Literature and Language
Famous Quotations

It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change What is this mean?

Answer

Wiki User
11/01/2012

Commonly misattributed to Darwin, this quote was actually written/said by business professor Leon Megginson in 1963, who was attempting to summarize Darwin's thought.

It basically means that you don't have to be physically fit or super intelligent to survive, but rather, you need to adapt to the changes around you; be they environmental or changes in attitude/perception.

In fact, not only is this sentence not from Darwin, but it is ideologically biased and going actually against Darwin's theory of evolution. Contrary to Lamarck, Darwin defined that the species are in no ways actors of the changes that are happening to them but only the best suited to survive do by natural selection.