Archive for the ‘H. G. Wells’ Category

An artist who theorises about his work is no longer artist but critic

Monday, March 7th, 2011
red paint

“I shall paint a picture exactly as I like,” said Harringay, calmly.

This seemed to disconcert the picture a little. “You can’t paint a picture without an inspiration,” it remarked.

“But I had an inspiration – for this…”

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There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
antique time piece

It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until…

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Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
index cards

If I was the hot-tempered old autocrat some of you people pretend I am, I should have been tickling you up with a thunderbolt long ago. But I happen to have this democratic fad as badly as any one – Free Will is what

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All that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
foggy Spring dawn

We are in the beginning of the greatest change that humanity has ever undergone. There is no shock, no epoch-making incident – but then there is no shock at a cloudy daybreak. At no point can we say, “Here it…”

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Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims

Monday, September 21st, 2009
War of The Worlds

Looking through the telescope, one saw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened

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