'And so the smile not even Leonardo
Could have fathomed
Flew off into the air, the rubbish heap of laughter
Screams, discretions, indiscretions etc.'
(Ted Hughes: Crow Improvises)
'There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms , and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.' (Darwin: On the Origin of the Species)