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1866 - 1946, English author

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells

Advertising is legalized lying.
H. G. Wells

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was
being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his
own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and
studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the
transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency
men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of
their empire over matter.
H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Our true nationality is mankind.
H. G. Wells

To grow and still to grow, that is the law of life. What other law can there be?
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The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
H. G. Wells

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of
life is a miracle and mystery.
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A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international
dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It
is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.
H. G. Wells

Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe
swims.
H. G. Wells

If we don't end war, war will end us.
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The professional military mind is by necessity an inferior and unimaginative mind; no man of
high intellectual quality would willingly imprison his gifts in such a calling.
H. G. Wells

Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth
is the greatest weapon we have.
H. G. Wells

What on earth would a man do with himself, if something did not stand in his way?
H. G. Wells

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
H. G. Wells

Great and little cannot understand one another... But in every child born of man, lurks some
seed of greatness.
H. G. Wells

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no
intelligence where there is no need of change.
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Science has toiled too long forging weapons for fools to use. It is time she held her hand.
H. G. Wells

There comes a moment in the day when you have written your pages in the morning,
attended to your correspondence in the afternoon, and have nothing further to do. Then
comes that hour when you are bored; that's the time for sex.
H. G. Wells

Cynicism is humour in ill health.
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It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that
is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human
mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.
H. G. Wells

An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic.
H. G. Wells

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
H. G. Wells

Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.
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We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a
widespread world intelligence conscious of itself.
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In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
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We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow.
With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be
challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.
H. G. Wells

While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable
man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not
justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.
H. G. Wells

An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.
H. G. Wells

Money and credit are as much human contrivances as bicycles, and as liable to expansion
and modification as any other sort of prevalent but imperfect machine.
H. G. Wells

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
H. G. Wells

The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes
nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.
H. G. Wells

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
H. G. Wells

The Buddha is nearer to us. You see clearly a man, simple, devout, lonely, battling for light, a
vivid human personality, not a myth. Beneath a mass of miraculous fable I feel that there also
was a man. He too, gave a message to mankind universal in its character. Many of our best
modern ideas are in closest harmony with it. All the miseries and discontents of life are due,
he taught, to selfishness. Selfishness takes three forms - one, the desire to satisfy the
senses; second, the craving for immortality; and the third the desire for prosperity and
worldliness. Before a man can become serene he must cease to live for his senses or himself.
Then he merges into a greater being. Buddha in a different language called men to
self-forgetfulness five hundred years before Christ. In some ways he was near to us and our
needs. Buddha was more lucid upon our individual importance in service than Christ, and less
ambiguous upon the question of personal immortality.
H. G. Wells

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