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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, A Liberal Education

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Aphorisms and Reflections

Science is, I believe, 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 so far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, "On the Educational Value of the Natural History Sciences", Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews

Orthodoxy is the Bourbon of the world of thought; it learns not, neither can it forget.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews

Science ... commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, "The Darwin Memorial"

I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

History warns us ... that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, "The Coming Age of the Origin of Species", Collected Essays

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

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

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley


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