Famous Quotes By H. G. Wells


  1. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
  2. Advertising is legalized lying.
  3. Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober not to make us sorry but wise.
  4. After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
  5. Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
  6. Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
  7. Cynicism is humor in ill health.
  8. Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
  9. Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
  10. History is a race between education and catastrophe.
  11. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
  12. Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
  13. I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.
  14. I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
  15. If we don't end war, war will end us.
  16. In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
  17. Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
  18. Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
  19. No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
  20. Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
  21. Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind.
  22. The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
  23. The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
  24. There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
  25. We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.

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