“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
– a paraphrase of Leon Megginson, who was, in turn, paraphrasing Charles Darwin
This quote, or other variants of it, are attributed directly to Charles Darwin all over the place. It is, in fact, a paraphrase of a paraphrase. It’s always helpful to research & verify sources that we use to form opinions or take actions.
In this case, the common quote carries the same kernel of intention that existed in the original. An example of the survival of adaptation, if you will.