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Quotes of the Day for 21 September 2003 – H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells was born at Bromley, England on this day in 1866. He was apprenticed as a draper, which inspired several of his novels, then taught school before securing a scholarship to the Normal School of Science at South Kensington. Although his writing covers a broad range, he is now best known for his science fiction work, mostly between 1895 and 1905, starting with The Time Machine and including The War of the Worlds.

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The quotes:

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.

After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.

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

The lawgiver, of all beings, most owes the law allegiance. He of all men should behave as though the law compelled him. But it is the universal weakness of mankind that what we are given to administer we presently imagine we own.

We were making the future, he said, and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
     - All from Herbert George Wells, 1866 - 1946

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