Celebrating 19 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it... That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index A > Category: African

African Quotes (10 quotes)

A practical botanist will distinguish, at the first glance, the plant of different quarters of the globe, and yet will be at a loss to tell by what mark he detects them. There is, I know not what look—sinister, dry, obscure, in African plants; superb and elevated in the Asiatic; smooth and cheerful in the American; stunted and indurated in the Alpine.
Quoted in William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences (1847), Vol. 3, 355-356, citing ‘Philosophia Botanica’ (1751), 171.
Science quotes on:  |  Botanist (23)  |  Cheerful (10)  |  Detect (44)  |  Detection (16)  |  Difference (337)  |  Different (577)  |  Distinguish (160)  |  Distinguishing (14)  |  Dry (57)  |  First (1283)  |  Glance (34)  |  Globe (47)  |  Know (1518)  |  Look (582)  |  Loss (110)  |  Mark (43)  |  Obscure (62)  |  Plant (294)  |  Practical (200)  |  Quarter (5)  |  Recognition (88)  |  Smooth (32)  |  Stunt (7)  |  Tell (340)  |  Will (2355)

Asian Homo erectus died without issue and does not enter our immediate ancestry (for we evolved from African populations); Neanderthal people were collateral cousins, perhaps already living in Europe while we emerged in Africa... In other words, we are an improbable and fragile entity, fortunately successful after precarious beginnings as a small population in Africa, not the predictable end result of a global tendency. We are a thing, an item of history, not an embodiment of general principles.
Wonderful Life (1989), 319.
Science quotes on:  |  Africa (35)  |  Already (222)  |  Ancestry (12)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Cousin (12)  |  Embodiment (9)  |  End (590)  |  Enter (141)  |  Entity (35)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Fragile (21)  |  General (511)  |  Global (35)  |  History (673)  |  Homo Sapiens (23)  |  Immediate (95)  |  Living (491)  |  Neanderthal (7)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Population (110)  |  Principle (507)  |  Result (677)  |  Small (477)  |  Successful (123)  |  Tendency (99)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Word (619)

But just as astronomy succeeded astrology, following Kepler's discovery of planetary regularities, the discoveries of these many principles in empirical explorations of intellectual processes in machines should lead to a science, eventually.
[Co-author with South African mathematician, Seymour Papert (1928- )]
Artificial Intelligence (1973), 25.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Astrology (43)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Author (167)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Empirical (54)  |  Empiricism (21)  |  Eventually (65)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Johannes Kepler (91)  |  Lead (384)  |  Machine (257)  |  Planetary (29)  |  Principle (507)  |  Process (423)  |  Science (3879)  |  South (38)  |  Succeed (109)

Four hundred thousand South Africans are dying of AIDS every year. This makes the war on Iraq look like a birthday party.
Science quotes on:  |  Aid (97)  |  AIDS (3)  |  Birthday (8)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Look (582)  |  South (38)  |  South Africa (2)  |  Thousand (331)  |  War (225)  |  Year (933)

I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
Letter to Thomas Jefferson included with a copy of Banneker’s first almanacs. In George Washington Williams, History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880 (1882), Vol. 1, 395.
Science quotes on:  |  African American (6)  |  Color (137)  |  Dye (10)  |  God (757)  |  Gratitude (13)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Profound (104)  |  Race (268)  |  Ruler (21)  |  Sense (770)  |  Supreme (71)  |  Universe (857)

Since Britain lies far north toward the pole, the nights are short in summer, and at midnight it is hard to tell whether the evening twilight still lingers or whether dawn is approaching, since the sun at night passes not far below the earth in its journey round the north back to the east. Consequently the days are long in summer, as are the nights in winter when the sun withdraws into African regions.
Bede
Science quotes on:  |  Africa (35)  |  Back (390)  |  Britain (24)  |  Dawn (31)  |  Earth (996)  |  Hard (243)  |  Journey (42)  |  Lie (364)  |  Linger (14)  |  Long (790)  |  Midnight (11)  |  Night (120)  |  North (11)  |  Pole (46)  |  Short (197)  |  Still (613)  |  Summer (54)  |  Sun (385)  |  Tell (340)  |  Twilight (6)  |  Winter (44)  |  Withdraw (9)

The ten most important two-letter words in the English language: “if it is to be, it is up to me.” …
[Remember] the African parable of the sparrow who while flying through the sky heard a clap of thunder. He fell to the ground with his two little legs sticking up.
An eagle flying nearby saw the sparrow and asked “Hey, man, what’s happening?”
Replied the sparrow, “The sky is falling down.”
Mocked the eagle, “And what are you going to do, hold it up with those two little legs of yours?”
Replied the sparrow, “One does what one can with what one has.”
In address, to the Economic Club of Detroit (14 Jan 1990), 'Where Do We Go From Here?' on the massiechairs.com website.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ask (411)  |  Clap (3)  |  Do (1908)  |  Down (456)  |  Eagle (19)  |  Fall (230)  |  Flying (72)  |  Ground (217)  |  Happening (58)  |  Hear (139)  |  Hold (95)  |  Importance (286)  |  Language (293)  |  Leg (34)  |  Letter (109)  |  Little (707)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mocking (4)  |  Most (1731)  |  Parable (5)  |  Remember (179)  |  Saw (160)  |  Sky (161)  |  Sparrow (6)  |  Sticking (3)  |  Through (849)  |  Thunder (20)  |  Two (937)  |  Word (619)

TZETZE, (or TSETSE) FLY, n. An African insect (Glossina morsitans) whose bite is commonly regarded as nature's most efficacious remedy for insomnia, though some patients prefer that of the American novelist (Mendax interminabilis.)
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (1911), Vol. 7, The Devil's Dictionary,  353.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Bite (17)  |  Disease (328)  |  Fly (146)  |  Humour (116)  |  Insect (77)  |  Most (1731)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Patient (199)  |  Regard (305)  |  Remedy (62)

What was really great about 'Star Trek' when I was growing up as a little girl is not only did they have Lt. Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols as a technical officer—she was African. ... At the same time, they had this crew that was composed of people from all around the world and they were working together to learn more about the universe. ... So that helped to fuel my whole idea that I could be involved in space exploration as well as in the sciences.
As quoted in 'Then & Now: Dr. Mae Jemison' (19 Jun 2005) on CNN web site.
Science quotes on:  |  African American (6)  |  All (4108)  |  Crew (9)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Girl (37)  |  Great (1574)  |  Growing (98)  |  Idea (843)  |  Inspiration (75)  |  International (37)  |  Involved (90)  |  Learn (629)  |  Little (707)  |  More (2559)  |  Officer (12)  |  People (1005)  |  Science (3879)  |  Space (500)  |  Space Exploration (13)  |  Star (427)  |  Time (1877)  |  Together (387)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

When I'm asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires - Mali, Songhai, Egypt - had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group.
In Current Biography Yearbook (1993), Vol. 54, 280.
Science quotes on:  |  Africa (35)  |  African American (6)  |  All (4108)  |  Ancient (189)  |  Ask (411)  |  Astronomer (93)  |  Belong (162)  |  Do (1908)  |  Egypt (29)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Group (78)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Involved (90)  |  Never (1087)  |  People (1005)  |  Presuppose (15)  |  Relevance (16)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Space (500)


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.