„My reflection when I first made myself master of the central idea of the Origin was, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that."“

Another version of this quotation, omitting the "of me" phrase, appears in Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley F.R.S (1900) edited by Leonard Huxley, p. 170
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