Loyalty Quotes (7 quotes)
[About the demand of the Board of Regents of the University of California that professors sign non-Communist loyalty oaths or lose their jobs within 65 days.] No conceivable damage to the university at the hands of hypothetical Communists among us could possibly have equaled the damage resulting from the unrest, ill-will and suspicion engendered by this series of events.
All that I am I owe to the Air Force.
Collective unity is not the result of the brotherly love of the faithful for each other. The loyalty of the true believer is to the wholethe church, party, nationand not to his fellow true believer. True loyalty between individuals is possible only in a loose and relatively free society.
Humans everywhere share the same goals when the context is large enough. And the study of the Cosmos provides the largest possible context . If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another . If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.
In a famous passage, Renι Descartes tells us that he considered himself to be placed in three simultaneous domiciles, patiently recognizing his loyalties to the social past, fervidly believing in a final solution of natures secrets and in the meantime consecrated to the pursuit of scientific doubt. Here we have the half way house of the scientific laboratory, of the scientific mind in the midst of its campaign.
The framing of hypotheses is, for the enquirer after truth, not the end, but the beginning of his work. Each of his systems is invented, not that he may admire it and follow it into all its consistent consequences, but that he may make it the occasion of a course of active experiment and observation. And if the results of this process contradict his fundamental assumptions, however ingenious, however symmetrical, however elegant his system may be, he rejects it without hesitation. He allows no natural yearning for the offspring of his own mind to draw him aside from the higher duty of loyalty to his sovereign, Truth, to her he not only gives his affections and his wishes, but strenuous labour and scrupulous minuteness of attention.
The whole apparatus of using loyalty-security hearings for working off personal political spite has been firmly established as a part of our way of life and I do not see anything happening yet to loosen the hold of this machinery on us.