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"When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."
Anatole Broyard
H. G. Wells Quotes
A time will come when a politician who has willfully 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 men's lives should not stake their own.
H. G. Wells

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
H. G. Wells

Advertising is legalized lying.
H. G. Wells

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
H. G. Wells

And in the air are no streets, no channels, no point where one can say of an antagonist, "If he wants to reach my capital he must come by here." In the air all directions lead everywhere.
H. G. Wells

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

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
H. G. Wells

Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
H. G. Wells

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
H. G. Wells

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.
H. G. Wells

Cynicism is humor in ill health.
H. G. Wells

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

Exuberance is beauty.
H. G. Wells

Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.
H. G. Wells

He was inordinately proud of England and he abused her incessantly.
H. G. Wells

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
H. G. Wells

History is a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells

Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
H. G. Wells

I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.
H. G. Wells

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
H. G. Wells

If we don't end war, war will end us.
H. G. Wells

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells

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

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

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

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.
H. G. Wells

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good.
H. G. Wells

Our true nationality is mankind.
H. G. Wells

Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
H. G. Wells

Security puts a premium on feebleness.
H. G. Wells

She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.
H. G. Wells

She writes like a loom, producing her broad rich fabric with hardly a thought of how it will make up into a shape, while I write to cover a frame of ideas.
H. G. Wells

Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
H. G. Wells

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
H. G. Wells

The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
H. G. Wells

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

The third peculiarity of aerial warfare was that it was at once enormously destruction and entirely indecisive.
H. G. Wells

The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf - it's almost a law.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

They realized that the chief danger in aerial warfare from an excitable and intelligent public would be a clamour for local airships and aeroplanes to defend local interests.
H. G. Wells

We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.
H. G. Wells

What really matters is what you do with what you have.
H. G. Wells

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.
H. G. Wells

You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
H. G. Wells

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1866-09-21
Year of Death:
1946
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