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Science Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Science

Please enjoy these Science Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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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

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.
- Albert Einstein

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

 

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

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

In all science, error precedes the truth,
and it is better it should go first than last.
- Hugh Walpole

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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

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Albert Einstein

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

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

"Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know."
It is "I can't know."
"I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
- Wener Karl Heisenberg

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper

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

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
- Edward Teller

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

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

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

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

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

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

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

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

Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion,
give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn
up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.
- James D. Watson

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

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

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
- Wernher von Braun

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

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

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

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

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

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

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

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

I am not a scientist.
I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

God does not play dice.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
- Arnold H. Glasow

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

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein

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

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

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

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.
- George William Curtis

I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
- E. B. White

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

Facts are the air of scientists.
Without them you can never fly.
- Linus Pauling

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

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

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

For NASA, space is still a high priority.
- Dan Quayle

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


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