Thomas Huxley

Thomas Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley (4 May 1825 – 29 June 1895) was an English biologist specialising in comparative anatomy. He is known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

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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.

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

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 great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness, as to earn peace and self-respect.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

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.

There is but one right and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.

The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right, the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who will take it of me.

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

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.

The doctrine that all men are in any sense or have been at any time free and equal is an utterly baseless fiction.

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