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Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.
- Max Planck
The sciences throw an inexpressible grace over our compositions, even where they are not immediately concerned; as their effects are discernible where we least expect to find them.
- Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)
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.
- Jules Henri Poincare
Trace science then, with modesty thy guide;
First strip off all her equipage of pride;
Deduct what is but vanity, or dress,
Or learning's luxury, or idleness;
Or tricks to show the stretch of human brain,
Mere curious pleasure, or ingenious pain;
Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrescent parts
Of all our vices have created arts;
Then see how little the remaining sum
Which serv'd the past, and must the times to come.
- Alexander Pope
One science only will one genius fit,
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope, Essay of Criticism
(pt. I, l. 60)
How index-learning turns no student pale,
Yet holds the eel of science by the tale.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
(bk. I, l. 279)
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
- Karl Popper
Science has penetrated the constitution of nature, and unrolled the mysterious pages of its history, and started again many, as yet, unanswered questions in respect to the mutual relations of matter and spirit, of nature and of God.
- Noah Porter
Human science is uncertain guess.
- Matthew Prior
The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us.
- Quentin Reynolds
Science dissects death.
- Frederick William Robertson
Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves.
- John Ruskin
The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.
- John Ruskin
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
- Bertrand Arthur William Russell
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out, and minutely articulated.
- George Santayana
Toil of science swells the wealth of art.
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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,
Treasury of Science--Astronomy
Shun no toil to wake 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.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
A mere index hunter, who held the eel of science by the tail.
- Tobias George Smollett, Peregrine Pickle
Science is organised knowledge.
- Herbert Spencer, Education (ch. II)
Science when well digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
- Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I"),
Maxims (no. 43)
Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Science has but one fashion--to lose nothing once gained.
- Edmund Clarence Stedman
Old sciences are unraveled like old stockings, by beginning at the foot.
- Jonathan Swift
What are the sciences but maps of universal laws, and universal laws but the channels of universal power; and universal power but the outgoings of a universal mind?
- Edward Thomson
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