Quotations From THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

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  • 21.
    The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #219, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 22.
    There is assuredly no more effectual method of clearing up one's own mind on any subject than by talking it over, so to speak, with men of real power and grasp, who have considered it from a totally different point of view.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #25, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 23.
    Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #28, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 24.
    The only question which any wise man can ask himself, and which any honest man will ask himself, is whether a doctrine is true or false.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #29, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 25.
    A man who speaks out honestly and fearlessly that which he knows, and that which he believes, will always enlist the good will and the respect, however much he may fail in winning the assent, of his fellow men.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #295, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 26.
    Though under-instruction is a bad thing, it is not impossible that over-instruction may be worse.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #332, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 27.
    The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #322, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 28.
    There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics—none in which there is more need of good pilotage and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. Published in Collected Essays, vol. 1 (1893). "On the Natural Inequality of Men," (1890).

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  • 29.
    Individualism, pushed to anarchy, in the family is as ill- founded theoretically and as mischievous practically as it is in the State; while extreme regimentation is a certain means of either destroying self-reliance or of maddening to rebellion.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #50, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 30.
    Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. "On the Hypothesis that Animals are Automata," Science and Culture (1881).
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