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H. G. Wells

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  • The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

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

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

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  • I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.

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

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

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  • The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.

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  • Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.

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  • History is a race between education and catastrophe.

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  • Our true nationality is mankind.

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  • Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

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  • Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

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  • The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

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  • Human history in essence is the history of ideas.

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  • There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.

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  • In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.

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

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  • Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.

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  • Cynicism is humor in ill health.

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  • You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.

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  • It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.

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  • The past is but the past of a beginning.

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  • If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

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  • No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

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  • Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.

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  • Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.

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  • What really matters is what you do with what you have.

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