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Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
(25 May 1803 - 18 Jan 1873)

British novelist and politician who is remembered for his historical novels such as The Last Days of Pompeii (1834). While remaining active as a member of parliament (as a liberal member representing St. Ives, Huntingdonshire) he produced many novels, plays, and poems.

Science Quotes by Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (7 quotes)

Art and science have their meeting point in method.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Caxtoniana (1875), 303.
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Fate laughs at probabilities.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
In Eugene Aram: A Tale (1832), 96.
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In science, address the few; in literature, the many. In science, the few must dictate opinion to the many; in literature, the many, sooner or later, force their judgement on the few. But the few and the many are not necessarily the few and the many of the passing time: for discoverers in science have not un-often, in their own day, had the few against them; and writers the most permanently popular not unfrequently found, in their own day, a frigid reception from the many. By the few, I mean those who must ever remain the few, from whose dieta we, the multitude, take fame upon trust; by the many, I mean those who constitute the multitude in the long-run. We take the fame of a Harvey or a Newton upon trust, from the verdict of the few in successive generations; but the few could never persuade us to take poets and novelists on trust. We, the many, judge for ourselves of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays on Life, Literature, and Manners (1863), Vol. 2, 329- 30.
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In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays on Life, Literature, and Manners (1863), Vol. I, 169.
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Science is an ocean. It is as open to the cockboat as the frigate. One man carries across it a freightage of ingots, another may fish there for herrings.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
In James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 382:34.
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The astronomer who catalogues the stars cannot add one atom to the universe; the poet can call an universe from the atom.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
From Zanoni (1842), 6.
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There are two avenues from the little passions and the drear calamities of earth; both lead to the heaven and away from hell—Art and Science. But art is more godlike than science; science discovers, art creates.
— Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Spoken by fictional character Zanoni in novel, Zanoni (1842), 6.
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