April 18, 2004

H. G. Wells Quotes

I stumbled across some great quotes by H. G. Wells today:
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

"Our true nationality is mankind."

"Bah! The thing is not a nose at all, but a bit of primordial chaos clapped on to my face."

"I see knowledge increasing and human power increasing. I see ever-increasing possibilities before life, And I see no limits set to it at all, Existence impresses me as a perpetual dawn. Our lives, as I apprehend, are great in expectations."

"If we suppose a sufficient righteousness and intelligence in men to produce presently, from the tremendous lessons of history, an effective will for a world peace--that is to say, an effective will for a world law under a world government--for in no other fashion is a secure world peace conceivable--in what manner may we expect things to move towards this end? . . . It is an educational task, and its very essence is to bring to the minds of all men everywhere, as a necessary basis for world cooperation, a new telling and interpretation, a common interpretation, of history."

"The great trouble with you Americans is that you are still under the influence of that second-rate -- shall I say third-rate? -- mind, Karl Marx."

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

"If we don’t end war, war will end us."

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