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

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

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Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.

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

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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

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Freedom and order are not incompatible... truth is strength... free discussion is the very life of truth.

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History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

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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.

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I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.

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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.

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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.

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I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men.

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I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.

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If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

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If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work it is an indication on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.

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In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them.

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

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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

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

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It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.

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

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It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy.

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It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions.

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Learn what is true in order to do what is right.

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

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

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Misery is a match that never goes out.

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My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.

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

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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.

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

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Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third.

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Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit.

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

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

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

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Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

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Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.

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Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

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

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Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

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Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.

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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.

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Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.

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Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.

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Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!

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

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The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.

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The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.

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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.

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

Thomas Huxley