Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley, Volume 2

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Page 491 - Preliminary essay upon the systematic arrangement of the fishes of the Devonian epoch.
Page 294 - Now whatever is intelligible, and can be distinctly conceived, implies no contradiction, and can never be proved false by any demonstrative argument or abstract reasoning a priori.
Page 168 - But this revival of the teaching of the "Vestiges" has already been examined and disposed of; and when the Duke of Argyll states that the "observed order" which Kepler had discovered was simply a necessary consequence of the force of "gravitation...
Page 67 - It is a curious thing that I find my dislike to the thought of extinction increasing as I get older and nearer the goal. It flashes across me at all sorts of times with a sort of horror that in 1900 I shall probably know no more of what is going on than I did in 1800. I had sooner be in hell a good deal — at any rate in one of the upper circles, where the climate and company are not too trying.
Page 265 - I do not hesitate to express my opinion that, 'if there is no hope of a large improvement of the condition of the greater part of the human family; if it is true that the increase of knowledge, the winning of a greater...
Page 200 - It is quite conceivable that every species tends to produce varieties of a limited number and kind, and that the effect of natural selection is to favour the development of some of these, while it opposes the development of others along their predetermined lines of modification.
Page 398 - ... an unmistakable and vigorous protest in the most gracious and dignified speech of thanks. Throughout the subsequent special sessions of this meeting Huxley could not appear. He gave the impression of being aged but not infirm, and no one realized that he had spoken his last word as champion of the law of Evolution.
Page 255 - It proceeds partly from the fanatics of laissez faire, who think it better to rot and die than to be kept whole and lively by state interference, partly from the blind opponents of properly conducted physiological experimentation, who prefer that men should suffer rather than rabbits or dogs, and partly from those who for other but not less powerful motives hate everything which contributes to prove the value of strictly scientific methods of inquiry in all those questions which affect the welfare...
Page 285 - ... there is nothing of permanent value (putting aside a few human affections), nothing that satisfies quiet reflection — except the sense of having worked according to one's capacity and light, to make things clear and get rid of cant and shams of all sorts. That was the lesson I learned from Carlyle's books when I was a boy, and it has stuck by me all my life.
Page 379 - As for your criticisms, don't you know that I am become a reactionary and secret friend of the clerics ? My lecture is really an effort to put the Christian doctrine that Satan is the Prince of this world upon a scientific foundation.

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