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H.G. Wells is not just a novelist but also a journalist, sociologist, and historian, who is known for his famous science fiction novels 'The Time Machine' and 'The War of the Worlds'.

H.G. Wells was born in Kent on September 21, 1866, to Joseph Wells, a former domestic gardener, and Sarah Neal, a domestic servant. Until 1880, H.G, also known as Bertie, attended Morely's Academy.

Wells graduated from London University in 1888.

HG Wells began his novelist career in 1895 with 'The Time Machine', and soon published a number of science fiction novels. He later began to write comic novels about poverty and wealth distribution. Wells is still remembered for his science fiction novels 'The Time Machine' and 'The War of the Worlds', which contain many famous lines.

Read some of the famous HG Wells quotes.

H.G. Wells Quotes On Life

Life is a debatable subject, and Wells too pondered on this very question, providing us with many quotes for us to think over.

"Man is an imperfect animal and never quite trustworthy in the dark."

"Our true nationality is mankind."

"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today."

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams."

"It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own."

"Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise."

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

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."

"When a man realizes his littleness, his greatness can appear."

"There's truths you have to grow into."

"No compulsion in the world is stronger than the urge to edit someone else's document."

"Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon."

"He who does not contemplate the future is destined to be overwhelmed by it."

"We should strive to welcome change and challenges because they are what help us grow. Without them, we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence."

"While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness in not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful."

"If your life doesn't end in failure, you haven't reached high enough. So it was failure I had to achieve."

"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."

"We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity."

"In the new vision death is no inexplicable horror, no pointless terminal terror to the miseries of life, it is the end of all the pain of life, the end of the bitterness of failure, the merciful obliteration of weak and silly and pointless things."

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

"I hope, or I could not live."

"Everyone leaves the world a little better some by leaving."

"If anything is possible, then nothing is interesting"

"It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us."

"Find the thing you want to do most intensely, make sure that's it, and do it with all your might. If you live, well and good. If you die, well and good. Your purpose is done"

"There is no upper limit to what individuals are capable of doing with their minds. There is no age limit that bars them from beginning. There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome if they persist and believe."

H.G. Wells Quotes On Leadership

A key skill, Wells focused on Leadership as an important connection towards greatness:

"Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit."

Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind.

"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft."

"Under the new conditions of perfect comfort and security, that restless energy, that with us is strength, would become weakness."

"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write!"

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

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

"Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness. The work of ameliorating the conditions of life -- the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure -- had gone steadily on to a climax... And the harvest was what I saw."

"After telephone, kinematograph and phonograph had replaced newspaper, book schoolmaster and letter, to live outside the range of the electric cables was to live an isolated savage."

H.G. Wells Quotes On Education

Education is crucial, and like many well-known individuals, Wells places education as a top priority.

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

"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."

"Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge."

"Scientific people . . . know very well that Time is only a kind of Space."

"We live in a world of unused and misapplied knowledge and skill."

"An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic."

"Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break."

"Good books are the warehouses of ideas."

"The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature."

"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."

"If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it."

"Books-bright windows in this life of ours, lit by the shining souls of men."

"I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there."

"Science has toiled too long forging weapons for fools to use. It is time she held her hand."

Interesting H.G. Wells Quotes

Here are some intriguing quotes from H.G. Wells to get you interested in reading them. Wells was an interesting man.

(Discover interesting H.G. Well Quotes that may baffle your mind.)

"To ride a bicycle properly is very like a love affair; chiefly it is a matter of faith. Believe you do it, and the thing is done; doubt, and for the life of you, you cannot."

"Advertising is legalized lying."

"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery."

"The man who raises a fist has run out of ideas."

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

"Hunger makes a fool of a man."

"Cynicism is humor in ill health."

"The cat, which is a solitary beast, is single minded and goes its way alone, but, the dog, like his master, is confused in his mind."

"Hinduism is synonymous with humanism. That is its essence and its great liberating quality."

"There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time."

"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."

"Human history in essence is the history of ideas."

"The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn."

"Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning."

"It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning."

"Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life."

"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative."

"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow."

"No man goes out upon a novel expedition without misgivings."

"The whole surface of the earth seemed changed – melting and flowing under my eyes."

"We see some beginnings of this even in our own time, and in this future age it was complete."

"The question had come into my mind abruptly: were these creatures fools? . . . You see I had always anticipated that the people of the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand odd would be incredibly in front of us in knowledge, art, everything."

"Am I dreaming? Has the world gone mad – or have I?"

"Our business here is to be Utopian, to make vivid and credible, if we can, first this facet and then that, of an imaginary whole and happy world."

"The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed: you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness."

"It's no use locking the door after the steed is stolen."

"The art of ignoring is one of the accomplishments of every well-bred girl, so carefully instilled that at last she can even ignore her own thoughts and her own knowledge."

"Will is stronger than fact: it can mold and overcome fact."

"It was not the first time that conscience has turned against the methods of research."

"If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Under-world in a second, and examined it at leisure."

“There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it.”

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