Passionate Quotes (14 quotes)
A man avails himself of the truth so long as it is serviceable; but he seizes on what is false with a passionate eloquence as soon as he can make a momentary use of it; whether it be to dazzle others with it as a kind of half-truth, or to employ it as a stopgap for effecting all apparent union between things that have been disjointed.
Bile makes man passionate and sick; but without bile man could not live.
I am among the most durable and passionate participants in the scientific exploration of the solar system, and I am a long-time advocate of the application of space technology to civil and military purposes of direct benefit to life on Earth and to our national security.
If I have sometimes disturbed our academies by somewhat livelier discussions, it is because I was passionately defending truth.
It is high time that laymen abandoned the misleading belief that scientific enquiry is a cold dispassionate enterprise, bleached of imaginative qualities, and that a scientist is a man who turns the handle of discovery; for at every level of endeavour scientific research is a passionate undertaking and the Promotion of Natural Knowledge depends above all on a sortee into what can be imagined but is not yet known.
Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest.
My father, the practicing physician, was a passionate collector of natural objects (amber, shells, minerals, beetles, etc.) and a great friend of the natural sciences. To my energetic and intellectually vigorous mother I owe an infinite debt.
My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.
My whole life is devoted unreservedly to the service of my sex. The study and practice of medicine is in my thought but one means to a great end, for which my very soul yearns with intensest passionate emotion, of which I have dreamed day and night, from my earliest childhood, for which I would offer up my life with triumphant thanksgiving, if martyrdom could secure that glorious end: the true ennoblement of woman, the full harmonious development of her unknown nature, and the consequent redemption of the whole human race.
The act of discovery, the act of being confronted with a new phenomenon, is a very passionate and very exciting moment in everyones life. Its the reward for many, many years of effort and, also, of failures.
The necessary has never been mans top priority. The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness. Unlike other forms of life, mans greatest exertions are made in the pursuit not of necessities but of superfluities. Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
True majorities, in a TV-dominated and anti-intellectual age, may need sound bites and flashing lightsand I am not against supplying such lures if they draw children into even a transient concern with science. But every classroom has one [Oliver] Sacks, one [Eric] Korn, or one [Jonathan] Miller, usually a lonely child with a passionate curiosity about nature, and a zeal that overcomes pressures for conformity. Do not the one in fifty deserve their institutions as wellmagic places, like cabinet museums, that can spark the rare flames of genius?
We must avoid war under all possible circumstances, except, my opinion, one: when the freedom of human beings is at stake. I don't want to kill anybody. I am passionately opposed to killing, but I'm even more passionately fond of freedom.
[Werhner von Braun] is a human leader whose eyes and thoughts have always been turned toward the stars. It would be foolish to assign rocketry success to one person totally. Components must necessarily be the work of many minds; so must successive stages of development. But because Wernher von Braun joins technical ability, passionate optimism, immense experience and uncanny organizing ability in the elusive power to create a team, he is the greatest human element behind todays rocketry success