Book Quote: “No One Would Have Believed…”



The War Of The Worlds is arguably the best known alien invasion story of all-time, and certainly the most influential example of such works. It was written by the British writer H.G. Wells and published in 1898. It has been adapted for film, television and other mediums numerous times over the years, the most infamous adaptation being the 1938 radio broadcast narrated by Orson Welles that caused wide spread panic among some listeners who supposedly believed the events being narrated were real, and that an alien invasion was under way.

It can also be stated that The War Of The Worlds has one of the most memorable opening paragraphs in literature. Certainly, it’s one that has always stayed with me over the years, which is why I selected it as one of my Top Ten Favourite Quotes last year. Read it below and let me know what you think about it.


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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.


I think a review of the book is long overdue, so if I can make time for a re-read at some point before the end of the year, I’ll be sure to post shortly thereafter.

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