Quotations From THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY


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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.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #29, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #28, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #25, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #219, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #335, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #318, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #300, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #296, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #143, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #140, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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