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As well might it be said that,...

As well might it be said that, because we are ignorant of the laws by which metals are produced and trees developed, we cannot know anything of the origin of steamships and railways.

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But I think that a little cons...

But I think that a little consideration will show you that belief is quite independent of our will, and our common expressions show it.

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But naturalists are now beginn...

But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this, and to see that there must be some other principle regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.

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Civilisation has ever accompan...

Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest - the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race.

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I am decidedly of the opinion ...

I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances we can trace such a necessary connexion, especially among birds, and often with more complete success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain.

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I hold with Henry George, that...

I hold with Henry George, that at the back of every great social evil will be found a great political wrong.

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I spent, as you know, a year a...

I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best, most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever been my fortune to meet with, but it produced no effect whatever on my mind.

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I then walk off into the swamp...

I then walk off into the swamp along the path of logs and tree-trunks, picking my way cautiously, now glancing right and left on the foliage, and then surveying carefully the surface of the smooth round log I am walking on.

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In my solitude I have pondered...

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space, eternity, life and death.

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Why do some die and some live?...

Why do some die and some live? The answer was clearly, that on the whole the best fitted live. From the effects of disease the most healthy escaped; from enemies, the strongest, swiftest, or the most cunning; from famine, the best hunters or those with the best digestion; and so on. Then it suddenly flashed upon me that this self-acting process would necessarily improve the race, because in every generation the inferior would inevitably be killed off and the superior would remain-that is, the fittest would survive.

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Truth is born into this world ...

Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly. To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur.

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To say that mind is a product ...

To say that mind is a product or function of protoplasm, or of its molecular changes, is to use words to which we can attach no clear conception

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There is, I conceive, no contr...

There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter

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Civilisation has ever accompan...

Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest - the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race

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On the spiritual theory, man c...

On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with a spiritual body or soul, both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism

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What we need are not prohibito...

What we need are not prohibitory marriage laws, but a reformed society, an educated public opinion which will teach individual duty in these matters

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