The fittest survive.I purchased this all-in-one volume of The Complete Books of Charles Fort several years ago, and so far have only scanned through it, snatching bits and pieces of it for my own amusement. I began reading it in earnest a few days ago, and I hope I can make it straight through from beginning to end.
What is meant by the fittest?
Not the strongest; not the cleverest—
Weakness and stupidity everywhere survive.
There is no way of determining fitness except in that a thing does survive.
"Fitness," then, is only another name for "survival."
That survivors survive.--from The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort
Fort's writing style--if he has one--is idiosyncratic and perhaps even whimsical; although he is serious about what he does, he is not always particularly serious about how he does it. (Ye gads, I almost used the word "quirky" in there).
Further quotes to follow as I wend my way through this ponderous tome.