Charming Quotes (3 quotes)
Only to often on meeting scientific men, even those of genuine distiction, one finds that they are dull fellows and very stupid. They know one thing to excess; they know nothing else. Pursuing facts too doggedly and unimaginatively, they miss all the charming things that are not facts. ... Too much learning, like too little learning, is an unpleasant and dangerous thing.
To illustrate the apparent contrast between statistics and truth may I quote a remark I once overheard: There are three kinds of lies: white lies, which are justifiable; common liesthese have no justification; and statistics. Our meaning is similar when we say: Anything can be proved by figures; or, modifying a well-known quotation from Goethe, with numbers all men may contend their charming systems to defend.
[Concerning] mr Kirwans charming treatise on manures. Science never appears so beautiful as when applied to the uses of human life, nor any use of it so engaging as agriculture & domestic economy.