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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

If the facts don't fit the theory change the facts.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

Albert Einstein

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

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

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Albert Einstein

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Albert Einstein

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.

Niels Bohr

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

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

If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of light and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.

Niels Bohr

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.

Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.

Mason Cooley

If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

Leonardo da Vinci

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets, with that physics has one method. chemistry another. and biology a third.

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves their conduct will pursue their principles unto death.

Leonardo da Vinci

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Carl Sagan

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

Albert Einstein

The word "belief" is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing and then I know it - I don't need to believe it.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

Scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid.

The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.

A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.

Albert Einstein

All proofs rest on premises.

Success is a science, if you have the conditions you get the result.

Therefore the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.


We believe that electricity exists because the electric company keeps sending us bills for it, but we cannot figure out how it travels inside wires.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.

There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics.

The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.

Margaret Mead

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

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

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

Politics without principles, Education without character, Science without humanity, and Commerce without morality are not only useless, but also positively dangerous.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Carl Sagan

Books are the money of Literature but only the counters of Science.

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us but is always the result of a good conscience good health occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.

We must revisit the idea that science is a methodology and not an ontology.

I used to think information was destroyed in black hole. This was my biggest blunder or at least my biggest blunder in science.

Every woman and every man is the mother of God when we carry Jesus in our heart and body through a divine love and a pure sincere conscience. We give birth to Him through a holy activity which must shine as an example before others.

Francis of Assisi

Whenever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography history or science it is killed. The living images become only remote facts of a distant time or place. Furthermore it is never difficult to demonstrate that as science and history mythology is absurd.

Joseph Campbell

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations directly in the abstract.

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet but soon will and will change everything for everybody and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible never the impossible.

Science is simply common sense at its best that is rigidly accurate in observation and merciless to fallacy in logic.

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

Science coverage could be improved by the recognition that science is timeless and therefore science stories should not need to be pegged to an item in the news.

Political ideology can corrupt the mind and science.

E. O. Wilson

Reason observation and experience, the holy trinity of science.

A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body, it preserves constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.

Science without religion is lame religion without science is blind.

Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake and must keep the conscience alive.

Science and literature are not two things but two sides of one thing.

The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively a God who does a wholesale not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.

Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation be it in art or in science.

I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance.

The environment is everything that isn't me.

Our delight in any particular study art or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation the wonder of science scientific ways of thinking and the history of scientific ideas rather than laboratory experience.

When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that's faith, when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science.

Among physicists, I'm respected I hope.

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

To the Master's honor all must turn each in its track without a sound forever tracing Newton's ground.

Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose to respond to change.

Stephen Covey

While all other sciences have advanced that of government is at a standstill - little better understood little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.

The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.

The method of political science is the interpretation of life, its instrument is insight a nice understanding of subtle unformulated conditions.

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

Carl Sagan

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded in certain circles as a kind of hallmark of true science.

Science has fulfilled her function when she has ascertained and enunciated truth.

There are many silly superstitions about lightning and as a result many people - maybe even you - are terrified of it. You shouldn't worry. Thanks to modern science we now know that lightning is nothing more than huge chunks of electricity that can come out of the sky anytime anywhere and kill you.

Science is nothing but perception.

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances and demonstrations for impressions.

John Ruskin

The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.

I think it better to do right even if we suffer in so doing than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.

The very problem of mind and body suggests division, I do not know of anything so disastrously affected by the habit of division as this particular theme. In its discussion are reflected the splitting off from each other of religion morals and science, the divorce of philosophy from science and of both from the arts of conduct. The evils which we suffer in education in religion in the materialism of business and the aloofness of "intellectuals" from life in the whole separation of knowledge and practice -- all testify to the necessity of seeing mind-body as an integral whole.

John Dewey

Science reckons many prophets but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.

The church saves sinners but science seeks to stop their manufacture.

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

The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.

I sit here and think with more than a little astonishment that I have been writing and publishing Science Fiction now for just three-eighths of a century. This isn't bad for someone who only admits to being in his late youth- or a little over thirty if pinned down.

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.

A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.

Skeptical scrutiny is the means in both science and religion by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

We have not given science too big a place in our education, but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study.

Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know.

Philosophy is the science which considers truth

Traditional science assumes, for the most part, that an objective observer, independent reality exists, the universe, stars, galaxies, sun, moon and earth, would still be there if no one was looking.

Men love to wonder and that is the seed of science.

with her factories equipped to the very latest point of science by British and American money.

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple and may as a rule be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

One science only will one genius fit, so vast is art so narrow human wit.

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

Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities so absolutely terrifying that even man the fighter who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death will be appalled and so abandon war forever.

Thomas A. Edison

He who possesses art and science has religion, he who does not possess them needs religion.

The product of mental labor - science - always stands far below its value because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production.

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.


All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher which is to solve the problem of value to determine the true hierarchy of values.

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.

Thomas Huxley

Germany has reduced savagery to a science and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

Theodore Roosevelt

In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Our account does not rob mathematicians of their science by disproving the actual existence of the infinite in the direction of increase in the sense of the untraceable. In point of fact they do not need the infinite and do not use it. They postula

Science is but an image of the truth.

I do not believe in God, his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp I learned to believe in men.

The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line.

Stephen Hawking

If history and science have taught us anything it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.

E. O. Wilson

The man of science has learned to believe in justification not by faith but by verification.

Thomas Huxley

By any reasonable measure of achievement the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.

E. O. Wilson

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still, small voice of conscience.

Mahatma Gandhi

Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.

Science has explained nothing, the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.

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

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.

Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion.

The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.

Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.

Jean-Paul Sartre

The science of Yoga was assigned great prominence in the past by Indians.

No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit either in science or in practical life.

When I die I'm leaving my body to science fiction.

Science and religion are the two most powerful forces in the world. Having them at odds... is not productive.

Art is science made clear.

I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.

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

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable solutions are not.

The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science especially in the schools of America.

I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little and not those who know much who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

I've lost my faith in science.

Bette Davis

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody before it was actually verified.

The greatest advances of civilization whether in architecture or painting in science and literature in industry or agriculture have never come from centralized government.

If we take science as our sole guide if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable the old theology must go.

John Burroughs

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people and is regulated by their will, as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property liberty of conscience and of the press it will be worth defending.

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.

Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.

Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.

In science as in art and as I believe in every other sphere of human activity there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors but it is only in one or two of them.

Political liberty the peace of a nation and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!

Honore de Balzac

Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.

Though science can cause problems it is not by ignorance that we will solve them.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars conquer the deserts eradicate disease tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.

Life is not an exact science it is an art.

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

As long as men are free to ask what they must free to say what they think free to think what they will freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

Man lives for science as well as bread.

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

All one's inventions are true you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

Science is but the exchange of ignorance for that which is another kind of ignorance.

I believe talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that.

All he would have needed to do to verify or refute this theory was to ask a number of men and women to open their mouths so he could count their teeth.

The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain and, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends [mathematics] has been able to arise in Egypt the priestly caste there having the leisure neces

There is an art to science and a science in art, the two are not enemies but different aspects of the whole.

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius of erudition and of science.

James Madison

In 1936 I first wrote science fiction. It was a long-winded attempt at writing an endless novel...which died. I remember one sentence "Whole forests stood sere and brown in midsummer".

Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.

The world is full of strange phenomena that cannot be explained by the laws of logic or science. Dennis Rodman is only one example.

Science in the modern world has many uses, its chief use however is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.

We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them.

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

The process of scientific discovery is in effect a continual flight from wonder.

We want to answer this classical question 'who am I'? So I think that most of our works are for art or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.

Paulo Coelho

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

The fundamental concept in social science is Power in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.

Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

When freedom does not have a purpose when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women when it does not listen to the voice of conscience it turns against humanity and society.

Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other, yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely, for science is but one.

Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few, and that too at the expense of social pleasure health conscience life.

I don't read 'chick lit ' fantasy or science fiction but I'll give any book a chance if it's lying there and I've got half an hour to kill.

J. K. Rowling

Whoever has witnessed another's ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.

If a wave of service sweeps over the land catching everyone in its enthusiasm it will be able to wipe off the mounds of hatred malice and greed that infest the World. Attune your hearts so that it will vibrate in sympathy with the woes and joys of your fellow-men. Fill the World with Love. Love will warn you against advising another to do something which you yourself are unwilling to do, your conscience will tell you that you are living in a lie!

Mental Science had advanced so much that they could reproduce what had happened or predict what would happen.

Science is global. Einstein's equation E=mc2 has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.

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

Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted compassion for the needy and the sick or mercy for the child waiting to be born there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.

Mitt Romney

Everything is fraught with danger. I love technology and I love science. It's just always all in the way you use it. So there's no - you can't really blame anything on the technology. It's just the way people use it and it always has been.

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared.

The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on, science and art are as well.

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense.

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner but that they reflect a certain underlying order which may or may not be divinely inspired.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is he is a good man. If not he must be starved.

If civilization is to survive we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples of all kinds to live together in the same world at peace.

The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.

The Yoga science is today being probed by physicists and others in Western countries.

The mysteriousness and mystique of space is such that science fiction attempts to tantalize you by telling you a story that could possibly be out there and that's the appeal of science fiction.

The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisible that are infinitely divisible Physics.

The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitation, and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.

Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know evolution is about as certain as anything we know.

Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.

Karl Marx

I have seen the science I worshiped and the aircraft I loved destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. God is Jesus.

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science for they often endure long, but false views if supported by some evidence do little harm for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.

The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right, a single experiment can prove me wrong.

The only guide to man is his conscience, the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations, but with this shield however the fates may play we march always in the ranks of honor.