Quoth the Internet

October 9, 2008

Collected from Quotations Page:

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.

Hippocrates, Law

Greek physician (460 BC – 377 BC)

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.

M. Cartmill

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

Albert Einstein, “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

Ernest Rutherford, in J. B. Birks “Rutherford at Manchester” (1962)

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

German philosopher (1724 – 1804)

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

US science fiction novelist & scholar (1920 – 1992)

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.

Marie Curie, Lecture at Vassar College, May 14, 1921

French (Polish-born) chemist & physicist (1867 – 1934)

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968)

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself 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.

Isaac Newton, From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855)

English mathematician & physicist (1642 – 1727)

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.  

Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Albert Einstein

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

Albert Einstein

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

Albert Einstein

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

Albert Einstein

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Albert Einstein

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.

Richard Feynman

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

Richard Feynman


One Response to “Quoth the Internet”

  1. drbolte Says:

    “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

    even on days when i feel my stupidest, it is a testament to the keenness of my mind that i am still utterly and completely fascinated by what i do. it tells me i have chosen wisely. it keeps me sane, even as it drives me close to insane. it is the irony of my work.

    i love it.

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