H. G. Wells

One of my all-time favorite science fiction movies is the 1960 production of HG Wells' The Time Machine. Here is an excerpt from the wiki on Wells:

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer best remembered today for the science fiction novels he published between 1895 and 1901: The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, When the Sleeper Wakes, and The First Men in the Moon. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".

He was an outspoken socialist and a pacifist, his later works becoming increasingly political and didactic. His later novels were more realistic; they covered lower middle class life (The History of Mr Polly) and the 'New Woman' and the Suffragettes (Ann Veronica). He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. Here are a few of his more quotable sayings:

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

Human history in essence is the history of ideas.

If we don't end war, war will end us.

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

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

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.


  1. Bob, you just give us such interesing and deversified posts.

    I love reading them, but don't always have a very interesting comment.

    I did see most of those Science Ficture movies.

  2. I love this post. Looks like Rod Taylor in the movie poster.
    Signed, LTF

  3. Hi Bob,

    I like that movie version of H.G.Well's Time Machine better than the latest offering. Similarly I loved the older movie version of War of the Worlds than the latest with Tom Cruise. Somehow, the special effects takes away the suspence and dramatics of the old black and white.

  4. I didn't know those quotes came from him. Interesting.

  5. HG Wells was a great supporter of women's causes.

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