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The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
A well-worn adage advises those who set out upon a great enterprise to count the cost, yet some of the greatest enterprises have succeeded because the people who undertook them did not count the cost.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
I care not what subject is taught if only it be taught well.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
What would become of the garden if the gardener treated all the weeds and slugs and birds and trespassers as he would like to be treated, if he were in their place?
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley

       

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