November 5, 2016

H. G. Wells Quotes

“A time when all such good things will be for all men may be coming more nearly than we think. Each one who believes that brings the good time nearer; each heart that fails delays it.”

“A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with mens lives should not stake their own.”

“A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.”

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

“After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.”

“After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow.”

“An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.”

“An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic.”

“And in the air are no streets, no channels, no point where one can say of an antagonist, If he wants to reach my capital he must come by here. In the air all directions lead everywhere.”

“As I sit down to write here amidst the shadows of vine-leaves under the blue sky of southern Italy it comes to me with a certain quality of astonishment that my participation in these amazing adventures of Mr. Cavor was, after all, the outcome of the purest accident.”

“As long as there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man must behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness was not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.”

“Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.”

“Better it is toward the right conduct of life to consider what will be the end of a thing, than what is the beginning of it: for what promises fair at first may prove ill, and what seems at first a disadvantage, may prove very advantageous.”

“Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.”

“But man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of Nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.”

“Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.”

“Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.”

“Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of the organized life.”

“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.”

“Cynicism is humor in ill health.”

“Cynicism is humour in ill health.”

“Every citizen knows his place. He is born to that place, and the elaborate discipline of training and education and surgery he undergoes fits him at last so completely to it that he has neither ideas nor organs for any purpose beyond it.”

“Every one of these hundreds of millions of human beings is in some form seeking happiness…Not one is altogether noble nor altogether trustworthy nor altogether consistent; and not one is altogether vile…Not a single one but has at some time wept.”

“Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American Eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.”

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

“Fools make researches and wise men exploit them—that is our earthly way of dealing with the question, and we thank Heaven for an assumed abundance of financially impotent and sufficiently ingenious fools.”

“Great and little cannot understand one another. But in every child born of man, Father Redwood, lurks some seed of greatness — waiting for the Food.”

“Great and strange ideas transcending experience often have less effect upon men and women than smaller, more tangible considerations.”

“He had developed in the most wonderful way the distinctive silliness of man without losing one jot of the natural folly of a monkey.”

“He was inordinately proud of England, and he abused her incessantly.”

“Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth.”

“His studies were pursued but never effectually overtaken.”

“How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.”

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe… Yet, clumsily or smoothly, the world, it seems, progresses and will progress.”

“Human history in essence is the history of ideas.”

“Human society is based on want. Life is based on want. Wild-eyed visionaries may dream of a world without need. Cloud-cuckoo-land. It can’t be done.”

“Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small.”

“I came out for exercise, gentle exercise, and to notice the scenery and to botanise. And no sooner do I get on that accursed machine than off I go hammer and tongs; I never look to right or left, never notice a flower, never see a view – get hot, juicy, red – like a grilled chop. Get me on that machine and I have to go. I go scorching along the road, and cursing aloud at myself for doing it.”

“I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.”

“I have remarked, in the course of such air travel as I have done, that the airmen of all nations have a common resemblance to each other and that the patriotic virus in their blood is largely corrected by a wider professionalism.”

“I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.”

“I saw a gray-haired man a figure of hale age, sitting at a desk and writing.”

“I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.”

“I was invisible, and I was only just beginning to realise the extraordinary advantage my invisibility gave me. My head was already teeming with plans of all the wild and wonderful things I had now impunity to do.”

“I was too restless to watch long; I am too Occidental for a long vigil. I could work at a problem for years, but to wait inactive for twenty-four hours—that is another matter.”

“If we do not end war – war will end us. Everybody says that, millions of people believe it, and nobody does anything.”

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

“In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it.”

“In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.”

“In the middle years of the nineteenth century there first became abundant in this strange world of ours a class of men, men tending for the most part to become elderly, who are called, and who are very properly called, but who dislike extremely to be called — Scientists.”

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