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For science is . . . like virtue, its own exceeding great reward.
- Charles Kingsley,
Health and Education--Science
Science is the systematic classification of experience.
- George Henry Lewes
There cannot be a body of rules without a rationale, and this rationale constitutes the science.
- George Cornewall Lewis
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
- Walter Lippmann
Predictability: Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?
- Edward N. Lorenz,
title of paper given to the Am. Assn. for the Advancement of Science
Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.
- Konrad Zacharias Lorenz
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,
The Individual and the Universe
We cannot but think there is something like a fallacy in Mr. Buckle's theory that the advance of mankind is necessarily in the direction of science, and not in that of morals.
- James Russell Lowell
Blessings on Science! When the earth seem'd old,
When Faith grew doting, and the Reason cold,
'Twas she discover'd that the world was young,
And taught a language to its lisping tongue:
'Twas she disclosed a future to its view,
And made old knowledge pale before the new.
- Charles Mackay
Blessings on Science, and her handmaid Steam!
They make Utopia only half a dream;
And show the fervent, of capacious souls,
Who watch the ball of Progress as it rolls,
That all as yet completed, or begun
Is but the dawning that precedes the sun.
- Charles Mackay
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,
in the "New Statesman" magazine
If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility.
- Peter B. Medawar, J.B.S.
It is high time that laymen abandoned the misleading belief that scientific enquiry is a cold dispassionate enterprise, bleached of imaginative qualities, and that a scientist is a man who turns the handle of discovery; for at every level of endeavour scientific research is a passionate undertaking and the Promotion of Natural Knowledge depends above all on a sortee into what can be imagined but is not yet known.
- Peter B. Medawar,
The Times Literary Supplement (London), 1963 October 25
Our abiding belief is that just as the workmen in the tunnel of St. Gothard, working from either end, met at last to shake hands in the very central root of the mountain, so students of nature and students of Christianity will yet join hands in the unity of reason and faith, in the heart of their deepest mysteries.
- Lemuel Moss
They may say what they like; everything is organized matter. The tree is the first link of the chain; man is the last. Men are young; the earth is old. Vegetable and animal chemistry are still in their infancy. Electricity, galvanism,--what discoveries in a few years!
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)
The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, of a rich country inhabited by starving people. . . . Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid. . . . The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
- Jawaharlal Nehru,
Proceedings of the National Institute of Science of India
(27A (196): 564)
Science is the natural ally of religion.
- Theodore Parker
Science is busy with the hither-end of things, not the thither-end.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst
I have spent much time in the study of the abstract sciences; but the paucity of persons with whom you can communicate on such subjects disgusted me with them. When I began to study man, I saw that these abstract sciences are not suited to him, and that in diving into them, I wandered farther from my real object than those who knew them not, and I forgave them for not having attended to these things. I expected then, however, that I should find some companions in the study of man, since it was so specifically a duty. I was in error. There are fewer students of man than of geometry.
- Blaise Pascal
There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
- Louis Pasteur
I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
- Thomas Love Peacock
There is not a single truth of science upon which we ought to bet more than about a million of millions to one.
- Charles Sanders Peirce
How many wells of science there are in whose depths there is nothing but clear water!
- Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn
The science of fools with long memories.
- James Robinson Planche,
Preliminary Observations--Pursuivant of Arms,
referring to heraldry
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