Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

— Thomas Henry Huxley

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It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.

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The great tragedy of science -- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

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

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Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences.

No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.

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

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Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth.

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The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

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

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Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

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Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.

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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

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The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

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About Thomas Henry Huxley

Quotes 36 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Biologist
Birthday May 4, 1825

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.

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No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life.

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In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.

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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.

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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.

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I know of no department of natural science more likely to reward a man who goes into it thoroughly than anthropology. There is an immense deal to be done in the science pure and simple, and it is one of those branches of inquiry which brings one into contact with the great problems of humanity in every direction.

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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

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

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The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying

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Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing?

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

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing 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 man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.

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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.

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There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics -- none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.

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My pet aphorism suffer fools gladly should be the guide of the Assistant Secretary, who, during the fortnight of his activity, has more little vanities and rivalries to smooth over and conciliate than other people meet with in a lifetime. Now you do not suffer fools gladly; on the contrary, you gladly make fools suffer. I do not say you are wrong; No tu quoque'; but that is where the danger of the explosion lies'; not in regard to the larger business of the Association.

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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.

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Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness; but, nevertheless, what you get out depends on what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat flour from peas cods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.

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The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.

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It does not matter how many tumbles you have in this life, so long as you do not get dirty when you tumble; it is only the people who have to stop to be washed and made clean, who must necessarily lose the race. And I can assure you that there is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. You learn that which is of inestimable importance

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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.

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Science is simply common sense at its best--that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

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It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

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Surely it must be plain that an ingenious man could speculate without end on both sides, and find analogies for all his dreams. Nor does it help me to tell me that the aspirations of mankind

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