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  • Call it Bush Darwinism: survival of the unfittest.

    Rewarding Those Who Got It Right

  • Like the Social Darwinists of the post-Civil War era, conservatives such as Beck clearly believe, as William Graham Sumner put it back in 1893, that every society faces only two alternatives: "liberty, survival of the fittest" or "liberty, equality, survival of the unfittest."

    Mike Lux: Beck's Brutal Vision of the Perfect Society

  • So having recieved the requisite voucher yesterday and nipped to Picton Cycles, I am now the fattest and unfittest cyclist in town.

    Archive 2008-10-05

  • This induced those airs, and a love to those diversions, which make a young widow, of so lively a turn, the unfittest tutoress in the world, even to her own daughter.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Here caution is given, that upon displeasure, retiring is of all courses the unfittest; for a man leaveth things at worst, and depriveth himself of means to make them better.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • In full view of our ward is the slate-coloured gun carriage which is used for conveying the unfittest to their last long rest.

    A Yeoman's Letters Third Edition

  • _Punch_ with a sort of scornful amusement, and "Life," with an assumption of lofty disdain, is for ever sneering at it as a survival of the unfittest; and the same line is taken in England by New Journalists and Newer Critics.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Nature decrees the survival of the fittest; you exercise your skill to preserve the unfittest, and stop there -- at the beginning of your responsibilities, as it seems to me.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • Many of our readers will remember Robert Baillie's description of Dr. Twiss, the Prolocutor of the Westminister Assembly: "The man, as the world knows, is very learned in the questions he has studied, and very good -- beloved of all, and highly esteemed -- but merely bookish ... and among the unfittest of all the company for any action."

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

  • The Kinge himselfe was the unfittest person alive to be served by such a Councellour, beinge to easily inclined to suddayne enterprizes, and as easily amazed when they were entred upon; and from this unhappy composition in the one and the other, a very unhappy councell was entred upon, and resolution taken, without the least communication with ether of the three, which had bene so lately admitted to an intire truste.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

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