Celebrating 17 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY™
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index L > Category: Laugh

Laugh Quotes (13 quotes)

A paper cut — A tree's last laugh!
Anonymous
Adapted from the title of a web page.
Science quotes on:  |  Cut (29)  |  Last (19)  |  Paper (44)  |  Paper Cut (2)  |  Tree (116)  |  Wound (10)

Alice laughed: “There's no use trying,” she said; “one can't believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
In Through the Looking-glass: And what Alice Found There (1875), 100.
Science quotes on:  |  Alice (4)  |  Belief (273)  |  Breakfast (6)  |  Impossible (46)  |  Practice (45)  |  Queen (6)  |  Try (51)  |  Younger (3)

All Pretences of foretelling by Astrology, are Deceits; for this manifest Reason, because the Wise and Learned, who can only judge whether there be any Truth in this Science, do all unanimously agree to laugh at and despise it; and none but the poor ignorant Vulgar give it any Credit.
'An Account of the Death of Mr. Patrige' (1708), collected in The Works of Jonathan Swift (1746), Vol. 1, 124.
Science quotes on:  |  Agree (8)  |  Astrology (28)  |  Credit (13)  |  Deceit (2)  |  Despise (3)  |  Foretelling (4)  |  Ignorant (15)  |  Judge (28)  |  Learned (18)  |  Manifest (6)  |  Poor (29)  |  Pretence (4)  |  Reason (244)  |  Science (1284)  |  Truth (636)  |  Vulgar (9)  |  Wise (28)

As to rocket ships flying between America and Europe, I believe it is worth seriously trying for. Thirty years ago persons who were developing flying were laughed at as mad, and that scorn hindered aviation. Now we heap similar ridicule upon stratoplane or rocket ships for trans-Atlantic flights.
Predicting high-altitude jet aircraft for routine long-distance travel. As quoted by Gobind Behari Lal, Universal Service Science Editor, as printed in 'Prof. Piccard Reaches U.S.', Syracuse Journal (13 Jan 1933), 4.
Science quotes on:  |  Aircraft (4)  |  America (60)  |  Aviation (4)  |  Belief (273)  |  Development (188)  |  Europe (27)  |  Flight (39)  |  Hinder (3)  |  Jet (4)  |  Madness (25)  |  Ridicule (11)  |  Rocket (26)  |  Scorn (4)  |  Ship (31)  |  Transatlantic (2)

Fate laughs at probabilities.
In Eugene Aram: A Tale (1832), 96.
Science quotes on:  |  Fate (29)  |  Probability (74)

I have a sense of humor; but over the years that sense has developed one blind spot. I can no longer laugh at ignorance or stupidity. Those are our chief enemies, and it is dangerous to make fun of them.
Draft (22 May 1970) of speech he hoped to give upon his retirement. In Susan Hough, Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man (2007), 309.
Science quotes on:  |  Chief (18)  |  Dangerous (26)  |  Develop (31)  |  Enemy (37)  |  Fun (24)  |  Humor (5)  |  Ignorance (161)  |  Sense (158)  |  Sense Of Humor (3)  |  Stupidity (17)

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
Letter to Charles Augustin Ferriol, comte d'Argental (1767). In Raymond C. Rowe, Joseph Chamberlain, A Spoonful of Sugar (2007), 243.
Science quotes on:  |  Die (15)  |  Doctor (74)  |  Old Age (17)

I remember being with my grandmother and mother and my uncle came in and asked what I wanted to be when grew up. I said ‘A doctor,’ which took him aback. He was expecting me to say ‘nurse’ or ‘actress.’ And my mother and grandmother laughed like, ‘Kids say the darndest things.’ I grew up in a time when women were not expected to do anything interesting.
As quoted in Anna Azvolinsky, 'Fearless About Folding', The Scientist (Jan 2016).
Science quotes on:  |  Ask (56)  |  Aspiration (13)  |  Doctor (74)  |  Expect (14)  |  Grandmother (3)  |  Grow Up (2)  |  Interesting (34)  |  Kid (9)  |  Mother (46)  |  Nurse (17)  |  Remember (37)  |  Say (38)  |  Time (309)  |  Woman (63)

I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].
Opere ed Nas. X, 423. As cited in Alan Mackay, A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1991), 99. Galileo wished others to use his telescope to see for themselves the moons of Jupiter which he had himself first seen in Jan 1610. If you have a primary source for this letter giving the date it was written, please contact Webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Adder (2)  |  Effort (71)  |  Extraordinary (24)  |  Foremost (4)  |  Glass (33)  |  Invitation (7)  |  Johannes Kepler (67)  |  Mob (4)  |  Moon (114)  |  Obstinacy (3)  |  Philosopher (109)  |  Planet (138)  |  Refusal (18)  |  Stupidity (17)  |  Telescope (67)  |  University (44)  |  Wish (40)

I wonder that a soothsayer doesn’t laugh whenever he sees another soothsayer.
Science quotes on:  |  Parapsychology (3)

Oh, my dear Kepler, how I wish that we could have one hearty laugh together. Here, at Padua, is the principal professor of philosophy, whom I have repeatedly and urgently requested to look at the moon and planets through my glass, [telescope] which he pertinaciously refuses to do. Why are you not here? what shouts of laughter we should have at this glorious folly! and to hear the professor of philosophy at Pisa laboring before the grand duke with logical arguments, as if with magical incantations, to charm the new planets out of the sky.
From Letter to Johannes Kepler. As translated in John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, Life of Galileo Galilei: With Illustrations of the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy (1832), 92-93.
Science quotes on:  |  Argument (43)  |  Charm (14)  |  Folly (20)  |  Glass (33)  |  Glorious (12)  |  Hearing (27)  |  Hearty (2)  |  Incantation (3)  |  Johannes Kepler (67)  |  Laughter (17)  |  Logic (169)  |  Magic (51)  |  Moon (114)  |  New (225)  |  Philosophy (179)  |  Planet (138)  |  Principal (11)  |  Professor (36)  |  Refusal (18)  |  Repeated (4)  |  Request (2)  |  Shout (6)  |  Sky (51)  |  Telescope (67)  |  Urgent (5)  |  Wish (40)

Scientific training gives its votaries freedom from the impositions of modern quackery. Those who know nothing of the laws and processes of Nature fall an easy prey to quacks and impostors. Perfectionism in the realm of religion; a score of frauds in the realm of medicine, as electric shoe soles, hair brushes and belts, electropises, oxydonors, insulating bed casters, and the like; Christian science. In the presence of whose unspeakable stillness and self-stultifying idealism a wise man knows not whether to laugh or cry; Prof. Weltmer's magnetic treatment of disease; divine healing and miracle working by long-haired peripatetics—these and a score of other contagious fads and rank impostures find their followers among those who have no scientific training. Among their deluded victims are thousands of men and women of high character, undoubted piety, good intentions, charitable impulses and literary culture, but none trained to scientific research. Vaccinate the general public with scientific training and these epidemics will become a thing of the past.
As quoted by S.D. Van Meter, Chairman, closing remarks for 'Report of Committee on Public Policy and Legislation', to the Colorado State Medical Society in Denver, printed in Colorado Medicine (Oct 1904), 1, No. 12, 363. Van Meter used the quote following his statement, “In conclusion, allow me to urge once more the necessity of education of the public as well as the profession if we ever expect to correct the evils we are striving to reach by State and Society legislation. Much can be accomplished toward this end by the publication of well edited articles in the secular press upon medical subjects the public is eager to know about.” Prof. Weitmer is presumably Sidney A. Weltmer, founder of The Weltmer Institute of Suggestive Therapeutics, who offered a Course in Magnetic Healing by mail order correspondance (1899).
Science quotes on:  |  Bed (17)  |  Belt (2)  |  Brush (3)  |  Character (65)  |  Charity (8)  |  Christian (11)  |  Contagious (4)  |  Cry (9)  |  Culture (61)  |  Deluded (2)  |  Disease (223)  |  Divine (29)  |  Eager (6)  |  Education (247)  |  Electricity (108)  |  Epidemic (5)  |  Fad (3)  |  Follower (5)  |  Fraud (9)  |  Freedom (56)  |  General Public (2)  |  Hair (14)  |  Healing (16)  |  Idealism (3)  |  Ignorance (161)  |  Imposition (5)  |  Impostor (3)  |  Impulse (19)  |  Intelligent Design (4)  |  Law (363)  |  Literary (6)  |  Magnetic (6)  |  Medicine (254)  |  Miracle (42)  |  Modern (82)  |  Nature (820)  |  Past (80)  |  Perfectionism (2)  |  Piety (2)  |  Presence (17)  |  Prey (8)  |  Process (161)  |  Quack (10)  |  Realm (29)  |  Religion (152)  |  Research (435)  |  Science (1284)  |  Scientific (114)  |  Scientific Method (136)  |  Shoe (7)  |  Sole (7)  |  Stillness (3)  |  Stultify (4)  |  Thousand (75)  |  Trained (4)  |  Training (34)  |  Treatment (82)  |  Victim (5)  |  Wise (28)  |  Wise Man (10)  |  Woman (63)  |  Work (323)

Who would not have been laughed at if he had said in 1800 that metals could be extracted from their ores by electricity or that portraits could be drawn by chemistry.
[Commenting on Becquerel’s process for extracting metals by voltaic means.]
Letter (20 Aug 1847), The Letters of Faraday and Schoenbein, 1836-1862 (1899), footnote, 209.
Science quotes on:  |  Henri Becquerel (5)  |  Chemistry (210)  |  Drawing (17)  |  Electricity (108)  |  Extraction (5)  |  Ore (6)


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:
Custom Quotations Search - custom search within only our quotations 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 |

who invites your feedback

- 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

Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.