Charles Darwin Quote
I fully agree with all that you say on the advantages of Spencer's excellent expression of 'the survival of the fittest.' This, however, had not occurred to me till reading your letter. It is, however, a great objection to this term that it cannot be used as a substantive governing a verb; and that this is a real objection I infer from H. Spencer continually using the words, natural selection.
Charles Darwin's Works: The life and letters of Charles Darwin... ed. by his son, Francis Darwin. 2v (ed. 1896)