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Our business here is to be Utopian, to make vivid and credible, if we can, first this facet and then that, of an imaginary whole and happy world.

H.G. WELLS, A Modern Utopia

Man ... can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way.

H.G. WELLS, The Time Machine

The uglier a man's legs are the better he plays golf. It's almost a law.

H.G. WELLS, Bealby

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

H.G. WELLS, The Outline of History

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

H.G. WELLS, The Discovery of the Future

We are but phantoms ... and the phantoms of phantoms, desires like cloud-shadows and wills of straw that eddy in the wind; the days pass, use and wont carry us through as a train carries the shadow of its lights.

H. G. WELLS, "A Dream of Armageddon"

Hunger makes a fool of a man.

H. G. WELLS, "The Diamond Maker"

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.

H.G. WELLS, A Modern Utopia

Marriage isn't what it was. It's become a different thing because women have become human beings.


Socialism is the preparation for that higher Anarchism; painfully, laboriously we mean to destroy false ideas of property and self, eliminate unjust laws and poisonous and hateful suggestions and prejudices, create a system of social right-dealing and a tradition of right-feeling and action. Socialism is the schoolroom of true and noble Anarchism, wherein by training and restraint we shall make free men.

H. G. WELLS, New Worlds for Old

This isn't a war. It never was a war, any more than there's war between man and ants.

H. G. WELLS, The War of the Worlds

Perfection is the mere repudiation of that ineluctable marginal inexactitude which is the inmost quality of Being.

H. G. WELLS, A Modern Utopia

But the Modern Utopia must not be static but kinetic, must shape not as a permanent state but as a hopeful stage, leading to a long ascent of stages. Nowadays we do not resist and overcome the great stream of things, but rather float upon it. We build now not citadels, but ships of state.

H. G. WELLS, A Modern Utopia

Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough---as most wrong theories are!

H. G. WELLS, The Time Machine

I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world.

H. G. WELLS, The Island of Dr. Moreau

It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.

H. G. WELLS, The Island of Dr. Moreau

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

H. G. WELLS, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

The idea of property arises out of the combative instincts of the species. Long before men were men, the ancestral ape was a proprietor. Primitive property is what a beast will fight for. The dog and his bone, the tigress and her lair, the roaring stag and his herd, these are proprietorship blazing.

H. G. WELLS, "Pause In Reconstruction And The Dawn Of Modern Socialism", The Outline of History

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.

H. G. WELLS, The Time Machine

So many promising girls allowed themselves to be submerged altogether in marriage for a time, and when they emerged everyone had forgotten the promise of their début.


H.G. Wells: Monologues - a collection of monologues from his novels.


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