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science quotes (84)

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Henry B. Adams   Category: Science

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.
Leon Battista Alberti   Category: Science

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.
Mary Kay Ash   Category: Science

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov   Category: Science

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov   Category: Science

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

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
W. H. Auden   Category: Science

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

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Francis Bacon   Category: Science

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
Russell Baker   Category: Science

There was no "before" the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.
John D. Barrow   Category: Science

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
Niels Bohr   Category: Science

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
Ray Bradbury   Category: Science

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
Ray Bradbury   Category: Science

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
Louis D. Brandeis   Category: Science

It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
Wernher von Braun   Category: Science

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
Wernher von Braun   Category: Science

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
Wernher von Braun   Category: Science

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question "How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"
Erwin Chargaff   Category: Science

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   Category: Science

I am not a scientist. I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
Jacques Yves Cousteau   Category: Science

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
Jacques Yves Cousteau   Category: Science

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.
George William Curtis   Category: Science

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Rene Descartes   Category: Science

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

Polygraph tests are 20th-century witchcraft.
Sam Ervin   Category: Science

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Bruce Feirstein   Category: Science

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
Martin Henry Fischer   Category: Science

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
Arnold H. Glasow   Category: Science

Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
Stephen Jay Gould   Category: Science

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   Category: Science

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
Tom Hanks   Category: Science

Leave the atom alone.
E. Y. Harburg   Category: Science

You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.
Heinrich Heine   Category: Science

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
Edmund Hillary   Category: Science

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.
Alfred Hitchcock   Category: Science

I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
Oliver Wendell Holmes   Category: Science

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes   Category: Science

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed, scolded and beamed at the world.
Jane Howard   Category: Science

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley   Category: Science

Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
Thomas Huxley   Category: Science

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

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.
Carl Jung   Category: Science

People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
Charles Kettering   Category: Science

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.   Category: Science

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.   Category: Science

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
Irving Langmuir   Category: Science

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing his decision on stem cell research. He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution.
Jay Leno   Category: Science

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Walter Lippmann   Category: Science

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
Konrad Lorenz   Category: Science

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
Margaret Mead   Category: Science

Scientists worldwide agree that the reduction needed to stabilize the climate is actually more like 80 percent.
Donella Meadows   Category: Science

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
Wilson Mizner   Category: Science

The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.
Ashley Montagu   Category: Science

A satellite has no conscience.
Edward R. Murrow   Category: Science

Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
Howard Nemerov   Category: Science

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.
John von Neumann   Category: Science

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,' they really mean, 'not really.'
Dave Parnas   Category: Science

Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.
Linus Pauling   Category: Science

Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years.
Mike Pence   Category: Science

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
Alan Perlis   Category: Science

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.
Charles Pierce   Category: Science

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
Max Planck   Category: Science

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.'
Max Planck   Category: Science

Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
John Charles Polanyi   Category: Science

For NASA, space is still a high priority.
Dan Quayle   Category: Science

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
Robert Quillen   Category: Science

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
Wilhelm Reich   Category: Science

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
Jean Rostand   Category: Science

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Mark Russell   Category: Science