It is not the strongest that survives

[ ‘According to Darwin’s Origin of Species,]…
it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives;
it is not the strongest that survives;
but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.’

Though it is often misattributed to Charles Darwin, the quote comes from Leon C. Megginson, Professor of Management and Marketing at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

(Megginson, ‘Lessons from Europe for American Business’,Southwestern Social Science Quarterly(1963) 44(1): 3-13, at p. 4.)

h/t to marvellous Darwin Correspondence Project, from Cambridge University.


This is reminiscent of the quote from W Edwards Deming

It is not necessary to change
Survival is not mandatory

Deming was an American; statistician, professor, author, lecturer;and consultant. He was thinking of businesses that made make things, like cars. I think it applies equally to life in general.


Image: Julia Margaret Cameron [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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