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Thomas Huxley
May 4, 1825 - June 29, 1895
Nationality: English
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: English Scientist

The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.


Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.


Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.


The child who has been taught to make an accurate elevation, plan, and section of a pint pot has had an admirable training in accuracy of eye and hand.


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


Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.


Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.


Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.


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


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.


Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third.


The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.


Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.


The more rapidly truth is spread among mankind the better it will be for them. Only let us be sure that it is the truth.


I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.


I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.


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


Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.


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


The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.


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