Sadly, I quickly came upon the following quote which I found far too profound to ignore:
In the first place it should always be borne in mind what sort of intermediate forms must, on my theory, have formerly existed. I have found it difficult, when looking at any two species, to avoid picturing to myself, forms directly intermediate between them. But this is a wholly false view; we should always look for forms intermediate between each species and a common but unknown progenitor; and the progenitor will generally have differed in some respects from all its modified descendants. Chapter 9In the conclusion I also found another excellent quote:
Nothing at first can appear more difficult to believe than that the more complex organs and instincts should have been perfected not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason, but by the accumulation of innumerable slight variations, each good for the individual possessor. Chapter 14And, then, sadly, I found yet another good one:
It may be said that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinising, throughout the world, every variation, even the slightest; rejecting that which is bad, preserving and adding up all that is good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers, at the improvement of each organic being in relation to its organic and inorganic conditions of life. We see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the long lapses of ages, and then so imperfect is our view into long past geological ages, that we only see that the forms of life are now different from what they formerly were. Chapter 4Finally, after more reading, my SO found a, well, less-profound quote (note: the exceptionally mature should probably skip this):
After this interval, I felt sure that the aphides would want to excrete. I watched them for some time through a lens, but not one excreted; I then tickled and stroked them with a hair in the same manner, as well as I could, as the ants do with their antennae; but not one excreted. Chapter 7Of course he does go on to make more profound observations based on this, but it's still wonderful taken out of context.
Unfortunately I need to get some sleep tonight, so here ends my valiant (and, admittedly, brief) attempt to find the ridiculous quotes of Darwin. Final score? Darwin: 3, Radagast's SO: 0.5, Radagast, 0. Sadly, I think Radagast won't be gaining any ground soon.