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THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY
English scientist
(1825 - 1895)
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A drop of water is as powerful as a thunder-bolt.
      - [Trifles]

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
      - [Difficulties]

A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
      - [Facts]

Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.
      - [Agnosticism]

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
      - [Common Sense]

Common sense is science exactly so far as it fulfils the ideal of common sense; that is, sees facts as they are or at any rate without the distortion of prejudice, and reasons from them in accordance with the dictates of sound judgment.
      - [Common Sense]

Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.
      - [Science]

Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science, as the strangled snakes besides that of Hercules.
      - [Science]

For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them.
      - [Novelty]

Give unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted. The enunciation of this first great commandment of science consecrated doubt.
      - [Doubt]

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.
      - [God]

I care not what subject is taught if only it be taught well.
      - [Teaching]

If individuality has no play, society does not advance; if individuality breaks out of all bounds, society perishes.
      - [Individuality]

In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
      - [Science]

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
      - [Irrational]

No mistake is so commonly made by clever people as that of assuming a cause to be bad because the arguments of its supporters are, to a great extent, nonsensical.
      - [Argument]

Orthodoxy is the Bourbon of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
      - [Thought]

Rome is the one great spiritual organization which is able to resist and must, as a matter of life and death, the progress of science and modern civilization.
      - [Religion]

Science is simply common sense at its best--that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
      - [Science]

Science is, I believe, nothing but trained and organized common-sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit; and its methods differ from those of common-sense only so far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.
      - [Science]

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.
      - [Learning]

Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.
      - [Nation]

Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom-box.
      - [Wisdom]

The birth of science was the death of superstition.
      - [Science]

The clergy are at present divided into three sections: an immense body who are ignorant; a small proportion who know and are silent; and a minute minority who know and speak according to their knowledge.
      - [Preaching]


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