Quotes by: H. G. Wells

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H. G. Wells
Photograph by George Charles Beresford, 1920
Born Herbert George Wells
(1866-09-21)21 September 1866
Bromley, Kent, United Kingdom
Died 13 August 1946(1946-08-13) (aged 79)
Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Novelist, teacher, historian, journalist
Alma mater Royal College of Science (Imperial College London)
Genre Science fiction (notably social science fiction), social realism
Subject World history, progress
Notable works
The Outline of History Fiction: The Time Machine The Invisible Man The War of the Worlds The Island of Doctor Moreau The First Men in the Moon The Shape of Things to Come
Years active 1895–1946
Spouse Isabel Mary Wells
(1891–1894, divorced)
Amy Catherine Robbins (1895–1927, her death)
Children George Phillip "G. P." Wells (1901–1985)
Frank Richard Wells (1903–1982)
Anna-Jane Kennard (1909–2010[1][2])
Anthony West (1914–1987)

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
Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
H. G. Wells
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
H. G. Wells
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
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
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
Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
H. G. Wells
The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
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
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 uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf - it's almost a law.
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
In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
H. G. Wells
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
H. G. Wells
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
H. G. Wells
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