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Published Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 9:10 AM EDT
Sep 21 2012

Quotes of the day- H.G. Wells:
 
Herbert George "H.G." Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946) was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

A time will come when a politician who has willfully 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 stake their own.

A time will come when men will sit with history before them or with some old newspaper before them and ask incredulously, “Was there ever such a world?”

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.

Advertising is legalized lying.

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

Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.

Civilization is a race between disaster and education.

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

Cynicism is humour in ill health.

Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American Eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.

Go away. I'm all right.
(attributed last words)

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

How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.

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

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small.

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.

If we don't end war, war will end us.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

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

Our true nationality is mankind.

Religion is pickled God.

Science has toiled too long forging weapons for fools to use. It is time she held her hand.

The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow.

The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in the course of taking hold of it.

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

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

(YouTube video: Orson Welles and H.G. Wells meet for the first time in )


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