Posted by: Jodi | March 27, 2011

Quickly Quotable #52 – H. G. Wells

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

“Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth.”

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.”

“Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.”

“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.”

“The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”

“The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.”

“What really matters is what you do with what you have.”

H. G. Wells

  • Born: 21 September 1866
  • Birthplace: Bromley, England
  • Died: 13 August 1946
  • Best Known As: Author of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds

Name at birth: Herbert George Wells

In 1895 H.G. Wells published The Time Machine, considered one of the earliest science fiction novels. He gained fame through other fantastical novels such as The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man, but he also wrote several comic novels, short stories, non-fiction books and essays. Extremely prolific, much of his work is commentary on socio-political and scientific issues.

Wells had a love affair with writer Rebecca West, and together they had a son, Anthony West… Wells’s story War of the Worlds was made into a famous 1938 “hoax” radio broadcast by Orson Welles… War of the Worlds was made into feature films in 1953 (starring Gene Barry) and 2005 (starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning).

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  1. I ADORE H.G Wells, he’s one of my writing heroes, a group that I call “the masters” and includes Arthur Conan Doyle, MR James and Jules Verne. All great writers. HG Wells was so ahead of his time, what a vision that man had.

    • Oooh – thanks for the idea, I’ll do Doyle this Sunday! His stories have such a universal appeal, great stuff.

  2. Great quotes, especially:

    “No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.”

    • Ain’t it the truth!

  3. I’d read some of these quotes before not knowing they were by H.G. Wells. What man of ‘common sense’ it seems. Great post.

    • There were tons more that were great, it was hard to choose.

  4. I am so happy I dropped in on this post. I needed the quote about the path of least resistance today, thank you.

    • I think I need to have that one made in to a plaque and hung above my workstation!

  5. […] H.G. Wells said, “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” […]

  6. I love these quotes! I posted a link to this on my blog.

    Thanks for posting!



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