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Furnished as all Europe now is with Academies of Science, with nice instruments and the spirit of experiment, the progress of human knowledge will be rapid and discoveries made of which we have at present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.
~ Jonathan Swift

 

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I hate science. It denies a man's responsibility for his own deeds, abolishes the brotherhood that springs from God's fatherhood. It is a hectoring, dictating expertise, which makes the least lovable of the Church Fathers seem liberal by contrast. It is far easier for a Hitler or a Stalin to find a mock-scientific excuse for persecution than it was for Dominic to find a mock-Christian one.
~ Basil Bunting

 

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I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
~ Plato

 

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I know of no department of natural science more likely to reward a man who goes into it thoroughly than anthropology. There is an immense deal to be done in the science pure and simple, and it is one of those branches of inquiry which brings one into contact with the great problems of humanity in every direction.
~ Thomas H. Huxley

 

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I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, 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.
~ Sir Isaac Newton

 

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If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
~ Niels Bohr

 

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If it can't be expressed in figures, it's not science it's opinion.
~ Lazarus Long

 

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If politicians and scientist were lazier, how much happier we should all be.
~ Evelyn Waugh

 

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If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed.
~ Plato

 

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If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.
~ Penelope Fitzgerald

 

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If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only one fact, or the description of one actual phenomenon, to infer all the particular results at that point. Now we know only a few laws, and our result is vitiated, not, of course, by any confusion or irregularity in Nature, but by our ignorance of essential elements in the calculation. Our notions of law and harmony are commonly confined to those instances which we detect; but the harmony which results from a far greater number of seemingly conflicting, but really concurring, laws, which we have not detected, is still more wonderful. The particular laws are as our points of view, as, to the traveler, a mountain outline varies with every step, and it has an infinite number of profiles, though absolutely but one form. Even when cleft or bored through it is not comprehended in its entireness.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
~ Charles Lamb

 

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In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.
~ P. L. Berger

 

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In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it.
~ Bertrand Russell

 

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In science, all facts no matter how trivial, enjoy democratic equality.
~ Mary Mccarthy

 

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In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
~ Thomas H. Huxley

 

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Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never
~ Woody Allen

 

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Isn't it marvelous how those scientists know the names of all those stars?
~ Anonymous

 

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It doesn't matter whether you're talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another if a man is a scientist, like me, he'll always say ''Publish and be damned.''
~ Jacob Bronowski

 

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