Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Quotable Quote Quoters

Michael Barton, at The Dispersal of Darwin, has a good idea:

I really think we should have a book with Darwin quotes much like The New Quotable Einstein.
Michael is collecting quotes and, whether or not it ever results in a book, it's a good idea to go over there and leave your own favorites. Here's mine (out of many possibilities):

It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

The Descent of Man, and Selection In Relation to Sex, 1871, p. 3

I've actually been thinking of seriously compiling quotes. John van Wyhe thinks it's a good idea. Maybe something Cambridge University Press would be interested in...
Great! Keep pushing Wilkins and he'll pony up a bunch eventually for a mention in the acknowledgements.
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