Showing posts with label GREAT QUOTES OF FAMOUS SCIENTISTS. Show all posts
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May 31, 2022




“Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.” - Michael Faraday

“There’s nothing quite as frightening as someone who knows they are right.” - Michael Faraday

“It is right that we should stand by and act on our principles; but not right to hold them in obstinate blindness, or retain them when proved to be erroneous.” - Michael Faraday

“A man who is certain he is right is almost sure to be wrong.” - Michael Faraday

“Shall we educate ourselves in what is known, and then casting away all we have acquired, turn to ignorance for aid to guide us among the unknown?” - Michael Faraday

“But still try for who knows what is possible!” - Michael Faraday

“I will simply express my strong belief, that that point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all, not only in things of natural philosophy, but in every department of daily life.” - Michael Faraday

“No matter what you look at, if you look at it closely enough, you are involved in the entire universe.” - Faraday Michael

“In place of practicing wholesome self-abnegation, we ever make the wish the father to the thought: we receive as friendly that which agrees with, we resist with dislike that which opposes us; whereas the very reverse is required by every dictate of common sense.” - Michael Faraday

“Who would not have been laughed at if he had said in 1800 that metals could be extracted from their ores by electricity or that portraits could be drawn by chemistry.
{Commenting on Henri Becquerel's process for extracting metals by voltaic means.}” - Michael Faraday





“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” - Blaise Pascal

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” - Blaise Pascal

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." (Letter 16, 1657)” - Blaise Pascal

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” - Blaise Pascal

“I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.” - Blaise Pascal

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” - Blaise Pascal

“Kind words don't cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” - Blaise Pascal

“To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.” - Blaise Pascal

“Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.” - Blaise Pascal

“You always admire what you really don't understand.” - Blaise Pascal

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of... We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.” - Blaise Pascal

“I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.” - Blaise Pascal





“Chance favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” - Louis Pasteur

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” - Louis Pasteur

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

“Messieurs, c'est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot." (Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.)” - Louis Pasteur

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” - Louis Pasteur

“Science knows no country because it is the light that iluminates the world” - Louis Pasteur

“Chance favours the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” - Louis Pasteur

“whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren scepticism, do not let yourselves be discouraged by the sadness of certain hours which pass over nations. Live in the serene peace of laboratories and libraries. Say to yourselves first : ' What have I done for my instruction ? ' and , as you gradually advance, 'What have I done for my country?' until the time comes when you may have the immense happiness of thinking that you have contributed in some way to the progress and to the good of humanity. But, whether our efforts are or not favoured by life, let us be able to say, when we come near the great goal, ' I have done what I could” - Louis Pasteur

“Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur





“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” - Albert Einstein

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” - Albert Einstein

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” - Albert Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” - Albert Einstein

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” - Albert Einstein

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.” - Albert Einstein





“The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.” - Euclid, Euclid's Elements

“There is no Royal Road to Geometry.” - Euclid

“What has been affirmed without proof can also be denied without proof.” - Euclid

“Handwriting is a spiritual designing, even though it appears by means of a material instrument.” - Euclid

“1. An 'unit' is that by virtue of which each of the things that exist is called one.
2. A 'number' is a multiple composed of units.” - Euclid, Euclid's Elements

“A straight line is said to have been cut in extreme and mean ratio when, as the whole line is to the greater segment, so is the greater to the lesser.” - Euclid , Euclid's Elements

May 30, 2022





“Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” - Archimedes

“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.” - Archimedes

“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” - Archimedes

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” - Archimedes

“Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.” - Archimedes

“Don't disturb my circles!” - Archimedes

“Give me a place to stand, a lever long enough and a fulcrum. and I can move the Earth” - Archimedes

“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.” - Archimedes

“Give me a place to stand and rest my lever on, and I can move the Earth.” - Archimedes

“Noli turbare circulos meos!” - archimedes

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I'll move the world” - Archimedes

“Give me a place outside the earth on which to rest my lever, and I will move the world. By Archimedes” - Archimedes





I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God. - Nicolaus Copernicus

Moreover, since the sun remains stationary, whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due rather to the motion of the earth. - Nicolaus Copernicus

Mathematics is written for mathematicians. - Nicolaus Copernicus

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle. - Nicolaus Copernicus

Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place. - Nicolaus Copernicus

For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them. - Nicolaus Copernicus

At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun. - Nicolaus Copernicus

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. - Nicolaus Copernicus

Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars. - Nicolaus Copernicus

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. - Nicolaus Copernicus





“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.” - Galileo Galilei

“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

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” - Galileo

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” - Galileo Galilei

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” - Galileo

“Philosophy [nature] is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes -- I mean the universe -- but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.” - Galileo

“Passion is the genesis of genius.” - Galileo Galilei

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” - Galileo Galilei

“Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo, sì perché le presenti osservazioni spogliano d'autorità i decreti de' passati scrittori, i quali se vedute l'avessero, avrebbono diversamente determinato.

For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.” - Galileo Galilei

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” - Galileo Galilei

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” - Galileo Galilei





“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” - Isaac Newton

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” - Isaac Newton

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.” - Isaac Newton

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” - Isaac Newton

“What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean.” - Isaac Newton

“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.” - Isaac Newton

“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.” - Isaac Newton

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” - Isaac Newton

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.” - Isaac Newton

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being...
This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont, to be called Lord God παντοκρατωρ or Universal Ruler.” - Isaac Newton

“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.” - Sir Isaac Newton





“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” - Charles Darwin

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” - Charles Darwin

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” - Charles Darwin

“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” - Charles Darwin

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” - Charles Darwin

“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.” - Charles Darwin

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” - Charles Darwin

“I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” - Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
not the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

“...Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers... for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality... But I had gradually come by this time, i.e., 1836 to 1839, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, &c., &c., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian.

...By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, (and that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become), that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost uncomprehensible by us, that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, that they differ in many important details, far too important, as it seemed to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can be hardly denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.

But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.

And this is a damnable doctrine.” - Charles Darwin

“The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.” - Charles Darwin