Herbert George Wells citáty
Herbert George Wells
Datum narození: 21. září 1866
Datum úmrtí: 13. srpen 1946
Další jména: H.G. Wells, Герберт Уэллс
Herbert George Wells byl anglický spisovatel. Společně s francouzským spisovatelem Julesem Vernem je nazýván "otec science fiction". Do jeho knih se však výrazně promítly také jeho socialistické názory, takže mnohá jeho díla lze považovat za sociálně vědecké utopie. Tento rys jeho tvorby, tj. odklon od beletristické tvorby k tvorbě filosofické a sociální, začal postupně převládat zhruba od roku 1905. Je po něm nazván kráter H. G. Wells na odvrácené straně Měsíce.
Citáty Herbert George Wells
[(en) Our true nationality is mankind.]
Zdroj: [Wells, H.G., Herbert George Wells, Wagar, warren, The Outline of History, Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind: The Roman Empire to the Great War, Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004, 978-0-76075-867-0, 644, anglicky]
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[(en) The uglier a man's legs are the better he plays golf. It's almost a law.]
Zdroj: [Wells, H.G., Bealby a Holiday, Kessinger Publishing, 2005, 978-1-41791-142-4, 167, anglicky]
„By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers“
— H. G. Wells, kniha The War of the Worlds
Book II, Ch. 8 (Ch. 25 in editions without Book divisions): Dead London
The War of the Worlds (1898)
Kontext: For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things — taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many — those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance — our living frames are altogether immune. But there are no bacteria in Mars, and directly these invaders arrived, directly they drank and fed, our microscopic allies began to work their overthrow. Already when I watched them they were irrevocably doomed, dying and rotting even as they went to and fro. It was inevitable. By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are. For neither do men live nor die in vain.
„Ashoka (264 to 227 B.C.), one of the great monarchs of history, whose dominions extended from Afghanistan to Madras… is the only military monarch on record who abandoned warfare] after [[victory.“
— H. G. Wells, kniha Dějiny světa
Zdroj: The Outline of History (1920), chapter no. 25.4 (Buddhism and Ashoka) page no 365-366
Kontext: Ashoka (264 to 227 B. C.), one of the great monarchs of history, whose dominions extended from Afghanistan to Madras... is the only military monarch on record who abandoned warfare] after [[victory. He had invaded Kalinga (255 B. C.), a country along the east coast of Madras, perhaps with some intention of completing the conquest of the tip of the Indian peninsula. The expedition was successful, but he was disgusted by what be saw of the cruelties and horrors of war. He declared, in certain inscriptions that still exist, that he would no longer seek conquest by war, but by religion, and the rest of his life was devoted to the spreading of Buddhism throughout the world. He seems to have ruled his vast empire in peace and with great ability. He was no mere religious fanatic. For eight and twenty years Asoka worked sanely for the real needs of men. Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Asoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star. From the Volga to Japan his name is still honoured. China, Tibet, and even India, though it has left his doctrine, preserve the tradition of his greatness. More living men cherish his memory to-day than have ever heard the names of Constantine or Charlemagne.
„Phase by phase these ill-adapted governments are becoming uncontrolled absolutisms; they are killing that free play of the individual mind which is the preservative of human efficiency and happiness“
The Rights of Man, or what are we fighting for? (1940)
Kontext: Throughout the whole world we see variations of this same subordination of the individual to the organisation of power. Phase by phase these ill-adapted governments are becoming uncontrolled absolutisms; they are killing that free play of the individual mind which is the preservative of human efficiency and happiness. The populations under their sway, after a phase of servile discipline, are plainly doomed to relapse into disorder and violence. Everywhere war and monstrous economic exploitation break out, so that those very same increments of power and opportunity which have brought mankind within sight of an age of limitless plenty, seem likely to be lost again, it may be lost forever, in an ultimate social collapse.