Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit.

Thomas Huxley

Thomas Huxley

Profession: Scientist
Nationality: British

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Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.

The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who will take it of me.

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

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

I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.

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. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.

Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.

Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.

Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!

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

I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great spectre of personal unhappiness which binds half the world to orthodoxy.

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

Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother.