of tendency in which all things seek to fulfill the law of their being.
      - Matthew Arnold

No myth of miraculous creation is so marvelous as the face of man's evolution.
      - Robert Stephen Briffault

A fire-mist and a planet,
  A crystal and a cell,
    A jellyfish and a saurian,
      And caves where the cavemen dwell;
        Then a sense of law and beauty,
          And a face turned from the clod--
            Some call it Evolution,
              And others call it God.
      - William Herbert Carruth,
        Each in his Own Tongue

There was an ape in the days that were earlier,
  Centuries passed and his hair became curlier;
    Centuries more gave a thumb to his wrist--
      Then he was a Man and a Positivist.
      - Mortimer Collins, The British Birds
         (st. 5)

I have called this principle, by which, each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
      - Charles Robert Darwin,
        The Origin of Species (ch. III)

The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient.
      - Charles Robert Darwin,
        The Origin of Species (ch. III)

Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm,
  Immortal Nature lifts her changeful form:
    Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame,
      And soars and shines, another and the same.
      - Erasmus Darwin, Botanic Garden
         (pt. I, canto IV, l. 389)

The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother.
      - Evan Esar

Said the little Eohippus,
  "I am going to be a horse,
    And on my middle fingernails
      To run my earthly course!
        . . . .
          I'm going to have a flowing tail!
            I'm going to have a mane!
              I'm going to stand fourteen hands high
                On the Psychozoic plain!"
      - Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman,
        Similar cases

A mighty stream of tendency.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Essay--Why Distant Objects Please

Or ever the knightly years were gone
  With the old world to the grave,
    I was a king in Babylon
      And you were a Christian slave.
      - William Ernest Henley, Echoes (XXXVII)

Children, behold the Chimpanzee;
  He sits on the ancestral tree
    From which we sprang in ages gone.
      I'm glad we sprang: had we held on,
        We might, for aught that I can say,
          Be horrid Chimpanzees to-day.
      - Oliver Herford, The Chimpanzee

All true development tends ever to God. Its objective aim is the restoration by the second Adam of the Divine image forfeited by the first; and, incidentally, it transmutes grief into gladness and sighs into songs. But it is always a development in Christ, since it is only "in the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God" that any of our race can come "unto a perfect man."
      - John McClellan Holmes

The tree of human history, as it has grown from age to age, has been but the unfolding of a single germ--but the development of Christ and Him crucified.
      - John McClellan Holmes

We seem to exist in a hazardous time,
  Driftin' along here through space;
    Nobody knows just when we begun,
      Or how fur we've gone in the race.
      - Benjamin Franklin King, Jr., Evolution

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 Zacharias Lorenz

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus),
        Meditations (ch. IV, 36)

As ages roll on there is doubtless a progression in human nature. The intellectual comes to rule the physical, and the moral claims to subordinate both. It is no longer strength of body that prevails, but strength of mind; while the law of God proclaims itself superior to both.
      - James McCosh

Pouter, tumbler, and fantail are from the same source;
  The racer and hack may be traced to one Horse;
    So men were developed from monkeys of course,
      Which nobody can deny.
      - Lord Charles Neaves, The Origin of Species

God has been always working, evolving, in His quiet power, from the seeming, the real, from the false, the true. Not for nothing blazed the martyr's fires--not for nothing toiled brave sufferers up successive hills of shame. God's purpose doth not languish. The torture and the trial of the past have been the stern ploughers in His service who never suspended their husbandry, and who have made long their furrows, into those furrows the imperishable seed hath fallen. The heedless world hath trodden it in; tears and blood have watered it; the patient sun hath warmed and cheered it to its ripening; and it shall be ready soon.
      - William Morley Punshon

I was at Euphorbus at the siege of Troy.
      - Pythagoras

For my own part I am persuaded that everything advances by an unchangeable law through the eternal constitution and association of latent causes, which have been long before predestined.
  [Lat., Equidem aeterna constitutione crediderim nexuque causarum atentium et multo ante destinatarum suum quemque ordinem immutabili lege percurrere.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (V, 11, 10)

The tide of evolution carries everything before it, thoughts no less than bodies, and persons no less than nations.
      - George Santayana

Species evolve exactly as if they were adapting as best they could to a changing world, and not at all as if they were moving toward a set goal.
      - George Gaylord Simpson


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