Thomas H. Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley British biologist; Prominent defender of Charles Darwin's theories of evolution; usually referred to as T. H. Huxley, he was the grandfather of Julian Huxley and Aldous Huxley.
Found 19 thoughts of Thomas H. Huxley

Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.

Thomas H. Huxley

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

Thomas H. Huxley

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

Thomas H. Huxley

The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone.

Thomas H. Huxley

Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.

Thomas H. Huxley

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.

Thomas H. Huxley

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense.

Thomas H. Huxley

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

Thomas H. Huxley

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.

Thomas H. Huxley

Science ... warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.

Thomas H. Huxley

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.

Thomas H. Huxley

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.

Thomas H. Huxley

I have no faith, very little hope, and as much charity as I can afford.

Thomas H. Huxley

Only a scientific people can survive in a scientific future.

Thomas H. Huxley

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.

Thomas H. Huxley

It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions; but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.

Thomas H. Huxley

Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists.

Thomas H. Huxley

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion... or you shall learn nothing.

Thomas H. Huxley

Science comits suicide when it adopts a creed.

Thomas H. Huxley