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

When you were a tadpole, and I was a fish,
  In the Palaeozoic time,
    And side by side in the sluggish tide
      We sprawled in the ooze and slime.
      - Langdon Smith,
        A Toast to a Lady (Evolution),
        printed in "The Scrap Book"

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
      - Herbert Spencer, First Principles
         (ch. XVI, par. 138)

This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called "natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."
      - Herbert Spencer,
        Principles of Biology--Indirect Equilibration

Out of the dusk a shadow,
  Then a spark;
    Out of the cloud a silence,
      Then a lark;
        Out of the heart a rapture,
          Then a pain;
            Out of the dead, cold ashes,
              Life again.
      - John Banister Tabb, Evolution

Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Lord let the house of a brute to the soul of a man,
  And the man said, "Am I your debtor?"
    And the Lord--"Not yet: but make it as clean as you can,
      And then I will let you a better."
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, By the Evolutionist

Is there evil but on earth? Or pain in every people sphere?
  Well, be grateful for the sounding watchword "Evolution" here.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (l. 198)

Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good
  And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the mud.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (l. 200)

When I was a shepherd on the plains of Assyria.
      - Henry David Thoreau

And hear the mighty stream of tendency
  Uttering, for elevation of our thought,
    A clear sonorous voice, inaudible
      To the vast multitude.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (IX, 87)


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