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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
A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
The sense of uselessness is the severest shock which our system can sustain.
—  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. 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.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
It is the first duty of a hypothesis to be intelligible.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
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.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is important.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
—  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
Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
I cannot but think that he who finds a certain proportion of pain and evil inseparably woven up in the life of the very worms, will bear his own share with more courage and submission.
—  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
Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has eyes to see them.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
The mathematician starts with a few propositions, the proof of which is so obvious that they are called self-evident, and the rest of his work consists of subtle deductions from them. The teaching of languages, at any rate as ordinarily practiced, is of the same general nature authority and tradition furnish the data, and the mental operations are deductive.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley
There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
—  Thomas Henry Huxley

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