Francis Galton Quotes

Who is Francis Galton?

Sir Francis Galton was an English Victorian era statistician, polymath, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, and psychometrician.

Born February 16, 1822
Died January 17, 1911

Books by Francis Galton


Best 6 Quotes by Francis Galton

“All male animals, including men, when they are in love, are apt to behave in ways that seem ludicrous to bystanders.”

Francis Galton

“Eugenics is the study of the agencies under social control that may improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations either physically or mentally.”

Francis Galton

“Life is a republic where the individuals are for the most part unconscious that while they are working for themselves they are also working for the public good.”

Francis Galton

“Men who leave their mark on the world are very often those who, being gifted and full of nervous power, are at the same time haunted and driven by a dominant idea, and are therefore within a measurable distance of insanity.”

Francis Galton

“The aim of eugenics is to represent each class or sect by its best specimens; that done, to leave them to work out their common civilization in their own way.”

Francis Galton

“Whenever you can, count.”

Francis Galton

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