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 :: 1825-1895, British Biologist, Educator

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The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Sentiment]

 

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Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Time and Time Management]

 

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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Truth]

 

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It is the fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end and superstitions.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Truth]

 

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Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Perseverance]

 

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There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics -- none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Right and Rightness]

 

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I know of no department of natural science more likely to reward a man who goes into it thoroughly than anthropology. There is an immense deal to be done in the science pure and simple, and it is one of those branches of inquiry which brings one into contact with the great problems of humanity in every direction.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Science and Scientists]

 

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In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Science and Scientists]

 

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Science is simply common sense at its best--that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Science and Scientists]

 

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The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Science and Scientists]

 

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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.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Integrity]

 

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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Knowledge]

 

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Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Learning]

 

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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 peas cods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Mathematics]

 

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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 H. Huxley - [Methods]

 

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The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Morality]

 

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Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing?
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Necessity]

 

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There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Opinions]

 

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A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
~ Thomas H. Huxley - [Facts]

 

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