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Who said: “I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, ... finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell ... whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
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Luther Burbank
(7 Mar 1849 - 11 Apr 1926)

American naturalist and horticulturist.


Science Quotes by Luther Burbank (6 quotes)

Men should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects.
— Luther Burbank
In George Seldes, The Great Quotations (1960), 125.
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Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature.
— Luther Burbank
Interview in San Francisco Bulletin (22 Jan 1926). As cited in Michael C. and Linda Rose Thomsett, A Speaker's Treasury of Quotations: Maxims, Witticisms and Quips for Speeches and Presentations (2009), 102-103. Also in 'Science and Civilization', Prescott Evening Courier (3 Nov 1925), 6.
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Several of my young acquaintances are in their graves who gave promise of making happy and useful citizens and there is no question whatever that cigarettes alone were the cause of their destruction. No boy living would commence the use of cigarettes if he knew what a useless, soulless, worthless thing they would make of him.
— Luther Burbank
Quoted in Henry Ford, The Case Against the Little White Slaver (1914), Vol. 1, 20.
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The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself, wherever it may lead.
— Luther Burbank
Quoted in Dr. D. M. Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism (1933), 341.
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Those who take refuge behind theological barbed wire fences, quite often wish they could have more freedom of thought, but fear the change to the great ocean of truth as they would a cold bath.
— Luther Burbank
Quoted in Dr. D. M. Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism (1933), 341.
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Those who would legislate against the teaching of evolution should also legislate against gravity, electricity and the unreasonable velocity of light, and also should introduce a clause to prevent the use of the telescope, the microscope and the spectroscope or any other instrument of precision which may in the future be invented ,constructed or used for the discovery of truth.
— Luther Burbank
In 'Science and Civilization', Prescott Evening Courier (3 Nov 1925), 6.
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Quotes by others about Luther Burbank (1)

Modern war, even from the consideration of physical welfare, is not creative. Soldiers and civilians alike are supposed to put on mental khaki. … War means the death of that fertile war which consists of the free, restless conflict of ideas. The war which matters is that of the scientist with nature; of the farmer with the tawny desert; of … philosopher against … mob stupidity. Such war is creative. … Inventions that further life and joy; freedom; new knowledge, whether Luther Burbank’s about the breeding of fruits or Einstein's about relativity; great cathedrals and Beethoven's music: these modern mechanical war can destroy but never produce. At its most inventive height, war creates the Maxim gun, the submarine, disseminable germs of disease, life-blasting gases. Spiritually and intellectually, modern war is not creative.
From ‘The Stagnation of War’, in Allen D. Hole (ed.) The Messenger of Peace (Nov 1924), 49, No. 11, 162-163.
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See also:
  • 7 Mar - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Burbank's birth.
  • New Creations in Plant Life: An Authoritative Account of the Life and Work of Luther Burbank, by W. S. Harwood. - book suggestion.

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