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Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober;
by H. G. Wells

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober;
not to make us sorry but wise.
- H. G. Wells

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
- H. G. Wells

Advertising is legalized lying.
- H. G. Wells

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
- H. G. Wells

 

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
- H. G. Wells

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

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Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
- H. G. Wells

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in
embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering
devices to oblige them to be ugly.
Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
- H. G. Wells

Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish.
Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.
- H. G. Wells

Biologically the species is the accumulation of the
experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
- H. G. Wells

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

Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature,
and more and more does he turn himself against the
harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
- H. G. Wells

The path of social advancement is, and must be,
strewn with broken friendships.
- H. G. Wells

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
- H. G. Wells

There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose.
Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death.
It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
- 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

You have learned something.
That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
- H. G. Wells

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to
alter someone else's draft.
- H. G. Wells

History is a race between education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
- 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

The past is but the past of a beginning.
- H. G. Wells

I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.
- H. G. Wells

One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the
unteachable wildness of the Good.
- H. G. Wells

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- 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

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
- H. G. Wells

The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
- H. G. Wells

Cynicism is humor in ill health.
- H. G. Wells

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions
without systematic knowledge.
- H. G. Wells

Our true nationality is mankind.
- 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

Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
- 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

It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's
lives should not pay with their own.
- H. G. Wells

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 doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven,
which was the main teaching of Jesus,
is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines
that ever stirred and changed human thought.
- H. G. Wells

What really matters is what you do with what you have.
- 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

A time will come when a politician who has willfully
made war and promoted international dissension will
be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide.
It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's
lives should not stake their own.
- H. G. Wells

The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working
socialism and avert a social collapse in America;
it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies'
and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment.
Americans shirk the word 'socialism',
but what else can one call it?
- H. G. Wells

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.
- H. G. Wells

While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles,
I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it.
If at the end your cheerfulness in not justified,
at any rate you will have been cheerful.
- H. G. Wells

We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity,
for in prosperity we forget God.
- Dwight L. Moody

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
- Robert Southey

When something an affliction happens to you,
you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience,
experience, hope and love often is to put him into
the furnace of affliction.
- Richard Cecil

Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity,
and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
- Francis Atterbury

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff,
so does affliction purify virtue.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Joseph Addison

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay,
in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual,
for what the gods had given him.
- Max Beerbohm

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
- Charles Spurgeon

The true believer is rewarded in every thing,
even in affliction.
- Abu Bakr

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence,
as men are with themselves for a long affliction:
absence does but hold off a friend,
to make one see him the truer.
- Ovid

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue,
where patience, honor, sweet humility,
and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
- David Mallet

I have a particular affliction.
I am unable to say a word I can't spell.
- Jessye Norman

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
- John Donne

No one could be more happy than a man who has never known affliction.
- Fay Weldon

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction,
but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
- James A. Baldwin

If some persons died, and others did not die,
death would be a terrible affliction.
- Jean de la Bruyere

When I am in the cellar of affliction,
I look for the Lord's choicest wines.
- Samuel Rutherford

Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve,
how exquisite the bliss!
- Robert Burns

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction,
it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
- Simone Weil

Pour not on the comforts you want, but upon the mercies you have.
Look rather at God's ending in afflicting,
than to the measure and degree of your affliction.
- Christopher Love

Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others.
Concern yourself only with how you appear before God,
concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.
- Miguel de Unamuno

Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that
is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change.
I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution.
- Barbara Deming

Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought;
so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction,
and then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.
- Anne Bradstreet


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