Celebrating 20 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday


Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Dictionary of Science Quotations > Scientist Names Index F > Michael Faraday Quotes > Candle

Thumbnail of Michael Faraday (source)
Michael Faraday
(22 Sep 1791 - 25 Aug 1867)

English physicist and chemist who was a great experimentalist. His major contributions included the early understanding of electromagnetism.


Michael Faraday Quotes on Candle (4 quotes)

>> Click for 57 Science Quotes by Michael Faraday

>> Click for Michael Faraday Quotes on | Discovery | Electrolysis | Knowledge | Nomenclature |

I ... express a wish that you may, in your generation, be fit to compare to a candle; that you may, like it, shine as lights to those about you; that, in all your actions, you may justify the beauty of the taper by making your deeds honourable and effectual in the discharge of your duty to your fellow-men.
[Concluding remarks for the final lecture (Christmas 1860-61) for children at the Royal Institution. These six lectures were the first series in the tradition of Christmas lectures continued to the present day.]
— Michael Faraday
A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of a Candle (1861), 183.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (328)  |  All (4107)  |  Beauty (300)  |  Candle (30)  |  Children (200)  |  Christmas (11)  |  Compare (70)  |  Deed (34)  |  Discharge (19)  |  Express (187)  |  Fellow (88)  |  Final (119)  |  First (1284)  |  Fit (134)  |  Generation (242)  |  Institution (68)  |  Lecture (106)  |  Light (609)  |  Making (300)  |  Present (620)  |  Royal (56)  |  Royal Institution (4)  |  Series (149)  |  Tradition (69)  |  Wish (212)

I purpose, in return for the honour you do us by coming to see what are our proceedings here, to bring before you, in the course of these lectures, the Chemical History of a Candle. I have taken this subject on a former occasion; and were it left to my own will, I should prefer to repeat it almost every year—so abundant is the interest that attaches itself to the subject, so wonderful are the varieties of outlet which it offers into the various departments of philosophy. There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed which does not come into play, and is touched upon in these phenomena. There is no better, there is no more open door by which you can enter the study of natural philosophy, than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.
— Michael Faraday
A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of a Candle (1861), 13-4.
Science quotes on:  |  Abundant (22)  |  Better (488)  |  Candle (30)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Coming (114)  |  Course (408)  |  Department (92)  |  Do (1908)  |  Door (93)  |  Enter (142)  |  Former (137)  |  Govern (65)  |  History (675)  |  Honour (56)  |  Interest (386)  |  Law (895)  |  Lecture (106)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosophy (52)  |  Occasion (85)  |  Offer (141)  |  Open (274)  |  Philosophy (382)  |  Physical (508)  |  Proceeding (38)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Return (125)  |  See (1082)  |  Study (656)  |  Subject (522)  |  Touch (142)  |  Universe (861)  |  Various (200)  |  Will (2354)  |  Wonderful (149)  |  Year (932)

Now I must take you to a very interesting part of our subject—to the relation between the combustion of a candle and that living kind of combustion which goes on within us. In every one of us there is a living process of combustion going on very similar to that of a candle, and I must try to make that plain to you. For it is not merely true in a poetical sense—the relation of the life of man to a taper; and if you will follow, I think I can make this clear.
— Michael Faraday
A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of a Candle (1861), 155-6.
Science quotes on:  |  Candle (30)  |  Combustion (18)  |  Follow (379)  |  Interesting (153)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1799)  |  Living (491)  |  Man (2249)  |  Merely (316)  |  Must (1526)  |  Process (423)  |  Sense (770)  |  Subject (522)  |  Think (1086)  |  Try (283)  |  Will (2354)

You will be astonished when I tell you what this curious play of carbon amounts to. A candle will burn some four, five, six, or seven hours. What, then, must be the daily amount of carbon going up into the air in the way of carbonic acid! ... Then what becomes of it? Wonderful is it to find that the change produced by respiration ... is the very life and support of plants and vegetables that grow upon the surface of the earth.
— Michael Faraday
In A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of a Candle (1861), 117.
Science quotes on:  |  Acid (83)  |  Air (349)  |  Amount (151)  |  Astonish (37)  |  Astonishment (30)  |  Atmosphere (103)  |  Become (815)  |  Burn (87)  |  Burning (48)  |  Candle (30)  |  Carbon (65)  |  Carbon Dioxide (22)  |  Carbonic Acid (4)  |  Change (595)  |  Curiosity (128)  |  Curious (91)  |  Daily (87)  |  Earth (998)  |  Find (999)  |  Grow (238)  |  Growth (188)  |  Hour (186)  |  Life (1799)  |  Must (1526)  |  Plant (295)  |  Play (111)  |  Produced (187)  |  Respiration (13)  |  Support (147)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Tell (340)  |  Vegetable (46)  |  Way (1216)  |  Will (2354)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Wonderful (149)


See also:

Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton



who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.