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Quotations From H.G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS


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  • I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. Letter, July 8, 1915, to author Henry James.
  • Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. repr. In The Works of H.G. Wells, vol. 9 (1925). A Modern Utopia, ch. 5, sect. 2 (1905).

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  • The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. repr. In The Works of H.G. Wells, vol. 9 (1925). A Modern Utopia, ch. 3, sect. 3 (1905). On the science of economics.

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  • Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. repr. In The Works of H.G. Wells, vol. 9 (1925). A Modern Utopia, ch. 2, sct. 5 (1905).
  • The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. Outline of History, vol. 1, ch. 28, sect. 2 (1920).

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  • There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British screenwriter. William Cameron Menzies. Oswald Cabal (Raymond Massey). Things to Come, answering Passworthy's objection that sending their children up into space is dangerous (1936).

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  • Dragging out life to the last possible second is not living to the best effect. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat. The best of life, Passworthy, lies nearest to the edge of death.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British screenwriter, and William Cameron Menzies. Oswald Cabal (Raymond Massey), Things to Come, answering Passworthy's objection that sending their children up into space is dangerous (1936).

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  • The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. Kipps, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1905).

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  • If we don't end war, war will end us.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British screenwriter, and William Cameron Menzies. John Cabal (Raymond Massey), Things to Come, responding to rumors of the impending war (1936).

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  • This little upset across the water doesn't mean anything. Threatened men live long and threatened wars never occur.
    H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British screenwriter. William Cameron Menzies. "Pippa" Passworthy (Edward Chapman), Things to Come, dismissing rumors of the impending war (1936).

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