H.G. Wells Quotes

So it goes on mile after mile – Chicago… It was like a prolonged, enlarded mingling of the south side of London with all that is bleak and ugly in the Black Country. It is the most perfect presentation of nineteenth century individualistic industrialism I have ever seen – in its vast, its magnificent squalor; […]

Patriotism has become a mere national self-assertion, a sentimentality of flag-cheering with no constructive duties.

The Athenian democracy suffered much from the narrowness of patriotism which is the ruin of all nations.

The past is but the past of a beginning.

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

Certainly it seems now that nothing could have been more obvious to the people of the earlier twentieth century than the rapidity with which war was becoming impossible. And as certainly they did not see it. They did not see it until the atomic bombs burst in their fumbling hands. Yet the broad facts must […]

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

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?”

The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hardheartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared […]

I must confess that my imagination, in spite even of spurring, refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.