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When man seized the loadstone of science, the loadstar of superstition vanished in the clouds.
- William R. Alger
The only hope of science is genuine induction.
- Francis Bacon
The strength of all sciences is, as the strength of the old man's faggot, in the bond. For the harmony of a science, supporting each part the other, is and ought to be the true and brief confutation and suppression of all the smaller sort of objections. But, on the other side, if you take out every axiom, as the sticks of the faggot, one by one, you may quarrel with them and bend them and break them at your pleasure: so that, as was said of Seneca, Verborum minutiis rerum frangit pondera, so a man may truly say of the schoolmen, Quaestionum minutiis scientiarum frangunt soliditatem. For were it not better for a man in fair room to set up one great light, or branching candlestick of lights, than to go about with a small watch-candle into every corner?
- Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning
Science which is acquired unwillingly, soon disappears; that which is instilled into the mind in a pleasant and agreeable manner, is more lasting.
- Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great")
What cannot art and industry perform,
When science plans the progress of their toil!
- James Beattie
'Twas thus by the glare of false science betray'd,
That leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind.
- James Beattie, The Hermit
Science seldom renders men amiable; women, never.
In teaching man, experimental science results in lessening his pride more and more by proving to him every day that primary causes, like the objective reality of things, will be hidden from him forever and that he can only know relations.
- Claude Bernard
Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride.
- Claude Bernard, Experimental Medicine
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.
- Bible, I Timothy (ch. VI, v. 20-21)
The sciences are of a sociable disposition, and flourish best in the neighborhood of each other; nor is there any branch of learning but may be helped and improved by assistance drawn from other arts.
- Sir William Blackstone
We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.
- Omar Bradley
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Werner von Braun,
in the Chicago "Sun Times", July 10, 1958
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.
- Bertolt Brecht, The Life of Galileo
Science ever has been, and ever must be, the safeguard of religion.
- Sir David Brewster
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
- Jacob Bronowski
The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
- Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man (ch. 4)
Art and science have their meeting-point in method.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
Nothing tends so much to the corruption of science as to suffer it to stagnate.
- Edmund Burke
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
O star-eyed Science, hast thou wander'd there,
To waft us home the message of despair?
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
(pt. II, l. 325)
What we might call, by way of Eminence, the Dismal Science.
- Thomas Carlyle
Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science.
- Thomas Carlyle, Latter Day Pamphlets
But when science, passing beyond its own limits, assumes to take the place of theology, and sets up its own conception of the order of nature as a sufficient account of its cause, it is invading a province of thought to which it has no claim, and not unreasonably provokes the hostility of its best friends.
- M.B. Carpenter
Through all God's works there runs a beautiful harmony. The remotest truth in His universe is linked to that which lies nearest the throne.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin
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