Quotes by Thomas Henry Huxley

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing?
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Freedom and order are not incompatible... truth is strength... free discussion is the very life of truth.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
– Thomas Henry Huxley
In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Learn what is true in order to do what is right.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
– Thomas Henry Huxley
The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.
– Thomas Henry Huxley