Louis Agassiz Quotes
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The surface of the earth is not simply a stage on which the thousands of present and past inhabitants played their parts in turn. There are much more intimate relations between the earth and the living organisms which populated it, and it may even be demonstrated that the earth was developed because of them.
I will frankly tell you that my experience in prolonged scientific investigations convinces me in a belief in God. A God who is behind and within the chaos of vanishing point of human knowledge - adds a wonderful stimulus to the man who attempts to penetrate into the regions of the unknown.
I may say that here, as in most cases where the operations of nature interfere with the designs of man, it is not by a direct intervention on our part that we may remedy the difficulties, but rather by a precise knowledge of [nature's] causes, which may enable us, if not to check, at least to avoid the evil consequences.
It is not true that a slight variation among the successive offspring of the same stock goes on increasing until the difference amounts to a specific distinction. On the contrary, it is a matter of fact that extreme variations finally degenerate or become sterile; like monstrosities they die out, or return to their type.