“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.”
This quote (and hundreds of mutant kin) is found everywhere: coffee table books, t-shirts, natural history museum signage, and even in the gift shop of the Charles Darwin Foundation. And 99% of the time it’s attributed to Charles Darwin, but he said no such thing — it’s from Leon Megginson.
To encourage proper attribution, I thought I’d seed the internet with three images that give Dr Megginson his credit. The hope is that these images might eventually get included in Google search results when people are searching for pre-made slides that have the quote. If you found this page with such a search, welcome: please use these images if you are able. Download any of the JPGs by clicking on the thumbnails, then saving.
The first version features a Galapagos marine iguana with its mouth open, as if it was saying something. It’s actually yawning, so use cautiously if you are a boring speaker. The second slide is a photograph of Leon C. Megginson himself. He was a professor of business management in Louisiana. The final image is a photograph of Charles Darwin, the man who clearly inspired Megginson.
As proof of why we need to get the word out, please see Twitter feed below, updated to show recent Tweets that contain the quote. The phrase is used a lot by nutritionists, management consultants, and motivational speakers.