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Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “In matters of the intellect, do not pretend that conclusions are certain which are not demonstrated or demonstrable. That I take to be the agnostic faith, which if a man keep whole and undefiled, he shall not be ashamed to look the universe in the face, whatever the future may have in store for him.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I have never been able to understand why pigeon-shooting at Hurlingham should be refined and polite, while a rat-killing match in Whitechapel is low.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “To say that an idea is necessary is simply to affirm that we cannot conceive the contrary; and the fact that we cannot conceive the contrary of any belief may be a presumption, but is certainly no proof, of its truth.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “And when you cannot prove that people are wrong, but only that they are absurd, the best course is to let them alone.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything especially as I am now so much occupied with theology but I don’t see my way to your conclusion.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “In truth, the laboratory is the forecourt of the temple of philosophy, and whoso has not offered sacrifices and undergone purification there has little chance of admission into the sanctuary.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “To quarrel with the uncertainty that besets us in intellectual affairs would be about as reasonable as to object to live one’s life with due thought for the morrow because no man can be sure he will alive an hour hence.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley Quote: “The student of Nature wonders the more and is astonished the less, the more conversant he becomes with her operations; but of all the perennial miracles she offers to his inspection, perhaps the most worthy of admiration is the development of a plant or of an animal from its embryo.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great spectre of personal unhappiness which binds half the world to orthodoxy.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It ought not to be unpleasant to say that which one honestly believes or disbelieves. That it so constantly is painful to do so, is quite enough obstacle to the progress of mankind in that most valuable of all qualities, honesty of word or of deed.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley Quote: “For myself I say deliberately, it is better to have a millstone tied round the neck and be thrown into the sea than to share the enterprises of those to whom the world has turned, and will turn, because they minister to its weaknesses and cover up the awful realities which it shudders to look at.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Of all the senseless babble I have ever had occasion to read, the demonstrations of these philosophers who undertake to tell us all about the nature of God would be the worst, if they were not surpassed by the still greater absurdities of the philosophers who try to prove that there is no God.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Deduction, which takes us from the general proposition to facts again-teaches us, if I may so say, to anticipate from the ticket what is inside the bundle.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Not only do I disbelieve in the need for compensation, but I believe that the seeking for rewards and punishments out of this lifeleads men to a ruinous ignorance of the fact that their inevitable rewards and punishments are here.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Whatever part of the animal fabric whatever series of muscles, whatever viscera might be selected for comparison the result would be the same the lower Apes and the Gorilla would differ more than the Gorilla and the Man.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “It is wrong for a man to say that he is certain of the objective truth of any proposition unless he can produce evidence which logically justifies that certainty.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is far too much of the feeding-bottle in education and young people ought to be supplied with good intellectual food and then left to help themselves.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is assuredly no more effectual method of clearing up one’s own mind on any subject than by talking it over, so to speak, with men of real power and grasp, who have considered it from a totally different point of view.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “No one can help another very much in these crises of life; but love and sympathy count for something.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Even in the important matter of cranial capacity, Men differ more widely from one another than they do from the Apes; while the lowest Apes differ as much, in proportion, from the highest, as the latter does from Man.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Natural knowledge, seeking to satisfy natural wants, has found the ideas which can alone still spiritual cravings. I say that natural knowledge, in desiring to ascertain the laws of comfort, has been driven to discover those of conduct, and to lay the foundations of a new morality.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “A well-worn adage advises those who set out upon a great enterprise to count the cost, yet some of the greatest enterprises have succeeded because the people who undertook them did not count the cost.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “That which endures is not one or another association of living forms, but the process of which the cosmos is the product, and of which these are among the transitory expressions.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The occurrence of successive forms of life upon our globe is an historical fact, which cannot be disputed; and the relation of these successive forms, as stages of evolution of the same type, is established in various cases.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Men can intoxicate themselves with ideas as effectually as with alcohol or with bang and produce, be dint of serious thinking, mental conditions hardly distinguishable from monomania.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Within the last fifty years, the extraordinary growth of every department of physical science has spread among us mental food of so nutritious and stimulating a character that a new ecdysis seems imminent.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “The very existence of society depends on the fact that every member of it tacitly admits he is not the exclusive possessor of himself, and that he admits the claim of the polity of which he forms a part, to act, to some extent, as his master.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “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 Henry Huxley Quote: “That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.”
Thomas Henry Huxley Quote: “Surely it must be plain that an ingenious man could speculate without end on both sides, and find analogies for all his dreams. Nor does it help me to tell me that the aspirations of mankind.”
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