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Thomas Henry Huxley quotes

Thomas Henry Huxley
English biologist and comparative anatomist

Thomas Henry Huxley was an English biologist and anthropologist specialising in comparative anatomy. He has become known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Thomas Henry Huxley Quotes Page 2

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A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
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That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.
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The sense of uselessness is the severest shock which our system can sustain.
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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. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
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Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


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This seems to be one of the many cases in which the admitted accuracy of mathematical processes is allowed to throw a wholly inadmissible appearance of authority over the results obtained by them. 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.
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A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
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It is the first duty of a hypothesis to be intelligible.
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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.
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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

           

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