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Thomas H. Huxley Quotes

(1825-1895), British Biologist, Educator

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Category: Action

The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.

Category: Bible

Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.

Category: Books And Reading

The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.

Category: Colleges And Universities

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.

Category: Common Sense

Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

Category: Common Sense

Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.

Category: Consequences

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

Category: Danger

It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body.

Category: Education

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.

Category: Education

A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.

Category: Facts

Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.

Category: Facts

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.

Category: Failure

We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it.

Category: Influence

There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and of action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is when the garment of make-believe by which pious hands have hidden its uglier features is stripped off.

Category: Integrity