July 22, 2014

More T. H.

Herewith, all the T. H. Huxley from The Viking Book of Aphorisms (Auden and Kronenberger, 1962):

  • A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
  • Men are very queer animals - a mixture of horse-nervousness, ass-stubbornness and camel-malice.
  • The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
  • Anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
  • Tolerably early in life I discovered that one of the unpardonable sins, in the eyes of most people, is for a man to go about unlabeled.  The world regards such a person as the police do an unmuzzled dog.
  • The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
  • It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end as superstitions.
  • Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
  • Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.  
    • Editor's note:  Ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκουέτω
  • The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world.  A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.
  • There are some men who are counted great because they represent the actuality of their own age...  Such a one was Voltaire.  There are other men who attain greatness because they embody the potentiality of their own day...they express the thoughts which will be everybody's two or three centuries after them.  Such a one was Descartes.
  • "Virtually" is apt to cover more intellectual sins than "charity" does moral delicts.


Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

Is this guy on Facebook?

July 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM  

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