Celebrating 19 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Dangerous... to take shelter under a tree, during a thunder-gust. It has been fatal to many, both men and beasts.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index N > Category: Nature

Nature Quotes (1926 quotes)

'Causation' has been popularly used to express the condition of association, when applied to natural phenomena. There is no philosophical basis for giving it a wider meaning than partial or absolute association. In no case has it been proved that there is an inherent necessity in the laws of nature. Causation is correlation... [P]erfect correlation, when based upon sufficient experience, is causation in the scientific sense.
'Correlation, Causation and Wright's Theory of "Path Coefficients"', Genetics (7 May 1922), 7, 259-61.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  Applied (177)  |  Association (46)  |  Basis (173)  |  Causation (14)  |  Condition (356)  |  Correlation (18)  |  Experience (467)  |  Express (186)  |  Inherent (42)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Meaning (233)  |  Natural (796)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Sense (770)  |  Sufficient (128)

... all the great scientists have one thing in common: each snatched from the subtle motions of nature one irrevocable secret; each caught one feather of the plumage of the Great White Bird that symbolizes everlasting truth.
With co-author Justus J. Schifferes, in The Autobiography of Science (1945).
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Bird (149)  |  Common (436)  |  Great (1574)  |  Motion (310)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Secret (194)  |  Snatch (13)  |  Symbolize (8)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Truth (1057)  |  White (127)

... we ought to have saints' days to commemorate the great discoveries which have been made for all mankind, and perhaps for all time—or for whatever time may be left to us. Nature ... is a prodigal of pain. I should like to find a day when we can take a holiday, a day of jubilation when we can fête good Saint Anaesthesia and chaste and pure Saint Antiseptic. ... I should be bound to celebrate, among others, Saint Penicillin...
Speech at Guildhall, London (10 Sep 1947). Collected in Winston Churchill and Randolph Spencer Churchill (ed.), Europe Unite: Speeches, 1947 and 1948 (1950), 138.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Anaesthesia (4)  |  Anesthesia (5)  |  Antiseptic (8)  |  Bound (119)  |  Celebrate (19)  |  Commemorate (3)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Find (998)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Holiday (9)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pain (136)  |  Penicillin (17)  |  Pure (291)  |  Saint (17)  |  Time (1877)  |  Whatever (234)

...I believe there exists, & I feel within me, an instinct for the truth, or knowledge or discovery, of something of the same nature as the instinct of virtue, & that our having such an instinct is reason enough for scientific researches without any practical results ever ensuing from them.
The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Vol. 4. (1847-50)
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Enough (340)  |  Ensuing (3)  |  Exist (443)  |  Feel (367)  |  Instinct (88)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Practical (200)  |  Reason (744)  |  Result (677)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Something (719)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Virtue (109)

...learning chiefly in mathematical sciences can so swallow up and fix one's thought, as to possess it entirely for some time; but when that amusement is over, nature will return, and be where it was, being rather diverted than overcome by such speculations.
An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England (1850), 154
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Amusement (33)  |  Being (1278)  |  Biography (240)  |  Chiefly (47)  |  Learning (274)  |  Lighthouse (6)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Observation (555)  |  Overcome (39)  |  Possess (156)  |  Return (124)  |  Science (3879)  |  John Smeaton (5)  |  Speculation (126)  |  Sundial (6)  |  Swallow (29)  |  Thought (953)  |  Time (1877)  |  Will (2355)

...[T]he natural history of the rat is tragically similar to that of man ... some of the more obvious qualities in which rats resemble men — ferocity, omnivorousness, and adaptability to all climates ... the irresponsible fecundity with which both species breed at all seasons of the year with a heedlessness of consequences, which subjects them to wholesale disaster on the inevitable, occasional failure of the food supply.... [G]radually, these two have spread across the earth, keeping pace with each other and unable to destroy each other, though continually hostile. They have wandered from East to West, driven by their physical needs, and — unlike any other species of living things — have made war upon their own kind. The gradual, relentless, progressive extermination of the black rat by the brown has no parallel in nature so close as that of the similar extermination of one race of man by another...
Rats, Lice and History(1935)
Science quotes on:  |  Adaptability (7)  |  All (4108)  |  Both (493)  |  Brown (23)  |  Climate (97)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Disaster (51)  |  Earth (996)  |  Extermination (14)  |  Failure (161)  |  Food (199)  |  History (673)  |  Inevitable (49)  |  Kind (557)  |  Living (491)  |  Man (2251)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural History (70)  |  Obvious (126)  |  Occasional (22)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pace (14)  |  Parallel (43)  |  Physical (508)  |  Race (268)  |  Rat (37)  |  Resemble (63)  |  Season (47)  |  Species (401)  |  Spread (83)  |  Subject (521)  |  Supply (93)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Two (937)  |  Wander (35)  |  War (225)  |  Year (933)

1839—The fermentation satire
THE MYSTERY OF ALCOHOLIC FERMENTATION RESOLVED
(Preliminary Report by Letter) Schwindler
I am about to develop a new theory of wine fermentation … Depending on the weight, these seeds carry fermentation to completion somewhat less than as in the beginning, which is understandable … I shall develop a new theory of wine fermentation [showing] what simple means Nature employs in creating the most amazing phenomena. I owe it to the use of an excellent microscope designed by Pistorius.
When brewer’s yeast is mixed with water the microscope reveals that the yeast dissolves into endless small balls, which are scarcely 1/800th of a line in diameter … If these small balls are placed in sugar water, it can be seen that they consist of the eggs of animals. As they expand, they burst, and from them develop small creatures that multiply with unbelievable rapidity in a most unheard of way. The form of these animals differs from all of the 600 types described up until now. They possess the shape of a Beinsdorff still (without the cooling apparatus). The head of the tube is a sort of proboscis, the inside of which is filled with fine bristles 1/2000th of a line long. Teeth and eyes are not discernible; however, a stomach, intestinal canal, anus (a rose red dot), and organs for secretion of urine are plainly discernible. From the moment they are released from the egg one can see these animals swallow the sugar from the solution and pass it to the stomach. It is digested immediately, a process recognized easily by the resultant evacuation of excrements. In a word, these infusors eat sugar, evacuate ethyl alcohol from the intestinal canal, and carbon dioxide from the urinary organs. The bladder, in the filled state, has the form of a champagne bottle; when empty, it is a small button … As soon as the animals find no more sugar present, they eat each other up, which occurs through a peculiar manipulation; everything is digested down to the eggs which pass unchanged through the intestinal canal. Finally, one again fermentable yeast, namely the seed of the animals, which remain over.
In 'Das entriithselle Geheimiss der geisligen Giihrung', Annalen der Pharmacie und Chemie (1839), 29, 100-104; adapted from English translalion by Ralph E. Oesper, The Human Side of Scientists (1975), 203-205.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alcohol (22)  |  All (4108)  |  Amazing (35)  |  Animal (617)  |  Apparatus (68)  |  Ball (62)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Burst (39)  |  Canal (17)  |  Carbon (65)  |  Carbon Dioxide (22)  |  Carry (127)  |  Completion (22)  |  Consist (223)  |  Cooling (10)  |  Creature (233)  |  Design (195)  |  Develop (268)  |  Diameter (28)  |  Differ (85)  |  Discernible (9)  |  Dissolve (20)  |  Dot (16)  |  Down (456)  |  Eat (104)  |  Egg (69)  |  Employ (113)  |  Empty (80)  |  Endless (56)  |  Everything (476)  |  Expand (53)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fermentation (15)  |  Find (998)  |  Form (959)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Letter (109)  |  Long (790)  |  Manipulation (19)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Microscope (80)  |  Moment (253)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Multiply (37)  |  Mystery (177)  |  New (1216)  |  Occur (150)  |  Organ (115)  |  Other (2236)  |  Owe (71)  |  Pass (238)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Possess (156)  |  Present (619)  |  Proboscis (2)  |  Process (423)  |  Rapidity (26)  |  Remain (349)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Rose (34)  |  Satire (4)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  See (1081)  |  Seed (93)  |  Simple (406)  |  Small (477)  |  Solution (267)  |  Soon (186)  |  State (491)  |  Still (613)  |  Stomach (39)  |  Structure (344)  |  Sugar (23)  |  Swallow (29)  |  Teeth (43)  |  Theory (970)  |  Through (849)  |  Type (167)  |  Unbelievable (7)  |  Understandable (12)  |  Urine (16)  |  Use (766)  |  Water (481)  |  Way (1217)  |  Weight (134)  |  Wine (38)  |  Word (619)  |  Yeast (7)

3. The Third Law of Ecology: Nature knows best.
In The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology (2014).
Science quotes on:  |  Best (459)  |  Ecology (74)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Ecology (5)  |  Third (15)

The Mighty Task is Done

At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all the sea.

To north, the Redwood Empires gates;
To south, a happy playground waits,
In Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet Neer its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below lifes restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.

Written upon completion of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 1937. In Allen Brown, Golden Gate: biography of a Bridge (1965), 229.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Arm (81)  |  Arms (37)  |  Ask (411)  |  Bay (5)  |  Beneath (64)  |  Bond (45)  |  Bridge (47)  |  Bridge Engineering (8)  |  Cause (541)  |  Course (409)  |  Creed (27)  |  Deck (3)  |  Deed (34)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Envy (15)  |  Faith (203)  |  Fate (72)  |  Fear (197)  |  Fire (189)  |  Flow (83)  |  Foe (9)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Fort (2)  |  Free (232)  |  Gate (32)  |  Golden Gate Bridge (2)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greed (14)  |  Happy (105)  |  Heart (229)  |  High (362)  |  History (673)  |  Honor (54)  |  Hope (299)  |  Hour (186)  |  Last (426)  |  Launch (20)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Loom (20)  |  Low (80)  |  Man (2251)  |  Marked (55)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Parade (3)  |  Playground (6)  |  Poem (96)  |  Power (746)  |  Price (51)  |  Pride (78)  |  Rapture (7)  |  Redwood (8)  |  Ride (21)  |  Sea (308)  |  Selfish (11)  |  Ship (62)  |  Shore (24)  |  Single (353)  |  Sky (161)  |  Sneer (9)  |  South (38)  |  Steel (21)  |  Storm (51)  |  Stream (81)  |  Strut (2)  |  Sun (385)  |  Task (147)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tower (42)  |  Vast (177)  |  War (225)  |  Western (45)  |  Wire (35)  |  World (1774)  |  Yield (81)

A l’aide de ces sciences expérimentales actives, l’homme devient un inventeur de phénomènes, un véritable contremaître de la création; et l'on ne saurait, sous ce rapport, assigner de limites à la puissance qu’il peut acquérir sur la nature, par les progrès futurs des sciences expérimentales
With the aid of these active experimental sciences man becomes an inventor of phenomena, a real foreman of creation; and under this head we cannot set limits to the power that he may gain over nature through future progress of the experimental sciences.
Original French text in Introduction à l'Étude de la Médecine Expérimentale (1898), 32. English version from An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865), as translated by Henry Copley Greene (1957), 18.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  Aid (97)  |  Become (815)  |  Constitution (76)  |  Creation (327)  |  Experimental (192)  |  Find (998)  |  Fragment (54)  |  Future (429)  |  Gain (145)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Limit (280)  |  Man (2251)  |  Men Of Science (143)  |  Power (746)  |  Progress (465)  |  Rising (44)  |  Science (3879)  |  Seeking (31)  |  Set (394)  |  Through (849)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Universal (189)  |  Wholeness (9)

Ante mare et terras et quod tegit omnia caelum
unus erat toto naturae vultus in orbe,
quem dixere chaos: rudis indigestaque moles
nec quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
non bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum.

The original Latin text of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, lines 5-9, in which he described the Creation of the universe. The Google translation engine gives this raw version: “In front of the sea, the sky and the earth, and that which covers all was one of the faces of the whole of nature in the world, which they called chaos: rough and unorganized mass he desires nothing but an inert weight, in the same discordant seeds of things not well joined.”
Science quotes on:  |  Chaos (91)  |  Creation (327)  |  Earth (996)  |  Inert (14)  |  Joined (3)  |  Mass (157)  |  Mole (5)  |  Rough (6)  |  Sea (308)  |  Seed (93)  |  Sky (161)  |  Universe (857)  |  World (1774)

Apud me omnia fiunt Mathematicè in Natura
In my opinion, everything happens in nature in a mathematical way.
In letter (11 Mar 1640) to Père Marin Mersenne. English version inspired by a translation of the original Latin in German, “Nach meiner Ansicht geschieht alles in der Natur auf mathematische Art,” in René Descartes and Artur Buchenau (trans., ed.), René Descartes' Philosophische Werke (1905), 246. The Latin is often seen misquoted as “omnia apud me mathematica fiunt.” See context in longer quote that begins, “I have no doubt….” on the René Descartes Quotes page of this website.
Science quotes on:  |  Everything (476)  |  Happen (274)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Way (1217)

Buch der Natur.
Book of Nature.
Phrase also written by Paracelsus following the title of the book by Konrad of Megenberg, Buch der Natur (c. 1350).
Science quotes on:  |  Book (392)  |  Book Of Nature (12)

Dans l’étude de la nature, comme dans la pratique de l’art, il n’est pas donné a l’homme d’arriver au but sans laisser des traces des fausses routes qu’il a tenues.
In the study of nature, as in the practice of art, it is not given to man to achieve the goal without leaving a trail of dead ends he had pursued.
French version in Encyclopédie Méthodique (1786), Vol. 1, Introduction, iv. English by Webmaster assisted by Google Translate.
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (179)  |  Art (657)  |  End (590)  |  Goal (145)  |  Man (2251)  |  Practice (204)  |  Pursuit (121)  |  Study (653)  |  Trace (103)  |  Trail (10)

Den förslags-mening: att olika element förenade med ett lika antal atomer af ett eller flere andra gemensamma element … och att likheten i krystallformen bestämmes helt och hållet af antalet af atomer, och icke af elementens.
[Mitscherlich Law of Isomerism] The same number of atoms combined in the same way produces the same crystalline form, and the same crystalline form is independent of the chemical nature of the atoms, and is determined only by their number and relative position.
Original Swedish from 'Om Förhållandet emellan chemiska sammansättningen och krystallformen hos Arseniksyrade och Phosphorsyrade Salter', Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademiens handlingar (1821), 4. In English as expressed later by James F.W. Johnston, 'Report on the Recent Progress and present State of Chemical Science', to Annual Meeting at Oxford (1832), collected in Report of the First and Second Meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1833), 422. A Google raw translation of the Swedish is: “The present proposal-sense: that various elements associated with an equal number of atoms of one or several other common elements … and that the similarity in: crystal shape is determined entirely by the number of atoms, and not by the elements.”
Science quotes on:  |  Atom (355)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Combination (144)  |  Crystalline (2)  |  Determined (9)  |  Element (310)  |  Form (959)  |  Independent (67)  |  Isomerism (2)  |  Law (894)  |  Number (699)  |  Position (77)  |  Produce (104)  |  Relative (39)  |  Same (157)  |  Way (1217)

Die ganze Natur ist ein gewaltiges Ringen zwischen Kraft und Schwache, ein ewiger Sieg des Starken über den Schwachen.
The whole of Nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over the weak.
(1923). In The Speeches of Adolf Hitler: April 1922-August 1939 1980, 45.
Science quotes on:  |  Eternal (110)  |  Strength (126)  |  Strong (174)  |  Struggle (105)  |  Victory (39)  |  Weak (71)  |  Weakness (48)  |  Whole (738)

Die Natur hates sich nicht angelegen sein lassen, uns die Auffindung ihrer Gesetze bequem zu machen.
Nature did not deem it her business to make the discovery of her laws easy for us.
English translation as in The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, (1987), Vol. 5, 202. Also seen translated elsewhere as “Nature has not made it a priority for us to discover its laws,” or “Nature did not care to comfort us with the discovery of its laws.” Original German in letter from Prague to Erwin Freundlich (1 Sep 1911). Freundlich was an assistant at the Royal Observatory of Prussia in Berlin wishing to investigate the bending of starlight by the gravitational field of Jupiter, but Einstein pointed out it was not massive enough for a detectable effect. Einstein in the letter also lamented “If only we had an orderly planet larger than Jupiter!”
Science quotes on:  |  Business (149)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Easy (204)  |  Hate (64)  |  Law (894)  |  Priority (10)

Dinosaur: I plan to use punctuated equilibrium to turn this zit into a third eye.
Catbert: That's not a natural advantage. You'd better stay away from the fitter dinosaurs.
Dilbert comic strip (30 Aug 2002).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Advantage (134)  |  Better (486)  |  Dinosaur (26)  |  Equilibrium (33)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fitness (9)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  Plan (117)  |  Punctuated Equilibrium (2)  |  Survival Of The Fittest (40)  |  Turn (447)  |  Use (766)

Et ainsi nous rendre maîtres et possesseurs de la nature.
And thereby make ourselves, as it were, the lords and masters of nature.
Discourse on Method in Discourse on Method and Related Writings (1637), trans. Desmond M. Clarke, Penguin edition (1999), Part 6, 44.
Science quotes on:  |  Human (1468)  |  Lord (93)  |  Master (178)  |  Ourselves (245)

Il ne peut y avoir de langage plus universel et plus simple, plus exempt d’erreurs et d’obscurités, c'est-à-dire plus digne d'exprimer les rapports invariables des êtres naturels.
There cannot be a language more universal and more simple, more free from errors and obscurities, … more worthy to express the invariable relations of all natural things. [About mathematical analysis.]
From Théorie Analytique de la Chaleur (1822), xiv, translated by Alexander Freeman in The Analytical Theory of Heat (1878), 7.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Dire (6)  |  Error (321)  |  Express (186)  |  Free (232)  |  Invariable (4)  |  Language (293)  |  Mathematical Analysis (20)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Obscurity (27)  |  Plus (43)  |  Relation (157)  |  Simple (406)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Universal (189)  |  Worthy (34)

In primis, hominis est propria VERI inquisitio atque investigato. Itaque cum sumus negotiis necessariis, curisque vacui, tum avemus aliquid videre, audire, ac dicere, cognitionemque rerum, aut occultarum aut admirabilium, ad benè beatéque vivendum necessariam ducimus; —ex quo intelligitur, quod VERUM, simplex, sincerumque sit, id esse naturæ hominis aptissimum. Huic veri videndi cupiditati adjuncta est appetitio quædam principatûs, ut nemini parere animus benè a naturâ informatus velit, nisi præcipienti, aut docenti, aut utilitatis causâ justè et legitimè imperanti: ex quo animi magnitudo existit, et humanarum rerum contemtio.
Before all other things, man is distinguished by his pursuit and investigation of TRUTH. And hence, when free from needful business and cares, we delight to see, to hear, and to communicate, and consider a knowledge of many admirable and abstruse things necessary to the good conduct and happiness of our lives: whence it is clear that whatsoever is TRUE, simple, and direct, the same is most congenial to our nature as men. Closely allied with this earnest longing to see and know the truth, is a kind of dignified and princely sentiment which forbids a mind, naturally well constituted, to submit its faculties to any but those who announce it in precept or in doctrine, or to yield obedience to any orders but such as are at once just, lawful, and founded on utility. From this source spring greatness of mind and contempt of worldly advantages and troubles.
In De Officiis, Book 1. Sect. 13. As given in epigraph to John Frederick William Herschel, A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy (1830), viii.
Science quotes on:  |  Abstruse (10)  |  Advantage (134)  |  All (4108)  |  Announce (13)  |  Business (149)  |  Care (186)  |  Communicate (36)  |  Communication (94)  |  Conduct (69)  |  Congenial (3)  |  Consider (416)  |  Contempt (20)  |  Delight (108)  |  Dignified (13)  |  Dignity (42)  |  Direct (225)  |  Distinguish (160)  |  Distinguished (83)  |  Doctrine (75)  |  Faculty (72)  |  Forbid (14)  |  Free (232)  |  Good (889)  |  Greatness (54)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Hear (139)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Kind (557)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lawful (7)  |  Life (1795)  |  Live (628)  |  Longing (19)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Most (1731)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Obedience (19)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Precept (10)  |  Pursuit (121)  |  See (1081)  |  Simple (406)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Spring (133)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Trouble (107)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Utility (49)  |  Whatsoever (41)  |  Yield (81)

Ita est … rerum natura, post omnia oceanus, post oceanum nihil.
Thus is nature, Beyond all things is the ocean, beyond the ocean nothing.
In Suasoriarum, collected in L. Annaei Senecae (1557), Vol. 4, 620. As translated in Fridtjof Nansen, In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times (1911), Vol. 1, 84.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Thing (1915)

La determination de la relation & de la dépendance mutuelle de ces données dans certains cas particuliers, doit être le premier but du Physicien; & pour cet effet, il falloit one mesure exacte qui indiquât d’une manière invariable & égale dans tous les lieux de la terre, le degré de l'électricité au moyen duquel les expéiences ont été faites… Aussi, l'histoire de l'électricité prouve une vérité suffisamment reconnue; c'est que le Physicien sans mesure ne fait que jouer, & qu'il ne diffère en cela des enfans, que par la nature de son jeu & la construction de ses jouets.
The determination of the relationship and mutual dependence of the facts in particular cases must be the first goal of the Physicist; and for this purpose he requires that an exact measurement may be taken in an equally invariable manner anywhere in the world… Also, the history of electricity yields a well-known truth—that the physicist shirking measurement only plays, different from children only in the nature of his game and the construction of his toys.
'Mémoire sur la mesure de force de l'électricité', Journal de Physique (1782), 21, 191. English version by Google Translate tweaked by Webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Case (99)  |  Certain (550)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Construction (112)  |  Demonstration (113)  |  Dependence (45)  |  Determination (78)  |  Difference (337)  |  Different (577)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Equally (130)  |  Exact (68)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  First (1283)  |  Game (101)  |  Goal (145)  |  History (673)  |  History Of Science (63)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Invariable (4)  |  Known (454)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Must (1526)  |  Mutual (52)  |  Particular (76)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Physics (533)  |  Play (112)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Recognition (88)  |  Relationship (104)  |  Require (219)  |  Requirement (63)  |  Toy (19)  |  Truth (1057)  |  World (1774)  |  Yield (81)

La nature veut que dans certains temps les hommes se succèdent les uns aux autres par le moyen de la mort; il leur est permis de se défendre contr’elle jusqu’à un certain point; mais passé cela, on aura beau faire de nouvelles découvertes dans l’Anatomie, on aura beau pénétrer de plus en plus dans les secrets de la structure du corps humain, on ne prendra point la Nature pour dupe, on mourra comme à l’ordinaire.
Nature intends that at fixed periods men should succeed each other by the instrumentality of death. They are allowed to keep it at bay up to a certain point; but when that is passed, it will be of no use to make new discoveries in anatomy, or to penetrate more and more into the secrets of the structure of the human body; we shall never outwit nature, we shall die as usual.
In 'Dialogue 5: Dialogues De Morts Anciens', Nouveaux Dialogues des Morts (2nd Ed., 1683), Vol. 1, 154-155. As translated in Craufurd Tait Ramage, Beautiful Thoughts from French and Italian Authors (1866), 113.
Science quotes on:  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Body (537)  |  Certain (550)  |  Death (388)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Dupe (5)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Body (34)  |  Intend (16)  |  More (2559)  |  Never (1087)  |  New (1216)  |  Other (2236)  |  Outwit (6)  |  Pass (238)  |  Penetrate (67)  |  Period (198)  |  Plus (43)  |  Point (580)  |  Secret (194)  |  Structure (344)  |  Succeed (109)  |  Use (766)  |  Will (2355)

La neciessità è maestra e tutrice della natura; La neciessità è tema e inventrice della natura e freno e regola eterna.
Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and the inventress, the eternal curb and law of nature.
S. K. M. III. 49a. As translated by Jean Paul Richter, in 'Philosophical Maxims', The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci: Compiled and Edited from the Original Manuscripts (1883), Vol. 2, 285, Maxim 1135.
Science quotes on:  |  Eternal (110)  |  Guide (97)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Mistress (7)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Theme (17)

Le savant n’étudie pas la nature parce que cela est utile; il l’étudie parce qu’il y prend plaisir et il y prend plaisir parce qu’elle est belle. Si la nature n’était pas belle, elle ne vaudrait pas la peine d’être connue, la vie ne vaudrait pas la peine d’être vécue.
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.
In Science et Méthode (1920), 48, as translated by Francis Maitland, in Science and Method (1908, 1952), 15.
Science quotes on:  |  Appearance (140)  |  Beautiful (258)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Course (409)  |  Despising (3)  |  Do (1908)  |  Harmonious (18)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Knowing (137)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Mean (809)  |  More (2559)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Order (632)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Pure (291)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Sense (770)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Strike (68)  |  Study (653)  |  Useful (250)  |  Worth (169)

Les mathématique sont un triple. Elles doivent fournir un instrument pour l'étude de la nature. Mais ce n'est pas tout: elles ont un but philosophique et, j'ose le dire, un but esthétique.
Mathematics has a threefold purpose. It must provide an instrument for the study of nature. But this is not all: it has a philosophical purpose, and, I daresay, an aesthetic purpose.
La valeur de la science. In Anton Bovier, Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems (2006), 161.
Science quotes on:  |  Aesthetic (46)  |  All (4108)  |  Dire (6)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Must (1526)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Study (653)

L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus faible de la nature, mais c’est un roseau pensant. Il ne faut pas que l’univers entier s’arme pour l’écraser; une vapeur, une goutte d’eau suffit pour le tuer. Mais quand l’univers l’écraserait, l’homme serait encore plus noble que ce qui le tue, parce qu’il sait qu’il meurt et l’avantage que l’univers a sur lui; l’univers n'en sait rien.
Man is a reed, the feeblest thing in nature. But a reed that can think. The whole universe need not fly to arms to kill him ; for a little heat or a drop of water can slay a man. But, even then, man would be nobler than his destroyer, for he would know he died, while the whole universe would know nothing of its victory.
Pensées. As given and translated in Hugh Percy Jones (ed.), Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Classical Quotations (1908), 292.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Arm (81)  |  Arms (37)  |  Consciousness (123)  |  Death (388)  |  Drop (76)  |  Feeble (27)  |  Fly (146)  |  Heat (174)  |  Kill (100)  |  Know (1518)  |  Little (707)  |  Man (2251)  |  Noble (90)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Plus (43)  |  Reed (8)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vapor (12)  |  Victory (39)  |  Water (481)  |  Whole (738)

L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus faible de la nature; mais c’est un roseau pensant.
Man is but a reed, the weakest thing in nature; but a thinking reed.
Pensées (1670), Section 1, aphorism 160. In H.F. Stewart (ed.), Pascal’s Pensées (1950), 83.
Science quotes on:  |  Man (2251)  |  Plus (43)  |  Reed (8)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Weakness (48)

Majestatis naturæ by ingenium
Genius equal to the majesty of nature.
Inscribed ordered by King Louis XV for the base of a statue of Buffon placed at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris. In M. Guizot, trans. by Robert Black, A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Vol. 6.
Science quotes on:  |  Comte Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon (35)  |  Genius (284)  |  Majesty (21)  |  Statue (16)

Medicus curat, Natura sanat morbus.
The physician heals, Nature makes well.
Aristotle
In Jehiel Keeler Hoyt and Kate Louise Roberts Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922), 502:1. (It is attributed therein to Aristotle as 'Idea in Nicomachean Ethics, Bk. VII. 15. 7. Oxford text.' However, a search by this webmaster found the specified reference did not match the quote.)
Science quotes on:  |  Physician (273)

Medicus naturae minister, non magister
The doctor is the servant, not master for teaching Nature.
Anonymous
In Alfred J. Schauer, Ethics in Medicine (2001), 119.
Science quotes on:  |  Doctor (187)  |  Master (178)  |  Physician (273)  |  Servant (39)  |  Teaching (188)

Natura abhorret vacuum.
This is a maxim that goes back to the Aristotelian philosophers of ancient Greece. It is well-know in English as “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Expressed in Latin, the phrase appears, for example, in Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-64), book 1, chap. 5. Collected in Francois Rabelais, Thomas Urquhart (trans.) and Peter Le Motteux (trans.), Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1900), Vol. 1, 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Abhorrence (9)  |  Vacuum (39)

Natura nihil agit frustra.
Nature does nothing in vain.
Aristotle
The idea that nature does nothing in vain can be found in many texts by Aristotle: De Caelo 271a 33, 291b 13-14; De Anima 432b 21, 434a 41; P.A. 661b 24, 691b 4-5, 694a 15, 695b 19-20; G.A. 739b 19, 741b 4, 744a 37-8. The original Greek over the centuries was repeatedly hand-copied and variously translated. The quote as shown above is none-the-less ascribed to “Anonymous” in James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 290:9. For comparison, in De Caelo translated by J.L.Stocks (1922), the last sentence of 291a is given as “But God and nature create nothing that has not its use,” and 291b as “Nature is no wanton or random creator.” In De Anima, 432b, J.A. Smith translates Aristotle’s words as “Nature never makes anything without a purpose,” whereas R.D. Hicks wrote a translation (1907), giving the same quote as “Nature does nothing in vain,” on p.149.
Science quotes on:  |  Aphorism (21)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Vain (83)

Natura nihil agit frustra [Nature does nothing in vain] is the only indisputible axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unncecessary spaces.
Religio Medici (1642), Part I, Section 15. In Thomas Browne and Simon Wilkin (Ed.), The Works of Thomas Browne (1852), Vol. 2, 339. Brown begins by quoting the axiom from Aristotle, which may be seen for “Natura nihil agit frustra” in the Aristotle Quotes on this web site.
Science quotes on:  |  Axiom (63)  |  Empty (80)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Space (500)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Vain (83)

Natura non facit saltum or, Nature does not make leaps… If you assume continuity, you can open the well-stocked mathematical toolkit of continuous functions and differential equations, the saws and hammers of engineering and physics for the past two centuries (and the foreseeable future).
From Benoit B. Mandelbrot and Richard Hudson, The (Mis)Behaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward (2004,2010), 85-86.
Science quotes on:  |  Assume (38)  |  Century (310)  |  Continuity (38)  |  Continuous (82)  |  Differential (7)  |  Differential Equation (18)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Equation (132)  |  Foreseeable (3)  |  Function (228)  |  Future (429)  |  Hammer (25)  |  Leap (53)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Natura Non Facit Saltum (3)  |  Open (274)  |  Past (337)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Saw (160)  |  Two (937)

Naturae vero rerum vis atque maiestas in omnibus momentis fide caret si quis modo partes eius ac non totam conplectatur animo.
The power and majesty of the nature of the universe at every turn lacks credence if one’s mind embraces parts of it only and not the whole.
In Pliny: Natural History (1947), Vol. 2, Book 7, 511, as translated by H. Rackham
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Embrace (46)  |  Lack (119)  |  Majesty (21)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Part (222)  |  Power (746)  |  Turn (447)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)

Nature and nurture are an inseparable blend of influences that work together to produce our behavior. A growing band of researchers are demonstrating that the bedrock of behaviors that make up the concerns of everyday life, such as sex, language, cooperation, and violence have been carved out by evolution over the eons, and this Stone Age legacy continues to influence modern life today.
In Stone Age Present: How Evolution Has Shaped Modern Life: From Sex, Violence and Language to Emotions, Morals and Communities, (1995), 25-26.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Bedrock (2)  |  Behavior (84)  |  Blend (9)  |  Concern (228)  |  Continue (165)  |  Cooperation (32)  |  Demonstrate (76)  |  Eon (11)  |  Everyday (32)  |  Everyday Life (14)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Growing (98)  |  Influence (222)  |  Inseparable (16)  |  Language (293)  |  Legacy (14)  |  Life (1795)  |  Modern (385)  |  Modern Life (3)  |  Nurture (16)  |  Researcher (33)  |  Sex (69)  |  Stone (162)  |  Stone Age (12)  |  Today (314)  |  Together (387)  |  Violence (34)  |  Work (1351)

Nature is curious, and such worke may make,
That our dull sense can never finde, but scape.
For Creatures, small as Atomes, may be there,
If every Atome a Creatures Figure beare.
If foure Atomes a World can make, then see
What severall Worlds might in an Eare--ring bee:
For Millions of these Atomes may bee in
The Head of one Small, little, Single Pin.
And if thus Small, then Ladies may well weare
A World of Worlds, as Pendents in each Eare.
From 'Of Many Worlds in this World', in Poems and Fancies (1653), 44-5.
Science quotes on:  |  Atom (355)  |  Bee (40)  |  Creature (233)  |  Curious (91)  |  Dull (54)  |  Figure (160)  |  Little (707)  |  Never (1087)  |  Pin (18)  |  Poetry (143)  |  See (1081)  |  Sense (770)  |  Single (353)  |  Small (477)  |  World (1774)

Non possunt oculi naturam noscere rerum
The eyes cannot know the nature of things.
In De Rerum Natura (c. 55 B.C.), Book 4, line 385. Translated by Rev. John Selby Watson, On the Nature of Things (1851).
Science quotes on:  |  Eye (419)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Nature Of Things (29)  |  Reality (261)  |  Thing (1915)

Notatio naturae, et animadversio perperit artem
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
In Jon R. Stone, The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations (2005), 78.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (657)  |  Birth (147)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Observation (555)  |  Science And Art (184)

Notre folie à nous autres est de croire aussi que toute la nature, sans exception, est destinée à nos usages.
We, too, are silly enough to believe that all nature is intended for our benefit.
In 'Premier Soir', Entretiens Sur La Pluralité Des Mondes (1686). French and translation in Craufurd Tait Ramage, Beautiful Thoughts from French and Italian Authors (1866), 117.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Belief (578)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Enough (340)  |  Exception (73)  |  Intended (3)  |  Silly (17)

Opinionum commenta delet dies, naturae judicia confirmat
Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature.
De Natura Deorum, II, ii, 5. In Samuel Johnson, W. Jackson Bate, The Selected Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler (1968),167
Science quotes on:  |  Confirm (57)  |  Decision (91)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Time (1877)

phusis kruptesthai philei
Nature loves to hide.
Sentence Fragment 123. Themistius, Orations 5.69b . As translated in Presocratic Reflexivity: The Construction of Philosophical Discourse (1996), 234.
Science quotes on:  |  Hide (69)  |  Love (309)

Primo enim paranda est Historia Naturalis et Experimentalis, suffidens et bona; quod fundamentum rei est: neque enim fingendum, aut excogitandum, sed inveniendum, quid natura faciat aut ferat.
For first of all we must prepare a Natural and Experimental History, sufficient and good; and this is the foundation of all; for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.
In Novum Organum, Book 2, Aphorism 10. As translated in Francis Bacon and James Spedding with ‎Robert Leslie Ellis (eds.), 'The New Organon', The Works of Francis Bacon: Translations of the Philosophical Works (1858), Vol. 4, 127. Also seen in epigraphs as a shorter quote, “Non fingendum, aut excogitandum, sed inveniendum, quid natura faciat aut ferat,” which can also be translated as “We have not to imagine or to think out, but to find out what Nature does or produces.”
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Discover (553)  |  Do (1908)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Experimental (192)  |  First (1283)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Good (889)  |  History (673)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Prepare (37)  |  Sufficient (128)  |  Suppose (156)

Qu. 31. Have not the small Particles of Bodies certain Powers, Virtues or Forces, by which they act at a distance, not only upon the Rays of Light for reflecting, refracting and reflecting them, but also upon one another for producing a great part of the Phænomena of Nature?
From Opticks, (1704, 2nd ed. 1718), Book 3, Query 31, 350.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Body (537)  |  Certain (550)  |  Distance (161)  |  Force (487)  |  Great (1574)  |  Light (607)  |  Particle (194)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Power (746)  |  Ray (114)  |  Reflecting (3)  |  Small (477)  |  Virtue (109)

Qui est de nous & qui seul peut nous égarer; à le mettre continuellement à épreuve de l'expérience; à ne conserver que les faits qui ne font que des données de la nature , & qui ne peuvent nous tromper; à ne chercher la vérité que dans l'enchaînement naturel des expériences & des observations
We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.
From the original French in Traité élémentaire de chimie (1789, 1793), discours préliminaire, x; and from edition translated into English by Robert Kerr, as Elements of Chemistry (1790), Preface, xviii.
Science quotes on:  |  Deceive (26)  |  Deception (8)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Never (1087)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Observation (555)  |  Present (619)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Search (162)  |  Test (211)  |  Trust (66)  |  Truth (1057)

Responding to the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce's question whether he traced his descent from an ape on his mother's or his father's side:
If then, said I, the question is put to me would I rather have a miserable ape for a grandfather or a man highly endowed by nature and possessing great means and influence and yet who employs those faculties for the mere purpose of introducing ridicule into a grave scientific discussion—I unhesitatingly affirm my preference for the ape.
Letter to Dr. Dyster (9 Sep 1860), Huxley Papers, Imperial College of Science and Technology. Quoted in D.J. Foskett, 'Wilberforce and Huxley on Evolution' in a letter to Nature, 1953, 172, 920.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ape (53)  |  Descent (27)  |  Discussion (72)  |  Employ (113)  |  Endowed (52)  |  Father (110)  |  Grandfather (14)  |  Grave (52)  |  Great (1574)  |  Influence (222)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Mother (114)  |  Oxford (16)  |  Preference (28)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Question (621)  |  Ridicule (23)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Side (233)  |  Samuel Wilberforce (3)

The Water-baby story character, Tom, asks: 'I heard, ma'am, that you were always making new beasts out of old.'
Mother Carey [Mother Nature] replies: 'So people fancy. But I am not going to trouble myself to make things, my little dear. I sit here and make them make themselves.'
[The author's indirect reference to evolution.]
The Water-babies (1886), 307.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ask (411)  |  Author (167)  |  Baby (28)  |  Beast (55)  |  Character (243)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Fancy (50)  |  Indirect (18)  |  Little (707)  |  Making (300)  |  Mother (114)  |  Mother Nature (4)  |  Myself (212)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  People (1005)  |  Story (118)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Trouble (107)  |  Water (481)

Thomasina: Every week I plot your equations dot for dot, x’s against y’s in all manner of algebraical relation, and every week they draw themselves as commonplace geometry, as if the world of forms were nothing but arcs and angles. God’s truth, Septimus, if there is an equation for a curve like a bell, there must be an equation for one like a bluebell, and if a bluebell, why not a rose? Do we believe nature is written in numbers?
Septimus: We do.
Thomasina: Then why do your shapes describe only the shapes of manufacture?
Septimus: I do not know.
Thomasina: Armed thus, God could only make a cabinet.
In the play, Acadia (1993), Scene 3, 37.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Against (332)  |  Algebra (113)  |  All (4108)  |  Angle (20)  |  Arc (12)  |  Arm (81)  |  Armed (2)  |  Belief (578)  |  Bell (35)  |  Cabinet (4)  |  Commonplace (23)  |  Curve (49)  |  Describe (128)  |  Do (1908)  |  Dot (16)  |  Draw (137)  |  Equation (132)  |  Form (959)  |  Geometry (255)  |  God (757)  |  Know (1518)  |  Manufacture (29)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Number (699)  |  Plot (11)  |  Relation (157)  |  Rose (34)  |  Shape (72)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Week (70)  |  Why (491)  |  World (1774)  |  Written (6)

Zweck sein selbst ist jegliches Tier.
Each animal is an end in itself.
'Metamorphose der Tiere' (1806), in David Luke (ed.), Goethe (1964), 152.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  End (590)  |  Evolution (590)

“Pieces” almost always appear 'as parts' in whole processes. ... To sever a “'part” from the organized whole in which it occurs—whether it itself be a subsidiary whole or an “element”—is a very real process usually involving alterations in that “part”. Modifications of a part frequently involve changes elsewhere in the whole itself. Nor is the nature of these alterations arbitrary, for they too are determined by whole-conditions.
From 'Untersuchungen zur Lehre von der Gestalt, I', Psychol. Forsch. (1922), 1, 47-58. As translated in 'The General Theoretical Situation' (1922), collected in W. D. Ellis (ed.), A Source Book of Gestalt Psychology (1938, 1967), Vol. 2, 14.
Science quotes on:  |  Alteration (30)  |  Appear (118)  |  Arbitrary (26)  |  Change (593)  |  Condition (356)  |  Determine (144)  |  Element (310)  |  Frequently (21)  |  Involve (90)  |  Modification (55)  |  Occur (150)  |  Organized (9)  |  Part (222)  |  Piece (38)  |  Process (423)  |  Real (149)  |  Sever (2)  |  Subsidiary (5)  |  Usually (176)  |  Whole (738)

CLAUDIO: Death is a fearful thing.
ISABELLA: And shamed life a hateful.
CLAUDIO: Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;
This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice;
To be imprisioned in the viewless winds,
And blown with restless violence round about
The pendant world; or to be worst than worst
Of those lawless and incertain thought
Imagine howling—'tis too horrible!
The weariest and most loathed worldly life
That age, ache, penury, and imprisionment
Can lay on nature is a paradise
To what we fear of death.
Measure for Measure (1604), III, i.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Become (815)  |  Cold (112)  |  Death (388)  |  Delight (108)  |  Fear (197)  |  Flood (50)  |  Ice (54)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Know (1518)  |  Lie (364)  |  Life (1795)  |  Most (1731)  |  Motion (310)  |  Paradise (13)  |  Penury (3)  |  Reside (25)  |  Rot (9)  |  Rotting (2)  |  Small (477)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Violence (34)  |  Warm (69)  |  Wind (128)  |  World (1774)  |  Worst (57)

QUEEN: Thou know'st 'tis common—all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
HAMLET: Ay, madam, it is common.
Hamlet (1601), I, ii.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Common (436)  |  Cycle (40)  |  Death (388)  |  Eternity (63)  |  Hamlet (7)  |  Know (1518)  |  Life (1795)  |  Live (628)  |  Must (1526)  |  Pass (238)  |  Passing (76)  |  Small (477)  |  Through (849)

A casual glance at crystals may lead to the idea that they were pure sports of nature, but this is simply an elegant way of declaring one's ignorance. With a thoughtful examination of them, we discover laws of arrangement. With the help of these, calculation portrays and links up the observed results. How variable and at the same time how precise and regular are these laws! How simple they are ordinarily, without losing anything of their significance! The theory which has served to develop these laws is based entirely on a fact, whose existence has hitherto been vaguely discerned rather than demonstrated. This fact is that in all minerals which belong to the same species, these little solids, which are the crystal elements and which I call their integrant molecules, have an invariable form, in which the faces lie in the direction of the natural fracture surfaces corresponding to the mechanical division of the crystals. Their angles and dimensions are derived from calculations combined with observation.
Traité de mineralogie ... Publié par le conseil des mines (1801), Vol. 1, xiii-iv, trans. Albert V. and Marguerite Carozzi.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Arrangement (91)  |  Belong (162)  |  Calculation (127)  |  Call (769)  |  Crystal (68)  |  Develop (268)  |  Dimension (61)  |  Direction (175)  |  Discern (33)  |  Discover (553)  |  Division (65)  |  Elegant (36)  |  Element (310)  |  Examination (98)  |  Existence (456)  |  Face (212)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Form (959)  |  Fracture (6)  |  Glance (34)  |  Idea (843)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Law (894)  |  Lead (384)  |  Lie (364)  |  Little (707)  |  Mechanical (140)  |  Mineral (59)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Natural (796)  |  Observation (555)  |  Observed (149)  |  Precise (68)  |  Pure (291)  |  Regular (46)  |  Result (677)  |  Significance (113)  |  Simple (406)  |  Solid (116)  |  Species (401)  |  Sport (22)  |  Surface (209)  |  Theory (970)  |  Thoughtful (15)  |  Time (1877)  |  Variable (34)  |  Way (1217)

A century ago astronomers, geologists, chemists, physicists, each had an island of his own, separate and distinct from that of every other student of Nature; the whole field of research was then an archipelago of unconnected units. To-day all the provinces of study have risen together to form a continent without either a ferry or a bridge.
From chapter 'Jottings from a Note-book', in Canadian Stories (1918), 182-183.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Archipelago (7)  |  Astronomer (93)  |  Bridge (47)  |  Century (310)  |  Chemist (156)  |  Continent (76)  |  Distinct (97)  |  Ferry (4)  |  Field (364)  |  Form (959)  |  Geologist (75)  |  Island (46)  |  Other (2236)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Province (35)  |  Research (664)  |  Rise (166)  |  Separate (143)  |  Student (300)  |  Study (653)  |  Today (314)  |  Together (387)  |  Unconnected (10)  |  Unit (33)  |  Whole (738)

A certain author defines a doctor to be a man who writes prescriptions till the patient either dies or is cured by nature.
The Reflector: Representing Human Affairs As They Are (1750). In The Pocket Lacon (1839), Vol. 1, 59.
Science quotes on:  |  Author (167)  |  Certain (550)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Man (2251)  |  Patient (199)  |  Physician (273)  |  Prescription (18)  |  Write (230)

A chemical compound once formed would persist for ever, if no alteration took place in surrounding conditions. But to the student of Life the aspect of nature is reversed. Here, incessant, and, so far as we know, spontaneous change is the rule, rest the exception—the anomaly to be accounted for. Living things have no inertia and tend to no equilibrium.
From Address (22 Jul 1854) delivered at St. Martin’s Hall, published as a pamphlet (1854), 7, and collected in 'Educational Value of Natural History Sciences', Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews (1870), 75.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Alteration (30)  |  Anomaly (11)  |  Aspect (124)  |  Biology (216)  |  Change (593)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Compound (113)  |  Condition (356)  |  Equilibrium (33)  |  Exception (73)  |  Forever (103)  |  Form (959)  |  Inertia (14)  |  Know (1518)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Persist (11)  |  Rest (280)  |  Rule (294)  |  Spontaneous (27)  |  Student (300)  |  Tend (124)  |  Thing (1915)

A comet is sublimated fire assimilated to the nature of one of the seven planets.
As quoted in Alistair Cameron Crombie, Robert Grosseteste and the Origins of Experimental Science, 1100-1700 (1953), 90.
Science quotes on:  |  Assimilate (9)  |  Comet (54)  |  Fire (189)  |  Planet (356)  |  Sublimate (4)

A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux ... is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.
[Reporting a Nature article discrediting explanation of invisible mass being due to neutrinos]
In 'If Theory is Right, Most of Universe is Still “Missing”', New York Times (11 Sep 1984).
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomer (93)  |  Astrophysicist (7)  |  Baffling (5)  |  Being (1278)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Dark Matter (4)  |  Deepening (2)  |  Due (141)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Immense (86)  |  Invisible (63)  |  Majority (66)  |  Mass (157)  |  Missing (21)  |  Missing Mass (2)  |  More (2559)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Neutrino (11)  |  Proportion (136)  |  Reporting (9)  |  Seem (145)  |  Seemingly (28)  |  Solution (267)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vast (177)  |  Verge (10)

A discovery is like falling in love and reaching the top of a mountain after a hard climb all in one, an ecstasy not induced by drugs but by the revelation of a face of nature that no one has seen before and that often turns out to be more subtle and wonderful than anyone had imagined.
'True Science', review of Peter Medawar, Advice to a Young Scientist (1980). In The London Review of Books (Mar 1981), 6.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Climb (35)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Drug (57)  |  Ecstasy (9)  |  Face (212)  |  Fall (230)  |  Hard (243)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Inducement (3)  |  Love (309)  |  More (2559)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Reach (281)  |  Revelation (48)  |  Top (96)  |  Turn (447)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Wonderful (149)

A doctor is a man who writes prescriptions till the patient either dies or is cured by nature.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Cure (122)  |  Die (86)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Man (2251)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Patient (199)  |  Prescription (18)  |  Write (230)

A field is the most just possession for men. For what nature requires it carefully bears: barley, oil, wine, figs, honey. Silver-plate and purple will do for the tragedians, not for life.
Philemon
Fragment 105 K-A quoted by Stobaeus 4. 15a. 15. In Matthew Leigh, Comedy and the Rise of Rome (2005), 112.
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (68)  |  Bear (159)  |  Carefully (65)  |  Do (1908)  |  Field (364)  |  Food (199)  |  Honey (15)  |  Life (1795)  |  Most (1731)  |  Oil (59)  |  Possession (65)  |  Require (219)  |  Silver (46)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wine (38)

A game is on, at the other end of this infinite distance, and heads or tails will turn up. What will you wager? According to reason you cannot leave either; according to reason you cannot leave either undone... Yes, but wager you must; there is no option, you have embarked on it. So which will you have. Come. Since you must choose, let us see what concerns you least. You have two things to lose: truth and good, and two things to stake: your reason and your will, your knowledge and your happiness. And your nature has two things to shun: error and misery. Your reason does not suffer by your choosing one more than the other, for you must choose. That is one point cleared. But your happiness? Let us weigh gain and loss in calling heads that God is. Reckon these two chances: if you win, you win all; if you lose, you lose naught. Then do not hesitate, wager that He is.
Pensées (1670), Section I, aphorism 223. In H. F. Stewart (ed.), Pascal's Pensées (1950), 117-119.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  All (4108)  |  Chance (239)  |  Choice (110)  |  Choose (112)  |  Concern (228)  |  Distance (161)  |  Do (1908)  |  Embarkation (2)  |  End (590)  |  Error (321)  |  Gain (145)  |  Game (101)  |  God (757)  |  Good (889)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Head (81)  |  Hesitate (22)  |  Hesitation (19)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lose (159)  |  Loss (110)  |  Misery (30)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Naught (10)  |  Option (9)  |  Other (2236)  |  Point (580)  |  Reason (744)  |  Reckon (31)  |  Reckoning (19)  |  See (1081)  |  Shun (4)  |  Stake (19)  |  Suffering (67)  |  Tail (18)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Turn (447)  |  Two (937)  |  Wager (3)  |  Weigh (49)  |  Will (2355)  |  Win (52)

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “Universe”; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but the striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
In Letter (4 Mar 1950), replying to a grieving father over the loss of a young son. In Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children (2002), 184.
Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (66)  |  Achievement (179)  |  Affection (43)  |  All (4108)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Being (1278)  |  Call (769)  |  Circle (110)  |  Compassion (11)  |  Completely (135)  |  Consciousness (123)  |  Creature (233)  |  Delusion (25)  |  Desire (204)  |  Embrace (46)  |  Experience (467)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Feelings (52)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Free (232)  |  Himself (461)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Inner (71)  |  Kind (557)  |  Liberation (12)  |  Limit (280)  |  Limited (101)  |  Live (628)  |  Living (491)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nobody (104)  |  Optical (11)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Part (222)  |  Person (363)  |  Personal (67)  |  Prison (13)  |  Rest (280)  |  Restrict (12)  |  Security (47)  |  Separate (143)  |  Something (719)  |  Space (500)  |  Strive (46)  |  Task (147)  |  Thought (953)  |  Time (1877)  |  Time And Space (39)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)  |  Widen (10)

A Law of Nature, (Lex Naturalis) is a Precept, or general Rule, found out by Reason, by which a man is forbidden to do, that, which is destructive of his life, or taketh away the means of preserving the same; and to omit, that, by which he thinketh it may be best preserved
Leviathan, ch. 14 (1651).
Science quotes on:  |  Best (459)  |  Destructive (8)  |  Do (1908)  |  Find (998)  |  Forbid (14)  |  Forbidden (18)  |  General (511)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Life (1795)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Omit (11)  |  Precept (10)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Preserving (18)  |  Reason (744)  |  Rule (294)  |  Same (157)

A life on the ocean wave,
A home on the rolling deep,
For the spark that nature gave
I have the right to keep.
Science quotes on:  |  Deep (233)  |  Home (170)  |  Life (1795)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Oceanography (17)  |  Right (452)  |  Rolling (3)  |  Spark (31)  |  Wave (107)

A life spent in the routine of science need not destroy the attractive human element of a woman's nature.
Said of Williamina Paton Fleming 1857- 1911, American Astronomer.
Obituary of Williamina Paton Fleming, Science, 1911, 33, 988.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Astronomer (93)  |  Attractive (23)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Element (310)  |  Human (1468)  |  Life (1795)  |  Routine (25)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Spent (85)  |  Woman (151)

A man should carry nature in his head.
'Concord Walks'. The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904), Vol. 12, 176.
Science quotes on:  |  Carry (127)  |  Learning (274)  |  Man (2251)

A Miracle is a Violation of the Laws of Nature; and as a firm and unalterable Experience has established these Laws, the Proof against a Miracle, from the very Nature of the Fact, is as entire as any Argument from Experience can possibly be imagined. Why is it more than probable, that all Men must die; that Lead cannot, of itself, remain suspended in the Air; that Fire consumes Wood, and is extinguished by Water; unless it be, that these Events are found agreeable to the Laws of Nature, and there is required a Violation of these Laws, or in other Words, a Miracle to prevent them? Nothing is esteem'd a Miracle, if it ever happen in the common Course of Nature... There must, therefore, be a uniform Experience against every miraculous Event, otherwise the Event would not merit that Appellation. And as a uniform Experience amounts to a Proof, there is here a direct and full Proof, from the Nature of the Fact, against the Existence of any Miracle; nor can such a Proof be destroy'd, or the Miracle render'd credible, but by an opposite Proof, which is superior.
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748), 180-181.
Science quotes on:  |  Against (332)  |  Agreeable (18)  |  Air (347)  |  All (4108)  |  Amount (151)  |  Argument (138)  |  Common (436)  |  Course (409)  |  Death (388)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Direct (225)  |  Event (216)  |  Existence (456)  |  Experience (467)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Fire (189)  |  Firm (47)  |  Happen (274)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Law (894)  |  Lead (384)  |  Merit (50)  |  Miracle (83)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Opposite (104)  |  Other (2236)  |  Possibly (111)  |  Prevent (94)  |  Probable (20)  |  Proof (287)  |  Remain (349)  |  Render (93)  |  Required (108)  |  Superior (81)  |  Violation (7)  |  Water (481)  |  Why (491)  |  Wood (92)  |  Word (619)

A natural science is one whose propositions on limited domains of nature can have only a correspondingly limited validity; and that science is not a philosophy developing a world-view of nature as a whole or about the essence of things.
In The Physicist’s Conception of Nature (1958), 152. Translated by Arnold J. Pomerans from Das Naturbild der Heutigen Physik (1955).
Science quotes on:  |  Correspond (9)  |  Develop (268)  |  Domain (69)  |  Essence (82)  |  Limit (280)  |  Limited (101)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Science (128)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Proposition (123)  |  Science (3879)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Validity (47)  |  View (488)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

A page from a journal of modern experimental physics will be as mysterious to the uninitiated as a Tibetan mandala. Both are records of enquiries into the nature of the universe.
In The Tao of Physics (1975), 36.
Science quotes on:  |  Both (493)  |  Enquiry (87)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Experimental (192)  |  Journal (30)  |  Modern (385)  |  Modern Physics (23)  |  Mysterious (79)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Page (30)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Record (154)  |  Tibet (4)  |  Uninitiated (2)  |  Universe (857)  |  Will (2355)

A peculiar beauty reigns in the realm of mathematics, a beauty which resembles not so much the beauty of art as the beauty of nature and which affects the reflective mind, which has acquired an appreciation of it, very much like the latter.
From Berliner Monatsberichte (1867), 395. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 185.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquire (39)  |  Acquired (78)  |  Affect (19)  |  Appreciation (34)  |  Art (657)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mathematics As A Fine Art (23)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Realm (85)  |  Reflective (3)  |  Reign (23)  |  Resemble (63)

A physician’s subject of study is necessarily the patient, and his first field for observation is the hospital. But if clinical observation teaches him to know the form and course of diseases, it cannot suffice to make him understand their nature; to this end he must penetrate into the body to find which of the internal parts are injured in their functions. That is why dissection of cadavers and microscopic study of diseases were soon added to clinical observation. But to-day these various methods no longer suffice; we must push investigation further and, in analyzing the elementary phenomena of organic bodies, must compare normal with abnormal states. We showed elsewhere how incapable is anatomy alone to take account of vital phenenoma, and we saw that we must add study of all physico-chemical conditions which contribute necessary elements to normal or pathological manifestations of life. This simple suggestion already makes us feel that the laboratory of a physiologist-physician must be the most complicated of all laboratories, because he has to experiment with phenomena of life which are the most complex of all natural phenomena.
From An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865), as translated by Henry Copley Greene (1957), 140-141.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Account (192)  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Already (222)  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Body (537)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Clinical (15)  |  Compare (69)  |  Complex (188)  |  Complicated (115)  |  Condition (356)  |  Course (409)  |  Diagnosis (64)  |  Disease (328)  |  Dissection (32)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Element (310)  |  Elementary (96)  |  End (590)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Feel (367)  |  Field (364)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Form (959)  |  Function (228)  |  Hospital (43)  |  Incapable (40)  |  Internal (66)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Know (1518)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Life (1795)  |  Manifestation (58)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Microscopic (26)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Observation (555)  |  Organic (158)  |  Pathological (21)  |  Patient (199)  |  Penetrate (67)  |  Physician (273)  |  Physiologist (29)  |  Push (62)  |  Saw (160)  |  Show (346)  |  Simple (406)  |  Soon (186)  |  State (491)  |  Study (653)  |  Subject (521)  |  Suggestion (46)  |  Understand (606)  |  Various (200)  |  Vital (85)  |  Why (491)

A popular cliche in philosophy says that science is pure analysis or reductionism, like taking the rainbow to pieces; and art is pure synthesis, putting the rainbow together. This is not so. All imagination begins by analyzing nature.
In The Ascent of Man (1973).
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Art (657)  |  Begin (260)  |  Cliche (7)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Pure (291)  |  Rainbow (16)  |  Reductionism (7)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Synthesis (57)  |  Together (387)

A scientist strives to understand the work of Nature. But with our insufficient talents as scientists, we do not hit upon the truth all at once. We must content ourselves with tracking it down, enveloped in considerable darkness, which leads us to make new mistakes and errors. By diligent examination, we may at length little by little peel off the thickest layers, but we seldom get the core quite free, so that finally we have to be satisfied with a little incomplete knowledge.
Lecture to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, 23 May 1764. Quoted in J. A. Schufle 'Torbern Bergman, Earth Scientist', Chymia, 1967, 12, 78.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Considerable (75)  |  Core (18)  |  Darkness (68)  |  Diligent (19)  |  Do (1908)  |  Down (456)  |  Enquiry (87)  |  Error (321)  |  Examination (98)  |  Free (232)  |  Incomplete (30)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Layer (40)  |  Lead (384)  |  Little (707)  |  Mistake (169)  |  Must (1526)  |  New (1216)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Seldom (65)  |  Talent (94)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Understand (606)  |  Work (1351)

A scientist who would know the laws of nature must sit passively before nature. He may not dictate to nature its laws, nor may he impose his own intelligence upon nature; rather, the more passive he is before nature, the more nature will reveal its secrets.
In The World's First Love (1952, 2010), 107.
Science quotes on:  |  Dictate (11)  |  Impose (22)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Passive (7)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Secret (194)  |  Will (2355)

A scientist worthy of the name, above all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same Nature.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Artist (90)  |  Experience (467)  |  Great (1574)  |  Impression (114)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Name (333)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Same (157)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Work (1351)  |  Worthy (34)

A single tree by itself is dependent upon all the adverse chances of shifting circumstances. The wind stunts it: the variations in temperature check its foliage: the rains denude its soil: its leaves are blown away and are lost for the purpose of fertilisation. You may obtain individual specimens of line trees either in exceptional circumstances, or where human cultivation had intervened. But in nature the normal way in which trees flourish is by their association in a forest. Each tree may lose something of its individual perfection of growth, but they mutually assist each other in preserving the conditions of survival. The soil is preserved and shaded; and the microbes necessary for its fertility are neither scorched, nor frozen, nor washed away. A forest is the triumph of the organisation of mutually dependent species.
In Science and the Modern World (1926), 296-7.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Assistance (20)  |  Association (46)  |  Chance (239)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Circumstances (108)  |  Condition (356)  |  Cultivation (35)  |  Dependence (45)  |  Ecology (74)  |  Exceptional (18)  |  Fertility (19)  |  Flourish (34)  |  Foliage (5)  |  Forest (150)  |  Freezing (16)  |  Growth (187)  |  Human (1468)  |  Individual (404)  |  Lose (159)  |  Microbe (28)  |  Microbes (14)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Obtain (163)  |  Organization (114)  |  Other (2236)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Preservation (33)  |  Preserving (18)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Rain (62)  |  Shift (44)  |  Single (353)  |  Soil (86)  |  Something (719)  |  Species (401)  |  Specimen (28)  |  Stunt (7)  |  Survival (94)  |  Temperature (79)  |  Tree (246)  |  Triumph (73)  |  Variation (90)  |  Wash (21)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wind (128)

A species is a reproductive community of populations (reproductively isolated from others) that occupies a specific niche in nature.
The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution and Inheritance (1982), 273.
Science quotes on:  |  Community (104)  |  Isolation (31)  |  Niche (9)  |  Nomenclature (146)  |  Occupy (26)  |  Other (2236)  |  Population (110)  |  Reproduction (72)  |  Species (401)  |  Specific (95)

A true anecdote which illustrates his unworldly nature is of the instruction he received in 1922 to appear at Buckingham Palace to receive the accolade of the Order of Knighthood; he replied that as the date coincided with that of a meeting of the Physiological Society, he would be unable to attend.
Charles Lovatt Evans, Reminiscences of Bayliss and Starling (1964), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Anecdote (21)  |  Attend (65)  |  Sir William Bayliss (3)  |  Instruction (91)  |  Order (632)  |  Physiological (62)  |  Receive (114)  |  Society (326)

A very small cause which escapes our notice determines a considerable effect that we cannot fail to see, and then we say that the effect is due to chance. If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation of the universe at the initial moment, we could predict exactly the situation of that same universe at a succeeding moment.
In 'Chance', Science et Méthode (1908). Quoted in Richard Kautz, Chaos: The Science of Predictable Random Motion (2011), 167 as translated in Science and Method by F. Maitland (1918).
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (541)  |  Chance (239)  |  Considerable (75)  |  Determine (144)  |  Due (141)  |  Effect (393)  |  Escape (80)  |  Exactly (13)  |  Fail (185)  |  Initial (17)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Moment (253)  |  Notice (77)  |  Predict (79)  |  Say (984)  |  See (1081)  |  Situation (113)  |  Small (477)  |  Succeeding (14)  |  Universe (857)

Above, far above the prejudices and passions of men soar the laws of nature. Eternal and immutable, they are the expression of the creative power they represent what is, what must be, what otherwise could not be. Man can come to understand the: he is incapable of changing them.
In Cours d’economie Politique (1896-97)
Science quotes on:  |  Change (593)  |  Creative (137)  |  Eternal (110)  |  Expression (175)  |  Far (154)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Incapable (40)  |  Law (894)  |  Man (2251)  |  Must (1526)  |  Otherwise (24)  |  Passion (114)  |  Power (746)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Represent (155)  |  Soar (23)  |  Understand (606)

Absolute space, of its own nature without reference to anything external, always remains homogenous and immovable. Relative space is any movable measure or dimension of this absolute space; such a measure or dimension is determined by our senses from the situation of the space with respect to bodies and is popularly used for immovable space, as in the case of space under the earth or in the air or in the heavens, where the dimension is determined from the situation of the space with respect to the earth. Absolute and relative space are the same in species and in magnitude, but they do not always remain the same numerically. For example, if the earth moves, the space of our air, which in a relative sense and with respect to the earth always remains the same, will now be one part of the absolute space into which the air passes, now another part of it, and thus will be changing continually in an absolute sense.
The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687), 3rd edition (1726), trans. I. Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman (1999), Definitions, Scholium, 408-9.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  Air (347)  |  Dimension (61)  |  Do (1908)  |  Earth (996)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Magnitude (83)  |  Measure (232)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Move (216)  |  Numerically (2)  |  Relative (39)  |  Remain (349)  |  Respect (207)  |  Sense (770)  |  Situation (113)  |  Space (500)  |  Species (401)  |  Will (2355)

Absolute, true, and mathematical time, in and of itself and of its own nature, without reference to anything external, flows uniformly and by another name is called duration. Relative, apparent, and common time is any sensible and external measure (precise or imprecise) of duration by means of motion; such as a measure—for example, an hour, a day, a month, a year—is commonly used instead of true time.
The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687), 3rd edition (1726), trans. I. Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman (1999), Definitions, Scholium, 408.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  Apparent (84)  |  Call (769)  |  Common (436)  |  Day (42)  |  Duration (10)  |  External (57)  |  Flow (83)  |  Hour (186)  |  Imprecise (3)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Measure (232)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Month (88)  |  Motion (310)  |  Name (333)  |  Precise (68)  |  Precision (68)  |  Relative (39)  |  Sensible (27)  |  Time (1877)  |  Uniformity (37)  |  Year (933)

According to the common law of nature, deficiency of power is supplied by duration of time.
'Geological Illustrations', Appendix to G. Cuvier, Essay on the Theory of the Earth, trans. R. Jameson (1827), 430.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  Common (436)  |  Deficiency (12)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Power (746)  |  Time (1877)

Active experimentation must force the apparent facts of nature into forms different to those in which they familiarly present themselves; and thus make them tell the truth about themselves, as torture may compel an unwilling witness to reveal what he has been concealing.
In Reconstruction in Philosophy (1920), 32.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  Apparent (84)  |  Compel (30)  |  Conceal (18)  |  Different (577)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Familiar (43)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Must (1526)  |  Present (619)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Tell (340)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Torture (29)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Unwilling (9)  |  Witness (54)

Adam Smith says that nobody ever imagined a god of weight—and he might have added, of the multiplication table either. It may be that the relations of Nature are all as inevitable as that twice two are four.
From chapter 'Jottings from a Note-book', in Canadian Stories (1918), 178.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  God (757)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Inevitable (49)  |  Multiplication (43)  |  Multiplication Table (16)  |  Nobody (104)  |  Relation (157)  |  Say (984)  |  Adam Smith (7)  |  Table (104)  |  Two (937)  |  Weight (134)

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
In 'Education', The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Vol X: Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883), 152.
Science quotes on:  |  Adopt (19)  |  Pace (14)  |  Patience (56)  |  Secret (194)

After having produced aquatic animals of all ranks and having caused extensive variations in them by the different environments provided by the waters, nature led them little by little to the habit of living in the air, first by the water's edge and afterwards on all the dry parts of the globe. These animals have in course of time been profoundly altered by such novel conditions; which so greatly influenced their habits and organs that the regular gradation which they should have exhibited in complexity of organisation is often scarcely recognisable.
Hydrogéologie (1802), trans. A. V. Carozzi (1964), 69-70.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Air (347)  |  All (4108)  |  Alter (62)  |  Altered (32)  |  Animal (617)  |  Aquatic (5)  |  Complexity (111)  |  Condition (356)  |  Course (409)  |  Different (577)  |  Dry (57)  |  Edge (47)  |  Environment (216)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Extensive (33)  |  First (1283)  |  Gradation (17)  |  Habit (168)  |  Little (707)  |  Living (491)  |  Novel (32)  |  Organ (115)  |  Produced (187)  |  Rank (67)  |  Regular (46)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  Time (1877)  |  Variation (90)  |  Water (481)

After seeking in vain for the construction of a perpetual motion machine, the relations were investigated which must subsist between the forces of nature if such a machine is to be impossible; and this inverted question led to the discovery of the law of the conservation of energy, which, again, explained the impossibility of perpetual motion in the sense originally intended.
Opening of Lecture (1900), 'Mathematische Probleme' (Mathematical Problems), to the International Congress of Mathematicians, Paris. From the original German reprinted in David Hilbert: Gesammelte Abhandlungen (Collected Treatises, 1970), Vol. 3. For full citation, see the quote that begins, “This conviction of the solvability…”, on the David Hilbert Quotes page on this website.
Science quotes on:  |  Conservation (168)  |  Conservation Of Energy (29)  |  Construction (112)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Energy (344)  |  Explain (322)  |  Force (487)  |  Impossibility (61)  |  Impossible (251)  |  In Vain (9)  |  Intent (8)  |  Inverted (2)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Law (894)  |  Lead (384)  |  Machine (257)  |  Motion (310)  |  Must (1526)  |  Original (58)  |  Perpetual (57)  |  Perpetual Motion (14)  |  Question (621)  |  Relation (157)  |  Seek (213)  |  Sense (770)  |  Vain (83)

After the discovery of spectral analysis no one trained in physics could doubt the problem of the atom would be solved when physicists had learned to understand the language of spectra. So manifold was the enormous amount of material that has been accumulated in sixty years of spectroscopic research that it seemed at first beyond the possibility of disentanglement. An almost greater enlightenment has resulted from the seven years of Röntgen spectroscopy, inasmuch as it has attacked the problem of the atom at its very root, and illuminates the interior. What we are nowadays hearing of the language of spectra is a true 'music of the spheres' in order and harmony that becomes ever more perfect in spite of the manifold variety. The theory of spectral lines will bear the name of Bohr for all time. But yet another name will be permanently associated with it, that of Planck. All integral laws of spectral lines and of atomic theory spring originally from the quantum theory. It is the mysterious organon on which Nature plays her music of the spectra, and according to the rhythm of which she regulates the structure of the atoms and nuclei.
Atombau und Spektrallinien (1919), viii, Atomic Structure and Spectral Lines, trans. Henry L. Brose (1923), viii.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  All (4108)  |  Amount (151)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Atom (355)  |  Atomic Theory (15)  |  Attack (84)  |  Bear (159)  |  Become (815)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Niels Bohr (54)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Enlightenment (20)  |  First (1283)  |  Greater (288)  |  Harmony (102)  |  Hearing (49)  |  Integral (26)  |  Interior (32)  |  Language (293)  |  Law (894)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Manifold (22)  |  Material (353)  |  More (2559)  |  Music (129)  |  Music Of The Spheres (3)  |  Mysterious (79)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Name (333)  |  Nucleus (49)  |  Order (632)  |  Organon (2)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Physics (533)  |  Max Planck (64)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Problem (676)  |  Quantum (117)  |  Quantum Theory (66)  |  Regulation (24)  |  Research (664)  |  Result (677)  |  Rhythm (20)  |  Wilhelm Röntgen (8)  |  Root (120)  |  Solution (267)  |  Spectral Analysis (4)  |  Spectral Line (5)  |  Spectroscopy (11)  |  Spectrum (31)  |  Sphere (116)  |  Spite (55)  |  Spring (133)  |  Structure (344)  |  Theory (970)  |  Time (1877)  |  Train (114)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Variety (132)  |  Will (2355)  |  Year (933)

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
In Specimen Days & Collect (1882), 82.
Science quotes on:  |  Business (149)  |  Exhaust (22)  |  Finally (26)  |  Find (998)  |  Permanent (64)  |  Politics (112)  |  Remain (349)  |  Satisfy (27)  |  Wear (18)

Agriculture is the foundation of manufactures, since the productions of nature are the materials of art.
In The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1841), Vol. 1, 33.
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (68)  |  Art (657)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Manufacture (29)  |  Material (353)  |  Production (183)

Alexander the king of the Macedonians, began like a wretch to learn geometry, that he might know how little the earth was, whereof he had possessed very little. Thus, I say, like a wretch for this, because he was to understand that he did bear a false surname. For who can be great in so small a thing? Those things that were delivered were subtile, and to be learned by diligent attention: not which that mad man could perceive, who sent his thoughts beyond the ocean sea. Teach me, saith he, easy things. To whom his master said: These things be the same, and alike difficult unto all. Think thou that the nature of things saith this. These things whereof thou complainest, they are the same unto all: more easy things can be given unto none; but whosoever will, shall make those things more easy unto himself. How? With uprightness of mind.
In Thomas Lodge (trans.), 'Epistle 91', The Workes of Lucius Annaeus Seneca: Both Morrall and Naturall (1614), 383. Also in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica (1914), 135.
Science quotes on:  |  Alexander the Great (4)  |  Alike (60)  |  All (4108)  |  Attention (190)  |  Bear (159)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Complain (8)  |  Deliver (29)  |  Difficult (246)  |  Diligent (19)  |  Earth (996)  |  Easy (204)  |  False (100)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Great (1574)  |  Himself (461)  |  Know (1518)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Little (707)  |  Mad (53)  |  Man (2251)  |  Master (178)  |  Mathematicians and Anecdotes (141)  |  Mind (1338)  |  More (2559)  |  Name (333)  |  Nature Of Things (29)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Possess (156)  |  Say (984)  |  Sea (308)  |  Small (477)  |  Subtile (3)  |  Teach (277)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thought (953)  |  Understand (606)  |  Upright (2)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wretch (5)

All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in very special way. A true watchmaker has foresight: he designs his cogs springs, and plans their interconnections, with a future purpose in his mind's eye. Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind's eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.
The Blind Watchmaker (1986), 5.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Appearance (140)  |  Blind (95)  |  Cog (7)  |  Contrary (141)  |  Charles Darwin (303)  |  Design (195)  |  Discover (553)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Existence (456)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Eye (419)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Future (429)  |  Interconnection (12)  |  Know (1518)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Plan (117)  |  Process (423)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Role (86)  |  Selection (128)  |  Sight (132)  |  Special (184)  |  Spring (133)  |  Vision (123)  |  Watchmaker (3)  |  Way (1217)

All depends on keeping the eye steadily fixed on the facts of nature and so receiving their images simply as they are.
In Francis Bacon, James Spedding (ed.), Robert Leslie Ellis (ed.), 'The Plan of the Work: The Great Instauration', The Works of Francis Bacon: Translations of the Philosophical Works (1858), Vol. 4, 32.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Depend (228)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Fix (25)  |  Image (96)  |  Keep (101)  |  Receive (114)  |  Simply (53)  |  Steady (44)

All discussion of the ultimate nature of things must necessarily be barren unless we have some extraneous standards against which to compare them.
In The Mysterious Universe (1930), 114.
Science quotes on:  |  Against (332)  |  All (4108)  |  Barren (30)  |  Compare (69)  |  Comparison (102)  |  Discussion (72)  |  Extraneous (6)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature Of Things (29)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Standard (57)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Ultimate (144)

All disease, at some period or other of its course, is more or less a reparative process, not necessarily accompanied with suffering: an effort of nature to remedy a process of poisoning or of decay, which has taken place weeks, months, sometimes years beforehand, unnoticed.
In Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not (1859), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Course (409)  |  Decay (53)  |  Disease (328)  |  Effort (227)  |  Month (88)  |  More (2559)  |  More Or Less (68)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Other (2236)  |  Period (198)  |  Poison (40)  |  Process (423)  |  Remedy (62)  |  Suffering (67)  |  Unnoticed (5)  |  Week (70)  |  Year (933)

All human affairs follow nature's great analogue, the growth of vegetation. There are three periods of growth in every plant. The first, and slowest, is the invisible growth by the root; the second and much accelerated is the visible growth by the stem; but when root and stem have gathered their forces, there comes the third period, in which the plant quickly flashes into blossom and rushes into fruit.
The beginnings of moral enterprises in this world are never to be measured by any apparent growth. ... At length comes the sudden ripeness and the full success, and he who is called in at the final moment deems this success his own. He is but the reaper and not the labourer. Other men sowed and tilled and he but enters into their labours.
Life Thoughts (1858), 20.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Analogue (7)  |  Apparent (84)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Blossom (21)  |  Call (769)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Enter (141)  |  Entering (3)  |  Enterprise (54)  |  Final (118)  |  First (1283)  |  Follow (378)  |  Force (487)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Gather (72)  |  Great (1574)  |  Growth (187)  |  Human (1468)  |  Invention (369)  |  Invisible (63)  |  Laborer (7)  |  Labour (98)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Moment (253)  |  Moral (195)  |  Never (1087)  |  Other (2236)  |  Period (198)  |  Plant (294)  |  Reaper (3)  |  Research (664)  |  Ripeness (2)  |  Root (120)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Soil (86)  |  Sowing (9)  |  Stem (31)  |  Success (302)  |  Sudden (67)  |  Vegetation (23)  |  Visible (84)  |  World (1774)

All interesting issues in natural history are questions of relative frequency, not single examples. Everything happens once amidst the richness of nature. But when an unanticipated phenomenon occurs again and again–finally turning into an expectation–then theories are overturned.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Amidst (2)  |  Everything (476)  |  Example (94)  |  Expectation (65)  |  Finally (26)  |  Frequency (22)  |  Happen (274)  |  History (673)  |  Interest (386)  |  Interesting (153)  |  Issue (42)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural History (70)  |  Occur (150)  |  Overturn (2)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Question (621)  |  Relative (39)  |  Richness (14)  |  Single (353)  |  Theory (970)  |  Turn (447)  |  Unanticipated (2)

All knowledge is profitable; profitable in its ennobling effect on the character, in the pleasure it imparts in its acquisition, as well as in the power it gives over the operations of mind and of matter. All knowledge is useful; every part of this complex system of nature is connected with every other. Nothing is isolated. The discovery of to-day, which appears unconnected with any useful process, may, in the course of a few years, become the fruitful source of a thousand inventions.
In 'Report of the Secretary', Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for 1851 (1852), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquisition (45)  |  All (4108)  |  Become (815)  |  Character (243)  |  Complex (188)  |  Connect (125)  |  Course (409)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Effect (393)  |  Ennoble (8)  |  Fruitful (58)  |  Impart (23)  |  Invention (369)  |  Isolated (14)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Power (746)  |  Process (423)  |  Profitable (28)  |  Source (93)  |  System (537)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Unconnected (10)  |  Useful (250)  |  Year (933)

All knowledge resolves itself into probability. ... In every judgment, which we can form concerning probability, as well as concerning knowledge, we ought always to correct the first judgment deriv'd from the nature of the object, by another judgment, deriv'd from the nature of the understanding.
In A treatise of Human Nature (1888), 181-182.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Concern (228)  |  Correction (40)  |  Derivation (13)  |  First (1283)  |  Form (959)  |  Judgment (132)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Object (422)  |  Ought (3)  |  Probability (130)  |  Resolution (23)  |  Resolve (40)  |  Understanding (513)

All material Things seem to have been composed of the hard and solid Particles … variously associated with the first Creation by the Counsel of an intelligent Agent. For it became him who created them to set them in order: and if he did so, it is unphilosophical to seek for any other Origin of the World, or to pretend that it might arise out of a Chaos by the mere Laws of Nature.
From Opticks (1704, 2nd ed., 1718), 377-378.
Science quotes on:  |  Agent (70)  |  All (4108)  |  Arise (158)  |  Associated (2)  |  Big Bang (39)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Composed (3)  |  Counsel (11)  |  Creation (327)  |  First (1283)  |  Hard (243)  |  Intelligent (100)  |  Law (894)  |  Material (353)  |  Mere (84)  |  Order (632)  |  Origin (239)  |  Origin Of Earth (9)  |  Origin Of The Universe (16)  |  Other (2236)  |  Particle (194)  |  Pretend (17)  |  Seek (213)  |  Set (394)  |  Solid (116)  |  Thing (1915)  |  World (1774)

All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle
…...
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Desire (204)  |  Knowledge (1529)

All men by nature desire to know.
Aristotle
Metaphysics, 980a, 21. In Jonathan Barnes (ed.), The Complete Works of Aristotle (1984), Vol. 2, 1552.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Desire (204)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
In Pierre Curie (1923), 162.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Child (307)  |  Life (1795)  |  New (1216)  |  Rejoice (11)  |  Sight (132)  |  Through (849)

All Nature bristles with the marks of interrogation—among the grass and the petals of flowers, amidst the feathers of birds and the hairs of mammals, on mountain and moorland, in sea and sky-everywhere. It is one of the joys of life to discover those marks of interrogation, these unsolved and half-solved problems and try to answer their questions.
In Riddles of Science (1932), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Answer (366)  |  Bird (149)  |  Bristle (3)  |  Discover (553)  |  Everywhere (94)  |  Feather (12)  |  Flower (106)  |  Grass (46)  |  Hair (25)  |  Interrogation (4)  |  Joy (107)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mammal (37)  |  Mark (43)  |  Moorland (2)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Petal (4)  |  Problem (676)  |  Question (621)  |  Sea (308)  |  Sky (161)  |  Solved (2)  |  Try (283)  |  Unsolved (15)

All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see;
All Discord, Harmony, not understood;
All partial Evil, universal Good:
And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason’s spite,
One truth is clear, “Whatever IS, is RIGHT.”
'An Essay on Man' (1733-4), Epistle I. In John Butt (ed.), The Poems of Alexander Pope (1965), 515.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Chance (239)  |  Clarity (47)  |  Direction (175)  |  Discord (10)  |  Evil (116)  |  Existence (456)  |  Good (889)  |  Harmony (102)  |  Partial (10)  |  Pride (78)  |  Reason (744)  |  Right (452)  |  See (1081)  |  Seeing (142)  |  Spite (55)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Understood (156)  |  Universal (189)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Whatever (234)

All Nature is linked together by invisible bonds and every organic creature, however low, however feeble, however dependent, is necessary to the well-being of some other among the myriad forms of life.
From Man and Nature (1864), 109.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bond (45)  |  Creature (233)  |  Dependent (24)  |  Ecology (74)  |  Feeble (27)  |  Food Web (8)  |  Form (959)  |  Invisible (63)  |  Life (1795)  |  Low (80)  |  Myriad (31)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Organic (158)  |  Other (2236)  |  Symbiosis (4)  |  Together (387)  |  Web Of Life (7)  |  Well-Being (5)

All nature wears one universal grin.
Tom Thumb the Great (1730).
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Grin (4)  |  Universal (189)

All possible truth is practical. To ask whether our conception of chair or table corresponds to the real chair or table apart from the uses to which they may be put, is as utterly meaningless and vain as to inquire whether a musical tone is red or yellow. No other conceivable relation than this between ideas and things can exist. The unknowable is what I cannot react upon. The active part of our nature is not only an essential part of cognition itself, but it always has a voice in determining what shall be believed and what rejected.
The Muscular Perception of Space (1878), 446.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  All (4108)  |  Ask (411)  |  Chair (24)  |  Cognition (7)  |  Conceivable (28)  |  Conception (154)  |  Essential (199)  |  Exist (443)  |  Idea (843)  |  Inquire (23)  |  Other (2236)  |  Possible (552)  |  Practical (200)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejected (26)  |  Table (104)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tone (22)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Use (766)  |  Vain (83)  |  Yellow (30)

All science has one aim, namely, to find a theory of nature.
In Nature (1849), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Aim (165)  |  All (4108)  |  Find (998)  |  Namely (11)  |  Science (3879)  |  Theory (970)

All that Anatomie can doe is only to shew us the gross and sensible parts of the body, or the vapid and dead juices all which, after the most diligent search, will be noe more able to direct a physician how to cure a disease than how to make a man; for to remedy the defects of a part whose organicall constitution and that texture whereby it operates, he cannot possibly know, is alike hard, as to make a part which he knows not how is made. Now it is certaine and beyond controversy that nature performs all her operations on the body by parts so minute and insensible that I thinke noe body will ever hope or pretend, even by the assistance of glasses or any other intervention, to come to a sight of them, and to tell us what organicall texture or what kinde offerment (for whether it be done by one or both of these ways is yet a question and like to be soe always notwithstanding all the endeavours of the most accurate dissections) separate any part of the juices in any of the viscera, or tell us of what liquors the particles of these juices are, or if this could be donne (which it is never like to be) would it at all contribute to the cure of the diseases of those very parts which we so perfectly knew.
'Anatomie' (1668). Quoted in Kenneth Dewhurst (ed.), Dr. Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689): His Life and Original Writings (1966), 85-6.
Science quotes on:  |  Accurate (86)  |  Alike (60)  |  All (4108)  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Assistance (20)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Body (537)  |  Both (493)  |  Constitution (76)  |  Controversy (29)  |  Cure (122)  |  Defect (31)  |  Diligence (20)  |  Diligent (19)  |  Direct (225)  |  Disease (328)  |  Dissection (32)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  Hard (243)  |  Hope (299)  |  Intervention (16)  |  Juice (7)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Liquor (6)  |  Man (2251)  |  Minute (125)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Never (1087)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Other (2236)  |  Particle (194)  |  Perform (121)  |  Physician (273)  |  Possibly (111)  |  Question (621)  |  Remedy (62)  |  Search (162)  |  Separate (143)  |  Sight (132)  |  Tell (340)  |  Viscera (2)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)

All that biology tells us about the nature of God is that he has “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”
As stated in George Evelyn Hutchison, 'Homage to Santa Rosalia, or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals?', The American Naturalist (1959), 93, 145-159.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Beetle (15)  |  Biology (216)  |  Fondness (7)  |  God (757)  |  Inordinate (3)  |  Tell (340)

All that can be said upon the number and nature of elements is, in my opinion, confined to discussions entirely of a metaphysical nature. The subject only furnishes us with indefinite problems, which may be solved in a thousand different ways, not one of which, in all probability, is consistent with nature. I shall therefore only add upon this subject, that if, by the term elements, we mean to express those simple and indivisible atoms of which matter is composed, it is extremely probable we know nothing at all about them; but, if we apply the term elements, or principles of bodies, to express our idea of the last point which analysis is capable of reaching, we must admit, as elements, all the substances into which we are capable, by any means, to reduce bodies by decomposition.
Elements of Chemistry (1790), trans. R. Kerr, Preface, xxiv.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Apply (160)  |  Atom (355)  |  Capable (168)  |  Composition (84)  |  Consistent (48)  |  Decomposition (18)  |  Different (577)  |  Discussion (72)  |  Element (310)  |  Express (186)  |  Idea (843)  |  Indefinite (20)  |  Indivisible (21)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Last (426)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Metaphysical (38)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Number (699)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Point (580)  |  Principle (507)  |  Probability (130)  |  Problem (676)  |  Reduce (94)  |  Reduction (51)  |  Simple (406)  |  Solution (267)  |  Subject (521)  |  Substance (248)  |  Term (349)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Way (1217)

All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction. When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply.
From On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1861), 76.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Death (388)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Do (1908)  |  Fear (197)  |  Generation (242)  |  Great (1574)  |  Happy (105)  |  Healthy (68)  |  Increase (210)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Multiply (37)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  Organic (158)  |  Origin Of Species (42)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Period (198)  |  Prompt (14)  |  Ratio (39)  |  Season (47)  |  Struggle (105)  |  Survive (79)  |  War (225)  |  Year (933)

All the different classes of beings which taken together make up the universe are, in the ideas of God who knows distinctly their essential gradations, only so many ordinates of a single curve so closely united that it would be impossible to place others between any two of them, since that would imply disorder and imperfection. Thus men are linked with the animals, these with the plants and these with the fossils which in turn merge with those bodies which our senses and our imagination represent to us as absolutely inanimate. And, since the law of continuity requires that when the essential attributes of one being approximate those of another all the properties of the one must likewise gradually approximate those of the other, it is necessary that all the orders of natural beings form but a single chain, in which the various classes, like so many rings, are so closely linked one to another that it is impossible for the senses or the imagination to determine precisely the point at which one ends and the next begins?all the species which, so to say, lie near the borderlands being equivocal, at endowed with characters which might equally well be assigned to either of the neighboring species. Thus there is nothing monstrous in the existence zoophytes, or plant-animals, as Budaeus calls them; on the contrary, it is wholly in keeping with the order of nature that they should exist. And so great is the force of the principle of continuity, to my thinking, that not only should I not be surprised to hear that such beings had been discovered?creatures which in some of their properties, such as nutrition or reproduction, might pass equally well for animals or for plants, and which thus overturn the current laws based upon the supposition of a perfect and absolute separation of the different orders of coexistent beings which fill the universe;?not only, I say, should I not be surprised to hear that they had been discovered, but, in fact, I am convinced that there must be such creatures, and that natural history will perhaps some day become acquainted with them, when it has further studied that infinity of living things whose small size conceals them for ordinary observation and which are hidden in the bowels of the earth and the depth of the sea.
Lettre Prétendue de M. De Leibnitz, à M. Hermann dont M. Koenig a Cité le Fragment (1753), cxi-cxii, trans. in A. O. Lovejoy, Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea (1936), 144-5.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  All (4108)  |  Animal (617)  |  Approximate (25)  |  Attribute (61)  |  Become (815)  |  Begin (260)  |  Being (1278)  |  Borderland (6)  |  Bowel (16)  |  Call (769)  |  Character (243)  |  Continuity (38)  |  Contrary (141)  |  Creature (233)  |  Current (118)  |  Curve (49)  |  Depth (94)  |  Determine (144)  |  Different (577)  |  Discover (553)  |  Disorder (41)  |  Earth (996)  |  End (590)  |  Endowed (52)  |  Equally (130)  |  Essential (199)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Exist (443)  |  Existence (456)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Fossil (136)  |  God (757)  |  Gradation (17)  |  Gradually (102)  |  Great (1574)  |  Hear (139)  |  History (673)  |  Idea (843)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Imperfection (31)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Lie (364)  |  Living (491)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural History (70)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Next (236)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Nutrition (23)  |  Observation (555)  |  Order (632)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pass (238)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Plant (294)  |  Point (580)  |  Precisely (92)  |  Principle (507)  |  Represent (155)  |  Reproduction (72)  |  Require (219)  |  Say (984)  |  Sea (308)  |  Sense (770)  |  Separation (57)  |  Single (353)  |  Small (477)  |  Species (401)  |  Supposition (50)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Together (387)  |  Turn (447)  |  Two (937)  |  Universe (857)  |  Various (200)  |  Wholly (88)  |  Will (2355)

All the effects of Nature are only the mathematical consequences of a small number of immutable laws.
From the original French, “Tous les effets de la nature ne sont que résultats mathématiques d'un petit noinbre de lois immuables.”, in Oeuvres de Laplace, Vol. VII: Théorie des probabilités (1847), Introduction, cliv.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Effect (393)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Law (894)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Number (699)  |  Small (477)

All the knowledge we have of nature depends upon facts; for without observations and experiments our natural philosophy would only be a science of terms and an unintelligible jargon.
First sentence of 'Preface', Course of Experimental Philosophy (1745), Vol. 1, v.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Depend (228)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Jargon (13)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosophy (52)  |  Observation (555)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Science (3879)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Unintelligible (15)

All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers, so that the aim of exact science is to reduce the problems of nature to the determination of quantities by operations with numbers.
from Faraday's Lines of Force (1856)
Science quotes on:  |  Aim (165)  |  All (4108)  |  Determination (78)  |  Law (894)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Number (699)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Physical (508)  |  Physical Law (14)  |  Problem (676)  |  Reduce (94)  |  Science (3879)

All the real true knowledge we have of Nature is intirely experimental, insomuch that, how strange soever the assertion seems, we may lay this down as the first fundamental unerring rule in physics, That it is not within the compass of human understanding to assign a purely speculative reason for any one phaenomenon in nature.
In The Procedure, Extent, and Limits of Human Understanding (1728, 1729), 205-206.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Assertion (32)  |  Compass (34)  |  Down (456)  |  Experimental (192)  |  First (1283)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Human (1468)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Purely (109)  |  Real (149)  |  Reason (744)  |  Rule (294)  |  Seem (145)  |  Speculation (126)  |  Strange (157)  |  True (212)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)

All the sciences have a relation, greater or less, to human nature; and...however wide any of them may seem to run from it, they still return back by one passage or another. Even Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, and Natural Religion, are in some measure dependent on the science of MAN; since they lie under the cognizance of men, and are judged of by their powers and faculties.
A Treatise on Human Nature (1739-40), ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge (1888), introduction, xix.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Back (390)  |  Greater (288)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Nature (64)  |  Lie (364)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Measure (232)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosophy (52)  |  Passage (50)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Power (746)  |  Religion (361)  |  Return (124)  |  Run (174)  |  Science (3879)  |  Still (613)  |  Wide (96)

All the species recognized by Botanists came forth from the Almighty Creator's hand, and the number of these is now and always will be exactly the same, while every day new and different florists' species arise from the true species so-called by Botanists, and when they have arisen they finally revert to the original forms. Accordingly to the former have been assigned by Nature fixed limits, beyond which they cannot go: while the latter display without end the infinite sport of Nature.
Philosophia Botanica (1751), aphorism 310. Trans. Frans A. Stafleu, Linnaeus and the Linnaeans: The Spreading of their Ideas in Systematic Botany, 1735-1789 (1971), 90.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Almighty (23)  |  Arise (158)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Botanist (23)  |  Call (769)  |  Creator (91)  |  Different (577)  |  Display (56)  |  End (590)  |  Form (959)  |  Former (137)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Limit (280)  |  New (1216)  |  Number (699)  |  So-Called (71)  |  Species (401)  |  Sport (22)  |  Variety (132)  |  Will (2355)

All the work of the crystallographers serves only to demonstrate that there is only variety everywhere where they suppose uniformity … that in nature there is nothing absolute, nothing perfectly regular.
In Histoire Naturelle des Minéraux (1783-88), Vol. 3, 433.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  All (4108)  |  Crystallographer (4)  |  Demonstrate (76)  |  Everywhere (94)  |  Mineral (59)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Regular (46)  |  Suppose (156)  |  Uniformity (37)  |  Variety (132)  |  Work (1351)

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
In Religio Medici (1642, 1754), pt. 1, sec. 16, 42.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Artificial (33)  |  God (757)  |  Thing (1915)

All things on the earth are the result of chemical combination. The operation by which the commingling of molecules and the interchange of atoms take place we can imitate in our laboratories; but in nature they proceed by slow degrees, and, in general, in our hands they are distinguished by suddenness of action. In nature chemical power is distributed over a long period of time, and the process of change is scarcely to be observed. By acts we concentrate chemical force, and expend it in producing a change which occupies but a few hours at most.
In chapter 'Chemical Forces', The Poetry of Science: Or, Studies of the Physical Phenomena of Nature (1848), 235-236. Charles Dicken used this quote, with his own sub-head of 'Relative Importance Of Time To Man And Nature', to conclude his review of the book, published in The Examiner (1848).
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Action (327)  |  All (4108)  |  Atom (355)  |  Change (593)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Combination (144)  |  Concentrate (26)  |  Concentration (29)  |  Degree (276)  |  Distinguish (160)  |  Distinguished (83)  |  Distinguishing (14)  |  Earth (996)  |  Force (487)  |  General (511)  |  Hour (186)  |  Imitate (17)  |  Interchange (4)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Long (790)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Most (1731)  |  Observed (149)  |  Operation (213)  |  Period (198)  |  Place (177)  |  Power (746)  |  Proceed (129)  |  Proceeding (39)  |  Process (423)  |  Producing (6)  |  Result (677)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  Slow (101)  |  Suddenness (6)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Time (1877)

All versions written for nonscientists speak of fused males as the curious tale of the anglerfish–just as we so often hear about the monkey swinging through the trees, or the worm burrowing through soil. But if nature teaches us any lesson, it loudly proclaims life’s diversity. There ain’t no such abstraction as the clam, the fly, or the anglerfish. Ceratioid anglerfishes come in nearly 100 species, and each has its own peculiarity.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Abstraction (47)  |  Aint (4)  |  All (4108)  |  Curious (91)  |  Diversity (73)  |  Fly (146)  |  Fuse (5)  |  Hear (139)  |  Lesson (57)  |  Life (1795)  |  Male (26)  |  Monkey (52)  |  Nearly (137)  |  Nonscientist (3)  |  Often (106)  |  Peculiarity (25)  |  Proclaim (30)  |  Soil (86)  |  Speak (232)  |  Species (401)  |  Swing (11)  |  Tale (16)  |  Teach (277)  |  Through (849)  |  Tree (246)  |  Version (7)  |  Worm (42)  |  Write (230)

Almost daily we shudder as prophets of doom announce the impending end of civilization and universe. We are being asphyxiated, they say, by the smoke of the industry; we are suffocating in the ever growing mountain of rubbish. Every new project depicts its measureable effects and is denounced by protesters screaming about catastrophe, the upsetting of the land, the assault on nature. If we accepted this new mythology we would have to stop pushing roads through the forest, harnessing rivers to produce the electricity, breaking grounds to extract metals, enriching the soil with chemicals, killing insects, combating viruses … But progress—basically, an effort to organise a corner of land and make it more favourable for human life—cannot be baited. Without the science of pomiculture, for example, trees will bear fruits that are small, bitter, hard, indigestible, and sour. Progress is desirable.
Anonymous
Uncredited. In Lachman Mehta, Stolen Treasure (2012), 117.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  Announce (13)  |  Assault (12)  |  Bear (159)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bitter (30)  |  Catastrophe (31)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Corner (57)  |  Daily (87)  |  Desirable (33)  |  Doom (32)  |  Effect (393)  |  Effort (227)  |  Electricity (159)  |  End (590)  |  Extract (40)  |  Forest (150)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Ground (217)  |  Growing (98)  |  Hard (243)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Life (29)  |  Impending (4)  |  Industry (137)  |  Insect (77)  |  Life (1795)  |  Metal (84)  |  Mining (18)  |  More (2559)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Mythology (18)  |  New (1216)  |  Pollution (48)  |  Progress (465)  |  Project (73)  |  Prophet (21)  |  River (119)  |  Rubbish (12)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Small (477)  |  Smoke (28)  |  Soil (86)  |  Sour (3)  |  Through (849)  |  Tree (246)  |  Universe (857)  |  Virus (27)  |  Will (2355)

Almost every major systematic error which has deluded men for thousands of years relied on practical experience. Horoscopes, incantations, oracles, magic, witchcraft, the cures of witch doctors and of medical practitioners before the advent of modern medicine, were all firmly established through the centuries in the eyes of the public by their supposed practical successes. The scientific method was devised precisely for the purpose of elucidating the nature of things under more carefully controlled conditions and by more rigorous criteria than are present in the situations created by practical problems.
Personal Knowledge (1958), 183.
Science quotes on:  |  Advent (6)  |  All (4108)  |  Care (186)  |  Carefully (65)  |  Century (310)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Condition (356)  |  Control (167)  |  Criteria (6)  |  Cure (122)  |  Deluded (7)  |  Delusion (25)  |  Devising (7)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Elucidation (7)  |  Error (321)  |  Establishment (47)  |  Experience (467)  |  Eye (419)  |  Horoscope (4)  |  Incantation (5)  |  Magic (86)  |  Major (84)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Method (505)  |  Modern (385)  |  More (2559)  |  Nature Of Things (29)  |  Oracle (4)  |  Practical (200)  |  Practicality (6)  |  Practitioner (20)  |  Precisely (92)  |  Present (619)  |  Problem (676)  |  Public (96)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Reliance (10)  |  Rigor (27)  |  Rigorous (48)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Situation (113)  |  Success (302)  |  Supposition (50)  |  System (537)  |  Systematic (57)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Through (849)  |  Witch Doctor (2)  |  Witchcraft (6)  |  Year (933)

Although few expressions are more commonly used in writing about science than “science revolution,” there is a continuing debate as to the propriety of applying the concept and term “revolution” to scientific change. There is, furthermore, a wide difference of opinion as to what may constitute a revolution. And although almost all historians would agree that a genuine alteration of an exceptionally radical nature (the Scientific Revolution) occurred in the sciences at some time between the late fifteenth (or early sixteenth) century and the end of the seventeenth century, the question of exactly when this revolution occurred arouses as much scholarly disagreement as the cognate question of precisely what it was.
The Newtonian Revolution (1980), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  15th Century (5)  |  16th Century (3)  |  17th Century (16)  |  All (4108)  |  Alteration (30)  |  Arouse (12)  |  Century (310)  |  Change (593)  |  Cognate (2)  |  Concept (221)  |  Constitute (97)  |  Debate (38)  |  Difference (337)  |  Disagreement (14)  |  Early (185)  |  End (590)  |  Exceptional (18)  |  Expression (175)  |  Genuine (52)  |  Historian (54)  |  History Of Science (63)  |  Late (118)  |  More (2559)  |  Occurred (2)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Precisely (92)  |  Propriety (6)  |  Question (621)  |  Radical (25)  |  Revolution (129)  |  Scholar (48)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Revolution (12)  |  Term (349)  |  Time (1877)  |  Wide (96)  |  Writing (189)

Although gravity is by far the weakest force of nature, its insidious and cumulative action serves to determine the ultimate fate not only of individual astronomical objects but of the entire cosmos. The same remorseless attraction that crushes a star operates on a much grander scale on the universe as a whole.
In The Last Three Minutes (1994).
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  Attraction (56)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Cumulative (14)  |  Determine (144)  |  Fate (72)  |  Force (487)  |  Force Of Nature (7)  |  Gravity (132)  |  Individual (404)  |  Object (422)  |  Scale (121)  |  Star (427)  |  Ultimate (144)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)

Although man is not armed by nature nor is naturally swiftest in flight, yet he has something better by far—reason. For by the possession of this function he exceeds the beasts to such a degree that he subdues. … You see, therefore, how much the gift of reason surpasses mere physical equipment.
As given in Toby E. Huff, The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West (2003), 102, citing Tina Stiefel, Science, Reason, and Faith in the Twelfth Century (1976), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Arm (81)  |  Armed (2)  |  Beast (55)  |  Better (486)  |  Degree (276)  |  Equipment (43)  |  Flight (98)  |  Function (228)  |  Gift (104)  |  Man (2251)  |  Natural (796)  |  Physical (508)  |  Possession (65)  |  Reason (744)  |  See (1081)  |  Something (719)  |  Subdue (7)  |  Surpassing (12)  |  Swiftness (4)

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence as I said before with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
'Movement and Weight', from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, trans. E. MacCurdy (1938), Vol. 1, 546.
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  End (590)  |  Experience (467)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Opposite (104)  |  Proceed (129)  |  Reason (744)

Although species may be discrete, they have no immutable essence. Variation is the raw material of evolutionary change. It represents the fundamental reality of nature, not an accident about a created norm. Variation is primary; essences are illusory. Species must be defined as ranges of irreducible variation.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Accident (88)  |  Change (593)  |  Create (235)  |  Define (49)  |  Discrete (11)  |  Essence (82)  |  Evolutionary (23)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Illusory (2)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Irreducible (7)  |  Material (353)  |  Must (1526)  |  Norm (5)  |  Primary (80)  |  Range (99)  |  Raw (28)  |  Reality (261)  |  Represent (155)  |  Species (401)  |  Variation (90)

Although the works of the Creator may be in themselves all equally perfect, the animal is, as I see it, the most complete work of nature, and man is her masterpiece.
'Histoire des Animaux', Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi (1749), Vol. 2, 2. Quoted in Jacques Roger, The Life Sciences in Eighteenth -Century French Thought, ed. Keith R. Benson and trans. Robert Ellrich (1997), 437.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Animal (617)  |  Complete (204)  |  Creator (91)  |  Equally (130)  |  God (757)  |  Man (2251)  |  Masterpiece (9)  |  Most (1731)  |  Perfect (216)  |  See (1081)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Work (1351)

Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (541)  |  Certain (550)  |  Explain (322)  |  Happen (274)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Intimate (15)  |  Learn (629)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Nevertheless (90)  |  Penetrate (67)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Suffice (7)  |  True (212)

Aluminum is at once as white as silver, as incorrodible as gold, as tenacious as iron, as fusible as copper, and as light as glass. It is easily worked; it is widely spread in nature, alumina forming the bases of most rocks; it is three times lighter than iron; in short, it seems to have been created expressly to furnish material for our projectile!
Planning a spacecraft to be fired from a cannon to the moon. In From the Earth to the Moon (1865, 1890), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Aluminum (6)  |  Base (117)  |  Copper (25)  |  Corrosion (4)  |  Form (959)  |  Forming (42)  |  Furnish (96)  |  Glass (92)  |  Gold (97)  |  Iron (96)  |  Light (607)  |  Material (353)  |  Mineralogy (20)  |  Most (1731)  |  Ore (12)  |  Projectile (3)  |  Rock (161)  |  Short (197)  |  Silver (46)  |  Spread (83)  |  Time (1877)  |  White (127)  |  Work (1351)

Amid all the revolutions of the globe, the economy of Nature has been uniform, ... and her laws are the only things that have resisted the general movement. The rivers and the rocks, the seas and the continents, have been changed in all their parts; but the laws which direct those changes, and the rules to which they are subject, have remained invariably the same.
Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802) collected in The Works of John Playfair (1822), Vol. 1, 415
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Change (593)  |  Continent (76)  |  Direct (225)  |  General (511)  |  Invariably (35)  |  Invariance (4)  |  Law (894)  |  Movement (155)  |  Remain (349)  |  Revolution (129)  |  River (119)  |  Rock (161)  |  Rule (294)  |  Sea (308)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thing (1915)

Among innumerable footsteps of divine providence to be found in the works of nature, there is a very remarkable one to be observed in the exact balance that is maintained, between the numbers of men and women; for by this means is provided, that the species never may fail, nor perish, since every male may have its female, and of proportionable age. This equality of males and females is not the effect of chance but divine providence, working for a good end.
'An Argument for Divine Providence, taken from the Constant Regularity observ’d in the Births of both Sexes', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1710-12, 27,186.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Balance (77)  |  Chance (239)  |  Divine (112)  |  Effect (393)  |  End (590)  |  Equality (31)  |  Fail (185)  |  Female (50)  |  Genetics (101)  |  Good (889)  |  Innumerable (55)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Never (1087)  |  Number (699)  |  Observed (149)  |  Perish (50)  |  Providence (18)  |  Species (401)  |  Work (1351)

Among the older records, we find chapter after chapter of which we can read the characters, and make out their meaning: and as we approach the period of man’s creation, our book becomes more clear, and nature seems to speak to us in language so like our own, that we easily comprehend it. But just as we begin to enter on the history of physical changes going on before our eyes, and in which we ourselves bear a part, our chronicle seems to fail us—a leaf has been torn out from nature's record, and the succession of events is almost hidden from our eyes.
Letter 1 to William Wordsworth. Quoted in the appendix to W. Wordsworth, A Complete Guide to the Lakes, Comprising Minute Direction for the Tourist, with Mr Wordsworth's Description of the Scenery of the County and Three Letters upon the Geology of the Lake District (1842), 14.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Approach (108)  |  Bear (159)  |  Become (815)  |  Begin (260)  |  Book (392)  |  Change (593)  |  Chapter (11)  |  Character (243)  |  Chronicle (6)  |  Clarity (47)  |  Comprehension (66)  |  Creation (327)  |  Enter (141)  |  Event (216)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fail (185)  |  Failure (161)  |  Find (998)  |  Hidden (42)  |  History (673)  |  Language (293)  |  Leaf (66)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Meaning (233)  |  More (2559)  |  Old (481)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Period (198)  |  Physical (508)  |  Physical Change (5)  |  Read (287)  |  Record (154)  |  Speak (232)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Succession (77)  |  Tear (42)  |  Torn (17)

Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
Journal of Researches: into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World (1839), ch. XXIII, 604-5.
Science quotes on:  |  Beagle (13)  |  Body (537)  |  Both (493)  |  Breath (59)  |  Death (388)  |  Decay (53)  |  Feel (367)  |  Forest (150)  |  God (757)  |  Impress (64)  |  Impressed (38)  |  Life (1795)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mind (1338)  |  More (2559)  |  Power (746)  |  Prevail (46)  |  Primeval (15)  |  Production (183)  |  Scene (36)  |  Solitude (18)  |  Stand (274)  |  Temple (42)

Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval [tropical] forests, ... temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature. No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
In What Mr. Darwin Saw in His Voyage Round the World in the Ship “Beagle” 1879, 170.
Science quotes on:  |  Body (537)  |  Breath (59)  |  Feel (367)  |  Fill (61)  |  Forest (150)  |  God (757)  |  Impress (64)  |  Impressed (38)  |  Impression (114)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mind (1338)  |  More (2559)  |  Primeval (15)  |  Production (183)  |  Rain Forest (29)  |  Scene (36)  |  Solitude (18)  |  Stand (274)  |  Sublimity (5)  |  Temple (42)  |  Various (200)

Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature…. It appears to be the fleetest of all animals, marine and terrestrial, and it can leap over the masts of large vessels.
Aristotle
In 'The History of Animals' (350 BC), Great Books of the Western World (1952), Vol. 9, 156.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Animal (617)  |  Appear (118)  |  Dolphin (9)  |  Fish (120)  |  Fleet (4)  |  Gentle (7)  |  Kind (557)  |  Large (394)  |  Leap (53)  |  Marine (9)  |  Mast (3)  |  Sea (308)  |  Story (118)  |  Terrestrial (61)  |  Vessel (63)

An act cannot be defined by the end sought by the actor, for an identical system of behaviour may be adjustable to too many different ends without altering its nature.
Suicide: A Study in Sociology (1897), trans. J. A. Spaulding and G. Simpson (1952), 43.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Behaviour (41)  |  Different (577)  |  End (590)  |  Human Nature (64)  |  Identical (53)  |  Sociology (46)  |  System (537)

An experiment in nature, like a text in the Bible, is capable of different interpretations, according to the preconceptions of the interpreter.
Physiological Disquisitions (1781), 148.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  Capable (168)  |  Different (577)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Interpretation (85)  |  Preconception (13)

An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer.
'The Meaning and Limits of Exact Science', Science (30 Sep 1949), 110, No. 2857, 325. Advance reprinting of chapter from book Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography (1949), 110.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Answer (366)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Pose (9)  |  Question (621)  |  Recording (13)  |  Science (3879)

An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalization would be just as well founded as the generalization which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet.
Scientific Method in Philosophy (1914), 12.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Base (117)  |  Being (1278)  |  Conclude (65)  |  Earth (996)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Generalization (57)  |  Grow (238)  |  Growth (187)  |  History (673)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Human Beings (117)  |  Indefinite (20)  |  Never (1087)  |  Other (2236)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Planet (356)  |  Progress (465)  |  Single (353)  |  Terrestrial (61)  |  Watch (109)  |  Youth (101)

An Individual, whatever species it might be, is nothing in the Universe. A hundred, a thousand individuals are still nothing. The species are the only creatures of Nature, perpetual creatures, as old and as permanent as it. In order to judge it better, we no longer consider the species as a collection or as a series of similar individuals, but as a whole independent of number, independent of time, a whole always living, always the same, a whole which has been counted as one in the works of creation, and which, as a consequence, makes only a unity in Nature.
'De la Nature: Seconde Vue', Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi (1765), Vol. 13, i. Trans. Phillip R. Sloan.
Science quotes on:  |  Better (486)  |  Collection (64)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Consider (416)  |  Count (105)  |  Creation (327)  |  Creature (233)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Individual (404)  |  Judge (108)  |  Living (491)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Number (699)  |  Old (481)  |  Order (632)  |  Permanent (64)  |  Perpetual (57)  |  Series (149)  |  Species (401)  |  Still (613)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Time (1877)  |  Unity (78)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Whole (738)  |  Work (1351)

An informed appraisal of life absolutely require(s) a full understanding of life’s arena–the universe. … By deepening our understanding of the true nature of physical reality, we profoundly reconfigure our sense of ourselves and our experience of the universe.
In The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (2007), 5.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Absolutely (39)  |  Appraisal (2)  |  Arena (4)  |  Deepen (6)  |  Experience (467)  |  Full (66)  |  Inform (47)  |  Life (1795)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Physical (508)  |  Profoundly (13)  |  Reality (261)  |  Require (219)  |  Sense (770)  |  True (212)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Universe (857)

An intelligent patient, private or otherwise, to whom you have taken the trouble to explain the nature of the investigation, makes the best laboratory animal.
'Some of the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Do-Nots’ in Clinical Investigation,' Journal of Clinical Investigation (1944), 23, 921-26.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Best (459)  |  Explain (322)  |  Intelligent (100)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Patient (199)  |  Research (664)  |  Trouble (107)  |  Volunteer (7)

An organized product of nature is that in which all the parts are mutually ends and means.
Critik der Urtheilskraft (1799), 296. In William Whewell, History of Scientific Ideas (1858), Vol. 2, 239.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  End (590)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Organism (220)  |  Product (160)

Anaximenes ... also says that the underlying nature is one and infinite ... but not undefined as Anaximander said but definite, for he identifies it as air; and it differs in its substantial nature by rarity and density. Being made finer it becomes fire; being made thicker it becomes wind, then cloud, then (when thickened still more) water, then earth, then stones; and the rest come into being from these.
Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, 24, 26-31, quoting Theophrastus on Anaximenes. In G. S. Kirk, J. E. Raven and M.Schofield (eds), The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts (1983), p. 145.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (347)  |  Anaximenes (5)  |  Become (815)  |  Being (1278)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Definite (110)  |  Density (25)  |  Differ (85)  |  Earth (996)  |  Fire (189)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Matter (798)  |  More (2559)  |  Rarity (11)  |  Rest (280)  |  Say (984)  |  Still (613)  |  Stone (162)  |  Substantial (24)  |  Underlying (30)  |  Water (481)  |  Wind (128)

And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.
In Advancement of Learning (1605), Book 2. Collected in The Works of Francis Bacon (1765), Vol. 1, 61.
Science quotes on:  |  Disclosed (2)  |  Fail (185)  |  Grow (238)  |  Kind (557)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mixed (6)  |  More (2559)  |  Prediction (82)

And for rejecting such a Medium, we have the Authority of those the oldest and most celebrated Philosophers of Greece and Phoenicia, who made a Vacuum, and Atoms, and the Gravity of Atoms, the first Principles of their Philosophy; tacitly attributing Gravity to some other Cause than dense Matter. Later Philosophers banish the Consideration of such a Cause out of natural Philosophy, feigning Hypotheses for explaining all things mechanically, and referring other Causes to Metaphysicks: Whereas the main Business of natural Philosophy is to argue from Phaenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical; and not only to unfold the Mechanism of the World, but chiefly to resolve these and such like Questions. What is there in places almost empty of Matter, and whence is it that the Sun and Planets gravitate towards one another, without dense Matter between them? Whence is it that Nature doth nothing in vain; and whence arises all that Order and Beauty which we see in the World? ... does it not appear from phaenomena that there is a Being incorporeal, living, intelligent, omnipresent, who in infinite space, as it were in his Sensory, sees the things themselves intimately, and thoroughly perceives them, and comprehends them wholly by their immediate presence to himself.
In Opticks, (1704, 2nd. Ed. 1718), Book 3, Query 28, 343-5. Newton’s reference to “Nature does nothing in vain” recalls the axiom from Aristotle, which may be seen as “Natura nihil agit frustra” in the Aristotle Quotes on this web site.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Arise (158)  |  Atom (355)  |  Authority (95)  |  Banish (11)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Being (1278)  |  Business (149)  |  Cause (541)  |  Certainly (185)  |  Chiefly (47)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Effect (393)  |  Empty (80)  |  First (1283)  |  God (757)  |  Gravity (132)  |  Greek (107)  |  Himself (461)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Immediate (95)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Intelligent (100)  |  Living (491)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mechanical (140)  |  Mechanism (96)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosophy (52)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Omnipresent (3)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Planet (356)  |  Presence (63)  |  Principle (507)  |  Question (621)  |  Rejection (34)  |  Resolve (40)  |  See (1081)  |  Sensory (16)  |  Space (500)  |  Sun (385)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thoroughly (67)  |  Vacuum (39)  |  Vain (83)  |  Wholly (88)  |  World (1774)

And having thus passed the principles of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and geography, with a general compact of physics, they may descend in mathematics to the instrumental science of trigonometry, and from thence to fortification, architecture, engineering, or navigation. And in natural philosophy they may proceed leisurely from the history of meteors, minerals, plants, and living creatures, as far as anatomy. Then also in course might be read to them out of some not tedious writer the institution of physic. … To set forward all these proceedings in nature and mathematics, what hinders but that they may procure, as oft as shall be needful, the helpful experiences of hunters, fowlers, fishermen, shepherds, gardeners, apothecaries; and in other sciences, architects, engineers, mariners, anatomists.
In John Milton and Robert Fletcher (ed.), 'On Education', The Prose Works of John Milton: With an Introductory Review (1834), 100.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Anatomist (23)  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Apothecary (10)  |  Architect (29)  |  Architecture (48)  |  Arithmetic (136)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Compact (13)  |  Course (409)  |  Creature (233)  |  Descend (47)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Experience (467)  |  Fisherman (7)  |  Fortification (6)  |  Forward (102)  |  Gardener (4)  |  General (511)  |  Geography (36)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Helpful (16)  |  Hinder (12)  |  History (673)  |  Hunter (24)  |  Institution (69)  |  Leisure (24)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Mariner (11)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Meteor (18)  |  Mineral (59)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Philosophy (52)  |  Navigation (25)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pass (238)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Plant (294)  |  Principle (507)  |  Proceed (129)  |  Proceeding (39)  |  Read (287)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Education (15)  |  Set (394)  |  Shepherd (6)  |  Tedious (14)  |  Trigonometry (6)  |  Writer (86)

And I believe there are many Species in Nature, which were never yet taken notice of by Man, and consequently of no use to him, which yet we are not to think were created in vain; but it’s likely … to partake of the overflowing Goodness of the Creator, and enjoy their own Beings. But though in this sense it be not true, that all things were made for Man; yet thus far it is, that all the Creatures in the World may be some way or other useful to us, at least to exercise our Wits and Understandings, in considering and contemplating of them, and so afford us Subject of Admiring and Glorifying their and our Maker. Seeing them, we do believe and assert that all things were in some sense made for us, we are thereby obliged to make use of them for those purposes for which they serve us, else we frustrate this End of their Creation.
John Ray
The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation (1691), 169-70.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Assert (66)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Contemplating (11)  |  Contemplation (73)  |  Creation (327)  |  Creator (91)  |  Creature (233)  |  Do (1908)  |  End (590)  |  Exercise (110)  |  Frustration (12)  |  Glorification (2)  |  Goodness (25)  |  Maker (34)  |  Man (2251)  |  Never (1087)  |  Notice (77)  |  Other (2236)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Seeing (142)  |  Sense (770)  |  Species (401)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Use (766)  |  Useful (250)  |  Usefulness (86)  |  Vain (83)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wit (59)  |  World (1774)

And let me adde, that he that throughly understands the nature of Ferments and Fermentations, shall probably be much better able than he that Ignores them, to give a fair account of divers Phænomena of severall diseases (as well Feavers and others) which will perhaps be never throughly understood, without an insight into the doctrine of Fermentation.
Essay 2, 'Offering some Particulars relating to the Pathologicall Part of Physick', in the Second Part of Some Considerations Touching The Usefulnesse of Naturall Philosophy (1663, 1664), 43.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Better (486)  |  Disease (328)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Fermentation (15)  |  Ignore (45)  |  Insight (102)  |  Never (1087)  |  Other (2236)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understood (156)  |  Will (2355)

And nature must obey necessity.
Julius Caesar (1599), IV, iii.
Science quotes on:  |  Must (1526)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Obedience (19)  |  Obey (40)

And science, we should insist, better than other discipline, can hold up to its students and followers an ideal of patient devotion to the search to objective truth, with vision unclouded by personal or political motive, not tolerating any lapse from precision or neglect of any anomaly, fearing only prejudice and preconception, accepting nature’s answers humbly and with courage, and giving them to the world with an unflinching fidelity. The world cannot afford to lose such a contribution to the moral framework of its civilisation.
Concluding statements of Pilgrim Trust Lecture (22 Oct 1946) delivered at National Academy of Science Washington, DC. Published in 'The Freedom of Science', Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (25 Feb 1947), 91, No. 1, 72.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Accepting (22)  |  Anomaly (11)  |  Answer (366)  |  Better (486)  |  Contribution (89)  |  Courage (69)  |  Devotion (34)  |  Discipline (77)  |  Follower (11)  |  Framework (31)  |  Hold (95)  |  Humbly (8)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Insist (20)  |  Lose (159)  |  Moral (195)  |  Motive (59)  |  Neglect (63)  |  Objective (91)  |  Other (2236)  |  Patient (199)  |  Personal (67)  |  Political (121)  |  Precision (68)  |  Preconception (13)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Science (3879)  |  Search (162)  |  Student (300)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Vision (123)  |  World (1774)

And there are absolutely no judgments (or rules) in Mechanics which do not also pertain to Physics, of which Mechanics is a part or type: and it is as natural for a clock, composed of wheels of a certain kind, to indicate the hours, as for a tree, grown from a certain kind of seed, to produce the corresponding fruit. Accordingly, just as when those who are accustomed to considering automata know the use of some machine and see some of its parts, they easily conjecture from this how the other parts which they do not see are made: so, from the perceptible effects and parts of natural bodies, I have attempted to investigate the nature of their causes and of their imperceptible parts.
Principles of Philosophy (1644), trans. V. R. and R. P. Miller (1983), 285-6.
Science quotes on:  |  Accustom (52)  |  Accustomed (46)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Cause (541)  |  Certain (550)  |  Clock (47)  |  Conjecture (49)  |  Do (1908)  |  Effect (393)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Hour (186)  |  Indicate (61)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Judgment (132)  |  Kind (557)  |  Know (1518)  |  Machine (257)  |  Mechanic (119)  |  Mechanics (131)  |  Natural (796)  |  Other (2236)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Rule (294)  |  See (1081)  |  Seed (93)  |  Tree (246)  |  Type (167)  |  Use (766)  |  Wheel (50)

And this is a miracle of nature in part known, namely, that iron follows the part of a magnet that touches it, and flies from the other part of the same magnet. And the iron turns itself after moving to the part of the heavens conformed to the part of the magnet which it touched.
Science quotes on:  |  Follow (378)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Iron (96)  |  Known (454)  |  Magnet (20)  |  Mineralogy (20)  |  Miracle (83)  |  Other (2236)  |  Touch (141)  |  Turn (447)

And thus Nature will be very conformable to her self and very simple, performing all the great Motions of the heavenly Bodies by the Attraction of Gravity which intercedes those Bodies, and almost all the small ones of their Particles by some other attractive and repelling Powers which intercede the Particles. The Vis inertiae is a passive Principle by which Bodies persist in their Motion or Rest, receive Motion in proportion to the Force impressing it, and resist as much as they are resisted. By this Principle alone there never could have been any Motion in the World. Some other Principle was necessary for putting Bodies into Motion; and now they are in Motion, some other Principle is necessary for conserving the Motion.
From Opticks, (1704, 2nd ed. 1718), Book 3, Query 31, 372-3.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Attraction (56)  |  Attractive (23)  |  Conservation (168)  |  Force (487)  |  Gravity (132)  |  Great (1574)  |  Law Of Motion (14)  |  Motion (310)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Never (1087)  |  Other (2236)  |  Particle (194)  |  Power (746)  |  Principle (507)  |  Proportion (136)  |  Receive (114)  |  Rest (280)  |  Self (267)  |  Simple (406)  |  Small (477)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

And when with excellent Microscopes I discern in otherwise invisible Objects the Inimitable Subtlety of Nature’s Curious Workmanship; And when, in a word, by the help of Anatomicall Knives, and the light of Chymicall Furnaces, I study the Book of Nature, and consult the Glosses of Aristotle, Epicurus, Paracelsus, Harvey, Helmont, and other learn'd Expositors of that instructive Volumne; I find my self oftentimes reduc’d to exclaim with the Psalmist, How manifold are thy works, O Lord? In wisdom hast thou made them all.
Some Motives and Incentives to the Love of God (1659), 56-7.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Aristotle (163)  |  Book (392)  |  Book Of Nature (12)  |  Curious (91)  |  Discern (33)  |  Exclaim (13)  |  Find (998)  |  God (757)  |  William Harvey (29)  |  Jan Baptista van Helmont (6)  |  Inimitable (6)  |  Invisible (63)  |  Learn (629)  |  Light (607)  |  Lord (93)  |  Manifold (22)  |  Microscope (80)  |  Object (422)  |  Other (2236)  |  Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (19)  |  Research (664)  |  Self (267)  |  Study (653)  |  Subtlety (19)  |  Wisdom (221)  |  Word (619)  |  Work (1351)  |  Workmanship (7)

And yet I think that the Full House model does teach us to treasure variety for its own sake–for tough reasons of evolutionary theory and nature’s ontology, and not from a lamentable failure of thought that accepts all beliefs on the absurd rationale that disagreement must imply disrespect. Excellence is a range of differences, not a spot. Each location on the range can be occupied by an excellent or an inadequate representative– and we must struggle for excellence at each of these varied locations. In a society driven, of ten unconsciously, to impose a uniform mediocrity upon a former richness of excellence–where McDonald’s drives out the local diner, and the mega-Stop & Shop eliminates the corner Mom and Pop–an understanding and defense of full ranges as natural reality might help to stem the tide and preserve the rich raw material of any evolving system: variation itself.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Absurd (59)  |  Accept (191)  |  All (4108)  |  Belief (578)  |  Corner (57)  |  Defense (23)  |  Difference (337)  |  Disagreement (14)  |  Disrespect (3)  |  Drive (55)  |  Eliminate (21)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Evolutionary (23)  |  Excellence (39)  |  Excellent (28)  |  Failure (161)  |  Former (137)  |  Full (66)  |  Help (105)  |  House (140)  |  Imply (17)  |  Impose (22)  |  Inadequate (19)  |  Lamentable (5)  |  Local (19)  |  Location (15)  |  Material (353)  |  Mediocrity (8)  |  Model (102)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Occupied (45)  |  Occupy (26)  |  Pop (2)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Range (99)  |  Rationale (7)  |  Raw (28)  |  Reality (261)  |  Reason (744)  |  Representative (14)  |  Rich (62)  |  Richness (14)  |  Sake (58)  |  Shop (11)  |  Society (326)  |  Spot (17)  |  Stem (31)  |  Struggle (105)  |  System (537)  |  Teach (277)  |  Theory (970)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thought (953)  |  Tide (34)  |  Tough (19)  |  Treasure (57)  |  Unconsciously (7)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Uniform (18)  |  Variation (90)  |  Variety (132)  |  Vary (27)

And yet surely to alchemy this right is due, that it may be compared to the husbandman whereof Æsop makes the fable, that when he died he told his sons that he had left unto them gold buried under the ground in his vineyard: and they digged over the ground, gold they found none, but by reason of their stirring and digging the mould about the roots of their vines, they had a great vintage the year following: so assuredly the search and stir to make gold hath brought to light a great number of good and fruitful inventions and experiments, as well for the disclosing of nature as for the use of man's life.
The Advancement of Learning (1605, 1712), Vol. 1, 15.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alchemy (30)  |  Digging (11)  |  Due (141)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fable (12)  |  Fruitful (58)  |  Gold (97)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Ground (217)  |  Invention (369)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Man (2251)  |  Number (699)  |  Reason (744)  |  Right (452)  |  Root (120)  |  Search (162)  |  Stir (21)  |  Surely (101)  |  Use (766)  |  Year (933)

And, notwithstanding a few exceptions, we do undoubtedly find that the most truly eminent men have had not only their affections, but also their intellect, greatly influenced by women. I will go even farther; and I will venture to say that those who have not undergone that influence betray a something incomplete and mutilated. We detect, even in their genius, a certain frigidity of tone; and we look in vain for that burning fire, that gushing and spontaneous nature with which our ideas of genius are indissolubly associated. Therefore, it is, that those who are most anxious that the boundaries of knowledge should be enlarged, ought to be most eager that the influence of women should be increased, in order that every resource of the human mind may be at once and quickly brought into play.
Lecture (19 Mar 1858) at the Royal Institution, 'The Influence Of Women On The Progress Of Knowledge', collected in The Miscellaneous and Posthumous Works of Henry Thomas Buckle (1872), Vol. 1, 17. Published in Frazier’s Magazine (Apr 1858).
Science quotes on:  |  Affection (43)  |  Burning (48)  |  Certain (550)  |  Detect (44)  |  Do (1908)  |  Eminent (17)  |  Exception (73)  |  Farther (51)  |  Find (998)  |  Fire (189)  |  Genius (284)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Mind (128)  |  Idea (843)  |  Incomplete (30)  |  Influence (222)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Look (582)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Most (1731)  |  Mutilated (2)  |  Order (632)  |  Say (984)  |  Something (719)  |  Spontaneous (27)  |  Tone (22)  |  Truly (116)  |  Vain (83)  |  Will (2355)  |  Women (9)

Anglesey has two deserts, one made by Nature, the other made by Man: Newborough and Parys Mountain.
Parys Mountain was despoiled over centuries by copper mining. In A Hand Through Time (1938), Vol. 1, 293.
Science quotes on:  |  Desert (56)  |  Man (2251)  |  Man-Made (7)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Other (2236)  |  Two (937)

Another argument of hope may be drawn from this–that some of the inventions already known are such as before they were discovered it could hardly have entered any man's head to think of; they would have been simply set aside as impossible. For in conjecturing what may be men set before them the example of what has been, and divine of the new with an imagination preoccupied and colored by the old; which way of forming opinions is very fallacious, for streams that are drawn from the springheads of nature do not always run in the old channels.
Translation of Novum Organum, XCII. In Francis Bacon, James Spedding, The Works of Francis Bacon (1864), Vol. 8, 128.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Already (222)  |  Argument (138)  |  Channel (21)  |  Color (137)  |  Conjecture (49)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Divine (112)  |  Do (1908)  |  Enter (141)  |  Fallacious (12)  |  Fallacy (30)  |  Forming (42)  |  Hope (299)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Invention (369)  |  Known (454)  |  Man (2251)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Run (174)  |  Set (394)  |  Stream (81)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Way (1217)

Another error is a conceit that … the best has still prevailed and suppressed the rest: so as, if a man should begin the labor of a new search, he were but like to light upon somewhat formerly rejected, and by rejection brought into oblivion; as if the multitude, or the wisest for the multitude’s sake, were not ready to give passage rather to that which is popular and superficial, than to that which is substantial and profound: for the truth is, that time seemeth to be of the nature of a river or stream, which carrieth down to us that which is light and blown up, and sinketh and drowneth that which is weighty and solid.
Advancement of Learning, Book 1. Collected in The Works of Francis Bacon (1826), Vol 1, 36.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Begin (260)  |  Best (459)  |  Conceit (15)  |  Down (456)  |  Error (321)  |  Labor (107)  |  Light (607)  |  Man (2251)  |  Multitude (47)  |  New (1216)  |  Passage (50)  |  Prevail (46)  |  Profound (104)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejected (26)  |  Rejection (34)  |  Rest (280)  |  River (119)  |  Sake (58)  |  Search (162)  |  Solid (116)  |  Still (613)  |  Stream (81)  |  Substantial (24)  |  Time (1877)  |  Truth (1057)

Any one who has studied the history of science knows that almost every great step therein has been made by the “anticipation of Nature,” that is, by the invention of hypotheses, which, though verifiable, often had very little foundation to start with; and, not unfrequently, in spite of a long career of usefulness, turned out to be wholly erroneous in the long run.
In 'The Progress of Science 1837-1887' (1887), Collected Essays (1901), Vol. 1, 62.
Science quotes on:  |  Anticipation (18)  |  Career (75)  |  Erroneous (30)  |  Error (321)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Great (1574)  |  History (673)  |  History Of Science (63)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Invention (369)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Little (707)  |  Long (790)  |  Progress (465)  |  Run (174)  |  Science (3879)  |  Spite (55)  |  Start (221)  |  Step (231)  |  Study (653)  |  Turn (447)  |  Usefulness (86)  |  Verification (31)  |  Wholly (88)

Anything made out of destructible matter
Infinite time would have devoured before.
But if the atoms that make and replenish the world
Have endured through the immense span of the past
Their natures are immortal—that is clear.
Never can things revert to nothingness!
On the Nature of Things, trans. Anthony M. Esolen (1995), Book I, lines 232-7, 31.
Science quotes on:  |  Atom (355)  |  Devour (29)  |  Endure (20)  |  Immense (86)  |  Immortal (35)  |  Indestructible (12)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Matter (798)  |  Never (1087)  |  Nothingness (12)  |  Past (337)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Through (849)  |  Time (1877)  |  World (1774)

Apart from its healthful mental training as a branch of ordinary education, geology as an open-air pursuit affords an admirable training in habits of observation, furnishes a delightful relief from the cares and routine of everyday life, takes us into the open fields and the free fresh face of nature, leads us into all manner of sequestered nooks, whither hardly any other occupation or interest would be likely to send us, sets before us problems of the highest interest regarding the history of the ground beneath our feet, and thus gives a new charm to scenery which may be already replete with attractions.
Outlines of Field-Geology (1900), 251-2.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (347)  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Attraction (56)  |  Beneath (64)  |  Branch (150)  |  Care (186)  |  Charm (51)  |  Delightful (17)  |  Education (378)  |  Everyday (32)  |  Everyday Life (14)  |  Face (212)  |  Field (364)  |  Free (232)  |  Fresh (67)  |  Geology (220)  |  Ground (217)  |  Habit (168)  |  History (673)  |  Interest (386)  |  Lead (384)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mental (177)  |  New (1216)  |  Observation (555)  |  Occupation (48)  |  Open (274)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Other (2236)  |  Problem (676)  |  Pursuit (121)  |  Relief (30)  |  Routine (25)  |  Sequester (2)  |  Set (394)  |  Training (80)  |  Whither (11)

Apart from the hostile influence of man, the organic and the inorganic world are … bound together by such mutual relations and adaptations as secure, if not the absolute permanence and equilibrium of both … at least a very slow and gradual succession of changes in those conditions. But man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords.
In Man and Nature, (1864), 35-36.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  Adaptation (58)  |  Agent (70)  |  Both (493)  |  Bound (119)  |  Change (593)  |  Condition (356)  |  Discord (10)  |  Disturbance (31)  |  Equilibrium (33)  |  Everywhere (94)  |  Harmony (102)  |  Influence (222)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mutual (52)  |  Organic (158)  |  Permanence (24)  |  Plant (294)  |  Slow (101)  |  Succession (77)  |  Together (387)  |  Turn (447)  |  Wherever (51)  |  World (1774)

Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life; ...
'So careful of the type', but no.
From scarped cliff and quarried stone
She cries, 'A thousand types are gone:
I care for nothing, all shall go' ...
Man, her last work, who seemed so fair,
Such splendid purpose in his eyes,
Who rolled the psalm to wintry skies,
Who built him fanes of fruitless prayer,
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law—
Tho’ Nature red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shrieked against his creed...
In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850), Cantos 56-57. Collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 176.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Against (332)  |  All (4108)  |  Care (186)  |  Claw (8)  |  Cliff (19)  |  Creation (327)  |  Creed (27)  |  Cry (29)  |  Dream (208)  |  Evil (116)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fairness (2)  |  Final (118)  |  Fruitless (8)  |  God (757)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Last (426)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Love (309)  |  Man (2251)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Prayer (28)  |  Psalm (3)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Quarry (13)  |  Ravine (5)  |  Red (35)  |  Roll (40)  |  Rolling (3)  |  Scarp (2)  |  Shriek (3)  |  Single (353)  |  Sky (161)  |  Splendid (23)  |  Stone (162)  |  Strife (9)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Tooth (29)  |  Trust (66)  |  Type (167)  |  Winter (44)  |  Work (1351)

Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life…
So careful of the type, but no.
From scarped cliff and quarried stone
She cries, “A thousand types are gone;
I care for nothing, all shall go.”
From poem, 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' written between 1833-50, and first published anonymously in 1850. Collected in Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson (1860), Vol.2, 64.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Care (186)  |  Careful (24)  |  Careless (5)  |  Cliff (19)  |  Cry (29)  |  Dream (208)  |  Evil (116)  |  Extinction (74)  |  Fossil (136)  |  God (757)  |  Life (1795)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Paleontology (31)  |  Quarry (13)  |  Scarp (2)  |  Seem (145)  |  Single (353)  |  Stone (162)  |  Strife (9)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Type (167)

Are we prepared to admit, that our confidence in the regularity of nature is merely a corollary from Bernoulli’s theorem?
In 'On the Foundations of the Theory of Probabilities', read 14 Feb 1842, printed in Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society (1849), 8, 1. Collected in William Walton (ed.), The Mathematical and Other Writings of Robert Leslie Ellis (1863), 1. Note: Jacques Bernouill’s theorem is also known as the Law of Averages.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Confidence (69)  |  Corollary (5)  |  Merely (316)  |  Probability (130)  |  Regularity (40)  |  Theorem (112)

Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating the effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it.
In 'Decay of Lying', The Writings of Oscar Wilde: Epigrams, Phrases and Philosophies For the Use of the Young (1907), 8.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolutely (39)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Become (815)  |  Create (235)  |  Effect (393)  |  Forget (115)  |  Form (959)  |  Imitation (24)  |  Incomparable (12)  |  Insult (14)  |  Keep (101)  |  On The Other Hand (34)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pass (238)  |  Repeat (42)  |  Sincere (4)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Unique (67)  |  Weary (11)

Art gallery? Who needs it? Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing stars at midnight. How could indoor art be any more masterfully created than God’s museum of nature?
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Art (657)  |  Blaze (14)  |  Blue (56)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Create (235)  |  Gallery (7)  |  God (757)  |  Indoor (2)  |  Look (582)  |  Magnificent (43)  |  Midnight (11)  |  More (2559)  |  Museum (31)  |  Need (290)  |  Silently (4)  |  Silver (46)  |  Sky (161)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Swirl (10)

As arithmetic and algebra are sciences of great clearness, certainty, and extent, which are immediately conversant about signs, upon the skilful use whereof they entirely depend, so a little attention to them may possibly help us to judge of the progress of the mind in other sciences, which, though differing in nature, design, and object, may yet agree in the general methods of proof and inquiry.
In Alciphron: or the Minute Philosopher, Dialogue 7, collected in The Works of George Berkeley D.D. (1784), Vol. 1, 621.
Science quotes on:  |  Agree (26)  |  Algebra (113)  |  Arithmetic (136)  |  Attention (190)  |  Certainty (174)  |  Clearness (11)  |  Conversant (6)  |  Depend (228)  |  Design (195)  |  Different (577)  |  Entire (47)  |  Extent (139)  |  General (511)  |  Great (1574)  |  Help (105)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Inquiry (78)  |  Judge (108)  |  Little (707)  |  Mathematics As A Language (20)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Object (422)  |  Other (2236)  |  Possibly (111)  |  Progress (465)  |  Proof (287)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sign (58)  |  Skillful (14)  |  Use (766)

As Arkwright and Whitney were the demi-gods of cotton, so prolific Time will yet bring an inventor to every plant. There is not a property in nature but a mind is born to seek and find it.
In Fortune of the Republic (1878), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Sir Richard Arkwright (3)  |  Born (33)  |  Bring (90)  |  Cotton (8)  |  Find (998)  |  God (757)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Plant (294)  |  Prolific (5)  |  Property (168)  |  Seek (213)  |  Time (1877)  |  Will (2355)

As far as I see, such a theory [of the primeval atom] remains entirely outside any metaphysical or religious question. It leaves the materialist free to deny any transcendental Being. He may keep, for the bottom of space-time, the same attitude of mind he has been able to adopt for events occurring in non-singular places in space-time. For the believer, it removes any attempt to familiarity with God, as were Laplace’s chiquenaude or Jeans’ finger. It is consonant with the wording of Isaiah speaking of the “Hidden God” hidden even in the beginning of the universe … Science has not to surrender in face of the Universe and when Pascal tries to infer the existence of God from the supposed infinitude of Nature, we may think that he is looking in the wrong direction.
From 'The Primeval Atom Hypothesis and the Problem of Clusters of Galaxies', in R. Stoops (ed.), La Structure et l'Evolution de l'Univers (1958), 1-32. As translated in Helge Kragh, Cosmology and Controversy: The Historical Development of Two Theories of the Universe (1996), 60.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Atom (355)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Believer (25)  |  Bible (91)  |  Deny (66)  |  Direction (175)  |  Event (216)  |  Existence (456)  |  Face (212)  |  Familiarity (19)  |  Free (232)  |  God (757)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Sir James Jeans (33)  |  Pierre-Simon Laplace (62)  |  Looking (189)  |  Materialist (4)  |  Metaphysical (38)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Outside (141)  |  Blaise Pascal (80)  |  Primeval (15)  |  Question (621)  |  Religion (361)  |  Religious (126)  |  Remain (349)  |  Remove (45)  |  Science (3879)  |  See (1081)  |  Singular (23)  |  Space (500)  |  Space-Time (17)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Surrender (20)  |  Theory (970)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Transcendental (10)  |  Universe (857)  |  Wrong (234)

As I grew up I was fervently desirous of becoming acquainted with Nature.
In John James Audubon, Alice Ford, Audubon, by Himself: a Profile of John James Audubon from Writings (1969), 4.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquaint (9)  |  Becoming (96)  |  Desirous (2)  |  Fervent (6)

As I review the nature of the creative drive in the inventive scientists that have been around me, as well as in myself, I find the first event is an urge to make a significant intellectual contribution that can be tangible embodied in a product or process.
Quoted in New York Times (2 Mar 1991), 1 and 29.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (240)  |  Contribution (89)  |  Creative (137)  |  Creativity (76)  |  Drive (55)  |  Embody (16)  |  Event (216)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Inventive (8)  |  Myself (212)  |  Process (423)  |  Product (160)  |  Review (26)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Significant (74)  |  Tangible (15)  |  Urge (17)

As I stood behind the coffin of my little son the other day, with my mind bent on anything but disputation, the officiating minister read, as part of his duty, the words, 'If the dead rise not again, let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.' I cannot tell you how inexpressibly they shocked me. Paul had neither wife nor child, or he must have known that his alternative involved a blasphemy against all that well best and noblest in human nature. I could have laughed with scorn. What! Because I am face to face with irreparable loss, because I have given back to the source from whence it came, the cause of a great happiness, still retaining through all my life the blessings which have sprung and will spring from that cause, I am to renounce my manhood, and, howling, grovel in bestiality? Why, the very apes know better, and if you shoot their young, the poor brutes grieve their grief out and do not immediately seek distraction in a gorge.
Letter to Charles Kingsley (23 Sep 1860). In L. Huxley, The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley (1903), Vol. 1, 318.
Science quotes on:  |  Against (332)  |  All (4108)  |  Ape (53)  |  Back (390)  |  Behind (137)  |  Best (459)  |  Better (486)  |  Blasphemy (7)  |  Blessing (24)  |  Blessings (16)  |  Brute (28)  |  Cause (541)  |  Child (307)  |  Coffin (7)  |  Death (388)  |  Do (1908)  |  Drink (53)  |  Eat (104)  |  Face (212)  |  Great (1574)  |  Grief (18)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Nature (64)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Involved (90)  |  Know (1518)  |  Known (454)  |  Laugh (47)  |  Life (1795)  |  Little (707)  |  Loss (110)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Must (1526)  |  Other (2236)  |  Poor (136)  |  Read (287)  |  Renounce (5)  |  Rise (166)  |  Scorn (12)  |  Seek (213)  |  Shock (37)  |  Son (24)  |  Spring (133)  |  Still (613)  |  Tell (340)  |  Through (849)  |  Why (491)  |  Wife (41)  |  Will (2355)  |  Word (619)  |  Young (227)

As plants convert the minerals into food for animals, so each man converts some raw material in nature to human use. The inventors of fire, electricity, magnetism, iron, lead, glass, linen, silk, cotton; the makers of tools; the inventor of decimal notation, the geometer, the engineer, the musician, severally make an easy way for all, through unknown and impossible confusions.
In 'Uses of Great Men', Representative Men (1850), 5-6.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Animal (617)  |  Confusion (57)  |  Convert (22)  |  Cotton (8)  |  Decimal (20)  |  Easy (204)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Fire (189)  |  Food (199)  |  Geometer (24)  |  Glass (92)  |  Human (1468)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Iron (96)  |  Lead (384)  |  Linen (8)  |  Magnetism (41)  |  Maker (34)  |  Man (2251)  |  Material (353)  |  Mineral (59)  |  Musician (21)  |  Notation (27)  |  Plant (294)  |  Raw (28)  |  Silk (13)  |  Through (849)  |  Tool (117)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Use (766)  |  Way (1217)

As regards religion, on the other hand, one is generally agreed that it deals with goals and evaluations and, in general, with the emotional foundation of human thinking and acting, as far as these are not predetermined by the inalterable hereditary disposition of the human species. Religion is concerned with man’s attitude toward nature at large, with the establishing of ideals for the individual and communal life, and with mutual human relationship. These ideals religion attempts to attain by exerting an educational influence on tradition and through the development and promulgation of certain easily accessible thoughts and narratives (epics and myths) which are apt to influence evaluation and action along the lines of the accepted ideals.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Accept (191)  |  Accessible (25)  |  Act (272)  |  Action (327)  |  Agree (26)  |  Apt (9)  |  Attain (125)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Certain (550)  |  Communal (7)  |  Concern (228)  |  Deal (188)  |  Development (422)  |  Disposition (42)  |  Easily (35)  |  Educational (7)  |  Emotional (17)  |  Epic (12)  |  Establish (57)  |  Evaluation (10)  |  Exert (39)  |  Far (154)  |  Foundation (171)  |  General (511)  |  Generally (15)  |  Goal (145)  |  Hereditary (7)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Species (9)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Individual (404)  |  Influence (222)  |  Large (394)  |  Life (1795)  |  Line (91)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mutual (52)  |  Myth (56)  |  Narrative (7)  |  On The Other Hand (34)  |  Other (2236)  |  Predetermined (3)  |  Promulgation (5)  |  Regard (305)  |  Relationship (104)  |  Religion (361)  |  Species (401)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Thought (953)  |  Through (849)  |  Toward (45)  |  Tradition (69)

As regards the co-ordination of all ordinary properties of matter, Rutherford’s model of the atom puts before us a task reminiscent of the old dream of philosophers: to reduce the interpretation of the laws of nature to the consideration of pure numbers.
In Faraday Lecture (1930), Journal of the Chemical Society (Feb 1932), 349. As quoted and cited in Chen Ning Yang, Elementary Particles (1961), 7.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Atom (355)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Dream (208)  |  Interpretation (85)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Matter (798)  |  Model (102)  |  Number (699)  |  Old (481)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Properties Of Matter (7)  |  Property (168)  |  Pure (291)  |  Reduce (94)  |  Regard (305)  |  Sir Ernest Rutherford (53)  |  Task (147)

As time goes on, it becomes increasingly evident that the rules which the mathematician finds interesting are the same as those which Nature has chosen.
At age 36.
"Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1939), 59 122. In A. Pais, 'Playing With Equations, the Dirac Way'. Behram N. Kursunoglu (Ed.) and Eugene Paul Wigner (Ed.), Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac: Reminiscences about a Great Physicist (1990), 109-110. This quote is also on this web page in a longer version that begins, “Pure mathematics and physics are… ”.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Become (815)  |  Chosen (48)  |  Evident (91)  |  Find (998)  |  Interesting (153)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Rule (294)  |  Time (1877)

As usual, nature’s imagination far surpasses our own, as we have seen from the other theories which are subtle and deep.
In The Character of Physical Law (1965, 2001), 162.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Deep (233)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Other (2236)  |  Subtle (35)  |  Surpassing (12)  |  Theory (970)

Ask a scientist what he conceives the scientific method to be, and he will adopt an expression that is at once solemn and shifty eyed: solemn because he feels he ought to declare an opinion; shifty eyed because he is wondering how to conceal the fact that he has no opinion to declare. If taunted he would probably mumble something about “Induction” and “Establishing the Laws of Nature”, but if anyone working in a laboratory professed to be trying to establish the Laws of Nature by induction, we should think he was overdue for leave.
From a Jayne Lecture (1968), 'Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought', printed in Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society (1969), Vol. 75. Lecture republished as Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought (2009), 11. Also included in Peter Medawar, Pluto’s Republic (1984), 80.
Science quotes on:  |  Ask (411)  |  Conceal (18)  |  Conceive (98)  |  Declare (45)  |  Expression (175)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Feel (367)  |  Induction (77)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Method (505)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Profess (20)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Solemn (20)  |  Something (719)  |  Think (1086)  |  Trying (144)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wondering (3)

Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature.
In 'Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England', Emerson's Complete Works: Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883), 317.
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Insignificance (10)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Teaching (188)

At first, the sea, the earth, and the heaven, which covers all things, were the only face of nature throughout the whole universe, which men have named Chaos; a rude and undigested mass, and nothing more than an inert weight, and the discordant atoms of things not harmonizing, heaped together in the same spot.
Describing the creation of the universe from chaos, at the beginning of Book I of Metamorphoses, lines 5-9. As translated by Henry T. Riley, The Metamorphoses of Ovid, Vol I: Books I-VII (1858), 1-2. Riley footnoted: “A rude and undigested mass.—Ver. 7. This is very similar to the words of the Scriptures, ‘And the earth was without form and void,’ Genesis, ch. i. ver. 2.”
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Atom (355)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Creation (327)  |  Discord (10)  |  Earth (996)  |  Face (212)  |  First (1283)  |  Harmonize (4)  |  Heap (14)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Inert (14)  |  Mass (157)  |  More (2559)  |  Name (333)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Rude (6)  |  Sea (308)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Together (387)  |  Undigested (2)  |  Universe (857)  |  Weight (134)  |  Whole (738)

At the present time the fishing industry is, in some ways, at the stage at which primitive man was many centuries ago—we hunt the fish that Nature provides, just as our ancestors hunted animals for food. We have not yet begun to herd fish or to improve their quality—but one day we shall be forced to farm the seas as we do the land.
In 'Man Explores the Sea', Journal of the Royal Society of Arts (Sep 1963), 111, No. 5086, 787.
Science quotes on:  |  Ancestor (60)  |  Animal (617)  |  Aquaculture (5)  |  Do (1908)  |  Farm (26)  |  Fish (120)  |  Fishing (19)  |  Food (199)  |  Herd (15)  |  Hunt (30)  |  Industry (137)  |  Land (115)  |  Man (2251)  |  Present (619)  |  Primitive (75)  |  Primitive Man (5)  |  Quality (135)  |  Sea (308)  |  Stage (143)  |  Time (1877)  |  Way (1217)

At the sea shore you pick up a pebble, fashioned after a law of nature, in the exact form that best resists pressure, and worn as smooth as glass. It is so perfect that you take it as a keepsake. But could you know its history from the time when a rough fragment of rock fell from the overhanging cliff into the sea, to be taken possession of by the under currents, and dragged from one ocean to another, perhaps around the world, for a hundred years, until in reduced and perfect form it was cast upon the beach as you find it, you would have a fit illustration of what many principles, now in familiar use, have endured, thus tried, tortured and fashioned during the ages.
From Address (1 Aug 1875), 'The Growth of Principles' at Saratoga. Collected in William L. Snyder (ed.), Great Speeches by Great Lawyers: A Collection of Arguments and Speeches (1901), 246.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Beach (21)  |  Best (459)  |  Cast (66)  |  Cliff (19)  |  Current (118)  |  Familiar (43)  |  Find (998)  |  Fit (134)  |  Form (959)  |  Fragment (54)  |  Glass (92)  |  History (673)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Illustration (48)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Pebble (25)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Possession (65)  |  Pressure (63)  |  Principle (507)  |  Reduced (3)  |  Rock (161)  |  Rough (6)  |  Sea (308)  |  Seashore (6)  |  Smooth (32)  |  Time (1877)  |  Use (766)  |  Wear (18)  |  World (1774)  |  Year (933)

Atoms and molecules … from their very nature can never be made the objects of sensuous contemplation.
In Ernst Mach and Thomas J. McCormack (trans.), 'Space and Geometry from the Point of View of Physical Inquiry', Space and Geometry in the Light of Physiological, Psychological and Physical Inquiry (1906), 138. Originally written as an article for The Monist (1 Oct 1903), 14, No. 1, Mach believed the realm of science should include only phenomena directly observable by the senses, and rejected theories of unseeable atomic orbitals.
Science quotes on:  |  Atom (355)  |  Contemplation (73)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Never (1087)  |  Object (422)  |  Sensuous (5)

Available energy is energy which we can direct into any desired channel. Dissipated energy is energy which we cannot lay hold of and direct at pleasure, such as the energy of the confused agitation of molecules which we call heat. Now, confusion, like the correlative term order, is not a property of material things in themselves, but only in relation to the mind which perceives them. A memorandum-book does not, provided it is neatly written, appear confused to an illiterate person, or to the owner who understands it thoroughly, but to any other person able to read it appears to be inextricably confused. Similarly the notion of dissipated energy could not occur to a being who could not turn any of the energies of nature to his own account, or to one who could trace the motion of every molecule and seize it at the right moment. It is only to a being in the intermediate stage, who can lay hold of some forms of energy while others elude his grasp, that energy appears to be passing inevitably from the available to the dissipated state.
'Diffusion', Encyclopaedia Britannica (1878). In W. D. Niven (ed.), The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell (1890), Vol. 2, 646.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Agitation (9)  |  Available (78)  |  Being (1278)  |  Book (392)  |  Call (769)  |  Confusion (57)  |  Diffusion (13)  |  Direct (225)  |  Dissipate (8)  |  Elude (10)  |  Energy (344)  |  Form (959)  |  Heat (174)  |  Illiterate (6)  |  Intermediate (37)  |  Material (353)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Moment (253)  |  Motion (310)  |  Notion (113)  |  Occur (150)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Passing (76)  |  Person (363)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Property (168)  |  Read (287)  |  Right (452)  |  Stage (143)  |  State (491)  |  Term (349)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thoroughly (67)  |  Trace (103)  |  Turn (447)  |  Understand (606)

Bacon first taught the world the true method of the study of nature, and rescued science from that barbarism in which the followers of Aristotle, by a too servile imitation of their master.
A Course of Lectures on Natural Philosophy and the Mechanical Arts (1845), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  Aristotle (163)  |  Sir Francis Bacon (184)  |  Barbarism (7)  |  First (1283)  |  Follower (11)  |  Imitation (24)  |  Master (178)  |  Method (505)  |  Rescue (13)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Servile (3)  |  Study (653)  |  World (1774)

Basic research at universities comes in two varieties: research that requires big bucks and research that requires small bucks. Big bucks research is much like government research and in fact usually is government research but done for the government under contract. Like other government research, big bucks academic research is done to understand the nature and structure of the universe or to understand life, which really means that it is either for blowing up the world or extending life, whichever comes first. Again, that's the government's motivation. The universities' motivation for conducting big bucks research is to bring money in to support professors and graduate students and to wax the floors of ivy-covered buildings. While we think they are busy teaching and learning, these folks are mainly doing big bucks basic research for a living, all the while priding themselves on their terrific summer vacations and lack of a dress code.
Smalls bucks research is the sort of thing that requires paper and pencil, and maybe a blackboard, and is aimed primarily at increasing knowledge in areas of study that don't usually attract big bucks - that is, areas that don't extend life or end it, or both. History, political science, and romance languages are typically small bucks areas of basic research. The real purpose of small bucks research to the universities is to provide a means of deciding, by the quality of their small bucks research, which professors in these areas should get tenure.
Accidental Empires (1992), 78.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Academic (18)  |  Aim (165)  |  All (4108)  |  Basic (138)  |  Basic Research (14)  |  Blackboard (11)  |  Blowing (22)  |  Both (493)  |  Building (156)  |  Code (31)  |  Doing (280)  |  End (590)  |  Extend (128)  |  Fact (1210)  |  First (1283)  |  Government (110)  |  Graduate (29)  |  Graduate Student (11)  |  History (673)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lack (119)  |  Language (293)  |  Learning (274)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Money (170)  |  Motivation (27)  |  Other (2236)  |  Paper (182)  |  Pencil (20)  |  Political (121)  |  Political Science (2)  |  Professor (128)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Quality (135)  |  Require (219)  |  Research (664)  |  Romance (15)  |  Science (3879)  |  Small (477)  |  Structure (344)  |  Student (300)  |  Study (653)  |  Summer (54)  |  Support (147)  |  Teaching (188)  |  Tenure (7)  |  Terrific (4)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Two (937)  |  Understand (606)  |  Universe (857)  |  University (121)  |  Usually (176)  |  Wax (13)  |  World (1774)

Before an experiment can be performed, it must be planned—the question to nature must be formulated before being posed. Before the result of a measurement can be used, it must be interpreted—nature's answer must be understood properly. These two tasks are those of the theorist, who finds himself always more and more dependent on the tools of abstract mathematics. Of course, this does not mean that the experimenter does not also engage in theoretical deliberations. The foremost classical example of a major achievement produced by such a division of labor is the creation of spectrum analysis by the joint efforts of Robert Bunsen, the experimenter, and Gustav Kirchoff, the theorist. Since then, spectrum analysis has been continually developing and bearing ever richer fruit.
'The Meaning and Limits of Exact Science', Science (30 Sep 1949), 110, No. 2857, 325. Advance reprinting of chapter from book Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography (1949), 110.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Abstract (124)  |  Achievement (179)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Answer (366)  |  Bearing (9)  |  Being (1278)  |  Robert Bunsen (8)  |  Classical (45)  |  Collaboration (15)  |  Continuing (4)  |  Course (409)  |  Creation (327)  |  Deliberation (5)  |  Dependence (45)  |  Development (422)  |  Division (65)  |  Effort (227)  |  Engage (39)  |  Example (94)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Experimenter (40)  |  Find (998)  |  Formulation (36)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Himself (461)  |  Interpretation (85)  |  Joint (31)  |  Kirchoff_Gustav (3)  |  Labor (107)  |  Major (84)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mean (809)  |  Measurement (174)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Perform (121)  |  Performance (48)  |  Plan (117)  |  Produced (187)  |  Properly (20)  |  Question (621)  |  Result (677)  |  Richness (14)  |  Spectral Analysis (4)  |  Spectrum (31)  |  Task (147)  |  Theorist (44)  |  Tool (117)  |  Two (937)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Understood (156)  |  Use (766)

Before the promulgation of the periodic law the chemical elements were mere fragmentary incidental facts in nature; there was no special reason to expect the discovery of new elements, and the new ones which were discovered from time to time appeared to be possessed of quite novel properties. The law of periodicity first enabled us to perceive undiscovered elements at a distance which formerly were inaccessible to chemical vision, and long ere they were discovered new elements appeared before our eyes possessed of a number of well-defined properties.
In Faraday Lecture, delivered before the Fellows of the Chemical Society in the Theatre of the Royal Institution (4 Jun 1889), printed in Professor Mendeléeff, 'The Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements', Transactions of the Chemical Society (1889), 55, 648.
Science quotes on:  |  Chemical (292)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Distance (161)  |  Element (310)  |  Expect (200)  |  Expectation (65)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  First (1283)  |  Fragmentary (8)  |  Inaccessible (18)  |  Incidental (15)  |  Law (894)  |  Long (790)  |  New (1216)  |  Novel (32)  |  Number (699)  |  Periodic Law (6)  |  Periodicity (6)  |  Possess (156)  |  Promulgation (5)  |  Property (168)  |  Reason (744)  |  Special (184)  |  Time (1877)  |  Undiscovered (15)  |  Vision (123)  |  Well-Defined (8)

Before the seas and lands had been created, before the sky that covers everything, Nature displayed a single aspect only throughout the cosmos; Chaos was its name, a shapeless, unwrought mass of inert bulk and nothing more, with the discordant seeds of disconnected elements all heaped together in anarchic disarray.
Describing the creation of the universe from chaos, at the beginning of Book I of Metamorphoses, lines 5-9. As translated in Charles Martin (trans.), Metamorphoses (2004), 15.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Aspect (124)  |  Bulk (24)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Cover (37)  |  Creation (327)  |  Disconnected (3)  |  Discord (10)  |  Display (56)  |  Element (310)  |  Everything (476)  |  Heap (14)  |  Inert (14)  |  Land (115)  |  Mass (157)  |  More (2559)  |  Name (333)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Sea (308)  |  Seed (93)  |  Single (353)  |  Sky (161)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Together (387)  |  Wrought (2)

Before the seas, and this terrestrial ball,
And Heav’n’s high canopy, that covers all,
One was the face of Nature; if a face:
Rather a rude and indigested mass:
A lifeless lump, unfashion’d, and unfram’d,
Of jarring seeds; and justly Chaos nam’d.
As translated by John Dryden, et al. and Sir Samuel Garth (ed.), Metamorphoses (1998), 3. Ovid started writing the 14 books of Metamorphoses in about 1 a.d.. Dryden died in 1700. He had translated about one-third of the full Metamorphoses. His work was finished by others, and the translation was published in 1717.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Ball (62)  |  Canopy (6)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Cover (37)  |  Digested (2)  |  Face (212)  |  Frame (26)  |  Heaven (258)  |  High (362)  |  Jar (9)  |  Justly (6)  |  Lifeless (14)  |  Lump (4)  |  Mass (157)  |  Name (333)  |  Rude (6)  |  Sea (308)  |  Seed (93)  |  Terrestrial (61)

Believing, as I do, in the continuity of nature, I cannot stop abruptly where our microscopes cease to be of use. Here the vision of the mind authoritatively supplements the vision of the eye. By a necessity engendered and justified by science I cross the boundary of the experimental evidence, and discern in that Matter which we, in our ignorance of its latent powers, and notwithstanding our professed reverence for its Creator, have hitherto covered with opprobrium, the promise and potency of all terrestrial Life.
'Address Delivered Before The British Association Assembled at Belfast', (19 Aug 1874). Fragments of Science for Unscientific People: A Series of Detached Essays, Lectures, and Reviews (1892), Vol. 2, 191.
Science quotes on:  |  Abrupt (6)  |  All (4108)  |  Belief (578)  |  Boundary (51)  |  Cease (79)  |  Cessation (12)  |  Continuity (38)  |  Cover (37)  |  Creator (91)  |  Discern (33)  |  Discerning (16)  |  Do (1908)  |  Engendering (3)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Experimental (192)  |  Eye (419)  |  Hitherto (6)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Justification (48)  |  Life (1795)  |  Matter (798)  |  Microscope (80)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Notwithstanding (2)  |  Potency (10)  |  Power (746)  |  Profess (20)  |  Professing (2)  |  Promise (67)  |  Reverence (28)  |  Science (3879)  |  Stop (80)  |  Supplement (6)  |  Terrestrial (61)  |  Use (766)  |  Vision (123)

Beneath multiple specific and individual distinctions, beneath innumerable and incessant transformations, at the bottom of the circular evolution without beginning or end, there hides a law, a unique nature participated in by all beings, in which this common participation produces a ground of common harmony.
A.W. Grabau, Stratigraphy of China (1928), title page.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Being (1278)  |  Beneath (64)  |  Circular (19)  |  Common (436)  |  Distinction (72)  |  End (590)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Ground (217)  |  Harmony (102)  |  Hide (69)  |  Individual (404)  |  Innumerable (55)  |  Law (894)  |  Multiple (16)  |  Participation (15)  |  Specific (95)  |  Transformation (69)  |  Unique (67)

Besides accustoming the student to demand, complete proof, and to know when he has not obtained it, mathematical studies are of immense benefit to his education by habituating him to precision. It is one of the peculiar excellencies of mathematical discipline, that the mathematician is never satisfied with à peu près. He requires the exact truth. Hardly any of the non-mathematical sciences, except chemistry, has this advantage. One of the commonest modes of loose thought, and sources of error both in opinion and in practice, is to overlook the importance of quantities. Mathematicians and chemists are taught by the whole course of their studies, that the most fundamental difference of quality depends on some very slight difference in proportional quantity; and that from the qualities of the influencing elements, without careful attention to their quantities, false expectation would constantly be formed as to the very nature and essential character of the result produced.
In An Examination of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy (1878), 611. [The French phrase, à peu près means “approximately”. —Webmaster]
Science quotes on:  |  Accustom (52)  |  Advantage (134)  |  Approximate (25)  |  Attention (190)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Both (493)  |  Careful (24)  |  Character (243)  |  Chemist (156)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Complete (204)  |  Constantly (27)  |  Course (409)  |  Demand (123)  |  Depend (228)  |  Difference (337)  |  Discipline (77)  |  Education (378)  |  Element (310)  |  Error (321)  |  Essential (199)  |  Exact (68)  |  Excellence (39)  |  Expectation (65)  |  False (100)  |  Form (959)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Habituate (3)  |  Hardly (19)  |  Immense (86)  |  Importance (286)  |  Influence (222)  |  Know (1518)  |  Loose (14)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mode (41)  |  Most (1731)  |  Never (1087)  |  Obtain (163)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Overlook (31)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Practice (204)  |  Precision (68)  |  Produce (104)  |  Produced (187)  |  Proof (287)  |  Proportional (4)  |  Quality (135)  |  Quantity (132)  |  Require (219)  |  Result (677)  |  Satisfied (23)  |  Science (3879)  |  Slight (31)  |  Source Of Error (2)  |  Student (300)  |  Study (653)  |  Teach (277)  |  Thought (953)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Value Of Mathematics (60)  |  Whole (738)

Between the lowest and the highest degree of spiritual and corporal perfection, there is an almost infinite number of intermediate degrees. The succession of degrees comprises the Universal Chain. It unites all beings, ties together all worlds, embraces all the spheres. One SINGLE BEING is outside this chain, and this is HE who made it.
Contemplation de la nature (1764), Vol. I, 27. Trans. Stephen Jay Gould, Ontogeny and Phylogeny (1977), 23.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Degree (276)  |  Embrace (46)  |  God (757)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Intermediate (37)  |  Number (699)  |  Outside (141)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Single (353)  |  Sphere (116)  |  Spiritual (91)  |  Succession (77)  |  Tie (38)  |  Together (387)  |  Unite (42)  |  Universal (189)  |  World (1774)

Biology occupies a position among the sciences both marginal and central. Marginal because, the living world, constituting only a tiny and very “special” part of the universe, it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position, since of all the disciplines it is the one that endeavours to go most directly to the heart of the problems that must be resolved before that of “human nature” can even be framed in other than metaphysical terms.
In Jacques Monod and Austryn Wainhouse (trans.), Chance and Necessity: An Essay on the Natural Philosophy of Modern Biology (1971), xi.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Aim (165)  |  All (4108)  |  Applicable (31)  |  Being (1278)  |  Biology (216)  |  Biosphere (13)  |  Both (493)  |  Central (80)  |  Clarify (3)  |  Discipline (77)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  General (511)  |  Heart (229)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Nature (64)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Man (2251)  |  Marginal (3)  |  Metaphysical (38)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Other (2236)  |  Outside (141)  |  Problem (676)  |  Relationship (104)  |  Science (3879)  |  Special (184)  |  Study (653)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Tiny (72)  |  Ultimate (144)  |  Uncover (20)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

Biology … is the least self-centered, the least narcissistic of the sciences—the one that, by taking us out of ourselves, leads us to re-establish the link with nature and to shake ourselves free from our spiritual isolation.
In 'Victories and Hopes of Biology', Can Man Be Modified? (1959), 31
Science quotes on:  |  Biology (216)  |  Establish (57)  |  Free (232)  |  Isolation (31)  |  Lead (384)  |  Link (43)  |  Narcissistic (2)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Science (3879)  |  Self (267)  |  Shake (41)  |  Spiritual (91)

BIRTH, n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came out of a skull. Galatea was once a block of stone. Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning. Leucomedon was the son of a cavern in Mount Etna, and I have myself seen a man come out of a wine cellar.
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (1911), Vol. 7, The Devil's Dictionary,  38.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Birth (147)  |  Cavern (9)  |  Century (310)  |  Disaster (51)  |  Earth (996)  |  Egg (69)  |  Etna (5)  |  First (1283)  |  Ground (217)  |  Holy (34)  |  Humour (116)  |  Known (454)  |  Lightning (45)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mount (42)  |  Mount Etna (2)  |  Myself (212)  |  Priest (28)  |  Stone (162)  |  Stroke (18)  |  Uniformity (37)  |  Water (481)  |  Wine (38)

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow,
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drowned the cocks!
You sulph'rous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head; and thou all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o'th' world,
Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once
That makes ingrateful man.
King Lear (1605-61, III, ii.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Blow (44)  |  Cataract (2)  |  Cheek (3)  |  Cock (6)  |  Crack (15)  |  Drench (2)  |  Drown (12)  |  Fire (189)  |  Flat (33)  |  Head (81)  |  Hurricane (4)  |  Man (2251)  |  Oak (14)  |  Rage (9)  |  Spout (2)  |  Steeple (3)  |  Strike (68)  |  Sulphur (18)  |  Thought (953)  |  Thunder (20)  |  Thunderbolt (7)  |  White (127)  |  Wind (128)  |  World (1774)

Both history of nature and history of humanity are 'historical' and yet cannot dispense with uniformity. In both there is 'uniformity' ('science') as well as non-uniformity ('history'); in both 'history respects itself and 'history does not repeat itself. But, as even the history of humanity has its uniformitarian features, uniformity can still less be dispensed with in 'history' of nature, which, being one of the natural sciences, is less historical and, consequently, more uniformitarian.
Natural Law and Divine Miracle: The Principle of Uniformity in Geology, Biology and Theology (1963), 151.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Both (493)  |  Historical (70)  |  History (673)  |  Humanity (169)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Science (128)  |  Respect (207)  |  Science (3879)  |  Still (613)  |  Uniformity (37)

Break the chains of your prejudices and take up the torch of experience, and you will honour nature in the way she deserves, instead of drawing derogatory conclusions from the ignorance in which she has left you. Simply open your eyes and ignore what you cannot understand, and you will see that a labourer whose mind and knowledge extend no further than the edges of his furrow is no different essentially from the greatest genius, as would have been proved by dissecting the brains of Descartes and Newton; you will be convinced that the imbecile or the idiot are animals in human form, in the same way as the clever ape is a little man in another form; and that, since everything depends absolutely on differences in organisation, a well-constructed animal who has learnt astronomy can predict an eclipse, as he can predict recovery or death when his genius and good eyesight have benefited from some time at the school of Hippocrates and at patients' bedsides.
Machine Man (1747), in Ann Thomson (ed.), Machine Man and Other Writings (1996), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Ape (53)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Brain (270)  |  Break (99)  |  Clever (38)  |  Conclusion (254)  |  Construct (124)  |  Death (388)  |  Depend (228)  |  Derogatory (3)  |  René Descartes (81)  |  Deserve (65)  |  Difference (337)  |  Different (577)  |  Drawing (56)  |  Eclipse (23)  |  Edge (47)  |  Everything (476)  |  Experience (467)  |  Extend (128)  |  Eye (419)  |  Eyesight (5)  |  Form (959)  |  Genius (284)  |  Good (889)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Hippocrates (49)  |  Honour (56)  |  Human (1468)  |  Idiot (22)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Ignore (45)  |  Imbecile (4)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Little (707)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Open (274)  |  Patient (199)  |  Predict (79)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Recovery (23)  |  School (219)  |  See (1081)  |  Time (1877)  |  Torch (12)  |  Understand (606)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)

But here I stop–short of any deterministic speculation that attributes specific behaviors to the possession of specific altruist or opportunist genes. Our genetic makeup permits a wide range of behaviors–from Ebenezer Scrooge before to Ebenezer Scrooge after. I do not believe that the miser hoards through opportunist genes or that the philanthropist gives because nature endowed him with more than the normal complement of altruist genes. Upbringing, culture, class, status, and all the intangibles that we call ‘free will,’ determine how we restrict our behaviors from the wide spectrum–extreme altruism to extreme selfishness–that our genes permit.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Altruism (7)  |  Attribute (61)  |  Behavior (84)  |  Belief (578)  |  Call (769)  |  Class (164)  |  Complement (5)  |  Culture (143)  |  Determine (144)  |  Deterministic (2)  |  Do (1908)  |  Endow (14)  |  Endowed (52)  |  Extreme (75)  |  Free (232)  |  Free Will (15)  |  Gene (98)  |  Genetic (108)  |  Give (202)  |  Hoard (2)  |  Intangible (6)  |  Makeup (3)  |  Miser (3)  |  More (2559)  |  Normal (28)  |  Opportunist (3)  |  Permit (58)  |  Philanthropist (4)  |  Possession (65)  |  Range (99)  |  Restrict (12)  |  Selfishness (8)  |  Short (197)  |  Specific (95)  |  Spectrum (31)  |  Speculation (126)  |  Status (35)  |  Stop (80)  |  Through (849)  |  Upbringing (2)  |  Wide (96)  |  Will (2355)

But here it may be objected, that the present Earth looks like a heap of Rubbish and Ruines; And that there are no greater examples of confusion in Nature than Mountains singly or jointly considered; and that there appear not the least footsteps of any Art or Counsel either in the Figure and Shape, or Order and Disposition of Mountains and Rocks. Wherefore it is not likely they came so out of God's hands ... To which I answer, That the present face of the Earth with all its Mountains and Hills, its Promontaries and Rocks, as rude and deformed as they appear, seems to me a very beautiful and pleasant object, and with all the variety of Hills, and Valleys, and Inequalities far more grateful to behold, than a perfectly level Countrey without any rising or protuberancy, to terminate the sight: As anyone that hath but seen the Isle of Ely, or any the like Countrey must need acknowledge.
John Ray
Miscellaneous Discourses Concerning the Dissolution and Changes of the World (1692), 165-6.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Acknowledge (33)  |  Acknowledgment (12)  |  All (4108)  |  Answer (366)  |  Appearance (140)  |  Art (657)  |  Beautiful (258)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Confusion (57)  |  Consider (416)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Counsel (11)  |  Country (251)  |  Deformation (3)  |  Disposition (42)  |  Earth (996)  |  Example (94)  |  Face (212)  |  Figure (160)  |  Footstep (5)  |  God (757)  |  Gratitude (13)  |  Greater (288)  |  Hand (143)  |  Heap (14)  |  Hill (20)  |  Inequality (9)  |  Isle (6)  |  Look (582)  |  More (2559)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Must (1526)  |  Object (422)  |  Objection (32)  |  Order (632)  |  Pleasantness (3)  |  Present (619)  |  Promontory (3)  |  Protuberance (2)  |  Rise (166)  |  Rising (44)  |  Rock (161)  |  Rubbish (12)  |  Rudeness (5)  |  Ruin (42)  |  Shape (72)  |  Sight (132)  |  Termination (4)  |  Valley (32)  |  Variety (132)

But I must confess I am jealous of the term atom; for though it is very easy to talk of atoms, it is very difficult to form a clear idea of their nature, especially when compounded bodies are under consideration.
'On the Absolute Quantity of Electricity Associated with the Particles or Atoms of Matter,' (31 Dec 1833), published in Philosophical Transactions (Jan 1834) as part of Series VII. Collected in Experimental Researches in Electricity: Reprinted from the Philosophical Transactions of 1831-1838 (1839), 256.
Science quotes on:  |  Atom (355)  |  Compound (113)  |  Confess (42)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Difficult (246)  |  Easy (204)  |  Form (959)  |  Idea (843)  |  Must (1526)  |  Term (349)

But I think that in the repeated and almost entire changes of organic types in the successive formations of the earth—in the absence of mammalia in the older, and their very rare appearance (and then in forms entirely. unknown to us) in the newer secondary groups—in the diffusion of warm-blooded quadrupeds (frequently of unknown genera) through the older tertiary systems—in their great abundance (and frequently of known genera) in the upper portions of the same series—and, lastly, in the recent appearance of man on the surface of the earth (now universally admitted—in one word, from all these facts combined, we have a series of proofs the most emphatic and convincing,—that the existing order of nature is not the last of an uninterrupted succession of mere physical events derived from laws now in daily operation: but on the contrary, that the approach to the present system of things has been gradual, and that there has been a progressive development of organic structure subservient to the purposes of life.
'Address to the Geological Society, delivered on the Evening of the 18th of February 1831', Proceedings of the Geological Society (1834), 1, 305-6.
Science quotes on:  |  Absence (18)  |  Abundance (25)  |  All (4108)  |  Appearance (140)  |  Approach (108)  |  Blood (134)  |  Change (593)  |  Combination (144)  |  Contrary (141)  |  Convincing (9)  |  Daily (87)  |  Development (422)  |  Diffusion (13)  |  Earth (996)  |  Emphasis (17)  |  Event (216)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Form (959)  |  Formation (96)  |  Genus (25)  |  Gradual (27)  |  Great (1574)  |  Known (454)  |  Last (426)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mammal (37)  |  Man (2251)  |  Most (1731)  |  Operation (213)  |  Order (632)  |  Organic (158)  |  Physical (508)  |  Portion (84)  |  Present (619)  |  Progression (23)  |  Proof (287)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Quadruped (4)  |  Rare (89)  |  Recent (77)  |  Repeat (42)  |  Secondary (14)  |  Series (149)  |  Structure (344)  |  Subservience (3)  |  Succession (77)  |  Successive (73)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  System (537)  |  Tertiary (4)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Through (849)  |  Type (167)  |  Uninterrupted (7)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Warm (69)  |  Warm-Blooded (3)  |  Word (619)

But if any skillful minister of nature shall apply force to matter, and by design torture and vex it, in order to [effect] its annihilation, it, on the contrary being brought under this necessity, changes and transforms itself into a strange variety of shapes and appearances; for nothing but the power of the Creator can annihilate, or truly destroy it.
As quoted in M.J. Gorton, 'The Weather', Popular Science News (1889), 23, No. 8, 115.
Science quotes on:  |  Annihilate (9)  |  Annihilation (14)  |  Appearance (140)  |  Apply (160)  |  Being (1278)  |  Change (593)  |  Contrary (141)  |  Creator (91)  |  Design (195)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Effect (393)  |  Force (487)  |  Matter (798)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Order (632)  |  Power (746)  |  Skillful (14)  |  Strange (157)  |  Torture (29)  |  Transform (73)  |  Truly (116)  |  Variety (132)  |  Vex (9)

But if you have seen the soil of India with your own eyes and meditate on its nature - if you consider the rounded stones found in the earth however deeply you dig, stones that are huge near the mountains and where the rivers have a violent current; stones that are of smaller size at greater distance from the mountains, and where the streams flow more slowly; stones that appear pulverised in the shape of sand where the streams begin to stagnate near their mouths and near the sea - if you consider all this, you could scarcely help thinking that India has once been a sea which by degrees has been filled up by the alluvium of the streams.
Alberuni's India, trans. E. C. Sachau (1888), Vol. 1, 198.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Begin (260)  |  Consider (416)  |  Current (118)  |  Degree (276)  |  Dig (21)  |  Distance (161)  |  Earth (996)  |  Eye (419)  |  Flow (83)  |  Greater (288)  |  India (16)  |  More (2559)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Mouth (53)  |  River (119)  |  Sand (62)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  Sea (308)  |  Soil (86)  |  Stone (162)  |  Stream (81)  |  Thinking (414)

But it is just this characteristic of simplicity in the laws of nature hitherto discovered which it would be fallacious to generalize, for it is obvious that simplicity has been a part cause of their discovery, and can, therefore, give no ground for the supposition that other undiscovered laws are equally simple.
From Herbert Spencer lecture delivered at Oxford (1914) 'On Scientific Method in Philosophy', collected in Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1919), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (541)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Equally (130)  |  Fallacious (12)  |  Generalize (19)  |  Ground (217)  |  Law (894)  |  Obvious (126)  |  Other (2236)  |  Simple (406)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Supposition (50)  |  Undiscovered (15)

But it seems to me equally obvious that the orderliness is not all-pervasive. There are streaks of order to be found among the chaos, and the nature of scientific method is to seek these out and to stick to them when found and to reject or neglect the chaos. It is obvious that we have succeeded in finding some order in nature, but this fact in itself does not prove anything farther.
Scientific Method: An Inquiry into the Character and Validy of Natural Law (1923), 200.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Equally (130)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Farther (51)  |  Method (505)  |  Neglect (63)  |  Obvious (126)  |  Order (632)  |  Orderliness (9)  |  Prove (250)  |  Prove Anything (7)  |  Reject (63)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Seek (213)  |  Succeed (109)

But many of our imaginations and investigations of nature are futile, especially when we see little living animals and see their legs and must judge the same to be ten thousand times thinner than a hair of my beard, and when I see animals living that are more than a hundred times smaller and am unable to observe any legs at all, I still conclude from their structure and the movements of their bodies that they do have legs... and therefore legs in proportion to their bodies, just as is the case with the larger animals upon which I can see legs... Taking this number to be about a hundred times smaller, we therefore find a million legs, all these together being as thick as a hair from my beard, and these legs, besides having the instruments for movement, must be provided with vessels to carry food.
Letter to N. Grew, 27 Sep 1678. In The Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1957), Vol. 2, 391.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Animal (617)  |  Animalcule (12)  |  Being (1278)  |  Carry (127)  |  Conclude (65)  |  Do (1908)  |  Find (998)  |  Food (199)  |  Futile (11)  |  Futility (7)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Judge (108)  |  Leg (34)  |  Little (707)  |  Living (491)  |  Microorganism (28)  |  Microscope (80)  |  More (2559)  |  Movement (155)  |  Must (1526)  |  Number (699)  |  Observe (168)  |  Proportion (136)  |  See (1081)  |  Still (613)  |  Structure (344)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Time (1877)  |  Together (387)  |  Vessel (63)

But Medicine is a demonstrative Science, and all its processes should be proved by established principles, and be based on positive inductions. That the proceedings of Medicine are not of this character, in to be attributed to the manner of its cultivation, and not to the nature of the Science itself.
Samuel Jackson, Principles of Medicine (1832). Quoted in Alva Curtis, A Fair Examination and Criticism of All the Medical Systems in Vogue (1855), 1.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Character (243)  |  Cultivation (35)  |  Demonstrative (14)  |  Induction (77)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Positive (94)  |  Principle (507)  |  Proceeding (39)  |  Science (3879)

But nature flies from the infinite; for the infinite is imperfect, and nature always seeks an end.
Aristotle
Generation of Animals, 715b, 114-6. In Jonathan Barnes (ed.), The Complete Works of Aristotle (1984), Vol. I, 1112.
Science quotes on:  |  End (590)  |  Imperfect (45)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Seek (213)

But nature is remarkably obstinate against purely logical operations; she likes not schoolmasters nor scholastic procedures. As though she took a particular satisfaction in mocking at our intelligence, she very often shows us the phantom of an apparently general law, represented by scattered fragments, which are entirely inconsistent. Logic asks for the union of these fragments; the resolute dogmatist, therefore, does not hesitate to go straight on to supply, by logical conclusions, the fragments he wants, and to flatter himself that he has mastered nature by his victorious intelligence.
'On the Principles of Animal Morphology', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2 Apr 1888), 15, 289. Original as Letter to Mr John Murray, communicated to the Society by Professor Sir William Turner. Page given as in collected volume published 1889.
Science quotes on:  |  Against (332)  |  Apparently (20)  |  Ask (411)  |  Conclusion (254)  |  Dogmatist (4)  |  Fragment (54)  |  General (511)  |  Hesitate (22)  |  Himself (461)  |  Inconsistent (9)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Law (894)  |  Like (22)  |  Logic (287)  |  Master (178)  |  Mocking (4)  |  Obstinate (5)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Phantom (9)  |  Procedure (41)  |  Purely (109)  |  Remarkably (3)  |  Represent (155)  |  Resolute (2)  |  Satisfaction (74)  |  Scattered (5)  |  Schoolmaster (4)  |  Show (346)  |  Straight (73)  |  Supply (93)  |  Union (51)  |  Want (497)

But nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.
A Philosophical Dictionary: from the French? (2nd Ed.,1824), Vol. 5, 239-240.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (657)  |  Attention (190)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Body (537)  |  Caution (24)  |  Disease (328)  |  Equal (83)  |  Estimable (2)  |  Exercise (110)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Body (34)  |  Know (1518)  |  Medicine (378)  |  More (2559)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Physician (273)  |  Poor (136)  |  Property (168)  |  Remedy (62)  |  Rich (62)  |  Study (653)  |  Will (2355)  |  Youth (101)

But nothing of a nature foreign to the duties of my profession [clergyman] engaged my attention while I was at Leeds so much as the, prosecution of my experiments relating to electricity, and especially the doctrine of air. The last I was led into a consequence of inhabiting a house adjoining to a public brewery, where first amused myself with making experiments on fixed air [carbon dioxide] which found ready made in the process of fermentation. When I removed from that house, I was under the necessity making the fixed air for myself; and one experiment leading to another, as I have distinctly and faithfully noted in my various publications on the subject, I by degrees contrived a convenient apparatus for the purpose, but of the cheapest kind. When I began these experiments I knew very little of chemistry, and had in a manner no idea on the subject before I attended a course of chymical lectures delivered in the Academy at Warrington by Dr. Turner of Liverpool. But I have often thought that upon the whole, this circumstance was no disadvantage to me; as in this situation I was led to devise an apparatus and processes of my own, adapted to my peculiar views. Whereas, if I had been previously accustomed to the usual chemical processes, I should not have so easily thought of any other; and without new modes of operation I should hardly have discovered anything materially new.
Memoirs of Dr. Joseph Priestley, in the Year 1795 (1806), Vol. 1, 61-2.
Science quotes on:  |  Academy (35)  |  Accustom (52)  |  Accustomed (46)  |  Adapt (66)  |  Adjoining (3)  |  Air (347)  |  Apparatus (68)  |  Attend (65)  |  Attention (190)  |  Carbon (65)  |  Carbon Dioxide (22)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Course (409)  |  Degree (276)  |  Deliver (29)  |  Disadvantage (10)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Duty (68)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fermentation (15)  |  First (1283)  |  Fixed Air (2)  |  Foreign (45)  |  House (140)  |  Idea (843)  |  Kind (557)  |  Last (426)  |  Lecture (105)  |  Little (707)  |  Making (300)  |  Mode (41)  |  Myself (212)  |  Necessity (191)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Operation (213)  |  Other (2236)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Process (423)  |  Profession (99)  |  Publication (101)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Situation (113)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thought (953)  |  Various (200)  |  View (488)  |  Whole (738)

But science is the collection of nature's answers; the humanities the collection of men's thoughts.
In Science and the Humanities: The Rickman Godlee Lecture Delivered At University College London 25 October 1956 (1956), 12.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Answer (366)  |  Collection (64)  |  Humanities (20)  |  Science (3879)  |  Thought (953)

But since the brain, as well as the cerebellum, is composed of many parts, variously figured, it is possible, that nature, which never works in vain, has destined those parts to various uses, so that the various faculties of the mind seem to require different portions of the cerebrum and cerebellum for their production.
A Dissertation on the Functions of the Nervous System (1784), trans. and ed. Thomas Laycock (1851), 446.
Science quotes on:  |  Brain (270)  |  Cerebellum (4)  |  Cerebrum (10)  |  Composition (84)  |  Destined (42)  |  Different (577)  |  Faculty (72)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Never (1087)  |  Part (222)  |  Portion (84)  |  Possible (552)  |  Production (183)  |  Require (219)  |  Use (766)  |  Vain (83)  |  Various (200)  |  Work (1351)

But the idea that any of the lower animals have been concerned in any way with the origin of man—is not this degrading? Degrading is a term, expressive of a notion of the human mind, and the human mind is liable to prejudices which prevent its notions from being invariably correct. Were we acquainted for the first time with the circumstances attending the production of an individual of our race, we might equally think them degrading, and be eager to deny them, and exclude them from the admitted truths of nature.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Being (1278)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Circumstances (108)  |  Concern (228)  |  Deny (66)  |  Equally (130)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Exclude (7)  |  Expressive (6)  |  First (1283)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Mind (128)  |  Idea (843)  |  Individual (404)  |  Invariably (35)  |  Lower (11)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Notion (113)  |  Origin (239)  |  Origin Of Man (9)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Prevent (94)  |  Production (183)  |  Race (268)  |  Term (349)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Way (1217)

But the nature of our civilized minds is so detached from the senses, even in the vulgar, by abstractions corresponding to all the abstract terms our languages abound in, and so refined by the art of writing, and as it were spiritualized by the use of numbers, because even the vulgar know how to count and reckon, that it is naturally beyond our power to form the vast image of this mistress called ‘Sympathetic Nature.’
The New Science, bk. 2, para. 378 (1744, trans. 1984).
Science quotes on:  |  Abound (17)  |  Abstract (124)  |  Abstraction (47)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Call (769)  |  Civilized (18)  |  Correspond (9)  |  Count (105)  |  Detach (5)  |  Form (959)  |  Image (96)  |  Know (1518)  |  Language (293)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Mistress (7)  |  Naturally (11)  |  Number (699)  |  Power (746)  |  Reckon (31)  |  Refine (8)  |  Sense (770)  |  Sympathetic (10)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Use (766)  |  Vast (177)  |  Vulgar (33)  |  Write (230)  |  Writing (189)

But the World being once fram’d, and the course of Nature establish’d, the Naturalist, (except in some few cases, where God, or Incorporeal Agents interpose), has recourse to the first Cause but for its general and ordinary Support and Influence, whereby it preserves Matter and Motion from Annihilation or Desition; and in explicating particular phenomena, considers onely the Size, Shape, Motion, (or want of it) Texture, and the resulting Qualities and Attributes of the small particles of Matter.
The Origine of Formes and Qualities (1666), 194.
Science quotes on:  |  Agent (70)  |  Annihilation (14)  |  Attribute (61)  |  Being (1278)  |  Cause (541)  |  Consider (416)  |  Course (409)  |  First (1283)  |  General (511)  |  God (757)  |  Influence (222)  |  Matter (798)  |  Motion (310)  |  Naturalist (70)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Particle (194)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Research (664)  |  Small (477)  |  Support (147)  |  Want (497)  |  World (1774)

But there is another alchemy, operative and practical, which teaches how to make the noble metals and colours and many other things better and more abundantly by art than they are made in nature. And science of this kind is greater than all those preceding because it produces greater utilities. For not only can it yield wealth and very many other things for the public welfare, but it also teaches how to discover such things as are capable of prolonging human life for much longer periods than can be accomplished by nature … Therefore this science has special utilities of that nature, while nevertheless it confirms theoretical alchemy through its works.
Opus Tertium [1266-1268], chapter 12, quoted in A. C. Crombie, Augustine to Galileo (1959), Vol. I, 69.
Science quotes on:  |  Alchemy (30)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Better (486)  |  Capable (168)  |  Confirm (57)  |  Discover (553)  |  Greater (288)  |  Human (1468)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1795)  |  Metal (84)  |  Money (170)  |  More (2559)  |  Nevertheless (90)  |  Noble (90)  |  Operative (10)  |  Other (2236)  |  Period (198)  |  Practical (200)  |  Science (3879)  |  Special (184)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Through (849)  |  Wealth (94)  |  Welfare (25)  |  Work (1351)  |  Yield (81)

But we must here state that we should not see anything if there were a vacuum. But this would not be due to some nature hindering species, and resisting it, but because of the lack of a nature suitable for the multiplication of species; for species is a natural thing, and therefore needs a natural medium; but in a vacuum nature does not exist.
Opus Majus [1266-1268], Part V, distinction 9, chapter 2, trans. R. B. Burke, The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon (1928), Vol. 2, 485.
Science quotes on:  |  Due (141)  |  Exist (443)  |  Lack (119)  |  Multiplication (43)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  See (1081)  |  Species (401)  |  State (491)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Vacuum (39)

But when science, passing beyond its own limits, assumes to take the place of theology, and sets up its own conception of the order of Nature as a sufficient account of its cause, it is invading a province of thought to which it has no claim, and not unreasonably provokes the hostility of its best friends.
Presidential Address (14 Aug 1872) to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Brighton, reprinted in The Journal of the Society of Arts (16 Aug 1872), 20, No. 1030, 799, penultimate sentence.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Assume (38)  |  Best (459)  |  Best Friend (4)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Cause (541)  |  Claim (146)  |  Conception (154)  |  Friend (168)  |  Hostility (16)  |  Invade (5)  |  Limit (280)  |  Order (632)  |  Pass (238)  |  Passing (76)  |  Place (177)  |  Province (35)  |  Provoke (9)  |  Science (3879)  |  Set (394)  |  Sufficient (128)  |  Theology (52)  |  Thought (953)

But, as we consider the totality of similarly broad and fundamental aspects of life, we cannot defend division by two as a natural principle of objective order. Indeed, the ‘stuff’ of the universe often strikes our senses as complex and shaded continua, admittedly with faster and slower moments, and bigger and smaller steps, along the way. Nature does not dictate dualities, trinities, quarterings, or any ‘objective’ basis for human taxonomies; most of our chosen schemes, and our designated numbers of categories, record human choices from a cornucopia of possibilities offered by natural variation from place to place, and permitted by the flexibility of our mental capacities. How many seasons (if we wish to divide by seasons at all) does a year contain? How many stages shall we recognize in a human life?
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Admittedly (2)  |  All (4108)  |  Aspect (124)  |  Basis (173)  |  Big (48)  |  Broad (27)  |  Capacity (100)  |  Category (18)  |  Choice (110)  |  Choose (112)  |  Chosen (48)  |  Complex (188)  |  Consider (416)  |  Contain (68)  |  Continua (3)  |  Defend (30)  |  Designation (13)  |  Dictate (11)  |  Divide (75)  |  Division (65)  |  Fast (45)  |  Faster (50)  |  Flexibility (6)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Life (29)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mental (177)  |  Moment (253)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Number (699)  |  Objective (91)  |  Offer (141)  |  Often (106)  |  Order (632)  |  Permit (58)  |  Place (177)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Principle (507)  |  Recognize (125)  |  Record (154)  |  Scheme (57)  |  Season (47)  |  Sense (770)  |  Shade (31)  |  Similarly (4)  |  Slow (101)  |  Small (477)  |  Stage (143)  |  Step (231)  |  Strike (68)  |  Stuff (21)  |  Taxonomy (18)  |  Totality (15)  |  Two (937)  |  Universe (857)  |  Variation (90)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wish (212)  |  Year (933)

By destroying the biological character of phenomena, the use of averages in physiology and medicine usually gives only apparent accuracy to the results. From our point of view, we may distinguish between several kinds of averages: physical averages, chemical averages and physiological and pathological averages. If, for instance, we observe the number of pulsations and the degree of blood pressure by means of the oscillations of a manometer throughout one day, and if we take the average of all our figures to get the true or average blood pressure and to learn the true or average number of pulsations, we shall simply have wrong numbers. In fact, the pulse decreases in number and intensity when we are fasting and increases during digestion or under different influences of movement and rest; all the biological characteristics of the phenomenon disappear in the average. Chemical averages are also often used. If we collect a man's urine during twenty-four hours and mix all this urine to analyze the average, we get an analysis of a urine which simply does not exist; for urine, when fasting, is different from urine during digestion. A startling instance of this kind was invented by a physiologist who took urine from a railroad station urinal where people of all nations passed, and who believed he could thus present an analysis of average European urine! Aside from physical and chemical, there are physiological averages, or what we might call average descriptions of phenomena, which are even more false. Let me assume that a physician collects a great many individual observations of a disease and that he makes an average description of symptoms observed in the individual cases; he will thus have a description that will never be matched in nature. So in physiology, we must never make average descriptions of experiments, because the true relations of phenomena disappear in the average; when dealing with complex and variable experiments, we must study their various circumstances, and then present our most perfect experiment as a type, which, however, still stands for true facts. In the cases just considered, averages must therefore be rejected, because they confuse, while aiming to unify, and distort while aiming to simplify. Averages are applicable only to reducing very slightly varying numerical data about clearly defined and absolutely simple cases.
From An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865), as translated by Henry Copley Greene (1957), 134-135.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Accuracy (78)  |  All (4108)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Apparent (84)  |  Applicable (31)  |  Average (82)  |  Biological (137)  |  Blood (134)  |  Call (769)  |  Character (243)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Circumstances (108)  |  Complex (188)  |  Consider (416)  |  Data (156)  |  Degree (276)  |  Different (577)  |  Digestion (28)  |  Disappear (82)  |  Disease (328)  |  Distinguish (160)  |  Distort (22)  |  Exist (443)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Facts (553)  |  Fasting (3)  |  Figure (160)  |  Great (1574)  |  Hour (186)  |  Increase (210)  |  Individual (404)  |  Influence (222)  |  Intensity (34)  |  Kind (557)  |  Learn (629)  |  Man (2251)  |  Match (29)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Medicine (378)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Movement (155)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nation (193)  |  Never (1087)  |  Number (699)  |  Numerical (39)  |  Observation (555)  |  Observe (168)  |  Observed (149)  |  Oscillation (13)  |  Pass (238)  |  Pathological (21)  |  People (1005)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Physical (508)  |  Physician (273)  |  Physiological (62)  |  Physiologist (29)  |  Physiology (95)  |  Point (580)  |  Point Of View (80)  |  Present (619)  |  Pressure (63)  |  Pulse (20)  |  Railroad (32)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejected (26)  |  Rest (280)  |  Result (677)  |  Simple (406)  |  Simplify (13)  |  Stand (274)  |  Startling (15)  |  Station (29)  |  Still (613)  |  Study (653)  |  Symptom (34)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Type (167)  |  Unify (6)  |  Urine (16)  |  Use (766)  |  Usually (176)  |  Variable (34)  |  Various (200)  |  View (488)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wrong (234)

By firm immutable immortal laws Impress’d on Nature by the GREAT FIRST CAUSE,
Say, MUSE! how rose from elemental strife
Organic forms, and kindled into life;
How Love and Sympathy with potent charm
Warm the cold heart, the lifted hand disarm;
Allure with pleasures, and alarm with pains,
And bind Society in golden chains.
From 'Production of Life', The Temple of Nature; or, The Origin of Society: A Poem, with Philosophical Notes (1803), 3, Canto I, lines 1-8.
Science quotes on:  |  Alarm (18)  |  Allure (4)  |  Bind (25)  |  Cause (541)  |  Chain (50)  |  Charm (51)  |  Cold (112)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Firm (47)  |  First (1283)  |  Form (959)  |  Golden (45)  |  Great (1574)  |  Heart (229)  |  Immortal (35)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Impress (64)  |  Impressed (38)  |  Kindled (2)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lift (55)  |  Love (309)  |  Muse (10)  |  Organic (158)  |  Origin Of Life (36)  |  Pain (136)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Poem (96)  |  Potent (12)  |  Rose (34)  |  Say (984)  |  Society (326)  |  Strife (9)  |  Sympathy (30)  |  Warm (69)

By God’s mercy British and American science outpaced all German efforts. … This revelation of the secrets of nature, long mercifully withheld from man, should arouse the most solemn reflections in the mind and conscience of every human being capable of comprehension. We must indeed pray that these awful agencies will be made to conduce to peace among the nations, and that instead of wreaking measureless havoc upon the entire globe, may become a perennial fountain of world prosperity.
[Concerning use of the atomic bomb.]
Statement drafted by Churchill following the use of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Due to the change in government, the statement was released by Clement Attlee (6 Aug 1945). In Sir Winston Churchill, Victory: War Speeches by the Right Hon. Winston Churchill (1946), 289.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Agency (14)  |  All (4108)  |  Arousal (2)  |  Atomic Bomb (111)  |  Awful (8)  |  Become (815)  |  Being (1278)  |  British (41)  |  Capability (41)  |  Capable (168)  |  Comprehension (66)  |  Conduce (2)  |  Conscience (50)  |  Effort (227)  |  Fountain (16)  |  German (36)  |  Globe (47)  |  God (757)  |  Havoc (7)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Long (790)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mercy (11)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nation (193)  |  Peace (108)  |  Perennial (9)  |  Prayer (28)  |  Prosperity (21)  |  Reflection (90)  |  Revelation (48)  |  Science (3879)  |  Secret (194)  |  Solemn (20)  |  Use (766)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

By its very nature the uterus is a field for growing the seeds, that is to say the ova, sown upon it. Here the eggs are fostered, and here the parts of the living [fetus], when they have further unfolded, become manifest and are made strong. Yet although it has been cast off by the mother and sown, the egg is weak and powerless and so requires the energy of the semen of the male to initiate growth. Hence in accordance with the laws of Nature, and like the other orders of living things, women produce eggs which, when received into the chamber of the uterus and fecundated by the semen of the male, unfold into a new life.
'On the Developmental Process', in H. B. Adelmann (ed.), Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embryology (1966), Vol. 2, 861.
Science quotes on:  |  Accordance (10)  |  Become (815)  |  Cast (66)  |  Chamber (7)  |  Egg (69)  |  Embryology (17)  |  Energy (344)  |  Field (364)  |  Foster (12)  |  Fostering (4)  |  Growing (98)  |  Growth (187)  |  Initiate (13)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Life (1795)  |  Living (491)  |  Male (26)  |  Mother (114)  |  New (1216)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Ovum (4)  |  Production (183)  |  Reception (15)  |  Require (219)  |  Say (984)  |  Seed (93)  |  Semen (5)  |  Strong (174)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Uterus (2)  |  Weak (71)  |  Woman (151)

By research in pure science I mean research made without any idea of application to industrial matters but solely with the view of extending our knowledge of the Laws of Nature. I will give just one example of the ‘utility’ of this kind of research, one that has been brought into great prominence by the War—I mean the use of X-rays in surgery. Now, not to speak of what is beyond money value, the saving of pain, or, it may be, the life of the wounded, and of bitter grief to those who loved them, the benefit which the state has derived from the restoration of so many to life and limb, able to render services which would otherwise have been lost, is almost incalculable. Now, how was this method discovered? It was not the result of a research in applied science starting to find an improved method of locating bullet wounds. This might have led to improved probes, but we cannot imagine it leading to the discovery of X-rays. No, this method is due to an investigation in pure science, made with the object of discovering what is the nature of Electricity. The experiments which led to this discovery seemed to be as remote from ‘humanistic interest’ —to use a much misappropriated word—as anything that could well be imagined. The apparatus consisted of glass vessels from which the last drops of air had been sucked, and which emitted a weird greenish light when stimulated by formidable looking instruments called induction coils. Near by, perhaps, were great coils of wire and iron built up into electro-magnets. I know well the impression it made on the average spectator, for I have been occupied in experiments of this kind nearly all my life, notwithstanding the advice, given in perfect good faith, by non-scientific visitors to the laboratory, to put that aside and spend my time on something useful.
In Speech made on behalf of a delegation from the Conjoint Board of Scientific Studies in 1916 to Lord Crewe, then Lord President of the Council. In George Paget Thomson, J. J. Thomson and the Cavendish Laboratory in His Day (1965), 167-8.
Science quotes on:  |  Advice (55)  |  Air (347)  |  All (4108)  |  Apparatus (68)  |  Application (242)  |  Applied (177)  |  Applied Science (34)  |  Average (82)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Bitter (30)  |  Call (769)  |  Consist (223)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Drop (76)  |  Due (141)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Faith (203)  |  Find (998)  |  Glass (92)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Grief (18)  |  Idea (843)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Impression (114)  |  Induction (77)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Interest (386)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Iron (96)  |  Kind (557)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Last (426)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Looking (189)  |  Magnet (20)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mean (809)  |  Method (505)  |  Money (170)  |  Nearly (137)  |  Non-Scientific (7)  |  Object (422)  |  Occupied (45)  |  Pain (136)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Probe (12)  |  Prominence (5)  |  Pure (291)  |  Pure Science (27)  |  Ray (114)  |  Remote (83)  |  Render (93)  |  Research (664)  |  Result (677)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Service (110)  |  Something (719)  |  Speak (232)  |  Spend (95)  |  State (491)  |  Suck (8)  |  Surgery (51)  |  Time (1877)  |  Use (766)  |  Useful (250)  |  Utility (49)  |  Value (365)  |  Vessel (63)  |  View (488)  |  War (225)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wire (35)  |  Word (619)  |  Wound (26)  |  X-ray (37)

By science, then, I understand the consideration of all subjects, whether of a pure or mixed nature, capable of being reduced to measurement and calculation. All things comprehended under the categories of space, time and number properly belong to our investigations; and all phenomena capable of being brought under the semblance of a law are legitimate objects of our inquiries.
In Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1833), xxviii.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belong (162)  |  Calculation (127)  |  Capability (41)  |  Capable (168)  |  Comprehension (66)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Law (894)  |  Legitimate (25)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Number (699)  |  Object (422)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Pure (291)  |  Reduction (51)  |  Science (3879)  |  Semblance (5)  |  Space (500)  |  Subject (521)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Time (1877)  |  Time And Space (39)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)

By the 18th century science had been so successful in laying bare the laws of nature that many thought there was nothing left to discover. Immutable laws prescribed the motion of every particle in the universe, exactly and forever: the task of the scientist was to elucidate the implications of those laws for any particular phenomenon of interest. Chaos gave way to a clockwork world. But the world moved on ...Today even our clocks are not made of clockwork. ... With the advent of quantum mechanics, the clockwork world has become a lottery. Fundamental events, such as the decay of a radioactive atom, are held to be determined by chance, not law.
Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos (2002). xi.
Science quotes on:  |  18th Century (21)  |  Atom (355)  |  Bare (33)  |  Become (815)  |  Century (310)  |  Chance (239)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Clock (47)  |  Decay (53)  |  Discover (553)  |  Event (216)  |  Forever (103)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Interest (386)  |  Law (894)  |  Mechanic (119)  |  Mechanics (131)  |  Motion (310)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Particle (194)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Predictability (7)  |  Quantum (117)  |  Quantum Mechanics (46)  |  Radioactive (22)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Successful (123)  |  Task (147)  |  Thought (953)  |  Today (314)  |  Universe (857)  |  Way (1217)  |  World (1774)

By their very nature chemical controls are self-defeating, for they have been devised and applied without taking into account the complex biological systems against which they have been blindly hurled.
Silent Spring (1962), 246.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Against (332)  |  Applied (177)  |  Apply (160)  |  Biological (137)  |  Blindly (2)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Complex (188)  |  Control (167)  |  Devise (14)  |  Hurl (2)  |  Self (267)  |  System (537)

Can science ever be immune from experiments conceived out of prejudices and stereotypes, conscious or not? (Which is not to suggest that it cannot in discrete areas identify and locate verifiable phenomena in nature.) I await the study that says lesbians have a region of the hypothalamus that resembles straight men and I would not be surprised if, at this very moment, some scientist somewhere is studying brains of deceased Asians to see if they have an enlarged ‘math region’ of the brain.
Kay Diaz
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Area (31)  |  Asian (3)  |  Await (5)  |  Brain (270)  |  Conceive (98)  |  Conscious (45)  |  Discrete (11)  |  Enlarge (35)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Identify (13)  |  Immune (3)  |  Locate (7)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Moment (253)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Region (36)  |  Resemble (63)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientist (820)  |  See (1081)  |  Stereotype (4)  |  Straight (73)  |  Study (653)  |  Studying (70)  |  Suggest (34)  |  Surprise (86)  |  Verifiable (6)

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
As quoted in Hy Bender, Essential Software for Writers: A Complete Guide for Everyone Who Write With a PC (1994), 64.
Science quotes on:  |  Cat (47)  |  Everything (476)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Teach (277)

Chaos was the law of nature; order was the dream of man.
From his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams (1907, 1918), 451.
Science quotes on:  |  Chaos (91)  |  Dream (208)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Man (2251)  |  Order (632)

Chemically induced hallucinations, delusions and raptures may be frightening or wonderfully gratifying; in either case they are in the nature of confidence tricks played on one’s own nervous system.
In 'Return Trip to Nirvana', Sunday Telegraph (12 Mar 1961), as collected in Kaleidoscope: Essays from Drinkers of Infinity, and The Heel of Achilles and Later Pieces and Stories (1981), 80 (source cited on p.72, footnote).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Confidence (69)  |  Confidence Trick (2)  |  Delusion (25)  |  Drug (57)  |  Fright (10)  |  Gratify (3)  |  Hallucination (4)  |  Induce (22)  |  Nervous System (34)  |  Played (2)  |  Rapture (7)  |  System (537)  |  Trick (35)  |  Wonderful (149)

Chemistry is the science or study of those effects and qualities of matter which are discovered by mixing bodies variously together, or applying them to one another with a view to mixture, and by exposing them to different degrees of heat, alone, or in mixture with one another, in order to enlarge our knowledge of nature, and to promote the useful arts.
From the first of a series of lectures on chemistry, collected in John Robison (ed.), Lectures on the Elements of Chemistry: Delivered in the University of Edinburgh (1807), Vol. 1, 11.
Science quotes on:  |  Alone (311)  |  Art (657)  |  Body (537)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Degree (276)  |  Different (577)  |  Discover (553)  |  Effect (393)  |  Enlarge (35)  |  Expose (23)  |  Heat (174)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mixture (41)  |  Order (632)  |  Promote (29)  |  Quality (135)  |  Science (3879)  |  Study (653)  |  Together (387)  |  Useful (250)  |  View (488)

Civilization is simply a series of victories over nature.
In Where are We and Whither Tending?: Three Lectures on the Reality and Worth of Human Progress (1886), Lecture 1, 20.
Science quotes on:  |  Civilization (204)  |  Series (149)  |  Sociology (46)  |  Victory (39)

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
John Muir
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Autumn (9)  |  Blow (44)  |  Care (186)  |  Climb (35)  |  Drop (76)  |  Energy (344)  |  Flow (83)  |  Freshness (8)  |  Good (889)  |  Leave (130)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Peace (108)  |  Storm (51)  |  Storms (18)  |  Sunshine (10)  |  Tiding (2)  |  Tree (246)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wind (128)

Combining in our survey then, the whole range of deposits from the most recent to the most ancient group, how striking a succession do they present:– so various yet so uniform–so vast yet so connected. In thus tracing back to the most remote periods in the physical history of our continents, one system of operations, as the means by which many complex formations have been successively produced, the mind becomes impressed with the singleness of nature's laws; and in this respect, at least, geology is hardly inferior in simplicity to astronomy.
The Silurian System (1839), 574.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ancient (189)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Back (390)  |  Become (815)  |  Combination (144)  |  Complex (188)  |  Complexity (111)  |  Connect (125)  |  Connection (162)  |  Continent (76)  |  Deposit (12)  |  Do (1908)  |  Formation (96)  |  Geology (220)  |  History (673)  |  Impress (64)  |  Impressed (38)  |  Impression (114)  |  Inferior (37)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Most (1731)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Period (198)  |  Physical (508)  |  Present (619)  |  Produced (187)  |  Production (183)  |  Range (99)  |  Recent (77)  |  Remote (83)  |  Respect (207)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Singleness (2)  |  Striking (48)  |  Succession (77)  |  Survey (33)  |  System (537)  |  Trace (103)  |  Uniformity (37)  |  Variety (132)  |  Various (200)  |  Vast (177)  |  Whole (738)

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your Teacher.
In 'The Tables Turned' (1798). ln The Works of William Wordsworth (1994), Book 4, 381.
Science quotes on:  |  Light (607)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Thing (1915)

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher. …
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
From poem, 'The Tables Turned', collected in Lyrical Ballads, With a Few Other Poems (1798), 187.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Evil (116)  |  Forestry (16)  |  Good (889)  |  Impulse (48)  |  Light (607)  |  Man (2251)  |  Moral (195)  |  More (2559)  |  Sage (23)  |  Teach (277)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Wood (92)

Confined to its true domain, mathematical reasoning is admirably adapted to perform the universal office of sound logic: to induce in order to deduce, in order to construct. … It contents itself to furnish, in the most favorable domain, a model of clearness, of precision, and consistency, the close contemplation of which is alone able to prepare the mind to render other conceptions also as perfect as their nature permits. Its general reaction, more negative than positive, must consist, above all, in inspiring us everywhere with an invincible aversion for vagueness, inconsistency, and obscurity, which may always be really avoided in any reasoning whatsoever, if we make sufficient effort.
In Synthèse Subjective (1856), 98. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-Book (1914), 202-203. From the original French, “Bornée à son vrai domaine, la raison mathématique y peut admirablement remplir l’office universel de la saine logique: induire pour déduire, afin de construire. … Elle se contente de former, dans le domaine le plus favorable, un type de clarté, de précision, et de consistance, dont la contemplation familière peut seule disposer l’esprit à rendre les autres conceptions aussi parfaites que le comporte leur nature. Sa réaction générale, plus négative que positive, doit surtout consister à nous inspirer partout une invincible répugnance pour le vague, l’incohérence, et l’obscurité, que nous pouvons réellement éviter envers des pensées quelconques, si nous y faisons assez d’efforts.”
Science quotes on:  |  Adapt (66)  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Aversion (8)  |  Avoid (116)  |  Clearness (11)  |  Close (69)  |  Conception (154)  |  Confine (26)  |  Consist (223)  |  Consistency (31)  |  Consistent (48)  |  Construct (124)  |  Contemplation (73)  |  Content (69)  |  Deduce (25)  |  Domain (69)  |  Effort (227)  |  Everywhere (94)  |  Favorable (24)  |  Furnish (96)  |  General (511)  |  Inconsistent (9)  |  Induce (22)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Invincible (6)  |  Logic (287)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mathematics And Logic (12)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Model (102)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Negative (63)  |  Obscurity (27)  |  Office (71)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Perform (121)  |  Permit (58)  |  Positive (94)  |  Precision (68)  |  Prepare (37)  |  Reaction (104)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Render (93)  |  Sound (183)  |  Sufficient (128)  |  True (212)  |  Universal (189)  |  Vagueness (15)  |  Whatsoever (41)

Consciousness is not sharply defined, but fades into sub-consciousness; and beyond that we must postulate something indefinite but yet continuous with our mental nature. This I take it be the world-stuff.
From Gifford Lecture, Edinburgh, (1927), 'Reality', collected in The Nature of the Physical World (1928), 280.
Science quotes on:  |  Beyond (308)  |  Consciousness (123)  |  Continuous (82)  |  Indefinite (20)  |  Mental (177)  |  Must (1526)  |  Postulate (38)  |  Something (719)  |  World (1774)

Considered as a mere question of physics, (and keeping all moral considerations entirely out of sight,) the appearance of man is a geological phenomenon of vast importance, indirectly modifying the whole surface of the earth, breaking in upon any supposition of zoological continuity, and utterly unaccounted for by what we have any right to call the laws of nature.
'Address to the Geological Society, delivered on the Evening of the 18th of February 1831', Proceedings of the Geological Society (1834), 1, 306.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Appearance (140)  |  Call (769)  |  Consider (416)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Continuation (20)  |  Continuity (38)  |  Earth (996)  |  Geology (220)  |  Importance (286)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Nature (72)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Modification (55)  |  Moral (195)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Question (621)  |  Right (452)  |  Sight (132)  |  Supposition (50)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Unaccounted (2)  |  Vast (177)  |  Whole (738)  |  Zoology (36)

Contingency is rich and fascinating; it embodies an exquisite tension between the power of individuals to modify history and the intelligible limits set by laws of nature. The details of individual and species’s lives are not mere frills, without power to shape the large-scale course of events, but particulars that can alter entire futures, profoundly and forever.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alter (62)  |  Contingency (11)  |  Course (409)  |  Detail (146)  |  Embody (16)  |  Entire (47)  |  Event (216)  |  Exquisite (25)  |  Fascinating (37)  |  Forever (103)  |  Future (429)  |  History (673)  |  Individual (404)  |  Intelligible (34)  |  Large (394)  |  Law (894)  |  Limit (280)  |  Live (628)  |  Mere (84)  |  Modify (15)  |  Power (746)  |  Profoundly (13)  |  Rich (62)  |  Scale (121)  |  Set (394)  |  Shape (72)  |  Species (401)  |  Tension (24)

Controlled research … endeavors to pick out of the web of nature’s activities some single strand and trace it towards its origin and its terminus and determine its relation to other strands.
In 'The Influence of Research in Bringing into Closer Relationship the Practice of Medicine and Public Health Activities', American Journal of Medical Sciences (Dec 1929), No. 178.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Activity (210)  |  Controlled (3)  |  Determine (144)  |  End (590)  |  Endeavor (67)  |  Origin (239)  |  Other (2236)  |  Relation (157)  |  Research (664)  |  Single (353)  |  Strand (9)  |  Trace (103)  |  Web (16)

Copernicus … did not publish his book [on the nature of the solar system] until he was on his deathbed. He knew how dangerous it is to be right when the rest of the world is wrong.
In a speech at Waterville, Maine, July 30, 1885.
Science quotes on:  |  Book (392)  |  Dangerous (105)  |  Rest (280)  |  Right (452)  |  Solar System (77)  |  System (537)  |  World (1774)  |  Wrong (234)

Cosmology does, I think, affect the way that we perceive humanity’s role in nature. One thing we’ve learnt from astronomy is that the future lying ahead is more prolonged than the past. Even our sun is less than halfway through its life.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Affect (19)  |  Ahead (19)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Cosmology (25)  |  Future (429)  |  Halfway (2)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Learn (629)  |  Less (103)  |  Lie (364)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lying (55)  |  More (2559)  |  Past (337)  |  Perceive (40)  |  Prolong (29)  |  Prolonged (6)  |  Role (86)  |  Sun (385)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Through (849)  |  Way (1217)

Coy Nature, (which remain'd, though aged grown,
A beauteous virgin still, enjoy'd by none,
Nor seen unveil'd by anyone),
When Harvey's violent passion she did see,
Began to tremble and to flee;
Took sanctuary, like Daphne, in a tree:
There Daphne’s Lover stopped, and thought it much
The very leaves of her to touch:
But Harvey, our Apollo, stopp’d not so;
Into the Bark and Root he after her did go!
'Ode Upon Dr Harvey' (1663). In The British Poets: Including Translations in One Hundred Volumes (1822), Vol. 13, 245.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Bark (18)  |  Beauteous (4)  |  William Harvey (29)  |  Passion (114)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Remain (349)  |  Root (120)  |  Sanctuary (11)  |  See (1081)  |  Still (613)  |  Thought (953)  |  Touch (141)  |  Tree (246)  |  Virgin (9)

Creatures that by a rule in nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king and officers of sorts;
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home,
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad,
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor.
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold;
The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
The poor mechanic porters crowding
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
The sad-eyed justice, with his surly hum,
Delivering o'er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone.
Henry V (1599), I, ii.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Abroad (18)  |  Act (272)  |  Arm (81)  |  Building (156)  |  Burden (27)  |  Citizen (51)  |  Civil (26)  |  Creature (233)  |  Drone (4)  |  Emperor (6)  |  Gate (32)  |  Gold (97)  |  Home (170)  |  Honey (15)  |  Justice (39)  |  King (35)  |  Kingdom (78)  |  Magistrate (2)  |  Majesty (21)  |  March (46)  |  Mason (2)  |  Mechanic (119)  |  Merchant (6)  |  Narrow (84)  |  Officer (12)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Poor (136)  |