Thomas Huxley Quotes


83 Thomas Huxley quotes:



"Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation."
"Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors."
"I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer."
"I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'."
"Learn what is true, in order to do what is right, is the summing up of the whole duty of man, for all who are unable to satisfy their mental hunger with the east wind of authority."
"The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact."
"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
"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."
"In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact."
"It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions."
"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."
"Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing."
"All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified."
"My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations."
"Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third."
"Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit."
"Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother."
"Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards."
"The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification."
"Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science."



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