Alfred Russel Wallace Quotes


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.

Mars therefore is not only uninhabited by intelligent beings such as Mr. Lowell postulates but is absolutely uninhabitable.

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

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.

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

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

Modification of form is admitted to be a matter of time.

I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.

In all works on Natural History we constantly find details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food their habits and the localities in which they are found.

I have since wandered among men of many races and many religions.

Every species has come into existence coincident both in space and time with a pre-existing closely allied species.

What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis the spoonbill and the heron?

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.

There is a tendency in nature to the continued progression of certain classes of varieties further and further from the original type.

The white men in our colonies are too frequently the savages

If this is not done future ages will certainly look back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations.

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

Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.

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

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

To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity

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.