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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I was going to record talking... the foil was put on; I then shouted 'Mary had a little lamb',... and the machine reproduced it perfectly.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index E > Category: Election

Election Quotes (7 quotes)

Governments and parliaments must find that astronomy is one of the sciences which cost most dear: the least instrument costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, the least observatory costs millions; each eclipse carries with it supplementary appropriations. And all that for stars which are so far away, which are complete strangers to our electoral contests, and in all probability will never take any part in them. It must be that our politicians have retained a remnant of idealism, a vague instinct for what is grand; truly, I think they have been calumniated; they should be encouraged and shown that this instinct does not deceive them, that they are not dupes of that idealism.
In Henri Poincarι and George Bruce Halsted (trans.), The Value of Science: Essential Writings of Henri Poincare (1907), 84.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Appropriation (5)  |  Astronomy (231)  |  Complete (204)  |  Cost (87)  |  Deceive (26)  |  Dollar (22)  |  Dupe (5)  |  Eclipse (23)  |  Encourage (41)  |  Far (154)  |  Find (999)  |  Government (111)  |  Grand (27)  |  Hundred (228)  |  Idealism (4)  |  Instinct (88)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Millions (17)  |  Most (1729)  |  Must (1526)  |  Never (1087)  |  Observatory (15)  |  Parliament (7)  |  Politician (38)  |  Probability (132)  |  Remnant (7)  |  Retain (56)  |  Science (3880)  |  Show (346)  |  Star (430)  |  Stars (304)  |  Stranger (15)  |  Supplementary (4)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Truly (116)  |  Vague (47)  |  Will (2354)

I must confess, I am dreading today’s elections, … because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.
On Sergey Brin’s Google+ page (6 Nov 2012).
Science quotes on:  |  Bonfire (2)  |  Confess (42)  |  Dread (13)  |  Effort (227)  |  Focus (35)  |  Giant (68)  |  Government (111)  |  Invariably (35)  |  Irony (8)  |  Matter (801)  |  Meaning (235)  |  Meet (32)  |  Must (1526)  |  Official (6)  |  Other (2236)  |  Outcome (14)  |  Partisan (5)  |  Party (18)  |  People (1005)  |  Politics (112)  |  Stick (24)  |  Still (613)  |  Thoughtful (15)  |  Today (314)  |  Well-Meaning (3)  |  Whenever (81)  |  Will (2354)

Our highest claim to respect, as a nation, rests not in the gold, nor in the iron and the coal, nor in inventions and discoveries, nor in agricultural productions, nor in our wealth, grown so great that a war debt of billions fades out under ministrations of the revenue collector without fretting the people; nor, indeed, in all these combined. That claim finds its true elements in our systems of education and of unconstrained religious worship; in our wise and just laws, and the purity of their administration; in the conservative spirit with which the minority submits to defeat in a hotly-contested election; in a free press; in that broad humanity which builds hospitals and asylums for the poor, sick, and insane on the confines of every city; in the robust, manly, buoyant spirit of a people competent to admonish others and to rule themselves; and in the achievements of that people in every department of thought and learning.
From his opening address at an annual exhibition of the Brooklyn Industrial Institute. As quoted in biographical preface by T. Bigelow to Austin Abbott (ed.), Official Report of the Trial of Henry Ward Beecher (1875), Vol. 1, xiv.
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (180)  |  Agriculture (68)  |  All (4107)  |  Asylum (5)  |  Billion (96)  |  Build (204)  |  Buoyant (5)  |  City (78)  |  Claim (146)  |  Coal (58)  |  Competent (20)  |  Conservative (15)  |  Debt (13)  |  Defeat (29)  |  Department (92)  |  Discovery (785)  |  Education (379)  |  Element (310)  |  Find (999)  |  Free (233)  |  Gold (98)  |  Great (1575)  |  Hospital (43)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Indeed (323)  |  Insane (9)  |  Invention (377)  |  Iron (96)  |  Law (895)  |  Learning (274)  |  Manly (2)  |  Minority (21)  |  Nation (194)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Poor (136)  |  Production (183)  |  Religion (363)  |  Religious (126)  |  Respect (207)  |  Rest (281)  |  Revenue (3)  |  Robust (7)  |  Rule (295)  |  Sick (81)  |  Spirit (265)  |  System (537)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thought (954)  |  War (226)  |  Wealth (94)  |  Wise (132)  |  Worship (32)

Scientists are supposed to live in ivory towers. Their darkrooms and their vibration-proof benches are supposed to isolate their activities from the disturbances of common life. What they tell us is supposed to be for the ages, not for the next election. But the reality may be otherwise.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Activity (210)  |  Age (499)  |  Bench (8)  |  Common (436)  |  Disturbance (31)  |  Isolate (22)  |  Ivory Tower (5)  |  Life (1799)  |  Live (629)  |  Next (236)  |  Otherwise (24)  |  Proof (289)  |  Reality (262)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Suppose (156)  |  Tell (340)  |  Tower (42)  |  Vibration (20)

Tuesday, November Third = Many Voted, Bush Retired
[The date of the election of Bill Clinton over incumbent George H.W. Bush.]
Anagram
From 'The Anagram Hall of Fame' on the wordsmith.org website.
Science quotes on:  |  George Herbert Walker Bush (2)  |  President Bill Clinton (9)  |  November (2)  |  Retirement (7)  |  Third (15)  |  Tuesday (3)  |  Vote (16)

We must avoid the impression that the qualification for election is that the prostate is larger than the brain.
Speaking on the age of election of fellows at the Australian Academy of Science, 1980.
Science quotes on:  |  Academy (35)  |  Avoid (116)  |  Brain (270)  |  Impression (114)  |  Must (1526)  |  Prostate (2)  |  Qualification (14)

We think we understand the regular reflection of light and X rays - and we should understand the reflections of electrons as well if electrons were only waves instead of particles ... It is rather as if one were to see a rabbit climbing a tree, and were to say ‘Well, that is rather a strange thing for a rabbit to be doing, but after all there is really nothing to get excited about. Cats climb trees - so that if the rabbit were only a cat, we would understand its behavior perfectly.’ Of course, the explanation might be that what we took to be a rabbit was not a rabbit at all but was actually a cat. Is it possible that we are mistaken all this time in supposing they are particles, and that actually they are waves?
Franklin Institute Journal Vol. 205, 597. Cited in New Scientist (14 Apr 1977), 66.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Behavior (86)  |  Behaviour (41)  |  Cat (47)  |  Course (408)  |  Doing (280)  |  Electron (95)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Light (609)  |  Mistake (170)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Particle (196)  |  Possible (554)  |  Rabbit (9)  |  Ray (114)  |  Reflection (91)  |  Regular (47)  |  Say (984)  |  See (1082)  |  Strange (157)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tree (246)  |  Understand (607)  |  Understanding (514)  |  Wave (107)


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


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