Thomas Huxley Quotes

Quotes : 73

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Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

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The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties

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The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

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The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.

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The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction.

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The child who has been taught to make an accurate elevation, plan, and section of a pint pot has had an admirable training in accuracy of eye and hand.

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The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.

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The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.

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The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.

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Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!

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Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

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Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.

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The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.

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Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.

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Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

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Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.

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Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.

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The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.

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Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.

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Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

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Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.

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There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics none in which there is more need of good pilotage and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.

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There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.

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The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.

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The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment... not authority.

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There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.

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The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

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The medieval university looked backwards

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The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

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The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear.

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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.

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The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.

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The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right

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The most considerable difference I note among men is not in their readiness to fall into error, but in their readiness to acknowledge these inevitable lapses.

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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.

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The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.

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I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.

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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

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In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.

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In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them.

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If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work it is an indication on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.

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I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.

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