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H. G. Wells;
"The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it"
"We were making the future, he said, and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!"
"In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table"
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
"The path of least resistance is the path of the loser"
"History is a race between education and catastrophe"
"Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth"
"Human history in essence is the history of ideas"
"Our true nationality is mankind"
"Advertising is legalized lying"
"Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit."
"The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships"
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative"
"Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge"
"After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true"
"If we don't end war, war will end us"
"Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have"
"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow"
"What really matters is what you do with what you have"
"To be honest, one must be inconsistent"
"You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something."