By contrast with the mooncalves he seemed a trivial being, a mere ant, scarcely five feet high.

They are much more like ants on their hind legs than human beings, and who ever got any sort of understanding with ants?

Cavor, as we learnt, was not only alive but free, in the midst of an almost inconceivable community of these ant-like beings, these ant-men in the blue darkness of lunar caves.

Of course, they are not only colossally greater in size than ants, but also, in Cavor’s opinion at least, in intelligence, morality, and social wisdom are they colossally greater than men.

 —Herbert G. Wells

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