It is not the strongest of the species that survives

This page is for people looking for information about the following quote:

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.”

You can find the quotation on the wall of the Charles Darwin Foundation’s gift shop, on the floor of the California Academy of Science, and on several dozen tweets per day. It is not from Charles Darwin but instead from Leon Megginson, a professor of business management who taught in Louisiana.

To encourage proper attribution I thought I’d seed the internet with three images (below) that give Dr Megginson his credit. Please help yourself if you need one for your inspirational presentation on leadership. 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. It’s working.

It is not the strongest species that survive

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change Charles Darwin

#1 The first slide features Leon C. Megginson looking confident in front of a chalkboard.

#2 The second 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’re a boring speaker.

#3 The final image is a photograph of Charles Darwin, the man who clearly inspired Megginson to write what he did. But I added “Leon C. Megginson” in a small font just so you’re citing the right guy.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives

If you need an actual quote from Darwin there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. Just browse Darwin Online for all his books (~42), articles (~246), letters, and notebooks. There’s also the Darwin Correspondence Project.

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