Thomas Henry Huxley


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Thomas Henry Huxley (4 May 1825 – 29 June 1895) was an English biologist (anatomist), known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Huxley's famous 1860 debate with Samuel Wilberforce was a key moment in the wider acceptance of evolution, and in his own career. Huxley had been planning to leave Oxford on the previous day, but, after an encounter ... more »

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  • Genius as an explosive power beats gunpowder hollow; and if knowledge, which should give that power guidance, is wanting, the chances are not small that the rocket will simply run amuck among friends ...
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #34, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (...
  • ''Life is like walking along a crowded street—there always seem to be fewer obstacles to getting along on the opposite pavement—and yet, if one crosses over, matters are rarely mended.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #340, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
  • ''I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #344, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
  • Government by average opinion is merely a circuitous method of going to the devil; those who profess to lead but in fact slavishly follow this average opinion are simply the fastest runners and the lo...
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #345, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
  • ''Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #349, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
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