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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index I > Category: Ignore

Ignore Quotes (22 quotes)

A complete theory of evolution must acknowledge a balance between ‘external’ forces of environment imposing selection for local adaptation and ‘internal’ forces representing constraints of inheritance and development. Vavilov placed too much emphasis on internal constraints and downgraded the power of selection. But Western Darwinians have erred equally in practically ignoring (while acknowledging in theory) the limits placed on selection by structure and development–what Vavilov and the older biologists would have called ‘laws of form.’
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Acknowledge (13)  |  Adaptation (40)  |  Balance (43)  |  Biologist (31)  |  Call (68)  |  Complete (43)  |  Constraint (8)  |  Darwinian (5)  |  Development (228)  |  Downgrade (2)  |  Emphasis (14)  |  Environment (138)  |  Equally (18)  |  Err (4)  |  Evolution (482)  |  External (45)  |  Force (194)  |  Form (210)  |  Impose (17)  |  Inheritance (19)  |  Internal (18)  |  Law (418)  |  Limit (86)  |  Local (15)  |  Old (104)  |  Place (111)  |  Power (273)  |  Practically (9)  |  Represent (27)  |  Selection (27)  |  Structure (191)  |  Theory (582)  |  Western (14)

I am not ... asserting that humans are either genial or aggressive by inborn biological necessity. Obviously, both kindness and violence lie with in the bounds of our nature because we perpetrate both, in spades. I only advance a structural claim that social stability rules nearly all the time and must be based on an overwhelmingly predominant (but tragically ignored) frequency of genial acts, and that geniality is therefore our usual and preferred response nearly all the time ... The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Act (80)  |  Advance (123)  |  Aggressive (3)  |  Assert (11)  |  Base (43)  |  Biological (21)  |  Both (52)  |  Bounds (5)  |  Center (30)  |  Claim (52)  |  Define (29)  |  Frequency (13)  |  Genial (3)  |  Human (445)  |  Human Nature (51)  |  Inborn (3)  |  Kindness (10)  |  Lie (80)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Nearly (19)  |  Necessity (125)  |  Obviously (9)  |  Ordinary (44)  |  Overwhelmingly (2)  |  Predominant (2)  |  Prefer (18)  |  Response (24)  |  Root (48)  |  Rule (135)  |  Social (93)  |  Spade (2)  |  Stability (17)  |  Structural (8)  |  Thousand (106)  |  Time (439)  |  Violence (20)

I do not see any reason to assume that the heuristic significance of the principle of general relativity is restricted to gravitation and that the rest of physics can be dealt with separately on the basis of special relativity, with the hope that later on the whole may be fitted consistently into a general relativistic scheme. I do not think that such an attitude, although historically understandable, can be objectively justified. The comparative smallness of what we know today as gravitational effects is not a conclusive reason for ignoring the principle of general relativity in theoretical investigations of a fundamental character. In other words, I do not believe that it is justifiable to ask: What would physics look like without gravitation?
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Ask (99)  |  Assume (19)  |  Attitude (47)  |  Basis (60)  |  Belief (400)  |  Character (82)  |  Comparative (8)  |  Consistently (4)  |  Deal (25)  |  Effect (133)  |  Fit (31)  |  Fundamental (122)  |  General (92)  |  General Relativity (5)  |  Gravitation (27)  |  Historically (2)  |  Hope (129)  |  In Other Words (4)  |  Investigation (123)  |  Justify (19)  |  Know (321)  |  Late (28)  |  Objectively (5)  |  Physics (301)  |  Principle (228)  |  Reason (330)  |  Relativistic (2)  |  Rest (64)  |  Restrict (8)  |  Scheme (20)  |  See (197)  |  Significance (60)  |  Smallness (4)  |  Special Relativity (3)  |  Theoretical (10)  |  Think (205)  |  Today (86)  |  Understandable (4)  |  Whole (122)

It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, of a rich country inhabited by starving people… Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid … the future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
From address to the Indian Science Congress (26 Dec 1937). As cited in M.J. Vinod and Meena Deshpande, Contemporary Political Theory (2013), 507. An earlier, longer version of the quote is in Atma Ram, 'The Making of Optical Glass in India: Its Lessons for Industrial Development', Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India (1961), 27, 564-5.
Science quotes on:  |  Aid (23)  |  Country (121)  |  Custom (24)  |  Friend (63)  |  Future (229)  |  Hunger (13)  |  Illiteracy (6)  |  Poverty (29)  |  Problem (362)  |  Resource (47)  |  Sanitation (3)  |  Science (1699)  |  Superstition (50)  |  Tradition (43)  |  Waste (57)  |  Wealth (50)

It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 14 (1929, rev 1970).
Science quotes on:  |  Afford (11)  |  Annihilate (6)  |  Atom (251)  |  Blow (13)  |  Decompose (5)  |  Earth (487)  |  Hair (19)  |  Impertinent (2)  |  Interference (12)  |  Mischief (6)  |  Monkey (37)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Piece (32)  |  Point (72)  |  Reach (68)  |  Really (50)  |  Science (1699)  |  Sometimes (27)  |  Strike (21)  |  Sun (211)  |  Suppose (29)  |  Turn (72)  |  Universe (563)  |  Whole (122)

It takes many years of training to ignore the obvious.
Magazine
In The Economist (18 Nov 1898), 77. As quoted and cited in Robert G. Evans, 'Health Care as a Threat to Health: Defense, Opulence, and the Social Environment', Daedalus (Fall 1994), 124, No. 123, 22 & Note 1 on p.40.
Science quotes on:  |  Obvious (54)  |  Training (39)  |  Year (214)

Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do so you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Of course, it will be a little thing, but do not ignore it. Follow it up, explore all around it: one discovery will lead to another, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought.
Address (22 May 1914) to the graduating class of the Friends’ School, Washington, D.C. Printed in 'Discovery and Invention', The National Geographic Magazine (1914), 25, 650.
Science quotes on:  |  Beaten Track (2)  |  Certain (84)  |  Discovery (591)  |  Dive (9)  |  Exploration (93)  |  Find (248)  |  Follow (66)  |  Know (321)  |  Lead (101)  |  Leave (63)  |  Little (126)  |  Mind (544)  |  Occupy (18)  |  Result (250)  |  See (197)  |  Thinking (222)  |  Thought (374)  |  Woods (11)  |  Worth (74)

Mythology is wondrous, a balm for the soul. But its problems cannot be ignored. At worst, it buys inspiration at the price of physical impossibility ... At best, it purveys the same myopic view of history that made this most fascinating subject so boring and misleading in grade school as a sequential take of monarchs and battles.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Bad (78)  |  Battle (30)  |  Best (129)  |  Boring (3)  |  Buy (14)  |  Fascinating (17)  |  Grade (10)  |  History (302)  |  Impossibility (50)  |  Inspiration (50)  |  Misleading (12)  |  Monarch (2)  |  Myopic (2)  |  Mythology (11)  |  Physical (94)  |  Price (26)  |  Problem (362)  |  Same (92)  |  School (87)  |  Soul (139)  |  Subject (129)  |  View (115)  |  Wondrous (7)

Neutrinos, they are very small
They have no charge and have no mass
And do not interact at all.
The earth is just a silly ball
To them, through which they simply pass,
Like dustmaids down a drafty hall
Or photons through a sheet of glass.
They snub the most exquisite gas,
Ignore the most substantial wall,
Cold-shoulder steel and sounding brass,
Insult the stallion in his stall,
And, scorning barriers of class,
Infiltrate you and me! Like tall
And painless guillotines, they fall
Down through our heads into the grass.
At night, they enter at Nepal
And pierce the lover and his lass
From underneath the bed—you call
It wonderful; I call it crass.
In poem 'Cosmic Gall', The New Yorker (17 Dec 1960). Collected in Telephone Poles and Other Poems (1964), 5. Note: In fact, about 1014 neutrinos from the Sun and 103 neutrinos in cosmic rays pass through our bodies each second. Neutrinos are now known to have a very small amount of mass, and they do interact (through the weak force).
Science quotes on:  |  Ball (20)  |  Barrier (19)  |  Bed (20)  |  Brass (4)  |  Charge (29)  |  Earth (487)  |  Glass (35)  |  Guillotine (4)  |  Interaction (28)  |  Lover (7)  |  Mass (61)  |  Neutrino (8)  |  Pass (60)  |  Photon (10)  |  Silly (10)  |  Small (97)  |  Stall (3)  |  Steel (14)  |  Wall (20)  |  Wonderful (37)

No one has a sorrier lot than the weatherman. He is ignored when he is right, but execrated when he is wrong.
Epigraph in Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 151.
Science quotes on:  |  Meteorology (29)  |  Right (144)  |  Sorry (16)  |  Wrong (116)

Our school education ignores, in a thousand ways, the rules of healthy development; and the results … are gained very generally at the cost of physical and mental health.
Lecture (2 Dec 1959) delivered in Clinton Hall, New York City. Published in 'Medicine as a Profession for Women', The English Woman’s Journal (1 May 1860), 5, No. 27, 148. (Prepared together with Emily Blackwell.) The Blackwells recognized the connection between health and learning. They also wanted that teachers (of whom 90% were women) should “diffuse among women the physiological and sanitary knowledge which they will need.”
Science quotes on:  |  Cost (31)  |  Development (228)  |  Education (280)  |  Health (136)  |  Mental (57)  |  Physical (94)  |  Result (250)  |  Rule (135)  |  School (87)  |  Thousand (106)

Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dustcloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to.
The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1977, 1983), 28.
Science quotes on:  |  Exception (33)  |  Fact (609)  |  Irregularity (10)  |  Observation (418)  |  Order (167)  |  Science (1699)

Science proceeds more by what it has learned to ignore than what it takes into account.
Found in David Hatcher Childress and Bill Clendenon, Atlantis & the Power System of the Gods (2002), 191. [Quote may be questionable since no major source found by Webmaster. If you have information on a primary source, please contact Webmaster.]
Science quotes on:  |  Progress (317)  |  Science (1699)

Science that jumps to measurement too soon is as unsound as science that ignore measurement too long.
From Jacob Morton Braude, Speaker's Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, & Anecdotes (1966), 295. Also in Science Digest (1954), 36, 55.
Science quotes on:  |  Jump (13)  |  Long (95)  |  Measurement (148)  |  Science (1699)  |  Soon (17)  |  Unsound (3)

The canyon country does not always inspire love. To many it appears barren, hostile, repellent—a fearsome, mostly waterless land of rock and heat, sand dunes and quicksand. cactus, thornbush, scorpion, rattlesnake, and agoraphobic distances. To those who see our land in that manner, the best reply is, yes, you are right, it is a dangerous and terrible place. Enter at your own risk. Carry water. Avoid the noon-day sun. Try to ignore the vultures. Pray frequently.
The Journey Home
Science quotes on:  |  Appear (55)  |  Avoid (34)  |  Barren (9)  |  Best (129)  |  Cactus (3)  |  Canyon (8)  |  Carry (35)  |  Country (121)  |  Dangerous (45)  |  Desert (27)  |  Distance (54)  |  Dune (3)  |  Enter (20)  |  Frequently (13)  |  Heat (90)  |  Hostile (4)  |  Inspire (35)  |  Land (83)  |  Love (164)  |  Manner (35)  |  Place (111)  |  Pray (13)  |  Repellent (2)  |  Reply (18)  |  Right (144)  |  Risk (29)  |  Rock (107)  |  Sand (25)  |  See (197)  |  Sun (211)  |  Terrible (14)  |  Thornbush (2)  |  Try (103)  |  Vulture (5)  |  Water (244)

The function of ignoring, of inattention, is as vital a factor in mental progress as the function of attention itself.
In The Principles of Psychology (1918), Vol. 2, 371.
Science quotes on:  |  Attention (76)  |  Factor (34)  |  Function (90)  |  Inattention (3)  |  Mind (544)  |  Progress (317)  |  Vital (32)

The history of civilization proves beyond doubt just how sterile the repeated attempts of metaphysics to guess at nature’s laws have been. Instead, there is every reason to believe that when the human intellect ignores reality and concentrates within, it can no longer explain the simplest inner workings of life’s machinery or of the world around us.
From Reglas y Consejos sobre Investigacíon Cientifica: Los tónicos de la voluntad. (1897), as translated by Neely and Larry W. Swanson, in Advice for a Young Investigator (1999), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Attempt (94)  |  Belief (400)  |  Civilization (155)  |  Concentrate (11)  |  Doubt (121)  |  Explain (61)  |  Guess (36)  |  History (302)  |  Human (445)  |  Inner (27)  |  Intellect (157)  |  Law (418)  |  Life (917)  |  Machinery (25)  |  Metaphysics (30)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Proof (192)  |  Reality (140)  |  Reason (330)  |  Repeated (4)  |  Simplest (9)  |  Sterile (9)  |  Working (20)  |  World (667)

The voice of the intelligence … is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
The Progressive Oct 55
Science quotes on:  |  Anger (14)  |  Bias (15)  |  Contradict (7)  |  Desire (101)  |  Drown (9)  |  Extinguish (6)  |  Fear (113)  |  Hate (26)  |  Ignorance (190)  |  Intelligence (138)  |  Roar (2)  |  Shame (12)  |  Silence (32)  |  Voice (41)

There is a moral or metaphysical part of nature as well as a physical. A man who denies this is deep in the mire of folly. ’Tis the crown and glory of organic science that it does through final cause, link material and moral; and yet does not allow us to mingle them in our first conception of laws, and our classification of such laws, whether we consider one side of nature or the other. You have ignored this link; and, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it. Were it possible (which, thank God, it is not) to break it, humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.
Letter to Charles Darwin (Nov 1859). In Charles Darwin and Francis Darwin (ed.), Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters (1892), 217.
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (231)  |  Classification (79)  |  Crown (19)  |  Degradation (12)  |  Folly (27)  |  Glory (44)  |  History (302)  |  Human Race (49)  |  Humanity (104)  |  Law (418)  |  Meaning (87)  |  Metaphysical (5)  |  Mingle (6)  |  Mire (2)  |  Mistake (107)  |  Moral (100)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Organic (48)  |  Record (56)  |  Science (1699)

When Big Bang proponents make assertions such as … “the evidence taken together … hangs together beautifully,” they overlook observational facts that have been piling up for 25 years and that have now become overwhelming. Of course, if one ignores contradictory observations, one can claim to have an “elegant” or “robust” theory. But it isn’t science.
In 'Letters: Wrangling Over the Bang', Science News (27 Jul 1991), 140, No. 4, 51. Also quoted in Roy C. Martin, Astronomy on Trial: A Devastating and Complete Repudiation of the Big Bang Fiasco (1999), Appendix I, 217.
Science quotes on:  |  Assertion (23)  |  Big Bang (38)  |  Claim (52)  |  Contradictory (4)  |  Elegant (8)  |  Evidence (157)  |  Fact (609)  |  Observation (418)  |  Overlook (8)  |  Overwhelming (18)  |  Proponent (2)  |  Robust (5)  |  Science (1699)  |  Theory (582)

You’ve got to be fairly solemn [about the environment]. I mean the mere notion that there are three times as many people on Earth as there were when I started making television. How can the Earth accommodate them? When people, including politicians, set their faces against looking at the consequences—it’s just unbelievable that anyone could ignore it.
'Sir David Attenborough interview' (aged 84), by Andrew Pettie in The Telegraph (23 Dec 2010).
Science quotes on:  |  Consequence (76)  |  Environment (138)  |  Notion (32)  |  Politician (22)  |  Population (71)  |  Solemnity (4)  |  Television (27)  |  Unbelievable (2)

“Any specialty, if important, is too important to be left to the specialists.” After all, the specialist cannot function unless he concentrates more or less entirely on his specialty and, in doing so, he will ignore the vast universe lying outside and miss important elements that ought to help guide his judgment. He therefore needs the help of the nonspecialist, who, while relying on the specialist for key information, can yet supply the necessary judgment based on everything else… Science, therefore, has become too important to be left to the scientists.
In 'The Fascination of Science', The Roving Mind (1983), 123. Asimov begins by extending a quote by George Clemenceau: “War is too important to be left to the generals.”
Science quotes on:  |  Concentrate (11)  |  Function (90)  |  Guide (46)  |  Important (124)  |  Information (102)  |  Judgment (72)  |  Miss (16)  |  Scientist (447)  |  Specialist (20)  |  Universe (563)  |  Vast (56)


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.