As quoted in the NAS Biographical Memoir of Charles Benedict Davenport by Oscar Riddle, the Eugenics creed is as follows:
- "I believe in striving to raise the human race to the highest plane of social organization, of cooperative work and of effective endeavor."
- "I believe that I am the trustee of the germ plasm that I carry; that this has been passed on to me through thousands of generations before me; and that I betray the trust if (that germ plasm being good) I so act as to jeopardize it, with its excellent possibilities, or, from motives of personal convenience, to unduly limit offspring."
- "I believe that, having made our choice in marriage carefully, we, the married pair, should seek to have 4 to 6 children in order that our carefully selected germ plasm shall be reproduced in adequate degree and that this preferred stock shall not be swamped by that less carefully selected."
- "I believe in such a selection of immigrants as shall not tend to adulterate our national germ plasm with socially unfit traits."
- "I believe in repressing my instincts when to follow them would injure the next generation."
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