Thomas Henry Huxley
Quotations


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

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

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

It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organisation upon the natural organisation of the body.

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.

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.

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 peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.

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.

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

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

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

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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