Incomprehensible Quotes (6 quotes)
A man must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise he would not try to fathom it.
If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go like this for ever. An acrobat can leap higher than a farm-hand, and one acrobat higher than another, yet the height no man can overleap is still very low. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
Nature never makes excellent things, for mean or no uses: and it is hardly to be conceived, that our infinitely wise Creator, should make so admirable a Faculty, as the power of Thinking, that Faculty which comes nearest the Excellency of his own incomprehensible Being, to be so idlely and uselesly employd, at least 1/4 part of its time here, as to think constantly, without remembering any of those Thoughts, without doing any good to it self or others, or being anyway useful to any other part of Creation.
No other part of science has contributed as much to the liberation of the human spirit as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Yet, at the same time, few other parts of science are held to be so recondite. Mention of the Second Law raises visions of lumbering steam engines, intricate mathematics, and infinitely incomprehensible entropy. Not many would pass C.P. Snows test of general literacy, in which not knowing the Second Law is equivalent to not having read a work of Shakespeare.
The Bohr atom was introduced to us by Bohr himself. I still have the notes I took during his lectures His discourse was rendered almost incomprehensible by his accent; there were endless references to what I recorded as soup groups, only later emended to sub-groups.
We have several stones whose generation is incomprehensible unless it is supposed that they come from some kind of seed, if I may be permitted to use this term; that is to say, from a germ in which the organic particles of these stones are enclosed en petit, just as those of the largest plants are enclosed in the germs of their grains.