Thomas Huxley Quotes


Veracity is the heart of morality. Thomas Huxley

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

Man's Place in Nature. Thomas Huxley

People may talk about intellectual teaching, but what we principally want is the moral teaching. Thomas Huxley

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. Thomas Huxley

Skepticism is the highest duty and blind faith the one unpardonable sin. Thomas Huxley

Friendship involves many things but, above all the power of going outside oneself and appreciating what is noble and loving in another. Thomas Huxley

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

I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well. Thomas Huxley

The thief and the murderer follow nature just as much as the philanthropist. Thomas Huxley

Living things have no inertia, and tend to no equilibrium. Thomas Huxley

There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature. Thomas Huxley

Give unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted. The enunciation of this first great commandment of science consecrated doubt. Thomas Huxley

A drop of water is as powerful as a thunder-bolt. Thomas Huxley

Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom-box. Thomas Huxley

I would rather be the offspring of two apes than be a man and afraid to face the truth. Thomas Huxley

It is a popular delusion that the scientific enquirer is under an obligation not to go beyond generalisation of observed facts...but anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond the facts, rarely get as far. Thomas Huxley

Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest. Thomas Huxley

Unity of plan everywhere lies hidden under the mask: of diversity of structure-the complex is everywhere evolved out of the simple. Thomas Huxley

What would become of the garden if the gardener treated all the weeds and slugs and birds and trespassers as he would like to be treated, if he were in their place? Thomas Huxley



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