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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Genius is two percent inspiration, ninety-eight percent perspiration.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index C > Category: Career

Career Quotes (75 quotes)

Copernicus, who rightly did condemn
This eldest systeme, form’d a wiser scheme;
In which he leaves the Sun at Rest, and rolls
The Orb Terrestial on its proper Poles;
Which makes the Night and Day by this Career,
And by its slow and crooked Course the Year.
The famous Dane, who oft the Modern guides,
To Earth and Sun their Provinces divides:
The Earth's Rotation makes the Night and Day,
The Sun revolving through th'Eccliptic Way
Effects the various seasons of the Year,
Which in their Turn for happy Ends appear.
This Scheme or that, which pleases best, embrace,
Still we the Fountain of their Motion trace.
Kepler asserts these Wonders may be done
By the Magnetic Vertue of the Sun,
Which he, to gain his End, thinks fit to place
Full in the Center of that mighty Space,
Which does the Spheres, where Planets roll, include,
And leaves him with Attractive Force endu'd.
The Sun, thus seated, by Mechanic Laws,
The Earth, and every distant Planet draws;
By which Attraction all the Planets found
Within his reach, are turn'd in Ether round.
In Creation: A Philosophical Poem in Seven Books (1712), book 2, l. 430-53, p.78-9.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Assert (66)  |  Attraction (56)  |  Attractive (23)  |  Best (459)  |  Condemn (44)  |  Nicolaus Copernicus (48)  |  Course (409)  |  Divide (75)  |  Draw (137)  |  Earth (996)  |  Effect (393)  |  Embrace (46)  |  End (590)  |  Ether (35)  |  Fit (134)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Gain (145)  |  Guide (97)  |  Happy (105)  |  Include (90)  |  Johannes Kepler (91)  |  Law (894)  |  Magnetic (44)  |  Mechanic (119)  |  Modern (385)  |  Motion (310)  |  Orb (20)  |  Planet (356)  |  Please (65)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Pole (46)  |  Proper (144)  |  Province (35)  |  Reach (281)  |  Rest (280)  |  Roll (40)  |  Rotation (12)  |  Scheme (57)  |  Season (47)  |  Slow (101)  |  Solar System (77)  |  Space (500)  |  Sphere (116)  |  Still (613)  |  Sun (385)  |  Think (1086)  |  Through (849)  |  Trace (103)  |  Turn (447)  |  Various (200)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Year (933)

[About John Evershed] There is much in our medallist’s career which is a reminder of the scientific life of Sir William Huggins. They come from the same English neighbourhood and began as amateurs of the best kind. They both possess the same kind of scientific aptitude.
Address, presenting the Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society to Evershed, as quoted in F.J.M. Stratton, 'John Evershed', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (Nov 1957), 3, 40.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Amateur (19)  |  Aptitude (19)  |  Best (459)  |  Both (493)  |  English (35)  |  Sir William Huggins (2)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1795)  |  Neighbourhood (2)  |  Possess (156)  |  Reminder (13)  |  Scientific (941)

A circumstance which influenced my whole career more than any other … was my friendship with Professor Henslow … a man who knew every branch of science…. During the latter half of my time at Cambridge [I] took long walks with him on most days; so that I was called by some of the dons “the man who walks with Henslow.”
In Charles Darwin and Francis Darwin (ed.), 'Autobiography', The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887, 1896), Vol. 1, 44.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Branch (150)  |  Call (769)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Friendship (18)  |  John Stevens Henslow (2)  |  Long (790)  |  Man (2251)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Other (2236)  |  Professor (128)  |  Science (3879)  |  Time (1877)  |  Walk (124)  |  Whole (738)

A fair number of people who go on to major in astronomy have decided on it certainly by the time they leave junior high, if not during junior high. I think it’s somewhat unusual that way. I think most children pick their field quite a bit later, but astronomy seems to catch early, and if it does, it sticks.
From interview by Rebecca Wright, 'Oral History Transcript' (15 Sep 2000), on NASA website.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Certainly (185)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Decide (41)  |  Early (185)  |  Field (364)  |  High (362)  |  Junior (6)  |  Junior High (3)  |  Major (84)  |  Most (1731)  |  Number (699)  |  People (1005)  |  Pick (16)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Unusual (37)  |  Way (1217)

A parable: A man was examining the construction of a cathedral. He asked a stone mason what he was doing chipping the stones, and the mason replied, “I am making stones.” He asked a stone carver what he was doing. “I am carving a gargoyle.” And so it went, each person said in detail what they were doing. Finally he came to an old woman who was sweeping the ground. She said. “I am helping build a cathedral.”
...Most of the time each person is immersed in the details of one special part of the whole and does not think of how what they are doing relates to the larger picture.
[For example, in education, a teacher might say in the next class he was going to “explain Young's modulus and how to measure it,” rather than, “I am going to educate the students and prepare them for their future careers.”]
In The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1975, 2005), 195.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ask (411)  |  Build (204)  |  Building (156)  |  Cathedral (27)  |  Class (164)  |  Construction (112)  |  Detail (146)  |  Doing (280)  |  Education (378)  |  Explain (322)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Future (429)  |  Gargoyle (3)  |  Ground (217)  |  Immersion (4)  |  Making (300)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mason (2)  |  Measure (232)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Most (1731)  |  Next (236)  |  Old (481)  |  Parable (5)  |  Part (222)  |  Person (363)  |  Picture (143)  |  Preparation (58)  |  Relation (157)  |  Say (984)  |  Special (184)  |  Stone (162)  |  Student (300)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Time (1877)  |  Whole (738)  |  Woman (151)  |  Young (227)

Any country that wants to make full use of all its potential scientists and technologists … must not expect to get the women quite so simply as it gets the men. It seems to me that marriage and motherhood are at least as socially important as military service. Government regulations are framed to ensure (in the United Kingdom) that a man returning to work from military service is not penalized by his absence. Is it utopian, then, to suggest that any country that really wants a woman to return to a scientific career when her children no longer need her physical presence should make special arrangements to encourage her to do so?
In Impact of Science on Society (1970), 20 58. Commenting how for men who went to war, their jobs were held for them pending their return.
Science quotes on:  |  Absence (18)  |  All (4108)  |  Arrangement (91)  |  Children (200)  |  Country (251)  |  Do (1908)  |  Encourage (40)  |  Encouragement (23)  |  Ensure (26)  |  Expect (200)  |  Expectation (65)  |  Framing (2)  |  Government (110)  |  Importance (286)  |  Kingdom (78)  |  Man (2251)  |  Marriage (39)  |  Men (20)  |  Military (40)  |  Motherhood (2)  |  Must (1526)  |  Physical (508)  |  Potential (69)  |  Presence (63)  |  Regulation (24)  |  Regulations (3)  |  Return (124)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Service (110)  |  Society (326)  |  Special (184)  |  Technologist (7)  |  Use (766)  |  Utopian (3)  |  Want (497)  |  Woman (151)  |  Women (9)  |  Work (1351)

Any one who has studied the history of science knows that almost every great step therein has been made by the “anticipation of Nature,” that is, by the invention of hypotheses, which, though verifiable, often had very little foundation to start with; and, not unfrequently, in spite of a long career of usefulness, turned out to be wholly erroneous in the long run.
In 'The Progress of Science 1837-1887' (1887), Collected Essays (1901), Vol. 1, 62.
Science quotes on:  |  Anticipation (18)  |  Erroneous (30)  |  Error (321)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Great (1574)  |  History (673)  |  History Of Science (63)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Invention (369)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Little (707)  |  Long (790)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Progress (465)  |  Run (174)  |  Science (3879)  |  Spite (55)  |  Start (221)  |  Step (231)  |  Study (653)  |  Turn (447)  |  Usefulness (86)  |  Verification (31)  |  Wholly (88)

As a boy I had liked both drawing and physics, and I always abhorred the role of being a spectator. In 1908, when I was 15, I designed, built and flew a toy model airplane which won the then-famous James Gordon Bennett Cup. By 16 I had discovered that design could be fun and profitable, and this lesson has never been lost on me.
On the official Raymond Loewry website.
Science quotes on:  |  Abhorrence (9)  |  Airplane (41)  |  Being (1278)  |  Both (493)  |  Boy (94)  |  Design (195)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Drawing (56)  |  Fun (38)  |  Lesson (57)  |  Like (22)  |  Model (102)  |  Never (1087)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Profit (52)  |  Profitable (28)  |  Role (86)  |  Spectator (10)  |  Toy (19)  |  Win (52)

As a career, the business of an orthodox preacher is about as successful as that of a celluloid dog chasing an asbestos cat through hell.
A Thousand & One Epigrams: Selected from the Writings of Elbert Hubbard (1911), 110. Celluloid, an early plastic, known by that name since 1872 and used for early film stock, is noted for its flammability.
Science quotes on:  |  Asbestos (3)  |  Business (149)  |  Cat (47)  |  Chase (14)  |  Clergyman (5)  |  Dog (70)  |  Hell (32)  |  Orthodox (4)  |  Preacher (13)  |  Success (302)  |  Successful (123)  |  Through (849)

As for hailing [the new term] scientist as 'good', that was mere politeness: Faraday never used the word, describing himself as a natural philosopher to the end of his career.
Nineteenth-Century Attitudes: Men of Science (1991), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Description (84)  |  End (590)  |  Michael Faraday (85)  |  Good (889)  |  Himself (461)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosopher (4)  |  Never (1087)  |  New (1216)  |  Nomenclature (146)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Term (349)  |  Word (619)

At no period of [Michael Faraday’s] unmatched career was he interested in utility. He was absorbed in disentangling the riddles of the universe, at first chemical riddles, in later periods, physical riddles. As far as he cared, the question of utility was never raised. Any suspicion of utility would have restricted his restless curiosity. In the end, utility resulted, but it was never a criterion to which his ceaseless experimentation could be subjected.
'The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge', Harper's Magazine (Jun/Nov 1939), No. 179, 546. In Hispania (Feb 1944), 27, No. 1, 77.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Absorb (49)  |  Car (71)  |  Ceaseless (6)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Criterion (27)  |  Curiosity (128)  |  Disentangle (4)  |  End (590)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Michael Faraday (85)  |  First (1283)  |  Interest (386)  |  Never (1087)  |  Period (198)  |  Physical (508)  |  Question (621)  |  Restless (11)  |  Result (677)  |  Riddle (28)  |  Subject (521)  |  Suspicion (35)  |  Universe (857)  |  Usefulness (86)  |  Utility (49)

At quite uncertain times and places,
The atoms left their heavenly path,
And by fortuitous embraces,
Engendered all that being hath.
And though they seem to cling together,
And form 'associations' here,
Yet, soon or late, they burst their tether,
And through the depths of space career.
From 'Molecular Evolution', Nature, 8, 1873. In Lewis Campbell and William Garnett, The Life of James Clerk Maxwell (1882), 637.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Association (46)  |  Atom (355)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bond (45)  |  Burst (39)  |  Depth (94)  |  Embrace (46)  |  Form (959)  |  Fortuitous (11)  |  Late (118)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Path (144)  |  Poem (96)  |  Soon (186)  |  Space (500)  |  Tether (2)  |  Through (849)  |  Time (1877)  |  Together (387)  |  Uncertain (44)

Do not expect to be hailed as a hero when you make your great discovery. More likely you will be a ratbag—maybe failed by your examiners. Your statistics, or your observations, or your literature study, or your something else will be patently deficient. Do not doubt that in our enlightened age the really important advances are and will be rejected more often than acclaimed. Nor should we doubt that in our own professional lifetime we too will repudiate with like pontifical finality the most significant insight ever to reach our desk.
Theories of the Earth and Universe (1988), 365.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (280)  |  Age (499)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Do (1908)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Enlighten (29)  |  Enlightened (24)  |  Examiner (5)  |  Expect (200)  |  Fail (185)  |  Finality (7)  |  Great (1574)  |  Hero (42)  |  Insight (102)  |  Literature (103)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Observation (555)  |  Patently (4)  |  Professional (70)  |  Progress (465)  |  Reach (281)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejected (26)  |  Repudiate (7)  |  Significant (74)  |  Something (719)  |  Statistics (155)  |  Study (653)  |  Will (2355)

Early in my school career, I turned out to be an incorrigible disciplinary problem. I could understand what the teacher was saying as fast as she could say it, I found time hanging heavy, so I would occasionally talk to my neighbor. That was my great crime, I talked in school.
In In Memory Yet Green: the Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954 (1979), 73.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Crime (38)  |  Discipline (77)  |  Early (185)  |  Great (1574)  |  Problem (676)  |  Say (984)  |  School (219)  |  Talk (100)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Time (1877)  |  Turn (447)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)

ELECTRICITY, n. The power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else. It is the same thing as lightning, and its famous attempt to strike Dr. Franklin is one of the most picturesque incidents in that great and good man's career. The memory of Dr. Franklin is justly held in great reverence, particularly in France, where a waxen effigy of him was recently on exhibition, bearing the following touching account of his life and services to science:
Monsieur Franqulin, inventor of electricity. This illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the world, died on the Sandwich Islands and was devoured by savages, of whom not a single fragment was ever recovered.
Electricity seems destined to play a most important part in the arts and industries. The question of its economical application to some purposes is still unsettled, but experiment has already proved that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse.
The Cynic's Word Book (1906), 87. Also published later as The Devil's Dictionary.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Account (192)  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Application (242)  |  Art (657)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Better (486)  |  Car (71)  |  Cause (541)  |  Destined (42)  |  Devour (29)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Exhibition (7)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fragment (54)  |  Benjamin Franklin (91)  |  Gas (83)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Horse (74)  |  Humour (116)  |  Illustrious (10)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Island (46)  |  Known (454)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Lightning (45)  |  Man (2251)  |  Memory (134)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Power (746)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Question (621)  |  Science (3879)  |  Service (110)  |  Single (353)  |  Something (719)  |  Still (613)  |  Strike (68)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Touching (16)  |  Unsettled (3)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

First, it must be a pleasure to study the human body the most miraculous masterpiece of nature and to learn about the smallest vessel and the smallest fiber. But second and most important, the medical profession gives the opportunity to alleviate the troubles of the body, to ease the pain, to console a person who is in distress, and to lighten the hour of death of many a sufferer.
Reasons for his choice of medicine as a career, from essay written during his last year in the Gymnasium (high school). As quoted in Leslie Dunn, Rudolf Virchow: Now You Know His Name (2012), 8-9.
Science quotes on:  |  Alleviate (4)  |  Body (537)  |  Console (2)  |  Death (388)  |  Distress (9)  |  Ease (35)  |  Fiber (16)  |  First (1283)  |  Hour (186)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Body (34)  |  Importance (286)  |  Learn (629)  |  Lighten (2)  |  Masterpiece (9)  |  Medical (26)  |  Miraculous (11)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Opportunity (87)  |  Pain (136)  |  Person (363)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Profession (99)  |  Smallest (9)  |  Study (653)  |  Sufferer (7)  |  Trouble (107)  |  Vessel (63)

For many doctors the achievement of a published article is a tedious duty to be surmounted as a necessary hurdle in a medical career.
British Medical Journal (1958), 2, 502
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (179)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Physician (273)  |  Publication (101)  |  Tedious (14)

From my father I learned to build things, to take them apart, and to fix mechanical and electrical equipment in general. I spent vast hours in a woodworking shop he maintained in the basement of our house, building gadgets, working both with my father and alone, often late into the night. … This play with building, fixing, and designing was my favorite activity throughout my childhood, and was a wonderful preparation for my later career as an experimentalist working on the frontiers of chemistry and physics.
From 'Richard E. Smalley: Biographical', collected in Tore Frängsmyr (ed.), Les Prix Nobel: The Nobel Prizes 1996 (1997).
Science quotes on:  |  Activity (210)  |  Alone (311)  |  Both (493)  |  Build (204)  |  Building (156)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Childhood (38)  |  Design (195)  |  Electrical (57)  |  Equipment (43)  |  Experimentalist (20)  |  Experimenter (40)  |  Father (110)  |  Favorite (37)  |  Fix (25)  |  Frontier (38)  |  General (511)  |  Hour (186)  |  House (140)  |  Late (118)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Mechanical (140)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Play (112)  |  Preparation (58)  |  Spent (85)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Vast (177)  |  Wonderful (149)

From the age of 13, I was attracted to physics and mathematics. My interest in these subjects derived mostly from popular science books that I read avidly. Early on I was fascinated by theoretical physics and determined to become a theoretical physicist. I had no real idea what that meant, but it seemed incredibly exciting to spend one's life attempting to find the secrets of the universe by using one's mind.
From 'Autobiography', in Tore Frängsmyr (ed.) Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2004, (2005).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Age (499)  |  Attempting (3)  |  Attraction (56)  |  Become (815)  |  Book (392)  |  Determination (78)  |  Early (185)  |  Exciting (47)  |  Fascination (32)  |  Find (998)  |  Idea (843)  |  Incredible (41)  |  Inspiration (75)  |  Interest (386)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Physics (533)  |  Popular (29)  |  Read (287)  |  Reading (133)  |  Science (3879)  |  Secret (194)  |  Spend (95)  |  Subject (521)  |  Theoretical Physicist (19)  |  Theoretical Physics (25)  |  Universe (857)  |  Use (766)

Haldane could have made a success of any one of half a dozen careers—as mathematician, classical scholar, philosopher, scientist, journalist or imaginative writer. On his life’s showing he could not have been a politician, administrator (heavens, no!), jurist or, I think, a critic of any kind. In the outcome he became one of the three or four most influential biologists of his generation.
Essay, 'J.B.S.', in Pluto’s Republic: Incorporating The Art of the Soluble and Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought (1982), collected in The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science (1996), 87.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Administrator (11)  |  Biography (240)  |  Biologist (69)  |  Classical (45)  |  Critic (20)  |  Generation (242)  |  J.B.S. Haldane (50)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Influential (4)  |  Journalist (8)  |  Jurist (4)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Most (1731)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Politician (38)  |  Scholar (48)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Success (302)  |  Think (1086)  |  Writer (86)

I am persuaded that there is not in the nature of science anything unfavourable to religious feelings, and if I were not so persuaded I should be much puzzled to account for our being invested, as we so amply are, with the facilities that lead us to the discovery of scientific truth. It would be strange if our Creator should be found to be urging us on in a career which tended to be a forgetfulness of him.
Letter to H. J. Rose (19 Nov 1826). Quoted in I. Todhunter (ed.), William Whewell: An Account of His Writings with Selections From His Literary and Scientific Correspondence (1876), Vol. 2, 76.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Being (1278)  |  Creator (91)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Feelings (52)  |  Find (998)  |  Forgetfulness (7)  |  Invest (18)  |  Lead (384)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Puzzle (44)  |  Religious (126)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Truth (23)  |  Strange (157)  |  Tend (124)  |  Tendency (99)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Urge (17)

I do not remember having felt, as a boy, any passion for mathematics, and such notions as I may have had of the career of a mathematician were far from noble. I thought of mathematics in terms of examinations and scholarships: I wanted to beat other boys, and this seemed to be the way in which I could do so most decisively.
In A Mathematician's Apology (1940, reprint with Foreward by C.P. Snow 1992), 144.
Science quotes on:  |  Beat (41)  |  Boy (94)  |  Do (1908)  |  Examination (98)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Most (1731)  |  Noble (90)  |  Notion (113)  |  Other (2236)  |  Passion (114)  |  Remember (179)  |  Scholarship (20)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Thought (953)  |  Want (497)  |  Way (1217)

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York … a city neighborhood that included houses, lampposts, walls, and bushes. But with an early bedtime in the winter, I could look out my window and see the stars, and the stars were not like anything else in my neighborhood. [At age 5] I didn’t know what they were.
[At age 9] my mother … said to me, “You have a library card now, and you know how to read. Take the streetcar to the library and get a book on stars.” … I stepped up to the big librarian and asked for a book on stars. … I sat down and found out the answer, which was something really stunning.
I found out that the stars are glowing balls of gas. I also found out that the Sun is a star but really close and that the stars are all suns except really far away I didn’t know any physics or mathematics at that time, but I could imagine how far you’d have to move the Sun away from us till it was only as bright as a star. It was in that library, reading that book, that the scale of the universe opened up to me. There was something beautiful about it.
At that young age, I already knew that I’d be very happy if I could devote my life to finding out more about the stars and the planets that go around them. And it’s been my great good fortune to do just that.
Quoted in interview with Jack Rightmyer, in 'Stars in His Eyes', Highlights For Children (1 Jan 1997). Ages as given in Tom Head (ed.), Conversations with Carl Sagan (2006), x.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Age (499)  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Answer (366)  |  Ask (411)  |  Ball (62)  |  Beautiful (258)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Biography (240)  |  Book (392)  |  Bright (79)  |  Brooklyn (3)  |  Child (307)  |  City (78)  |  Do (1908)  |  Down (456)  |  Early (185)  |  Fortune (49)  |  Gas (83)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Happy (105)  |  House (140)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Know (1518)  |  Library (48)  |  Life (1795)  |  Look (582)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  More (2559)  |  Mother (114)  |  Move (216)  |  Neighborhood (12)  |  New (1216)  |  Open (274)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Planet (356)  |  Read (287)  |  Reading (133)  |  Scale (121)  |  See (1081)  |  Something (719)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Sun (385)  |  Time (1877)  |  Universe (857)  |  Wall (67)  |  Window (58)  |  Winter (44)  |  Young (227)

I have not chosen a career that will lead me to a great fortune, but not my principal ambition.
In fact, later in life he enjoyed comfortable income from his science discoveries.
Letter to his father, 1803. In Maurice Crosland, Gay-Lussac, Scientist and Bourgeois (1978), 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Ambition (43)  |  Autobiography (56)  |  Chosen (48)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Fortune (49)  |  Great (1574)  |  Income (17)  |  Lead (384)  |  Life (1795)  |  Principal (63)  |  Science (3879)  |  Will (2355)

I haven’t strength of mind not to need a career.
As quoted by Margaret Mead (who was a student of Benedict), in 'Search: 1920-1930', Ruth Benedict, An Anthropologist at Work (1959, 2011), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Mind (1338)  |  Need (290)  |  Strength (126)

I said to myself, if there's a group of these people that are so courageous and so selfless, somebody ought to carry their damn banner and do something about. That's 1965. I was 20 years old. I said I was going to commit my career to curing paralysis.
Referring to the paralyzed veteran volunteers in the spinal cord injury laboratory with whom Green worked while attending medical school.
Quoted in Jennifer Kay 'Neurosurgeon Barth Green: Football player's treatment available to all', Associated Press news report, USA Today website (posted 27 Sep 2007).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Banner (7)  |  Biography (240)  |  Carry (127)  |  Commit (41)  |  Do (1908)  |  Green (63)  |  Injury (36)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Myself (212)  |  Neurosurgery (3)  |  Old (481)  |  Paralysis (9)  |  People (1005)  |  School (219)  |  Something (719)  |  Spinal Cord (5)  |  Volunteer (7)  |  Work (1351)  |  Year (933)

I view the major features of my own odyssey as a set of mostly fortunate contingencies. I was not destined by inherited mentality or family tradition to become a paleontologist. I can locate no tradition for scientific or intellectual careers anywhere on either side of my eastern European Jewish background ... I view my serious and lifelong commitment to baseball in entirely the same manner: purely as a contingent circumstance of numerous, albeit not entirely capricious, accidents.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Accident (88)  |  Anywhere (13)  |  Background (43)  |  Baseball (3)  |  Become (815)  |  Capricious (7)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Commitment (27)  |  Contingency (11)  |  Contingent (12)  |  Destined (42)  |  Eastern (3)  |  Entirely (34)  |  European (5)  |  Family (94)  |  Feature (44)  |  Fortunate (26)  |  Inherit (33)  |  Inherited (21)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Jewish (15)  |  Lifelong (9)  |  Locate (7)  |  Major (84)  |  Manner (58)  |  Mentality (5)  |  Numerous (68)  |  Paleontologist (19)  |  Purely (109)  |  Same (157)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Serious (91)  |  Set (394)  |  Side (233)  |  Tradition (69)  |  View (488)

I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis. So I decided on science when I was in college.
Interview conducted on Scholastic website (20 Nov 1998).
Science quotes on:  |  Better (486)  |  College (66)  |  Decide (41)  |  Interest (386)  |  Long (790)  |  Science (3879)  |  Tennis (8)  |  Term (349)

I was just so interested in what I was doing I could hardly wait to get up in the morning and get at it. One of my friends, a geneticist, said I was a child, because only children can't wait to get up in the morning to get at what they want to do.
Quoted in Evelyn Fox Keller, A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock (1984), 70.
Science quotes on:  |  Autobiography (56)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Do (1908)  |  Doing (280)  |  Enthusiasm (52)  |  Friend (168)  |  Geneticist (16)  |  Interest (386)  |  Morning (94)  |  Research (664)  |  Want (497)

I … began my career as a wireless amateur. After 43 years in radio, I do not mind confessing that I am still an amateur. Despite many great achievements in the science of radio and electronics, what we know today is far less than what we have still to learn.
Address at Banquet of the International Congress on Rheumatic Diseases, printed in 'Man and Science', Radio Age: Research, Manufacturing, Communications, Broadcasting, Television (Jul 1949), 8, No. 4, 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (179)  |  Amateur (19)  |  Confession (8)  |  Do (1908)  |  Electronics (11)  |  Great (1574)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learning (274)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Radio (50)  |  Science (3879)  |  Still (613)  |  Today (314)  |  Wireless (5)  |  Year (933)

I … decided that the challenge of starting with a completely clean slate and mapping out a program that would influence astronomy for fifty years was just more than I could turn down.
Recalling why she took the opportunity to leave research at the Naval Research Laboratory for a management job at NASA to set up a program in space astronomy (Feb 1958). From interview by Rebecca Wright, 'Oral History Transcript' (15 Sep 2000), on NASA website.
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Challenge (85)  |  Clean (50)  |  Completely (135)  |  Down (456)  |  Influence (222)  |  More (2559)  |  Program (52)  |  Slate (6)  |  Turn (447)  |  Year (933)

If I were entering adulthood now instead of in the environment of fifty years ago, I would choose a career that kept me in touch with nature more than science. … Too few natural areas remain; both by intent and by indifference we have insulated ourselves from the wilderness that produced us.
In 'The Wisdom of Wilderness', Life (22 Dec 1967), 63, No. 25, 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Both (493)  |  Choose (112)  |  Environment (216)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Produced (187)  |  Remain (349)  |  Science (3879)  |  Touch (141)  |  Wilderness (45)  |  Year (933)

If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.
According to Ralph Keyes, The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When (2006), 53, on other occasions Einstein said “he might rather have been a musician, or light-house keeper”; however it is a “popular misquotation” that refers to being a watchmaker.
Science quotes on:  |  Available (78)  |  Become (815)  |  Biography (240)  |  Choose (112)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Circumstances (108)  |  Degree (276)  |  Find (998)  |  Hope (299)  |  Independence (34)  |  Living (491)  |  Man (2251)  |  Modest (15)  |  Plumber (10)  |  Present (619)  |  Scholar (48)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Still (613)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Try (283)  |  Young (227)  |  Youth (101)

In 1912 I went to a book sale and bought ten books for fifty cents. One of the books was by Ostwald The Scientific Foundations of Analytical Chemistry. Ostwald wrote at the beginning of that book that analytical chemists are the maidservants of other chemists. This made quite an impression on me, because I didn't want to be a maidservant.
Comment during interview, Beckman Center (15 March 1984), as recorded on tape held by The Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. Quotation provided by W. H. Brock.
Science quotes on:  |  Analytical Chemist (2)  |  Analytical Chemistry (3)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Book (392)  |  Chemist (156)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Impression (114)  |  Ostwald_Carl (2)  |  Other (2236)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Want (497)

It is an occupational risk of biologists to claim, towards the end of their careers, that the problems which they have not solved are insoluble.
'Popper's World', The London Review of Books (18-31 August 1983), 12.
Science quotes on:  |  Biologist (69)  |  Claim (146)  |  End (590)  |  Occupation (48)  |  Problem (676)  |  Risk (61)  |  Solution (267)

Men have been talking now for a week at the post office about the age of the great elm, as a matter interesting but impossible to be determined. The very choppers and travelers have stood upon its prostrate trunk and speculated upon its age, as if it were a profound mystery. I stooped and read its years to them (127 at nine and a half feet), but they heard me as the wind that once sighed through its branches. They still surmised that it might be two hundred years old, but they never stooped to read the inscription. Truly they love darkness rather than light. One said it was probably one hundred and fifty, for he had heard somebody say that for fifty years the elm grew, for fifty it stood still, and for fifty it was dying. (Wonder what portion of his career he stood still!) Truly all men are not men of science. They dwell within an integument of prejudice thicker than the bark of the cork-tree, but it is valuable chiefly to stop bottles with. Tied to their buoyant prejudices, they keep themselves afloat when honest swimmers sink.
(26 Jan 1856). In Henry David Thoreau and Bradford Torrey (ed.), The Writings of Henry Thoreau: Journal: VIII: November 1, 1855-August 15, 1856 (1906), 145-146.
Science quotes on:  |  Afloat (4)  |  Age (499)  |  All (4108)  |  Bark (18)  |  Bottle (15)  |  Buoyant (5)  |  Chiefly (47)  |  Cork (2)  |  Darkness (68)  |  Dwell (15)  |  Elm (4)  |  Forestry (16)  |  Great (1574)  |  Honest (50)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Inscription (11)  |  Integument (3)  |  Interesting (153)  |  Light (607)  |  Love (309)  |  Matter (798)  |  Men Of Science (143)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Never (1087)  |  Office (71)  |  Old (481)  |  Portion (84)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Profound (104)  |  Read (287)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sink (37)  |  Speculation (126)  |  Still (613)  |  Swimmer (3)  |  Talking (76)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Through (849)  |  Traveler (30)  |  Tree (246)  |  Truly (116)  |  Trunk (21)  |  Two (937)  |  Week (70)  |  Wind (128)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Year (933)

My decision to begin research in radio astronomy was influenced both by my wartime experience with electronics and antennas and by one of my teachers, Jack Ratcliffe, who had given an excellent course on electromagnetic theory during my final undergraduate year.
From Autobiography in Wilhelm Odelberg (ed.), Les Prix Nobel en 1974/Nobel Lectures (1975)
Science quotes on:  |  Antenna (4)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Begin (260)  |  Both (493)  |  Course (409)  |  Decision (91)  |  Electromagnetic Theory (5)  |  Electronics (11)  |  Excellence (39)  |  Experience (467)  |  Final (118)  |  Influence (222)  |  Radio (50)  |  Radio Astronomy (2)  |  Ratcliffe_Jack (2)  |  Research (664)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Theory (970)  |  Undergraduate (15)  |  War (225)  |  Wartime (4)  |  Year (933)

My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.
In Fact and Faith (1934), vi.
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (179)  |  Affair (29)  |  Angel (44)  |  Assumption (92)  |  Atheist (15)  |  Course (409)  |  Devil (31)  |  Dishonest (6)  |  Dishonesty (9)  |  Experiment (695)  |  God (757)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Interfere (17)  |  Interference (21)  |  Justification (48)  |  Practice (204)  |  Profession (99)  |  Professional (70)  |  Say (984)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Set (394)  |  Success (302)  |  Word (619)  |  World (1774)

My two Jamaican cousins ... were studying engineering. 'That's where the money is,' Mom advised. ... I was to be an engineering major, despite my allergy to science and math. ... Those who preceded me at CCNY include the polio vaccine discoverer, Dr. Jonas Salk ... and eight Nobel Prize winners. ... In class, I stumbled through math, fumbled through physics, and did reasonably well in, and even enjoyed, geology. All I ever looked forward to was ROTC.
Autobiographical comments on his original reason for going to the City College of New York, where he shortly turned to his military career.
My American Journey (1996), 23-26. ROTC is the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) school-based program of the U.S. military. From there, the self-described 'C-average student out of middling Morris High School' went on to become a four-star general.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Autobiography (56)  |  City (78)  |  Class (164)  |  College (66)  |  Cousin (12)  |  Discoverer (42)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Forward (102)  |  Geology (220)  |  Include (90)  |  Look (582)  |  Major (84)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Military (40)  |  Money (170)  |  New (1216)  |  Nobel Prize (40)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Polio (7)  |  Reason (744)  |  Science (3879)  |  Studying (70)  |  Stumble (19)  |  Through (849)  |  Turn (447)  |  Two (937)

Nature vibrates with rhythms, climatic and diastrophic, those finding stratigraphic expression ranging in period from the rapid oscillation of surface waters, recorded in ripple-mark, to those long-deferred stirrings of the deep imprisoned titans which have divided earth history into periods and eras. The flight of time is measured by the weaving of composite rhythms- day and night, calm and storm, summer and winter, birth and death such as these are sensed in the brief life of man. But the career of the earth recedes into a remoteness against which these lesser cycles are as unavailing for the measurement of that abyss of time as would be for human history the beating of an insect's wing. We must seek out, then, the nature of those longer rhythms whose very existence was unknown until man by the light of science sought to understand the earth. The larger of these must be measured in terms of the smaller, and the smaller must be measured in terms of years.
'Rhythm and the Measurement of Geologic Time', Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 1917, 28,746.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Abyss (29)  |  Against (332)  |  Birth (147)  |  Brief (36)  |  Calm (31)  |  Cycle (40)  |  Death (388)  |  Deep (233)  |  Divided (50)  |  Earth (996)  |  Era (51)  |  Existence (456)  |  Expression (175)  |  Flight (98)  |  Geology (220)  |  History (673)  |  Human (1468)  |  Imprison (10)  |  Insect (77)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Long (790)  |  Man (2251)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Oscillation (13)  |  Period (198)  |  Recede (11)  |  Record (154)  |  Remoteness (9)  |  Rhythm (20)  |  Ripple (9)  |  Science (3879)  |  Seek (213)  |  Storm (51)  |  Summer (54)  |  Surface (209)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Time (1877)  |  Understand (606)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Vibrate (7)  |  Water (481)  |  Weaving (5)  |  Wing (75)  |  Winter (44)  |  Year (933)

Never burn your bridges, especially if you pursue science as a career.
Anonymous
Found in The NIH Catalyst (May-June 2003), 11, No. 3, 8, as part of list 'A Scientist’s Dozen,' cited as “culled and adapted…from a variety of sources” by Howard Young.
Science quotes on:  |  Bridge (47)  |  Burn (87)  |  Burning (48)  |  Never (1087)  |  Pursue (58)  |  Pursuit (121)  |  Science (3879)

One of the great achievements of the 1950s and 1960s was a [TV] series called Your Life in Their Hands, which dealt with medical science. It presented the scientific evidence for the connection between tobacco and cancer, against the entrenched opposition, all of which you can quite easily imagine. … The “television doctor” … presented the evidence of the connection between the two over and over again on television. A lot of people tried to stop it, but he carried on. It ruined his career, I suspect, in the medical sense, but he stuck to his guns. It’s one of early television’s badges of honour.
From interview with Brian Cox and Robert Ince, in 'A Life Measured in Heartbeats', New Statesman (21 Dec 2012), 141, No. 5138, 32.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Achievement (179)  |  Against (332)  |  All (4108)  |  Call (769)  |  Cancer (55)  |  Connection (162)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Early (185)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Great (1574)  |  Honour (56)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lot (151)  |  Lung Cancer (7)  |  Medical Science (18)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Opposition (48)  |  People (1005)  |  Present (619)  |  Ruin (42)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Sense (770)  |  Series (149)  |  Smoking (27)  |  Television (30)  |  Tobacco (18)  |  Two (937)

Perhaps the most surprising thing about mathematics is that it is so surprising. The rules which we make up at the beginning seem ordinary and inevitable, but it is impossible to foresee their consequences. These have only been found out by long study, extending over many centuries. Much of our knowledge is due to a comparatively few great mathematicians such as Newton, Euler, Gauss, or Riemann; few careers can have been more satisfying than theirs. They have contributed something to human thought even more lasting than great literature, since it is independent of language.
Quoted in a space filler, without citation, in The Pentagon: A Mathematics Magazine for Students (Fall 1951), 11, No. 1, 12. Primary source needed (can you help).
Science quotes on:  |  Beginning (305)  |  Century (310)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Contribute (27)  |  Due (141)  |  Leonhard Euler (35)  |  Few (13)  |  Foresee (19)  |  Carl Friedrich Gauss (77)  |  Great (1574)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Thought (7)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Independent (67)  |  Inevitable (49)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Language (293)  |  Literature (103)  |  Long (790)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Bernhard Riemann (7)  |  Rule (294)  |  Satisfy (27)  |  Something (719)  |  Study (653)  |  Surprise (86)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)

That one must do some work seriously and must be independent and not merely amuse oneself in life—this our mother [Marie Curie] has told us always, but never that science was the only career worth following.
As quoted by Mary Margaret McBride in A Long Way From Missouri (1959), 123.
Science quotes on:  |  Amusement (33)  |  Do (1908)  |  Independence (34)  |  Life (1795)  |  Merely (316)  |  Mother (114)  |  Must (1526)  |  Never (1087)  |  Oneself (33)  |  Science (3879)  |  Serious (91)  |  Tell (340)  |  Work (1351)  |  Worth (169)

The ancients had a taste, let us say rather a passion, for the marvellous, which caused … grouping together the lofty deeds of a great number of heroes, whose names they have not even deigned to preserve, and investing the single personage of Hercules with them. … In our own time the public delight in blending fable with history. In every career of life, in the pursuit of science especially, they enjoy a pleasure in creating Herculeses.
In François Arago, trans. by William Henry Smyth, Baden Powell and Robert Grant, 'Fourier', Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men (1859), Vol. 1, 408. This comment indicates that a single scientist or inventor may be held as the exemplar, such as James Watt and the steam-engine, although groundwork was laid by predecessors.
Science quotes on:  |  Ancient (189)  |  Creation (327)  |  Deed (34)  |  Delight (108)  |  Enjoy (40)  |  Fable (12)  |  Great (1574)  |  Grouping (2)  |  Hercules (9)  |  Hero (42)  |  History (673)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lofty (13)  |  Marvellous (25)  |  Name (333)  |  Number (699)  |  Passion (114)  |  Personage (4)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Public (96)  |  Pursuit (121)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Single (353)  |  Taste (90)  |  Time (1877)  |  Together (387)

The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Acquisitive (2)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Bad (180)  |  Capitalism (10)  |  Competitive (8)  |  Consider (416)  |  Cripple (3)  |  Educational (7)  |  Evil (116)  |  Exaggerate (6)  |  Future (429)  |  Inculcate (6)  |  Individual (404)  |  Preparation (58)  |  Student (300)  |  Success (302)  |  Suffer (41)  |  System (537)  |  Train (114)  |  Whole (738)  |  Worship (32)  |  Worst (57)

The development of science has produced an industrial revolution which has brought different peoples in such close contact with one another through colonization and commerce that no matter how some nations may still look down upon others, no country can harbor the illusion that its career is decided wholly within itself.
In Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education (1916), 337.
Science quotes on:  |  Close (69)  |  Colonization (3)  |  Commerce (21)  |  Contact (65)  |  Country (251)  |  Decide (41)  |  Development (422)  |  Different (577)  |  Down (456)  |  Harbor (6)  |  Illusion (66)  |  Industrial Revolution (10)  |  Look (582)  |  Matter (798)  |  Nation (193)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Produce (104)  |  Produced (187)  |  Revolution (129)  |  Science (3879)  |  Still (613)  |  Through (849)  |  Wholly (88)  |  Within (7)

The first observation of cancer cells in the smear of the uterine cervix gave me one of the greatest thrills I ever experienced during my scientific career.
Quoted on web page http://www.whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm/2402.html
Science quotes on:  |  Autobiography (56)  |  Cancer (55)  |  Cell (138)  |  First (1283)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Microscope (80)  |  Observation (555)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Thrill (22)

The future mathematician ... should solve problems, choose the problems which are in his line, meditate upon their solution, and invent new problems. By this means, and by all other means, he should endeavor to make his first important discovery: he should discover his likes and dislikes, his taste, his own line.
How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (1957), 206.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Choose (112)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Dislike (15)  |  Endeavor (67)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  First (1283)  |  Future (429)  |  Like (22)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  New (1216)  |  Other (2236)  |  Problem (676)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solve (130)  |  Taste (90)

The lives of scientists, considered as Lives, almost always make dull reading. For one thing, the careers of the famous and the merely ordinary fall into much the same pattern, give or take an honorary degree or two, or (in European countries) an honorific order. It could be hardly otherwise. Academics can only seldom lead lives that are spacious or exciting in a worldly sense. They need laboratories or libraries and the company of other academics. Their work is in no way made deeper or more cogent by privation, distress or worldly buffetings. Their private lives may be unhappy, strangely mixed up or comic, but not in ways that tell us anything special about the nature or direction of their work. Academics lie outside the devastation area of the literary convention according to which the lives of artists and men of letters are intrinsically interesting, a source of cultural insight in themselves. If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility; if a historian were to fail (as Ruskin did) to consummate his marriage, we should not suppose that our understanding of historical scholarship had somehow been enriched.
'J.B.S: A Johnsonian Scientist', New York Review of Books (10 Oct 1968), reprinted in Pluto's Republic (1982), and inThe Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science (1996), 86.
Science quotes on:  |  Academic (18)  |  According (237)  |  Artist (90)  |  Cogent (6)  |  Comic (4)  |  Company (59)  |  Consider (416)  |  Convention (14)  |  Culture (143)  |  Cut (114)  |  Degree (276)  |  Devastation (6)  |  Direction (175)  |  Distress (9)  |  Dull (54)  |  Ear (68)  |  Enrich (24)  |  Enrichment (7)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Excitement (50)  |  Exciting (47)  |  Fail (185)  |  Fall (230)  |  Fame (50)  |  Historian (54)  |  Historical (70)  |  Insight (102)  |  Interesting (153)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Lead (384)  |  Letter (109)  |  Library (48)  |  Lie (364)  |  Life (1795)  |  Literary (13)  |  Live (628)  |  Marriage (39)  |  Merely (316)  |  More (2559)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Order (632)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Other (2236)  |  Outside (141)  |  Pattern (110)  |  Privacy (7)  |  Privation (5)  |  Reading (133)  |  John Ruskin (25)  |  Scholarship (20)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Seldom (65)  |  Sense (770)  |  Sensibility (4)  |  Somehow (48)  |  Special (184)  |  Suppose (156)  |  Tell (340)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Two (937)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Unhappiness (9)  |  Unhappy (16)  |  Way (1217)  |  Work (1351)

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
Nobody Knows My Name (1961). In The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 (1985), 302.
Science quotes on:  |  Calling (3)  |  Intimate (15)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Pay (43)  |  Price (51)  |  Profession (99)  |  Pursue (58)  |  Pursuing (27)  |  Side (233)  |  Ugly (14)

The principal impetus for my entering a career in science … was the successful launching of Sputnik in 1957, and the then current belief that science and technology was going to be where the action was in the coming decades.
From 'Richard E. Smalley: Biographical', collected in Tore Frängsmyr (ed.), Les Prix Nobel: The Nobel Prizes 1996 (1997).
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  Belief (578)  |  Biography (240)  |  Coming (114)  |  Current (118)  |  Decade (59)  |  Impetus (5)  |  Launch (20)  |  Principal (63)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Technology (45)  |  Sputnik (4)  |  Successful (123)  |  Technology (257)

The rigid career path of a professor at a modern university is that One Must Build the Big Research Group, recruit doctoral students more vigorously than the head football coach, bombard the federal agencies with grant applications more numerous than the pollen falling from the heavens in spring, and leave the paper writing and the research to the postdocs, research associates, and students who do all the bench work and all the computer programming. A professor is chained to his previous topics by his Big Group, his network of contacts built up laboriously over decades, and the impossibility of large funding except in areas where the grantee has grown the group from a corner of the building to an entire floor. The senior tenure-track faculty at a research university–the “silverbacks” in anthropological jargon–are bound by invisible chains stronger than the strongest steel to a narrow range of what the Prevailing Consensus agrees are Very Important Problems. The aspiring scientist is confronted with the reality that his mentors are all business managers.
In his Foreword to Cornelius Lanczos, Discourse on Fourier Series, ix-x.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Application (242)  |  Associate (25)  |  Bench (8)  |  Bound (119)  |  Build (204)  |  Building (156)  |  Business (149)  |  Coach (5)  |  Computer (127)  |  Consensus (8)  |  Contact (65)  |  Corner (57)  |  Decade (59)  |  Department (92)  |  Do (1908)  |  Football (10)  |  Funding (19)  |  Grant (73)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Impossibility (61)  |  Invisible (63)  |  Jargon (13)  |  Large (394)  |  Manager (6)  |  Mentor (3)  |  Modern (385)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Narrow (84)  |  Network (21)  |  Numerous (68)  |  Paper (182)  |  Path (144)  |  Pollen (6)  |  Postgraduate (2)  |  Problem (676)  |  Professor (128)  |  Range (99)  |  Reality (261)  |  Research (664)  |  Rigid (24)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Senior (6)  |  Silverback (2)  |  Spring (133)  |  Steel (21)  |  Stronger (36)  |  Strongest (38)  |  Student (300)  |  Tenure (7)  |  Topic (21)  |  Track (38)  |  University (121)  |  Work (1351)  |  Writing (189)

The success of the paradigm... is at the start largely a promise of success ... Normal science consists in the actualization of that promise... Mopping up operations are what engage most scientists throughout their careers. They constitute what I am here calling normal science... That enterprise seems an attempt to force nature into the preformed and relatively inflexible box that the paradigm supplies. No part of the aim of normal science is to call forth new sorts of phenomena; indeed those that will not fit the box are often not seen at all. Nor do scientists normally aim to invent new theories, and they are often intolerant of those invented by others.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), 23-4.
Science quotes on:  |  Aim (165)  |  All (4108)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Box (22)  |  Call (769)  |  Consist (223)  |  Constitute (97)  |  Do (1908)  |  Engage (39)  |  Enterprise (54)  |  Fit (134)  |  Force (487)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Most (1731)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Other (2236)  |  Paradigm (14)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Promise (67)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Start (221)  |  Success (302)  |  Theory (970)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Will (2355)

The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career; yet it depended on so small a circumstance as my uncle offering to drive me 30 miles to Shrewsbury, which few uncles would have done, and on such a trifle as the shape of my nose.
At the end of a particular drive, his uncle, Josiah Wedgwood, convinced Darwin’s reluctant father that Charles should voyage on the Beagle. Captain Fitz-Roy believed he could read a man’s character from the shape of his nose. In Charles Darwin and Francis Darwin (ed.), 'Autobiography', The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887, 1896), Vol. 1, 51.
Science quotes on:  |  Beagle (13)  |  Biography (240)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Depend (228)  |  Event (216)  |  Life (1795)  |  Most (1731)  |  Small (477)  |  Whole (738)

Throughout his career, [Richard] Drew tried to create an environment where people were encouraged to follow their instincts. He was known at 3M as a consummate mentor, encouraging and helping to train many of the company’s young scientists, who went on to develop successful products of their own, paving the way for 3M’s culture of innovation.
Magazine
In Press Release (7 May 2007) on 3M Company website.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  3M Company (2)  |  Company (59)  |  Consummate (4)  |  Create (235)  |  Culture (143)  |  Develop (268)  |  Richard G. Drew (6)  |  Encourage (40)  |  Encouraging (12)  |  Environment (216)  |  Follow (378)  |  Innovation (42)  |  Instinct (88)  |  Known (454)  |  Mentor (3)  |  People (1005)  |  Product (160)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Successful (123)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Train (114)  |  Way (1217)  |  Young (227)

To fully understand the mathematical genius of Sophus Lie, one must not turn to books recently published by him in collaboration with Dr. Engel, but to his earlier memoirs, written during the first years of his scientific career. There Lie shows himself the true geometer that he is, while in his later publications, finding that he was but imperfectly understood by the mathematicians accustomed to the analytic point of view, he adopted a very general analytic form of treatment that is not always easy to follow.
In Lectures on Mathematics (1911), 9.
Science quotes on:  |  Accustom (52)  |  Accustomed (46)  |  Adopt (19)  |  Analytic (10)  |  Book (392)  |  Collaboration (15)  |  Early (185)  |  Easy (204)  |  Ernst Engel (2)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Follow (378)  |  Form (959)  |  Fully (21)  |  General (511)  |  Genius (284)  |  Geometer (24)  |  Himself (461)  |  Imperfect (45)  |  Late (118)  |  Lie (364)  |  Sophus Lie (6)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematicians and Anecdotes (141)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Memoir (13)  |  Must (1526)  |  Point (580)  |  Point Of View (80)  |  Publication (101)  |  Publish (36)  |  Recently (3)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Show (346)  |  Treatment (130)  |  True (212)  |  Turn (447)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understood (156)  |  View (488)  |  Write (230)  |  Year (933)

Using any reasonable definition of a scientist, we can say that 80 to 90 percent of all the scientists that have ever lived are alive now. Alternatively, any young scientist, starting now and looking back at the end of his career upon a normal life span, will find that 80 to 90 percent of all scientific work achieved by the end of the period will have taken place before his very eyes, and that only 10 to 20 percent will antedate his experience.
Little Science, Big Science (1963), 1-2.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (90)  |  All (4108)  |  Back (390)  |  Definition (221)  |  End (590)  |  Experience (467)  |  Eye (419)  |  Find (998)  |  Life (1795)  |  Looking (189)  |  Period (198)  |  Reasonableness (6)  |  Say (984)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)  |  Young (227)

We may be sure, that if Lyell were now living he would frankly recognize new facts, as soon as they were established, and would not shrink from any modification of his theory which these might demand. Great as were his services to geology, this, perhaps, is even greater—for the lesson applies to all sciences and to all seekers alter knowledge—that his career, from first to lost, was the manifestation of a judicial mind, of a noble spirit, raised far above all party passions and petty considerations, of an intellect great in itself, but greater still in its grand humility; that he was a man to whom truth was as the “pearl of price,” worthy of the devotion and, if need be, the sacrifice of a life.
Conclusion in Charles Lyell and Modern Geology (1895), 213.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Alter (62)  |  Biography (240)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Demand (123)  |  Devotion (34)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  First (1283)  |  Geologist (75)  |  Geology (220)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greater (288)  |  Humility (28)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lesson (57)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Sir Charles Lyell (42)  |  Man (2251)  |  Manifestation (58)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Modification (55)  |  New (1216)  |  Noble (90)  |  Passion (114)  |  Petty (9)  |  Price (51)  |  Recognize (125)  |  Sacrifice (50)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Service (110)  |  Shrink (23)  |  Soon (186)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Still (613)  |  Theory (970)  |  Truth (1057)

When I quitted business and took to science as a career, I thought I had left behind me all the petty meannesses and small jealousies which hinder man in his moral progress; but I found myself raised into another sphere, only to find poor human nature just the same everywhere—subject to the same weaknesses and the same self-seeking, however exalted the intellect.
As quoted “as well as I can recollect” by Mrs. Cornelia Crosse, wife of the scientist Andrew Crosse. She was with him during a visit by Andrew to see his friend Faraday at the Royal Institution, and she had some conversation with him. This was Faraday’s reply to her comment that he must be happy to have elevated himself (presumably, from his apprenticeship as a bookbinder) above all the “meaner aspects and lower aims of common life.” As stated in John Hall Gladstone, Michael Faraday (1872), 117.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Behind (137)  |  Business (149)  |  Everywhere (94)  |  Exalt (27)  |  Exalted (22)  |  Find (998)  |  Hinder (12)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Nature (64)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Jealousy (9)  |  Man (2251)  |  Meanness (5)  |  Moral (195)  |  Myself (212)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Petty (9)  |  Poor (136)  |  Progress (465)  |  Quit (10)  |  Science (3879)  |  Self (267)  |  Small (477)  |  Sphere (116)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thought (953)  |  Weakness (48)

When something comes along and is really important to your career and important to science, important enough so that lots of other people are working on it, you have got to do it in a short time. You have got to get in there and run experiments quickly and get published. That is the killer instinct. I do not think women have that part of it. Part of it comes from sports. It's like scoring a goal.
Quoted in The Door in the Dream: Conversations with Eminent Women in Science by Elga Wasserman, National Academy Press/John Henry Press (2000), p. 182
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Do (1908)  |  Enough (340)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Goal (145)  |  Instinct (88)  |  Killer (4)  |  Lot (151)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Publication (101)  |  Run (174)  |  Science (3879)  |  Short (197)  |  Something (719)  |  Sport (22)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)

When the war finally came to an end, 1 was at a loss as to what to do. ... I took stock of my qualifications. A not-very-good degree, redeemed somewhat by my achievements at the Admiralty. A knowledge of certain restricted parts of magnetism and hydrodynamics, neither of them subjects for which I felt the least bit of enthusiasm.
No published papers at all … [Only gradually did I realize that this lack of qualification could be an advantage. By the time most scientists have reached age thirty they are trapped by their own expertise. They have invested so much effort in one particular field that it is often extremely difficult, at that time in their careers, to make a radical change. I, on the other hand, knew nothing, except for a basic training in somewhat old-fashioned physics and mathematics and an ability to turn my hand to new things. … Since I essentially knew nothing, I had an almost completely free choice. …
In What Mad Pursuit (1988).
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (152)  |  Achievement (179)  |  Advantage (134)  |  Age (499)  |  All (4108)  |  Basic (138)  |  Certain (550)  |  Change (593)  |  Choice (110)  |  Completely (135)  |  Degree (276)  |  Difficult (246)  |  Do (1908)  |  Effort (227)  |  End (590)  |  Enthusiasm (52)  |  Expertise (8)  |  Field (364)  |  Free (232)  |  Good (889)  |  Gradually (102)  |  Invest (18)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lack (119)  |  Loss (110)  |  Magnetism (41)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Most (1731)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Old (481)  |  Old-Fashioned (8)  |  Other (2236)  |  Paper (182)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Qualification (14)  |  Radical (25)  |  Reach (281)  |  Realize (147)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Time (1877)  |  Training (80)  |  Turn (447)  |  War (225)

When you are famous it is hard to work on small problems. This is what did [Claude Elwood] Shannon in. After information theory, what do you do for an encore? The great scientists often make this error. They fail to continue to plant the little acorns from which the mighty oak trees grow. They try to get the big thing right off. And that isn’t the way things go. So that is another reason why you find that when you get early recognition it seems to sterilize you.
'You and Your Research', Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar, 7 Mar 1986.
Science quotes on:  |  Continue (165)  |  Do (1908)  |  Early (185)  |  Error (321)  |  Fail (185)  |  Fame (50)  |  Find (998)  |  Great (1574)  |  Grow (238)  |  Hard (243)  |  Information (166)  |  Little (707)  |  Oak (14)  |  Oak Tree (3)  |  Plant (294)  |  Problem (676)  |  Reason (744)  |  Recognition (88)  |  Right (452)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Small (477)  |  Theory (970)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tree (246)  |  Try (283)  |  Way (1217)  |  Why (491)  |  Work (1351)

Whether or not you agree that trimming and cooking are likely to lead on to downright forgery, there is little to support the argument that trimming and cooking are less reprehensible and more forgivable. Whatever the rationalization is, in the last analysis one can no more than be a bit dishonest than one can be a little bit pregnant. Commit any of these three sins and your scientific career is in jeopardy and deserves to be.
Honour in Science (1984), 14.
Science quotes on:  |  Analysis (233)  |  Argument (138)  |  Commit (41)  |  Cooking (11)  |  Deserve (65)  |  Dishonest (6)  |  Dishonesty (9)  |  Forgery (3)  |  Forgive (12)  |  Last (426)  |  Lead (384)  |  Little (707)  |  More (2559)  |  Pregnant (4)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Sin (42)  |  Support (147)  |  Whatever (234)

Why did I decide to undertake my doctorate research in the exotic field of boron hydrides? As it happened, my girl friend, Sarah Baylen, soon to become my wife, presented me with a graduation gift, Alfred Stock's book, The Hydrides of Boron and Silicon. I read this book and became interested in the subject. How did it happen that she selected this particular book? This was the time of the Depression. None of us had much money. It appears she selected as her gift the most economical chemistry book ($2.06) available in the University of Chicago bookstore. Such are the developments that can shape a career.
'From Little Acorns Through to Tall Oaks From Boranes Through Organoboranes', Nobel Lecture (8 Dec) 1979. In Nobel Lectures: Chemistry, 1971-1980 (1993), 341.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Available (78)  |  Become (815)  |  Book (392)  |  Boron (4)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Depression (24)  |  Development (422)  |  Field (364)  |  Friend (168)  |  Gift (104)  |  Girl (37)  |  Graduation (6)  |  Happen (274)  |  Happened (88)  |  Interest (386)  |  Money (170)  |  Most (1731)  |  Present (619)  |  Read (287)  |  Research (664)  |  Select (44)  |  Silicon (4)  |  Soon (186)  |  Alfred Stock (3)  |  Subject (521)  |  Time (1877)  |  Undertake (33)  |  University (121)  |  Why (491)  |  Wife (41)

With little more knowledge of what I was after than a cat has about catalysts … I set out to become a professional forester.
In Breaking New Ground (1947, 1998), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Become (815)  |  Cat (47)  |  Catalyst (7)  |  Forester (4)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Little (707)  |  More (2559)  |  Professional (70)  |  Set (394)

You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Animal Life (19)  |  Carbon (65)  |  Carbon Cycle (5)  |  Cycle (40)  |  Die (86)  |  End (590)  |  Life (1795)  |  More (2559)  |  Plant (294)  |  Return (124)  |  Send (22)  |  Soil (86)  |  Time (1877)  |  Will (2355)

Young men, have confidence in those powerful and safe methods, of which we do not yet know all the secrets. And, whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren skepticism … Live … until the time comes when you have the immense happiness of thinking that you have contributed in some way to the progress and to the good of humanity.
Acceptance speech (27 Dec 1892) when awarded a 70th birthday commemorative medal by the Academy of Sciences in the great theatre of the Sorbonne, as translated in René Vallery-Radot and Mrs R.L. Devonshire (trans.), The Life of Pasteur (1902), Vol. 2, 297-298. Pasteur addressed an audience that included “deep masses of students” and “boys from the lycées.”
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Barren (30)  |  Become (815)  |  Confidence (69)  |  Contribution (89)  |  Do (1908)  |  Good (889)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Immense (86)  |  Know (1518)  |  Live (628)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Progress (465)  |  Safe (54)  |  Scepticism (16)  |  Secret (194)  |  Skepticism (28)  |  Taint (10)  |  Tainted (5)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Time (1877)  |  Way (1217)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Young (227)

Young men, trust those certain and powerful methods, only the first secrets of which we yet know. And all of you, whatever your career, … do not allow yourselves to be discouraged by the gloom of certain hours which pass a nation.
Advice in Speech (27 Dec 1892) to young scientists at the Golden Jubilee celebration for Pasteur's 70th birthday. As translated in Nature (1893), 47, 205. Also translated as “Young men, have faith in those powerful and safe methods, of which we do not yet know all the secrets. And, whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves be discouraged by the sadness of certain hours which pass over nations.” By René J. Dubos, quoted and cited in Maurice B. Strauss, Familiar Medical Quotations (1968), 526.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Certain (550)  |  Discouraged (2)  |  Do (1908)  |  First (1283)  |  Gloom (9)  |  Hour (186)  |  Know (1518)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Nation (193)  |  Pass (238)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Secret (194)  |  Student (300)  |  Trust (66)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Young (227)

Young people, especially young women, often ask me for advice. Here it is, valeat quantum. Do not undertake a scientific career in quest of fame or money. There are easier and better ways to reach them. Undertake it only if nothing else will satisfy you; for nothing else is probably what you will receive. Your reward will be the widening of the horizon as you climb. And if you achieve that reward you will ask no other.
In Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections (1996), 227.
Science quotes on:  |  Advice (55)  |  Ask (411)  |  Better (486)  |  Do (1908)  |  Easier (53)  |  Especially (31)  |  Fame (50)  |  Horizon (45)  |  Money (170)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Probably (49)  |  Quantum (117)  |  Quest (39)  |  Reach (281)  |  Receive (114)  |  Reward (68)  |  Satisfy (27)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Undertake (33)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)  |  Woman (151)  |  Young (227)

[About any invention] (1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; (2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it; (3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
In News Review section, Sunday Times (29 Aug 1999).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Against (332)  |  Age (499)  |  Already (222)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Birth (147)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Creative (137)  |  End (590)  |  Everything (476)  |  Exciting (47)  |  Gradual (27)  |  Gradually (102)  |  Incredible (41)  |  Invention (369)  |  Know (1518)  |  Luck (42)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Order (4)  |  Normal (28)  |  Order (632)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thirty (6)  |  Turn (447)  |  World (1774)  |  Year (933)

[Choosing to become a geophysicist was] entirely accidental and was due to the difficulty of getting a job during the depression. There happened to be one available in Cambridge at the time when I needed it.
Quoted in 'Edward Crisp Bullard,' Current Biography (1954)
Science quotes on:  |  Accidental (27)  |  Available (78)  |  Become (815)  |  Depression (24)  |  Difficulty (196)  |  Due (141)  |  Geophysicist (3)  |  Geophysics (4)  |  Happen (274)  |  Happened (88)  |  Job (82)  |  Time (1877)

[Euclid's Elements] has been for nearly twenty-two centuries the encouragement and guide of that scientific thought which is one thing with the progress of man from a worse to a better state. The encouragement; for it contained a body of knowledge that was really known and could be relied on, and that moreover was growing in extent and application. For even at the time this book was written—shortly after the foundation of the Alexandrian Museum—Mathematics was no longer the merely ideal science of the Platonic school, but had started on her career of conquest over the whole world of Phenomena. The guide; for the aim of every scientific student of every subject was to bring his knowledge of that subject into a form as perfect as that which geometry had attained. Far up on the great mountain of Truth, which all the sciences hope to scale, the foremost of that sacred sisterhood was seen, beckoning for the rest to follow her. And hence she was called, in the dialect of the Pythagoreans, ‘the purifier of the reasonable soul.’
From a lecture delivered at the Royal Institution (Mar 1873), collected postumously in W.K. Clifford, edited by Leslie Stephen and Frederick Pollock, Lectures and Essays, (1879), Vol. 1, 296.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Aim (165)  |  Alexandria (2)  |  All (4108)  |  Application (242)  |  Attain (125)  |  Beckoning (4)  |  Better (486)  |  Body (537)  |  Book (392)  |  Call (769)  |  Conquest (28)  |  Element (310)  |  Encouragement (23)  |  Euclid (54)  |  Extent (139)  |  Follow (378)  |  Following (16)  |  Form (959)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Great (1574)  |  Growing (98)  |  Guide (97)  |  Hope (299)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Known (454)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Merely (316)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Museum (31)  |  Nearly (137)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Progress (465)  |  Reason (744)  |  Rest (280)  |  Sacred (45)  |  Scale (121)  |  School (219)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Thought (17)  |  Soul (226)  |  Start (221)  |  State (491)  |  Student (300)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Time (1877)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Two (937)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

[The enigmatical motto of Marischal College, Aberdeen: They say; what say they; let them say.] It expresses the three stages of an undergraduate’s career. “They say”—in his first year he accepts everything he is told as if it were inspired. “What say they”—in his second year he is skeptical and asks that question. “Let them say” expresses the attitude of contempt characteristic of his third year.
As quoted, without citation, in Alexander Macfarlane, 'Henry John Stephen Smith', Lectures on Ten British Mathematicians of the Nineteenth Century (1916), 100-101.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Aberdeen (2)  |  Accept (191)  |  Ask (411)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  College (66)  |  Contempt (20)  |  Enigma (14)  |  Everything (476)  |  Express (186)  |  First (1283)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Let (61)  |  Motto (28)  |  Question (621)  |  Say (984)  |  Skeptical (20)  |  Stage (143)  |  Tell (340)  |  Undergraduate (15)  |  Year (933)

[When his physician father died of a heart attack:] It was then and there that I gave myself to medicine the way a monk gives himself to God. Not to have done so would have seemed an act of filial impiety. Since I could not find him in the flesh, I would find him in the work he did.
In Down From Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age (1992), 136.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Attack (84)  |  Biography (240)  |  Father (110)  |  Find (998)  |  Flesh (27)  |  God (757)  |  Heart (229)  |  Himself (461)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Monk (5)  |  Myself (212)  |  Physician (273)  |  Way (1217)  |  Work (1351)


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 EinsteinIsaac NewtonLord KelvinCharles DarwinSrinivasa RamanujanCarl SaganFlorence NightingaleThomas EdisonAristotleMarie CurieBenjamin FranklinWinston ChurchillGalileo GalileiSigmund FreudRobert BunsenLouis PasteurTheodore RooseveltAbraham LincolnRonald ReaganLeonardo DaVinciMichio KakuKarl PopperJohann GoetheRobert OppenheimerCharles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about:Atomic  BombBiologyChemistryDeforestationEngineeringAnatomyAstronomyBacteriaBiochemistryBotanyConservationDinosaurEnvironmentFractalGeneticsGeologyHistory of ScienceInventionJupiterKnowledgeLoveMathematicsMeasurementMedicineNatural ResourceOrganic ChemistryPhysicsPhysicianQuantum TheoryResearchScience and ArtTeacherTechnologyUniverseVolcanoVirusWind PowerWomen ScientistsX-RaysYouthZoology  ... (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.