Thomas Henry Huxley

(1825-1895 / Ealing, London)

Thomas Henry Huxley Quotes

  • ''Orthodoxy is the Bourbon of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #57, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
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  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #6, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #63, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #65, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''Books are the money of literature, but only the counters of Science.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #102, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #67, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #107, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #108, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #69, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • ''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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #7, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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