H. G. Wells, fully Herbert George Wells

H. G.
Wells, fully Herbert George Wells
1866
1946

English Novelist, Journalist, Science Fiction Writer, Social Reformer, Evolutionary Biologist and Historian

Author Quotes

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

To find God is but the beginning of wisdom, because then for all our days we have to learn his purpose with us and to live our lives with him.

There is but one God, there is but one true religious experience, but under a multitude of names, under veils and darknesses, God has in this manner come into countless lives.

The search for divine truth is like gold washing; nothing is of any value until most has been swept away.

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.

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

Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.

Man must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of his life is a miracle and a mystery.

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

A historian without any theological bias whatever… cannot portray the progress of humanity honestly without giving a foremost place to a penniless teacher from Nazareth.

Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. 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.

I hope, or I could not live

Civilization is a race between disaster and education

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

Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.

Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you've been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are.

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

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.

Advertising is legalized lying.

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

In my survey of the minimum knowledge needed to make an efficient citizen of the world, I laid great stress upon history. It is the core of initiation. History explains the community to the individual, and when the community of interests and vital interaction has expanded to planetary dimensions, then nothing less than a clear and simplified world history is required as the framework of social ideas. The history of man becomes the common adventure of Everyman.

As educators we are going to ask what is the subject-matter of a general education? What do we want known? And how do we want it known? What is the essential framework of knowledge that should be established in the normal citizen of our modern community? What is the irreducible minimum of knowledge for a responsible human being today?

A great new world is struggling into existence. But its struggle remains catastrophic until it can produce an adequate knowledge organization ... An immense, an ever-increasing wealth of knowledge is scattered about the world today, a wealth of knowledge and suggestion that – systematically ordered and generally disseminated – would probably give this giant vision and direction and suffice to solve all the mighty difficulties of our age, but the knowledge is still dispersed, unorganized, impotent in the face of adventurous violence and mass excitement.

We have been gradually brought to the pitch of imagining and framing our preliminary ideas of a federal world control of such things as communications, health, money, economic adjustments, and the suppression of crime. In all these material things we have begun to foresee the possibility of a world-wide network being woven between all men about the earth. So much of the World Peace has been brought into the range of -- what shall I call it? -- the general imagination. But I do not think we have yet given sufficient attention to the prior necessity, of linking together its mental organizations into a much closer accord than obtains at the present time. All these ideas of unifying mankind's affairs depend ultimately for their realization on mankind having a unified mind for the job. The want of such effective mental unification is the key to most of our present frustrations. While men's minds are still confused, their social and political relations will remain in confusion, however great the forces that are grinding them against each other and however tragic and monstrous the consequences.

Our world is changing and it is changing with an ever-increasing violence. An old world dies about us. A new world struggles into existence. But it is not developing the brain and the sensitiveness and delicacy necessary for its new life.

Author Picture
First Name
H. G.
Last Name
Wells, fully Herbert George Wells
Birth Date
1866
Death Date
1946
Bio

English Novelist, Journalist, Science Fiction Writer, Social Reformer, Evolutionary Biologist and Historian