Quotes by H.G. Wells

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Our true nationality is mankind.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
Advertising is legalized lying.
The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow.
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.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
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.
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise.
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.
I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
He was inordinately proud of England and he abused her incessantly.
In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it.
Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.
The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
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.
One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good.
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.
Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.
Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.
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 mens lives should not stake their own.

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