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''The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'''
- Isaac Asimov

''The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.''
- Sir William Bragg

''If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.''
- Vannevar Bush

''As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.''
- M. Cartmill

''As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.''
- Noam Chomsky in a television interview

''If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.''
- Arthur C. Clarke

''In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs.''
- Sir Francis Darwin Eugenics Review, April 1914

''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

''Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.''
- Albert Einstein "Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium", 1941

''I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.''
- Richard Feynman

''Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.''
- Richard Feynman

''Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.''
- Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

''In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.''
- Stephen Jay Gould

''There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.''
- Hippocrates Law

''Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the later only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.''
- Thomas H. Huxley

''The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.''
- Thomas H. Huxley

''Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.''
- Immanuel Kant

''Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.''
- Martin Luther Jr. King Strength to Love, 1963

''It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.''
- Konrad Lorenz

''Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.''
- Ashley Montague

''There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.''
- Louis Pasteur

''Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.''
- Ivan Pavlov

''All science is either physics or stamp collecting.''
- E. Rutherford

''The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.''
- Lewis Thomas

''There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.''
- Mark Twain

''The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.''
- Steven Weinberg

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