English Scientist Quotes


505 English Scientist quotes:



"The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic."
"An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world."
"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection."
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."
"It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine."
"Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits."
"Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence."
"On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation."
"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
"There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"
"Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?"
"Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense."
"Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature."
"Whenever the occasion arose, he rose to the occasion."
"For each of our actions there are only consequences."
"We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do."
"One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success."
"As a small child in England, I had this dream of going to Africa. We didn't have any money and I was a girl, so everyone except my mother laughed at it. When I left school, there was no money for me to go to university, so I went to secretarial college and got a job."


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