Thomas Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley (4 May, 1825 - 29 June 1895) 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 33 thoughts of Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.

Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.

Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great spectre of personal unhappiness which binds half the world to orthodoxy.

Thomas Huxley

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.

Thomas Huxley

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.

Thomas Huxley

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.

Thomas Huxley

The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.

Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

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

Thomas Huxley

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.

Thomas Huxley

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.

Thomas Huxley

I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.

Thomas Huxley

Learn what is true, in order to do what is right, is the summing up of the whole duty of man, for all who are unable to satisfy their mental hunger with the east wind of authority.

Thomas Huxley

Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother.

Thomas Huxley

Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.

Thomas Huxley

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.

Thomas Huxley

My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right.

Thomas Huxley

Misery is a match that never goes out.

Thomas Huxley

The best men of the best epochs are simply those who make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.

Thomas Huxley

The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who will take it of me.

Thomas Huxley

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.

Thomas Huxley
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