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Thomas Henry Huxley

(1825-1895) English Scientist

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

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.

In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard for any other consideration.

In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.

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

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

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever or whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

The foundation of all morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying; to give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibilities of knowledge.

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.