Charles Lyell Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Charles Lyell Sayings: Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth's surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth's surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one after another, like the individuals which compose them. There is no possibility of escaping from this conclusion.
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Charles Lyell Sayings: It has long been a fact familiar to geologists, that, both on the east and It has long been a fact familiar to geologists, that, both on the east and west coasts of the central part of Scotland, there are lines of raised beaches, containing marine shells of the same species as those now inhabiting the neighbouring sea.
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Charles Lyell Sayings: Hitherto, no rival hypothesis has been proposed as a substitute for the doctrine of transmutation; Hitherto, no rival hypothesis has been proposed as a substitute for the doctrine of transmutation; for 'independent creation,' as it is often termed, or the direct intervention of the Supreme Cause, must simply be considered as an avowal that we deem the question to lie beyond the domain of science.
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Charles Lyell Sayings: Man, whose organization is regarded as the highest, departs from the vertebrate archetype; and it Man, whose organization is regarded as the highest, departs from the vertebrate archetype; and it is because the study of anatomy is usually commenced from, and often confined to, his structure, that a knowledge of the archetype has been so long hidden from anatomists.
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Charles Lyell Sayings: Geology differs as widely from cosmogony, as speculations concerning the creation of man differ from Geology differs as widely from cosmogony, as speculations concerning the creation of man differ from history.
Charles Lyell Sayings: The ordinary naturalist is not sufficiently aware that when dogmatizing on what species are, he The ordinary naturalist is not sufficiently aware that when dogmatizing on what species are, he is grappling with the whole question of the organic world & its connection with the time past & with Man; that it involves the question of Man & his relation to the brutes, of instinct, intelligence & reason, of Creation, transmutation & progressive improvement or development. Each set of geological questions & of ethnological & zool. & botan. are parts of the great problem which is always assuming a new aspect.
Charles Lyell Sayings: In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water, ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes worn down to the surface of the mud, sometimes projecting slightly above it.
Charles Lyell Sayings: I may conclude this chapter by quoting a saying of Professor Agassiz, that whenever a I may conclude this chapter by quoting a saying of Professor Agassiz, that whenever a new and startling fact is brought to light in science, people first say, 'it is not true,' then that 'it is contrary to religion,' and lastly, 'that everybody knew it before.
Charles Lyell Sayings: In several sections, both natural in the banks of the Mississippi and its numerous arms, In several sections, both natural in the banks of the Mississippi and its numerous arms, and where artificial canals had been cut, I observed erect stumps of trees, with their roots attached, buried in strata at different heights, one over the other.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.
Charles Lyell Sayings: It must have appeared almost as improbable to the earlier geologists, that the laws of It must have appeared almost as improbable to the earlier geologists, that the laws of earthquakes should one day throw light on the origin of mountains, as it must to the first astronomers, that the fall of an apple should assist in explaining the motions of the moon.
Charles Lyell Sayings: In reply, I can only plead that a discovery which seems to contradict the general In reply, I can only plead that a discovery which seems to contradict the general tenor of previous investigations is naturally received with much hesitation.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Such discoveries have led me, and other geologists, to reconsider the evidence previously derived from Such discoveries have led me, and other geologists, to reconsider the evidence previously derived from caves brought forward in proof of the high antiquity of Man.
Charles Lyell Sayings: It was a profound saying of Wilhelm Humboldt, that 'Man is man only by means It was a profound saying of Wilhelm Humboldt, that 'Man is man only by means of speech, but in order to invent speech he must be already man.'
Charles Lyell Sayings: I long ago suggested the hypothesis, that in the basin of the Thames there are I long ago suggested the hypothesis, that in the basin of the Thames there are indications of a meeting in the Pleistocene period of a northern and southern fauna.
Charles Lyell Sayings: No tools have yet been met with in any of the gravels occurring at the No tools have yet been met with in any of the gravels occurring at the higher levels of the valley of the Seine; but no importance can be attached to this negative fact, as so little search has yet been made for them.
Charles Lyell Sayings: In valley drift we meet commonly with the bones of quadrupeds which graze on plains In valley drift we meet commonly with the bones of quadrupeds which graze on plains bordering rivers.
Charles Lyell Sayings: The present is the key to the past The present is the key to the past
Charles Lyell Sayings: Never was there a dogma more calculated to foster indolence, and to blunt the keen Never was there a dogma more calculated to foster indolence, and to blunt the keen edge of curiosity, than the assumption of the discordance between the former and the existing causes of change.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Millions of our race are now supported by lands situated where deep seas once prevailed Millions of our race are now supported by lands situated where deep seas once prevailed in earlier ages. In many districts not yet occupied by man, land animals and forests now abound where the anchor once sank into the oozy bottom.
Charles Lyell Sayings: When on my return to England I showed the cast of the cranium to Professor When on my return to England I showed the cast of the cranium to Professor Huxley, he remarked at once that it was the most ape-like skull he had ever beheld.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Geology is intimately related to almost all the physical sciences, as history is to the Geology is intimately related to almost all the physical sciences, as history is to the moral. An
Charles Lyell Sayings: Each species may have had its origin in a single pair, or individual, where an Each species may have had its origin in a single pair, or individual, where an individual was sufficient, and species may have been created in succession at such times and in such places as to enable them to multiply and endure for an appointed period, and occupy an appointed space on the globe.
Charles Lyell Sayings: [My Book] will endeavour to establish the principle[s] of reasoning in ... [geology]; and all [My Book] will endeavour to establish the principle[s] of reasoning in ... [geology]; and all my geology will come in as illustration of my views of those principles, and as evidence strengthening the system necessarily arising out of the admission of such principles, which ... are neither more nor less than that no causes whatever have from the earliest time to which we can look back, to the present, ever acted, but those now acting; and that they never acted with different degrees of energy from that which they now exert.
Charles Lyell Sayings: The question now at issue, whether the living species are connected with the extinct by The question now at issue, whether the living species are connected with the extinct by a common bond of descent, will best be cleared up by devoting ourselves to the study of the actual state of the living world, and to those monuments of the past in which the relics of the animate creation of former ages are best preserved and least mutilated by the hand of time.
Charles Lyell Sayings: 'Time's noblest offspring is the last.' This line of Bishop Berkeley's expresses the real cause 'Time's noblest offspring is the last.' This line of Bishop Berkeley's expresses the real cause of the belief in progress in the animal creation.
Charles Lyell Sayings: So far, therefore, as we can draw safe conclusions from a single specimen, there has So far, therefore, as we can draw safe conclusions from a single specimen, there has been no marked change of race in the human population of Switzerland during the periods above considered.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Thus, although we are mere sojourners on the surface of the planet, chained to a Thus, although we are mere sojourners on the surface of the planet, chained to a mere point in space, enduring but for a moment of time, the human mind is not only enabled to number worlds beyond the unassisted ken of mortal eye, but to trace the events of indefinite ages before the creation of our race, and is not even withheld from penetrating into the dark secrets of the ocean, or the solid globe.
Charles Lyell Sayings: It is probable that a greater number of monuments of the skill and industry of It is probable that a greater number of monuments of the skill and industry of man will, in the course of the ages, be collected together in the bed of the ocean than will exist at any other time on the surface of the continents.
Charles Lyell Sayings: That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject, some That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject, some human remains will be detected in the older alluvium of European valleys, I confidently expect.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Notwithstanding, therefore, that we have not witnessed of a large continent, yet, as we may Notwithstanding, therefore, that we have not witnessed of a large continent, yet, as we may predict the future occurrence of such catastrophes, we are authorized to regard them as part of the present order of Nature.
Charles Lyell Sayings: Geology is the science which investigates the successive changes that have taken place in the Geology is the science which investigates the successive changes that have taken place in the organic and inorganic kingdoms of nature; it enquires into the causes of these changes, and the influence which they have exerted in modifying the surface and external structure of our planet.
Charles Lyell Sayings: There is no foundation in geological facts, for the popular theory of the successive development There is no foundation in geological facts, for the popular theory of the successive development of the animal and vegetable world, from the simplest to the most perfect forms.