Thomas Henry Huxley

(1825-1895 / Ealing, London)

Thomas Henry Huxley Quotes

  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #340, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
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  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #344, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #349, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #355, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #356, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #359, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-1895), British biologist. Letter, April 11, 1892.
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #37, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. Presidential address, 1870, to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Biogenesis and Abiogenesis, vol. 8, Collected Essays (1894).
  • ''People never will recollect that mere learning and mere cleverness are of next to no value in life, while energy and intellectual grip, the things that are inborn and cannot be taught, are everything.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #373, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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