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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7643
AUTHOR:Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)
QUOTATION:  If a single cell, under appropriate conditions, becomes a man in the space of a few years, there can surely be no difficulty in understanding how, under appropriate conditions, a cell may, in the course of untold millions of years, give origin to the human race. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Principles of Biology.
 
Note 1.
Tennyson: Maud.
As nine months go to the shaping an infant ripe for his birth,
So many a million of ages have gone to the making of man. [back]
 

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