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Quotations From THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

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  • 31.
    Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #49, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 32.
    The very existence of society depends on the fact that every member of it tacitly admits he is not the exclusive possessor of himself, and that he admits the claim of the polity of which he forms a part, to act, to some extent, as his master.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #48, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 33.
    The population question is the real riddle of the sphinx, to which no political Oedipus has as yet found the answer. In view of the ravages of the terrible monster over-multiplication, all other riddle sink into insignificance.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #45, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 34.
    It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organisation upon the natural organisation of the body.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. Collected Essays (1893). "On Descartes' 'Discourse Touching The Method Of Using One's Reason Rightly And Of Seeking Scientific Truth'," vol. 1 (1870).

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  • 35.
    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 (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #41, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 36.
    As a natural process, of the same character as the development of a tree from its seed, or of a fowl from its egg, evolution excludes creation and all other kinds of supernatural intervention.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. From Reflection #229, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 37.
    It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #384, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 38.
    That which endures is not one or another association of living forms, but the process of which the cosmos is the product, and of which these are among the transitory expressions.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. From Reflection #228, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 39.
    If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. From Reflection #114, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
  • 40.
    The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. Presidential address, 1870, to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Biogenesis and Abiogenesis, vol. 8, Collected Essays (1894).

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