“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
The last paragraph of first edition of the Origin of Species.
Published: 24 November 1859
He edited that paragraph in subsequent editions.
He was right the first time.
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