Quotes About Survival Of The Fittest

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Leon C. Megginson
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Leon C. Megginson

Anne Frank
“The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever”
Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Carrie Ryan
“Survivors aren't always the strongest; sometimes they're the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.”
Carrie Ryan, The Dark and Hollow Places

Jack London
“He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.”
Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders
“Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.”
Audre Lorde

Charles Darwin
“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.

The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, more tender and more widely diffused. Nor could we check our sympathy, if so urged by hard reason, without deterioration in the noblest part of our nature. The surgeon may harden himself whilst performing an operation, for he knows that he is acting for the good of his patient; but if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with a certain and great present evil. Hence we must bear without complaining the undoubtedly bad effects of the weak surviving and propagating their kind; but there appears to be at least one check in steady action, namely the weaker and inferior members of society not marrying so freely as the sound; and this check might be indefinitely increased, though this is more to be hoped for than expected, by the weak in body or mind refraining from marriage.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Robert G. Ingersoll
“This century will be called Darwin's century. He was one of the greatest men who ever touched this globe. He has explained more of the phenomena of life than all of the religious teachers. Write the name of Charles Darwin on the one hand and the name of every theologian who ever lived on the other, and from that name has come more light to the world than from all of those. His doctrine of evolution, his doctrine of the survival of the fittest, his doctrine of the origin of species, has removed in every thinking mind the last vestige of orthodox Christianity. He has not only stated, but he has demonstrated, that the inspired writer knew nothing of this world, nothing of the origin of man, nothing of geology, nothing of astronomy, nothing of nature; that the Bible is a book written by ignorance--at the instigation of fear. Think of the men who replied to him. Only a few years ago there was no person too ignorant to successfully answer Charles Darwin, and the more ignorant he was the more cheerfully he undertook the task. He was held up to the ridicule, the scorn and contempt of the Christian world, and yet when he died, England was proud to put his dust with that of her noblest and her grandest. Charles Darwin conquered the intellectual world, and his doctrines are now accepted facts. His light has broken in on some of the clergy, and the greatest man who to-day occupies the pulpit of one of the orthodox churches, Henry Ward Beecher, is a believer in the theories of Charles Darwin--a man of more genius than all the clergy of that entire church put together.

...The church teaches that man was created perfect, and that for six thousand years he has degenerated. Darwin demonstrated the falsity of this dogma. He shows that man has for thousands of ages steadily advanced; that the Garden of Eden is an ignorant myth; that the doctrine of original sin has no foundation in fact; that the atonement is an absurdity; that the serpent did not tempt, and that man did not 'fall.'

Charles Darwin destroyed the foundation of orthodox Christianity. There is nothing left but faith in what we know could not and did not happen
. Religion and science are enemies. One is a superstition; the other is a fact. One rests upon the false, the other upon the true. One is the result of fear and faith, the other of investigation and reason.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Lectures of Col. R.G. Ingersoll: Including His Letters on the Chinese God--Is Suicide a Sin?--The Right to One's Life--Etc. Etc. Etc, Volume 2

William A. Dembski
“The very comprehensibility of the world points to an intelligence behind the world. Indeed, science would be impossible if our intelligence were not adapted to the intelligibility of the world. The match between our intelligence and the intelligibility of the world is no accident. Nor can it properly be attributed to natural selection, which places a premium on survival and reproduction and has no stake in truth or conscious thought. Indeed, meat-puppet robots are just fine as the output of a Darwinian evolutionary process.”
William A. Dembski, The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design

Cary Caffrey
“There was no such thing as a fair fight. All vulnerabilities must be exploited.”
Cary Caffrey

Toba Beta
“The spirit finds a way to be born.
Instinct seeks for ways to survive.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Robert J. Sawyer
“If theft is advantageous to everyone who succeeds at it, and adultery is a good strategy, at least for males, for increasing presence in the gene pool, why do we feel they are wrong? Shouldn't the only morality that evolution produces be the kind Bill Clinton had - being sorry you got caught?”
Robert J. Sawyer, Calculating God

Leonard Darwin
“My firm conviction is that if wide-spread Eugenic reforms are not adopted during the next hundred years or so, our Western Civilization is inevitably destined to such a slow and gradual decay as that which has been experienced in the past by every great ancient civilization. The size and the importance of the United States throws on you a special responsibility in your endeavours to safeguard the future of our race. Those who are attending your Congress will be aiding in this endeavour, and though you will gain no thanks from your own generation, posterity will, I believe, learn to realize the great dept it owes to all the workers in this field.”
Leonard Darwin

Toba Beta
“We are all in the middle of nature beauty contest.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“No matter what they tell you, you are an animal in the forest”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The arms race is a race to death’s arms”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The powerful are like a compressor, they will grind into paste everything on their way”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Terry Goodkind
“Richard looked up at the beautiful, big pines spreading over them, illuminated in the firelight. A spark of understanding lit in his mind. He saw the branches stretched out with murderous intent in a years-long struggle to reach the sunlight and dispatch its neighbors with its shade. Success would give space for its offspring, many of which would also shrivel in the shade of the parent. Several close neighbors of the big pine were withered and weak, victims all. It was true. The design of nature was success by murder.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule

Soke Behzad Ahmadi
“Any self-defense situation has the potential to quickly become A 'life and death' situation, therefore your practice of martial arts should be undertaken, as if your very life depends on it . . .”
Soke Behzad Ahmadi, Legacy of A Sensei

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“In business, politics and in life in general competition means the survival of the fittest”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Hypocrisy is power”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The powerful hate truth that put them in bad light”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“All of the wars in the world are fueled by power struggles either at individual, national or international levels”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Jennifer Arnett
“This island is a hard place to survive and I fear that it has made everything resistant to the cruel hand of death.”
Jennifer Arnett, Day One: A Novella

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“They only let us live in millions for the sake of the economy. I don't know what will happen by the time they figure out how to run the economy without the people”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Competition may help us create better products and services but in the end competition really seeks to destroy the opponent. To put him out of the power to compete against you.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

“The fact is very few men live harmoniously, while most of us survive miraculously!”
Ramana Pemmaraju

Richard Adams
“I'm sick and tired of it," he said, "It's the same all the time. 'These are my claws, so this is my cowslip." 'These are my teeth, so this is my burrow.' I'll tell you, if I ever get into the Owsla, I'll treat outskirters with a bit of decency.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

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