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Quotations From THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

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  • 81.
    The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #3, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 82.
    Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #178, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 83.
    "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.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #16, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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  • 84.
    Nothing great in science has ever been done by men, whatever their powers, in whom the divine afflatus of the truth-seeker was wanting.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #6, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).

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