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  • And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers - shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle - to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of men.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • Do days exist without calendars? Does time pass when there are no human hands left to wind the clocks?
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • And like blots upon the landscape rose the cupolas above the ways to the Underworld. I understood now what all the beauty of the Upperworld people covered. Very pleasant was their day, as pleasant as the day of the cattle in the ?eld. Like the cattle, they knew of no enemies and provided against no needs. And their end was the same.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • I went to a box room at the top of the house and locked myself in, in order to be alone with my aching miseries.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • For after the Battle comes quiet.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")


  • In the next place, wonderful as it seems in a sexual world, the Martians were absolutely without sex, and therefore without any of the tumultuous emotions that arise...
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Under-world in a second, and examined it at leisure.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • The fever of war that would presently clog vein and artery, deaden nerve, and destroy brain, had yet to develop.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • The man was running away with the rest, and selling his papers for a shilling each as he ran-a grotesque mingling of profit and panic.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • No. I cannot expect you to believe it. Take it as a lie--or a prophecy. Say I dreamed it in the workshop. Consider I have been speculating upon the destinies of our race until I have hatched this fiction. Treat my assertion of its truth as a mere stroke of art to enhance its interest. And taking it as a story, what do you think of it?
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")

  • They haven't any spirit in them - no proud dreams and no proud lusts; and a man who hasn't one or the other-Lord! What is he but funk and precautions.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")

  • The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed: you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.
    (H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine")


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