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Quotations: Science

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
Edward Abbey

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Archimedes

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Isaac Asimov

When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
Isaac Asimov

Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'
Isaac Asimov

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under your observation in life.
Marcus Aurelius

The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy (science); for it neither relies solely or chiefly on the powers of the mind, nor does it take the matter which it gathers from natural history and mechanical experiments and lay up in the memory whole, as it finds it, but lays it up in the understanding altered and disgested. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped.
Francis Bacon

The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation.
Roger Bacon

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
Omar N. Bradley

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Sir William Bragg

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
Jacob Bronowski

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
Thomas Carlyle

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Noam Chomsky

The First Clarke Law states, 'If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke

Art is science made clear.
Jean Cocteau

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.
Marie Curie

In laying hands upon the sacred ark of absolute permanency, in treating the forms that had been regarded as types of fixity and perfection as originating and passing away, the Origin of Species introduced a mode of thinking that in the end was bound to transform the logic of knowledge, and hence the treatment of morals, politics, and religion.
John Dewey

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.
John Dewey

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
E. W. Dijkstra

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Arthur Eddington

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Albert Einstein

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
Albert Einstein

Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.
Albert Einstein

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
Albert Einstein

How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
Albert Einstein

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
Albert Einstein

The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Evan Esar

Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
Richard Feynman

The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

The intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes.
Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Galileo Galilei

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
Goethe

In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
Stephen Jay Gould

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.
Thomas H. Huxley

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
Thomas H. Huxley

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Henrik Ibsen

Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is.
Carl Jung

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Stephen Leacock

The scientist who yields anything to theology, however slight, is yielding to ignorance and false pretenses, and as certainly as if he granted that a horse-hair put into a bottle of water will turn into a snake.
H. L. Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
H. L. Mencken

Religion and science both profess peace (and the sincerity of the professors is not being doubted), but each always turns out to have a dominant part in any war that is going or contemplated.
Howard Nemerov

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton

Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.
Heinz Pagels

There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
Louis Pasteur

The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.
Marcel Proust

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.
Bertrand Russell

Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
Bertrand Russell

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
Ernest Rutherford

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
Carl Sagan

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
Carl Sagan

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
George Santayana

Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots. It is a set of general principles -- distilled over the course of the twentieth century, spanning fields as diverse as the physical and social sciences, engineering, and management.... During the last thirty years, these tools have been applied to understand a wide range of corporate, urban, regional, economic, political, ecological, and even psychological systems. And systems thinking is a sensibility -- for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character.
Peter Senge

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

In this house, we OBEY the laws of thermodynamics!
Homer Simpson

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.
Ralph Sockman

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
Lewis Thomas

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Mark Twain

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