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Science quotes and quotations

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke

The scientific theory I like the best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.
Max Born

A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.
Albert Einstein

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

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
Ernest Rutherford

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
George Santayana

Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.
Harrison Ford

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.
Henri Poincare

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

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

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

Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.
Ivan Pavlov

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

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

There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
Louis Pasteur

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

I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
Marie Curie

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Mark Twain

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

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Noam Chomsky

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
Paul Dirac

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
Richard Feynman

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
Ashley Montague

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
Bertrand Russell

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.
Carl Sagan

Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
Richard Feynman

All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike--and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
Sir Humphrey Davy

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.
Sir Arthur Eddington

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Sir Francis Darwin

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Sir William Bragg

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould

'Twas thus by the glare of false science betray'd, That leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind.
James Beattie

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called; Which some professing have erred concerning faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

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

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.
Sir Humphrey Davy

The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.
Bertolt Brecht

The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
Jacob Bronowski

O star-eyed Science, hast thou wander'd there, To waft us home the message of despair?
Thomas Campbell

There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Philosophy is true mother of the arts.

There are very few persons who pursue science with true dignity. - Sir Humphrey Davy,
Sir Humphrey Davy

What we might call, by way of Eminence, the Dismal Science.
Thomas Campbell

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
Sir Humphrey Davy


Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science.
Thomas Carlyle

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.
Sir Humphrey Davy

The pursuit of the good and evil are now linked in astronomy as in almost all science. . . . The fate of human civilization will depend on whether the rockets of the future carry the astronomer's telescope or a hydrogen bomb.
Bernard Lovell

If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.
Peter B. Medawar

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

If I could remember the names of all these particles I'd be a botanist.
Albert Einstein

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While bright-eyed science watches round.
Thomas Gray

Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.
Sir Humphrey Davy

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

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

Science is the topography of ignorance.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

For science is . . . like virtue, its own exceeding great reward.
Charles Kingsley

Predictability: Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?
Edward N. Lorenz

If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility.
Peter B. Medawar

The science of fools with long memories.
James Robinson Planche

How index-learning turns no student pale, Yet holds the eel of science by the tale.
Alexander Pope

Science when well digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
Leszczynski Stanislaus

But beyond the bright searchlights of science, Out of sight of the windows of sense, Old riddles still bid us defiance, Old questions of Why and of Whence.
Sir William Cecil Dampier Whetham

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Carl Sagan

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

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
Charles Darwin

There is only one nature--the division into science and engineering is a human imposition, not a natural one. Indeed, the division is a human failure; it reflects our limited capacity to comprehend the whole.
Sir William Cecil Dampier Whetham

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

Art is I; Science is we.
Claude Bernard

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

A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it's longer than any hour. That is relativity.
Albert Einstein

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion
Lazarus Long

To the natural philosopher, to whom the whole extent of nature belongs, all the individual branches of science constitute the links of an endless chain, from which not one can be detached without destroying the harmony of the whole.
Friedrich Karl Ludwig Schoedler

A mere index hunter, who held the eel of science by the tail.
Tobias George Smollett

Science is organised knowledge.
Herbert Spencer