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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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  • ''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 ...
  • ''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 ...
  • ''If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work—it is an indication on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #355, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
  • ''It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.''
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #356, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan ...
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