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Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “If every man possessed everything he wanted, and no one had the power to interfere with such possession; or if no man desired thatwhich could damage his fellow-man, justice would have no part to play in the universe.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “A good man: body serves his will and enjoys hard work, clear intellect that understands the truths of nature, full of passion for life but controlled by his will, well-developed conscience, loves beauty in art and nature, despises inferior morality, respects himself and others.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “A man who speaks out honestly and fearlessly that which he knows, and that which he believes, will always enlist the good will and the respect, however much he may fail in winning the assent, of his fellow men.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Rome is the one great spiritual organisation which is able to resist and must, as a matter of life and death, the progress of science and modern civilization.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature, under which name I include not merely things and their forces, but people and their ways; and the fashioning of the affections and of the will into an earnest and loving desire to move in harmony with those laws.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman’s cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It seems safe to look forward to the time when the conception of attractive and repulsive forces, having served its purpose as a useful piece of scientific scaffolding, will be replaced by the deduction of the phenomena known as attraction and repulsion, from the general laws of motion.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “My belief is that no human being or society composed of human beings ever did or ever will come to much unless their conduct was governed and guided by the love of some ethical ideal.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The quarrels of theologians and philosophers have not been about religion, but about philosophy; and philosophers not unfrequently seem to entertain the same feeling toward theologians that sportsmen cherish toward poachers.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “No man is any the worse off because another acquires wealth by trade, or by the exercise of a profession; on the contrary, he cannot have acquired his wealth except by benefiting others to the extent of what they considered to be its value.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “You may read any quantity of books, and you may almost as ignorant as you were at starting, if you don’t have, at the back of yourminds, the change for words in definite images which can only be acquired through the operation of your observing faculties on the phenomena of nature.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Though under-instruction is a bad thing, it is not impossible that over-instruction may be worse.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I would rather be the offspring of two apes than be a man and afraid to face the truth.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I’d rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind’s throwing?”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The clergy are at present divided into three sections: an immense body who are ignorant; a small proportion who know and are silent; and a minute minority who know and speak according to their knowledge.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The doctrine that all men are, in any sense, or have been, at any time, free and equal, is an utterly baseless fiction.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard for any other consideration.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “If a man cannot see a church, it is preposterous to take his opinion about its altar-piece or painted window.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The facts of variability, of the struggle for existence, of adaptation to conditions, were notorious enough; but none of us had suspected that the road to the heart of the species problem lay through them, until Darwin and Wallace dispelled the darkness.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Agnosticism is not properly described as a “negative” creed, nor indeed as a creed of any kind, except in so far as it expresses absolute faith in the validity of a principle which is as much ethical as intellectual.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The population question is the real riddle of the sphinx, to which no political Oedipus has as yet found the answer. In view of the ravages of the terrible monster over-multiplication, all other riddle sink into insignificance.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “In fact a favourite problem of Tyndall is-Given the molecular forces in a mutton chop, deduce Hamlet or Faust therefrom. He is confident that the Physics of the Future will solve this easily.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Living things have no inertia, and tend to no equilibrium.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Mix salt and sand, and it shall puzzle the wisest of men, with his mere natural appliances, to separate all the grains of sand from all the grains of salt; but a shower of rain will effect the same object in ten minutes.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “To a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the infinite may be seen.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Genius as an explosive power beats gunpowder hollow; and if knowledge, which should give that power guidance, is wanting, the chances are not small that the rocket will simply run amuck among friends and foes.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “What are the moral convictions most fondly held by barbarous and semi-barbarous people? They are the convictions that authority is the soundest basis of belief; that merit attaches to readiness to believe; that the doubting disposition is a bad one, and skepticism is a sin.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one’s own way at all hazards.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I wish you would let an old man, who has had his share of fighting, remind you that battles, like hypotheses, are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “That which lies before the human race is a constant struggle to maintain and improve, in opposition to State of Nature, the State of Art of an organized polity; in which, and by which, man may develop a worthy civilization.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Material advancement has its share in moral and intellectual progress. Becky Sharp’s acute remark that it is not difficult to be virtuous on ten thousand a year has its applications to nations; and it is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross.”
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