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H. G. Wells
(full name: Herbert George Wells)
English novelist

(1866-1946)



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He was a practical electrician but fond of whisky, a heavy, red-haired brute with irregular teeth. He doubted the existence of the Deity but accepted Carnot's cycle, and he had read Shakespeare and found him weak in chemistry.
-- "The Lord of the Dynamo" (1894)

Yet across the gulf of space, minds that were to our minds as ours are to the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this world with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
-- The War of the Worlds (1898)

The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie and to humbug themselves and one another for the general Good. Lies are the mortar that binds the savage individual man into the social masonry.
-- Love and Mrs Lewisham (1900)

They saw their armies and navies grow larger and more portentous; some of their ironclads at the last cost as much as their whole annual expenditure upon advanced education; they accumulated explosives and the machinery of destruction; they allowed their national traditions and jealousies to accumulate; they contemplated a steady enhancement of race hostility as the races grew closer without concern or understanding.
-- The War in the Air (1908)

Arson, after all, is an artificial crime... A large number of houses deserve to be burnt.
-- The History of Mr Polly (1909)

The War That Will End War
-- Book title (1914)

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- The Outline of History (1920)

In England we have come to rely on 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.
-- The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1931)

The Shape of Things to Come
-- Book title (1933)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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