Celebrating 18 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I have no satisfaction in formulas unless I feel their arithmetical magnitude.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index A > Category: Abolish

Abolish Quotes (11 quotes)

Die Religion ist der Seufzer der bedrängten Kreatur, das Gemüt einer herzlosen Welt, wie sie der Geist geistloser Zustände ist. Sie ist das Opium des Volks. Die Aufhebung der Religion als des illusorischen Glücks des Volks ist die Forderung seines wirklichen Glücks.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people. To abolish religion as the illusory happiness of the people is to demand their real happiness.
Karl Marx
'Zur Kritik der Hegelschen Rechtsphilosophie. Einleitung' (1844), Karl Marx Fredrich Engels (1964), 378-9.
Science quotes on:  |  Happiness (82)  |  Heart (110)  |  Opium (5)  |  Oppression (3)  |  People (269)  |  Religion (210)  |  Spirit (113)  |  World (667)

Anybody who really wants to abolish war must resolutely declare himself in favor of his own country’s committing a portion of its sovereignty in favor of international institutions.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Anybody (9)  |  Commit (17)  |  Country (121)  |  Declare (18)  |  Favor (22)  |  Institution (32)  |  International (18)  |  Portion (14)  |  Really (50)  |  Resolutely (2)  |  Sovereignty (6)  |  Want (120)  |  War (144)

Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.
Address to the United Nations General Assembly, (25 Sep 1961). On U.S. Department of State website.
Science quotes on:  |  Accident (54)  |  Atomic Bomb (101)  |  Contemplating (2)  |  Habitable (3)  |  Hanging (4)  |  Inhabitant (19)  |  Life (917)  |  Madness (26)  |  Nuclear (24)  |  Planet (199)  |  Thread (14)  |  War (144)  |  Weapon (57)

I hate science. It denies a man’s responsibility for his own deeds, abolishes the brotherhood that springs from God’s fatherhood. It is a hectoring, dictating expertise, which makes the least lovable of the Church Fathers seem liberal by contrast. It is far easier for a Hitler or a Stalin to find a mock-scientific excuse for persecution than it was for Dominic to find a mock-Christian one.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Brotherhood (5)  |  Church (30)  |  Contrast (16)  |  Deed (17)  |  Deny (29)  |  Dictate (9)  |  Easy (56)  |  Excuse (15)  |  Expertise (5)  |  Far (77)  |  Father (44)  |  Find (248)  |  God (454)  |  Hate (26)  |  Adolf Hitler (17)  |  Least (43)  |  Liberal (8)  |  Persecution (9)  |  Pseudoscience (7)  |  Responsibility (47)  |  Science (1699)  |  Seem (89)  |  Spring (47)  |  Stalin_Joseph (5)

If every drug in the world were abolished a physician would still be a useful member of society.
As quoted in Sir William Withey Gull and Theodore Dyke Acland (ed.), A Collection of the Published Writings of William Withey Gull (1896), xxv.
Science quotes on:  |  Drug (40)  |  Physician (232)  |  Society (188)  |  Useful (66)

Science may be a boon if war can be abolished and democracy and cultural liberty preserved. If this cannot be done, science will precipitate evils greater than any that mankind has ever experienced.
In 'Boredom or Doom in a Scientific World', United Nations World (Sep 1948), Vol. 2, No. 8, 16.
Science quotes on:  |  Boon (3)  |  Cultural (16)  |  Democracy (21)  |  Evil (67)  |  Experience (268)  |  Greater (36)  |  Liberty (17)  |  Mankind (196)  |  Precipitate (2)  |  Preserve (38)  |  Science And Society (21)  |  War (144)

Some few, & I am one, even wish to God, though at the loss of millions of lives, that the North would proclaim a crusade against Slavery. In the long run, a million horrid deaths would be amply repaid in the cause of humanity. ... Great God how I shd like to see that greatest curse on Earth Slavery abolished.
Letter to Asa Gray (5 Jun 1861). In Charles Darwin, Frederick Burkhardt, Sydney Smith, The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Vol. 9, 1861 (1994), xx. An attack by Confederate forces at Fort Sumter on 12 Apr 1861 marked the beginning of the American Civil war. In Sep 1862, President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made ending slavery in the South a goal of the war. (Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day.)
Science quotes on:  |  Crusade (4)  |  Curse (9)  |  Death (270)  |  Humanity (104)  |  Slavery (8)

Suppose that you are in love with a lady on Neptune and that she returns the sentiment. It will be some consolation for the melancholy separation if you can say to yourself at some possibly pre-arranged moment, “She is thinking of me now.” Unfortunately a difficulty has arisen because we have had to abolish Now. There is no absolute Now, but only the various relative Nows, differing according to their reckoning of different observers and covering the whole neutral wedge which at the distance of Neptune is about eight hours thick. She will have to think of you continuously for eight hours on end in order to circumvent the ambiguity “Now.”
In The Nature of the Physical World (1929), 49.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (65)  |  Accord (21)  |  Ambiguity (9)  |  Consolation (7)  |  Continuously (7)  |  Different (110)  |  Difficulty (113)  |  Distance (54)  |  Lady (6)  |  Love (164)  |  Melancholy (8)  |  Moment (61)  |  Neptune (8)  |  Observer (33)  |  Reckon (6)  |  Relative (24)  |  Separation (32)  |  Think (205)  |  Unfortunately (14)  |  Various (25)

This is really the cornerstone of our situation. Now, I believe what we should try to bring about is the general conviction that the first thing you have to abolish is war at all costs, and every other point of view must be of secondary importance.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (400)  |  Bring (53)  |  Conviction (57)  |  Cornerstone (3)  |  Cost (31)  |  First (174)  |  General (92)  |  Importance (183)  |  Point Of View (26)  |  Really (50)  |  Secondary (11)  |  Situation (41)  |  Try (103)  |  War (144)

This therefore is Mathematics:
She reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul;
She gives life to her own discoveries;
She awakens the mind and purifies the intellect;
She brings light to our intrinsic ideas;
She abolishes oblivion and ignorance which are ours by birth...
Proclus
Quoted in Benjamin Franklin Finkel, Mathematical Association of America, The American Mathematical Monthly (1947), Vol. 54, 425.
Science quotes on:  |  Awaken (8)  |  Discovery (591)  |  Idea (440)  |  Ignorance (190)  |  Intellect (157)  |  Intrinsic (10)  |  Invisible (30)  |  Life (917)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Mind (544)  |  Oblivion (7)  |  Purify (5)  |  Soul (139)

This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of the herd nature, the military system, which I abhor. That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilisation ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism–how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Abhor (3)  |  Abominable (4)  |  Backbone (8)  |  Bad (78)  |  Band (2)  |  Big (33)  |  Brain (181)  |  Bring (53)  |  Business (71)  |  Civilisation (18)  |  Contemptible (7)  |  Despise (7)  |  Formation (54)  |  Give (117)  |  Hack (3)  |  Hate (26)  |  Herd (12)  |  Heroism (7)  |  March (15)  |  Mean (63)  |  Military (24)  |  Mistake (107)  |  Name (118)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Need (211)  |  Nonsense (32)  |  Order (167)  |  Part (146)  |  Patriotism (6)  |  Pestilent (2)  |  Piece (32)  |  Pleasure (98)  |  Possible (100)  |  Seem (89)  |  Senseless (3)  |  Speed (27)  |  Strain (8)  |  System (141)  |  Topic (6)  |  Violence (20)  |  War (144)


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.