Painful Quotes (7 quotes)
For [Richard] Feynman, the essence of the scientific imagination was a powerful and almost painful rule. What scientists create must match reality. It must match what is already known. Scientific creativity is imagination in a straitjacket.
I do not believe in freedom of the will. Schopenhauers words: Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wills accompany me in all situations throughout my life and reconcile me with the actions of others even if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the lack of freedom of will preserves me from taking too seriously myself and my fellow men as acting and deciding individuals and from losing my temper.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Nearly every understanding is gained by a painful struggle in which belief and unbelief are dramatically interwoven.
The scientific value of truth is not, however, ultimate or absolute. It rests partly on practical, partly on aesthetic interests. As our ideas are gradually brought into conformity with the facts by the painful process of selection,for intuition runs equally into truth and into error, and can settle nothing if not controlled by experience,we gain vastly in our command over our environment. This is the fundamental value of natural science
This brings me to the final point of my remarks, the relation between creativity and aging, a topic with which I have had substantial experience. Scientific research, until it has gone through the grueling and sometimes painful process of publication, is just play, and play is characteristic of young vertebrates, particularly young mammals. In some ways, scientific creativity is related to the exuberant behavior of young mammals. Indeed, creativity seems to be a natural characteristic of young humans. If one is fortunate enough to be associated with a university, even as one ages, teaching allows one to contribute to, and vicariously share, in the creativity of youth.
Until its results have gone through the painful process of publication, preferably in a refereed journal of high standards, scientific research is just play. Publication is an indispensable part of science. Publish or perish is not an indictment of the system of academia; it is a partial prescription for creativity and innovation. Sustained and substantial publication favors creativity. Novelty of conception has a large component of unpredictability. ... One is often a poor judge of the relative value of his own creative efforts. An artists ranking of his own works is rarely the same as that of critics or of history. Most scientists have had similar experiences. Ones supply of reprints for a pot-boiler is rapidly exhausted, while a major monograph that is ones pride and joy goes unnoticed. The strategy of choice is to increase the odds favoring creativity by being productive.