HG Wells was born 21 September 1866, and died 13 August 1946
- Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
- No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.
- Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
- Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
- If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it.
- Our true nationality is mankind.
- So many promising girls allowed themselves to be submerged altogether in marriage for a time, and when they emerged everyone had forgotten the promise of their début.
- Advertising is legalized lying.
- 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.
- If we don’t end war, war will end us.
- It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not pay with their own.
- I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there.
Read the opening lines of The War of the Worlds
Wells was an English writer, best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He also wrote contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is sometimes called ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
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