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  • 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).
  • The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #136, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. "The Coming of Age of The Origin of Species," Science and Culture (1881).
  • The most considerable difference I note among men is not in their readiness to fall into error, but in their readiness to acknowledge these inevitable lapses.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #137, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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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  • 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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