Charles Darwin Quote

There should be open competition for all men; and the most able should not be prevented by laws or customs from succeeding best and rearing the largest number of offspring. Important as the struggle for existence has been and even still is, yet as far as the highest part of man's nature is concerned there are other agencies more important. For the moral qualities are advanced, either directly or indirectly, much more through the effects of habit, the reasoning powers, instruction, religion, &c., than through natural selection; though to this latter agency the social instincts, which afforded the basis for the development of the moral sense, may be safely attributed.


volume II, chapter XXI: "General Summary and Conclusion", pages 403-404 - The Descent of Man (1871)

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There should be open competition for all men; and the most able should not be prevented by laws or customs from succeeding best and rearing the...