H.G. Wells

1866 - 1946

A Quote by Herbert George Wells on meaning and people

After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: "Time Machine," 1895.

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells

His studies were pursued but never effectually overtaken.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: "Time Machine," 1895.

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on history and ideas

Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Outline of History, 1920

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on civilization, community, facts, history, independence, politics, religion, society, and world

From the point of view of human history, the way in which the Thirteen States became independent is of far less importance than the fact that they did become independent. And with the establishment of their independence came a new sort of community into the world. It was like something coming out of an egg. It was a western European civilization that had broken free from the last traces of Empire and Christendom; it had not a vestige of monarchy left and no state religion. . . . It was in these respects such a clean start in political organization as the world had not seen before. . . . The new community had in fact gone right down to the bare and stripped fundamentals of human association, and it was building up a new sort of society and a new sort of state upon those foundations.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Outline of History, 1920

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on jealousy

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Outline of History, 1920

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on perception, seriousness, and time

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.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on humanity

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on earth

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What on earth would a man do with himself if something did not stand in his way?

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Outline of History, 1920

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on questions

New and stirring things are belittled, because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, "Why then, are you not taking part in them?"

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: The World of William Clissold, 1926

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on conservatism, conversation, debt, fiction, history, home, ideas, learning, life, literature, nonsense, opportunity, politics, purpose, retirement, science, present, thinking, and time

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: "Winston Churchill, the present would-be British Fuehrer, is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively, or of any scientific or literary capacity. . . . His ideology, picked up in the garrison life of India, on the reefs of South Africa, the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households, is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him. . . ."

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Tribune article, December 15, 1944

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