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'Ex ovo omnia.' Everything from an egg.
- William Harvey
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A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.
- Jean Rostand
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A few months in the laboratory can save a few hours in the library.
- Westheimer's Law
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A man should remind himself that an object of faith is not scientifically demonstrable, lest presuming to demonstrate what is of faith, he should produce inconclusive reasons and offer occasion for unbelievers to scoff at a faith based on such ground.
- Saint Thomas Aquinas
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A practical botanist will distinguish at the first glance the plant of the different quarters of the globe and yet will be at a loss to tell by what marks he detects them.
- Carl Linnaeus
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A vitamin is a substance that makes you ill if you don't eat it.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
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An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.
- Max Planck
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An object at rest will be in the wrong place.
- Gerrold's Second Law of Infernal Dynamics
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An object in motion will be heading in the wrong direction.
- Gerrold's First Law of Infernal Dynamics
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And when statesman or others worry [the scientist] too much, then he should leave with his possessions.
- Tycho Brahe
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Clarke's Third Law
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Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
- Bertrand Russell
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Biology has at least 50 more interesting years.
- James D. Watson
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Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn't go far didn't see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded.
- Tim Allen
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Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
- Maria Mitchell
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Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with both eyes open."
- Nicolas Copernicus
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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
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I am tired of all this thing called science here....We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped. (on the Smithsonian Institution)
- Simon Cameron
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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- Galileo Galilei
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If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
- Finagle's First Law
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In any collection of data, the figure most obviously correct, beyond all need of checking, is the mistake.
- Finagle's Third Law
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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
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In science we are really good at disproving things and are very poor at proving things. Theories like the Theory of Relativity go on and on because no one can think of anything better.
- Richard Zayre
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In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.
- Amy Lowell
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In the school I went to, they asked a kid to prove the law of gravity and he threw the teacher out of the window.
- Rodney Dangerfield
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In the year of 1657 I discovered very small living creatures in rain water.
- Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
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It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
- Henrik Ibsen
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It is the genus that gives the characters, and not the characters that make the genus.
- Carl Linnaeus
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Learning is the dictionary, but sense the grammar of science.
- Laurence Sterne
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Leave the atom alone.
- E. Y. Harburg
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Let no one expect anything of certainty from astronomy, lest if anyone take as true that which has been constructed for another use, he go away...bigger fool than when he came to it.
- Nicholas Copernicus
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My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright
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No experiment is reproducible.
- Wyszowski's Law
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No matter what the experiment's result, there will always be someone eager to: (a) misinterpret it. (b) fake it. or (c) believe it supports his own pet theory.
- Finagle's Second Law
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Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse.
- Finagle's Fourth Law
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One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.
- James D. Watson
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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Science is analytical, descriptive, informative. Man does not live by bread alone, but by science he attempts to do so. Hence the deadliness of all that is purely scientific.
- Eric Gill
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Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.
- Arthur Eddington
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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
- Immanuel Kant
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Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
- Bertrand Russell
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Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich
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Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
- Arthur Koestler
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Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 ft/sec, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter.
- Dave Barry
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That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.
- Edward Abbey
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The chance of the bread falling with the butter side down is directly proportional to the value of the carpet.
- Jennings' Corollary to the Law of Selective Gravity
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The end of science is not to prove a theory, but to improve mankind.
- Manly Hall
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The first pull on the cord ALWAYS sends the drapes in the wrong direction.
- Boyle's Other Law
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The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
- Clarke's Second Law
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The National Academy of Sciences would be unable to give a unanimous decision if asked whether the sun would rise tomorrow.
- Paul Ehrlich
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The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell
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The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.
- James Anthony Froude
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The theory of relativity is just as unacceptable to me as, say, the existence of the atom or other such dogmas.
- Ernst Mach
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There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.
- Marie Curie
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We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense this is a participatory universe.
- John Archibald Wheeler
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We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun
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We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
- Maria Mitchell
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We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
- Marie Curie
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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 Cousteau
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Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural.
- Amelia Barr
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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.
- Clarke's First Law
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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
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When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.
- Maria Mitchell
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Whenever a system becomes completely defined, someone discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.
- Brooke's Law
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