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Thomas Huxley quotes: Friendship involves many things but, above all the power of going outside oneself and appreciating what is noble and loving in another. Friendship involves many things but, above all the power of going outside oneself and appreciating what is noble and loving in another.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Nothing great in science has ever been done by men, whatever their powers, in whom the divine afflatus of the truth-seeker was wanting. Nothing great in science has ever been done by men, whatever their powers, in whom the divine afflatus of the truth-seeker was wanting.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect. The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.
Thomas Huxley quotes: There is no sadder sight in the world than to see a beautiful theory killed by a brutal fact. There is no sadder sight in the world than to see a beautiful theory killed by a brutal fact.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Every living creature commences its existence under a form different from, and simpler than, that which it eventually attains. Every living creature commences its existence under a form different from, and simpler than, that which it eventually attains.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady. Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.
Thomas Huxley quotes: What men of science want is only a fair day's wages for more than a fair day's work. What men of science want is only a fair day's wages for more than a fair day's work.
Thomas Huxley quotes: And when you cannot prove that people are wrong, but only that they are absurd, the best course is to let them alone. And when you cannot prove that people are wrong, but only that they are absurd, the best course is to let them alone.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Only a scientific people can survive in a scientific future. Only a scientific people can survive in a scientific future.
Thomas Huxley quotes: I'd rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop. I'd rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness. Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
Thomas Huxley quotes: If a man cannot see a church, it is preposterous to take his opinion about its altar-piece or painted window. If a man cannot see a church, it is preposterous to take his opinion about its altar-piece or painted window.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation. Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Thomas Huxley quotes: A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes. A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
Thomas Huxley quotes: In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard for any other consideration. In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard for any other consideration.
Thomas Huxley quotes: All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified. All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
Thomas Huxley quotes: People may talk about intellectual teaching, but what we principally want is the moral teaching. People may talk about intellectual teaching, but what we principally want is the moral teaching.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards. Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.
Thomas Huxley quotes: In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact. In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
Thomas Huxley quotes: It sounds paradoxical to say the attainment of scientific truth has been effected, to a great extent, by the help of scientific errors. It sounds paradoxical to say the attainment of scientific truth has been effected, to a great extent, by the help of scientific errors.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Freedom and order are not incompatible ... truth is strength ... free discussion is the very life of truth. Freedom and order are not incompatible ... truth is strength ... free discussion is the very life of truth.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness. Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Every philosophical thinker hails it [The Origin of Species] as a veritable Whitworth gun in the armoury of liberalism. Every philosophical thinker hails it [The Origin of Species] as a veritable Whitworth gun in the armoury of liberalism.
Thomas Huxley quotes: It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
Thomas Huxley quotes: I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well. I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Claiming my right to follow whethersoever science should lead ... it is as respectable to be modified monkey as modified dirt. Claiming my right to follow whethersoever science should lead ... it is as respectable to be modified monkey as modified dirt.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah. Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Cherish [Science], venerate her, follow her methods faithfully ... and the future of this people will be greater than the past. Cherish [Science], venerate her, follow her methods faithfully ... and the future of this people will be greater than the past.
Thomas Huxley quotes: It is the first duty of a hypothesis to be intelligible. It is the first duty of a hypothesis to be intelligible.
Thomas Huxley quotes: I have no faith, very little hope, and as much charity as I can afford. I have no faith, very little hope, and as much charity as I can afford.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability. The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Whatever evil voices may rage, Science, secure among the powers that are eternal, will do her work and be blessed. Whatever evil voices may rage, Science, secure among the powers that are eternal, will do her work and be blessed.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Living things have no inertia, and tend to no equilibrium. Living things have no inertia, and tend to no equilibrium.
Thomas Huxley quotes: No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life. No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental. The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Though under-instruction is a bad thing, it is not impossible that over-instruction may be worse. Though under-instruction is a bad thing, it is not impossible that over-instruction may be worse.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins. The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing? Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing?
Thomas Huxley quotes: Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion! Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!
Thomas Huxley quotes: Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely. Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.
Thomas Huxley quotes: For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them. For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation. Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.
Thomas Huxley quotes: No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man. No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men. Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The only question which any wise man can ask himself, and which any honest man will ask himself, is whether a doctrine is true or false. The only question which any wise man can ask himself, and which any honest man will ask himself, is whether a doctrine is true or false.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment ... not authority. The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment ... not authority.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying. The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest. Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The thief and the murderer follow nature just as much as the philanthropist. The thief and the murderer follow nature just as much as the philanthropist.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth. Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.
Thomas Huxley quotes: I doubt the fact, to begin with, but if it be so even, what is this but in grand words asking me to believe a thing because I like it. I doubt the fact, to begin with, but if it be so even, what is this but in grand words asking me to believe a thing because I like it.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Action is the catalyst that creates accomplishments. It is the path that takes us from uncrafted hopes to realized dreams. Action is the catalyst that creates accomplishments. It is the path that takes us from uncrafted hopes to realized dreams.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third. Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Misery is a match that never goes out. Misery is a match that never goes out.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth. Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Better live a crossing-sweeper than die and be made to talk twaddle by a "medium" hired at a guinea a seance. Better live a crossing-sweeper than die and be made to talk twaddle by a "medium" hired at a guinea a seance.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The birth of science was the death of superstition. The birth of science was the death of superstition.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The man who is all morality and intellect, although he may be good and even great, is, after all, only half a man. The man who is all morality and intellect, although he may be good and even great, is, after all, only half a man.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt. Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth. Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.
Thomas Huxley quotes: My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations. My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.
Thomas Huxley quotes: No one can help another very much in these crises of life; but love and sympathy count for something. No one can help another very much in these crises of life; but love and sympathy count for something.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed. The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists. Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists.
Thomas Huxley quotes: We are prone to see what lies behind our eyes, rather than what apprears before them. We are prone to see what lies behind our eyes, rather than what apprears before them.
Thomas Huxley quotes: A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words. A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing. The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing.
Thomas Huxley quotes: My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right. My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The Bible account of the creation of Eve is a preposterous fable. The Bible account of the creation of Eve is a preposterous fable.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing. Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.
Thomas Huxley quotes: It is better to read a little and thoroughly than cram a crude undigested mass into my head, though it be great in quantity. It is better to read a little and thoroughly than cram a crude undigested mass into my head, though it be great in quantity.
Thomas Huxley quotes: There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite. There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.
Thomas Huxley quotes: If there is anything in the world which I do firmly believe in, it is the universal validity of the law of causation. If there is anything in the world which I do firmly believe in, it is the universal validity of the law of causation.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say that he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe. Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say that he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The dogma of the infallibility of the Bible is no more self-evident than is that of the infallibility of the popes. The dogma of the infallibility of the Bible is no more self-evident than is that of the infallibility of the popes.
Thomas Huxley quotes: There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature. There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature.
Thomas Huxley quotes: I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'. I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature. Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The more rapidly truth is spread among mankind the better it will be for them. Only let us be sure that it is the truth. The more rapidly truth is spread among mankind the better it will be for them. Only let us be sure that it is the truth.
Thomas Huxley quotes: Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact. Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley quotes: The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction. The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction.