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Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

— Thomas Henry Huxley



Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.”

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The great end of life is not knowledge but action.”

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.”

Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It is far better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains.”

It is far better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.

— Thomas Henry Huxley



Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.”

The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything...”

I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything...

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science is simply common sense at its best.”

Science is simply common sense at its best.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The birth of science was the death of superstition.”

The birth of science was the death of superstition.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”

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

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.”

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas Henry Huxley



Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Life is too short to occupy oneself with the slaying of the slain more than once.”

Life is too short to occupy oneself with the slaying of the slain more than once.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The method of scientific investigation is nothing but the expression of the necessary mode of working of the human mind. It is simply the mode in which all phenomena are reasoned about, rendered precise and exact.”

The method of scientific investigation is nothing but the expression of the necessary mode of working of the human mind. It is simply the mode in which all phenomena are reasoned about, rendered precise and exact.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Veracity is the heart of morality.”

Veracity is the heart of morality.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.”

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.”

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

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Do what you can to do what you ought, and leave hoping and fearing alone.”

Do what you can to do what you ought, and leave hoping and fearing alone.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Man’s Place in Nature.”

Man’s Place in Nature.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Life is like walking along a crowded street – there always seem to be fewer obstacles to getting along on the opposite pavement – and yet, if one crosses over, matters are rarely mended.”

Life is like walking along a crowded street – there always seem to be fewer obstacles to getting along on the opposite pavement – and yet, if one crosses over, matters are rarely mended.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Unity of plan everywhere lies hidden under the mask: of diversity of structure-the complex is everywhere evolved out of the simple.”

Unity of plan everywhere lies hidden under the mask: of diversity of structure-the complex is everywhere evolved out of the simple.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.”

The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?”

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.”

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “If the perpetual oscillation of nations between anarchy and despotism is to be replaced by the steady march of self-restraining freedom, it will be because men will gradually bring themselves to deal with political, as they now deal with scientific questions.”

If the perpetual oscillation of nations between anarchy and despotism is to be replaced by the steady march of self-restraining freedom, it will be because men will gradually bring themselves to deal with political, as they now deal with scientific questions.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Protoplasm, simple or nucleated, is the formal basis of all life. It is the clay of the potter: which, bake it and paint it as hewill, remains clay, separated by artifice, and not by nature from the commonest brick or sun-dried clod.”

Protoplasm, simple or nucleated, is the formal basis of all life. It is the clay of the potter: which, bake it and paint it as hewill, remains clay, separated by artifice, and not by nature from the commonest brick or sun-dried clod.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Trust a witness in all matters in which neither his self-interest, his passions, his prejudices, nor the love of the marvellous is strongly concerned. When they are involved, require corroborative evidence in exact proportion to the contravention of probability by the thing testified.”

Trust a witness in all matters in which neither his self-interest, his passions, his prejudices, nor the love of the marvellous is strongly concerned. When they are involved, require corroborative evidence in exact proportion to the contravention of probability by the thing testified.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit.”

Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.”

History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.”

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “No mistake is so commonly made by clever people as that of assuming a cause to be bad because the arguments of its supporters are, to a great extent, nonsensical.”

No mistake is so commonly made by clever people as that of assuming a cause to be bad because the arguments of its supporters are, to a great extent, nonsensical.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Give unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted. The enunciation of this first great commandment of science consecrated doubt.”

Give unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted. The enunciation of this first great commandment of science consecrated doubt.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley


Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley

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