The Time Machine

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The Time Machine (1896) by H. G. Wells

  • Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough - as most wrong theories are!
    • Source: Page 137 [Microsoft Reader EBook]
  • …saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.
    • Source: Page 388 [Microsoft Reader EBook]
  • …even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.
    • Source: Page 389 [Microsoft Reader EBook], the last sentence of the book.
  • Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change."
  • "There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it."
  • "It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble."
  • "Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness."
  • "In a moment I knew what had happened. I had slept, and my fire had gone out, and the cold bitterness of death had come over my soul."
  • "We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity and, it seemed to me, that here was that hateful grindstone broken at last!"

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