Celebrating 20 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by human kind.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index P > Category: Perpetuity

Perpetuity Quotes (9 quotes)

A man can do his best only by confidently seeking (and perpetually missing) an unattainable perfection.
In Forbes (1946), 57, 46.
Science quotes on:  |  Accomplishment (94)  |  Best (459)  |  Confidence (68)  |  Do (1908)  |  Doing (280)  |  Man (2249)  |  Missing (21)  |  Perfection (130)  |  Perpetually (20)  |  Seeking (31)  |  Unattainable (6)

An ever-green revolution implies the enhancement of productivity in perpetuity without associated ecological harm.
In Sustainable Agriculture: Towards an Evergreen Revolution (1996), 219. Also quoted himself later, in 'Science and Shaping the Future of Rice', collected in Pramod K. Aggarwal et al. (eds.), 206 International Rice Congress: Science, Technology, and Trade for Peace and Prosperity (2007), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  Ecology (74)  |  Enhancement (5)  |  Evergreen (2)  |  Green (63)  |  Harm (39)  |  Imply (17)  |  Productivity (21)  |  Revolution (129)

It appears that all that can be, is. The Creator's hand does not appear to have been opened in order to give existence to a certain determinate number of species, but it seems that it has thrown out all at once a world of relative and non-relative creatures, an infinity of harmonic and contrary combinations and a perpetuity of destructions and replacements. What idea of power is not given us by this spectacle! What feeling of respect for its Author is not inspired in us by this view of the universe!
'Premier Discours: De la Maniθre d'Ιtudier et de Traiter l'Histoire naturelle', Histoire Naturelle, Generale et Particuliθre, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi (1749), Vol. I, 11. Trans. Phillip R. Sloan.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Author (168)  |  Certain (550)  |  Combination (144)  |  Contrary (142)  |  Creation (329)  |  Creator (91)  |  Creature (233)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Existence (460)  |  Feeling (252)  |  Idea (845)  |  Infinity (91)  |  Nature (1928)  |  Number (701)  |  Open (274)  |  Order (632)  |  Power (747)  |  Replacement (12)  |  Respect (207)  |  Species (402)  |  Spectacle (33)  |  Universe (861)  |  View (488)  |  World (1778)

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a publick library; for who can see the wall crouded on every side by mighty volumes, the works of laborious meditation, and accurate inquiry, now scarcely known but by the catalogue, and preserved only to encrease the pomp of learning, without considering how many hours have been wasted in vain endeavours, how often imagination has anticipated the praises of futurity, how many statues have risen to the eye of vanity, how many ideal converts have elevated zeal, how often wit has exulted in the eternal infamy of his antagonists, and dogmatism has delighted in the gradual advances of his authority, the immutability of his decrees, and the perpetuity of his power.
Non unquam dedit
Documenta fors majora, quam fragili loco
Starent superbi.

Seneca, Troades, II, 4-6
Insulting chance ne'er call'd with louder voice,
On swelling mortals to be proud no more.
Of the innumerable authors whose performances are thus treasured up in magnificent obscurity, most are forgotten, because they never deserved to be remembered, and owed the honours which they have once obtained, not to judgment or to genius, to labour or to art, but to the prejudice of faction, the stratagem of intrigue, or the servility of adulation.
Nothing is more common than to find men whose works are now totally neglected, mentioned with praises by their contemporaries, as the oracles of their age, and the legislators of science. Curiosity is naturally excited, their volumes after long enquiry are found, but seldom reward the labour of the search. Every period of time has produced these bubbles of artificial fame, which are kept up a while by the breath of fashion and then break at once and are annihilated. The learned often bewail the loss of ancient writers whose characters have survived their works; but perhaps if we could now retrieve them we should find them only the Granvilles, Montagus, Stepneys, and Sheffields of their time, and wonder by what infatuation or caprice they could be raised to notice.
It cannot, however, be denied, that many have sunk into oblivion, whom it were unjust to number with this despicable class. Various kinds of literary fame seem destined to various measures of duration. Some spread into exuberance with a very speedy growth, but soon wither and decay; some rise more slowly, but last long. Parnassus has its flowers of transient fragrance as well as its oaks of towering height, and its laurels of eternal verdure.
The Rambler, Number 106, 23 Mar 1751. In W. J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (eds.), The Rambler (1969), Vol. 2, 200-1.
Science quotes on:  |  Accurate (87)  |  Advance (280)  |  Age (499)  |  Ancient (191)  |  Art (657)  |  Author (168)  |  Authority (96)  |  Break (99)  |  Breath (59)  |  Bubble (22)  |  Call (769)  |  Caprice (9)  |  Chance (239)  |  Character (243)  |  Class (164)  |  Common (436)  |  Conviction (98)  |  Curiosity (128)  |  Decay (53)  |  Decree (8)  |  Delight (109)  |  Destined (42)  |  Dogmatism (15)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  Enquiry (87)  |  Eternal (111)  |  Eye (423)  |  Faction (3)  |  Fame (50)  |  Find (999)  |  Flower (106)  |  Forgotten (53)  |  Genius (285)  |  Growth (188)  |  Honour (56)  |  Hope (299)  |  Hour (186)  |  Human (1470)  |  Ideal (100)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Innumerable (55)  |  Inquiry (79)  |  Judgment (132)  |  Kind (557)  |  Known (454)  |  Laborious (14)  |  Labour (98)  |  Last (426)  |  Learn (632)  |  Learned (235)  |  Learning (274)  |  Library (48)  |  Long (789)  |  Loss (110)  |  Magnificent (43)  |  Measure (233)  |  Meditation (19)  |  Mention (82)  |  More (2559)  |  Mortal (54)  |  Most (1729)  |  Neglect (63)  |  Neglected (23)  |  Never (1087)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Notice (77)  |  Number (701)  |  Oak (14)  |  Oblivion (10)  |  Obtain (163)  |  Performance (49)  |  Period (198)  |  Power (747)  |  Prejudice (88)  |  Produced (187)  |  Remember (179)  |  Reward (68)  |  Rise (166)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  Science (3880)  |  Search (162)  |  See (1082)  |  Seldom (65)  |  Side (232)  |  Soon (186)  |  Spread (83)  |  Statue (16)  |  Striking (48)  |  Time (1877)  |  Towering (11)  |  Transient (12)  |  Vain (83)  |  Various (200)  |  Wall (67)  |  Wit (59)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Work (1351)  |  Writer (86)

Science has its being in a perpetual mental restlessness.
From 'Poetry and Science', in W.H. Harlow, Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association (1932), Vol. 17, 12.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Mental (177)  |  Perpetual (57)  |  Restlessness (7)  |  Science (3880)

Thomas Robert Malthus quote The prodigious waste of human life
colorization © todayinsci (Terms of Use) (source)

Please respect the colorization artist’s wishes and do not copy this image for ONLINE use anywhere else.

Thank you.

For offline use, click Terms of Use tab on top menu.

The prodigious waste of human life occasioned by this perpetual struggle for room and food, was more than supplied by the mighty power of population, acting, in some degree, unshackled, from the constant habit of emigration.
An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), 48.
Science quotes on:  |  Constant (144)  |  Degree (275)  |  Food (199)  |  Habit (168)  |  Human (1470)  |  Life (1799)  |  More (2559)  |  Occasion (85)  |  Perpetual (57)  |  Population (110)  |  Power (747)  |  Prodigious (20)  |  Room (40)  |  Struggle (106)  |  Supply (93)  |  Unshackled (2)  |  Waste (101)

The wintry clouds drop spangles on the mountains. If the thing occurred once in a century historians would chronicle and poets would sing of the event; but Nature, prodigal of beauty, rains down her hexagonal ice-stars year by year, forming layers yards in thickness. The summer sun thaws and partially consolidates the mass. Each winter's fall is covered by that of the ensuing one, and thus the snow layer of each year has to sustain an annually augmented weight. It is more and more compacted by the pressure, and ends by being converted into the ice of a true glacier, which stretches its frozen tongue far down beyond the limits of perpetual snow. The glaciers move, and through valleys they move like rivers.
The Glaciers of the Alps & Mountaineering in 1861 (1911), 247.
Science quotes on:  |  Annual (5)  |  Augment (12)  |  Augmentation (4)  |  Beauty (300)  |  Being (1278)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Century (310)  |  Chronicle (6)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Compact (13)  |  Consolidation (4)  |  Conversion (17)  |  Cover (37)  |  Down (455)  |  Drop (76)  |  End (590)  |  Ensuing (3)  |  Event (216)  |  Fall (230)  |  Forming (42)  |  Freezing (16)  |  Glacier (17)  |  Hexagon (4)  |  Historian (55)  |  Ice (54)  |  Layer (40)  |  Limit (281)  |  Mass (157)  |  More (2559)  |  Mountain (187)  |  Move (216)  |  Nature (1928)  |  Occurrence (53)  |  Partially (8)  |  Perpetual (57)  |  Poet (86)  |  Pressure (63)  |  Prodigal (2)  |  Rain (63)  |  River (121)  |  Snow (38)  |  Song (37)  |  Spangle (2)  |  Star (430)  |  Stars (304)  |  Stretch (39)  |  Summer (54)  |  Sun (387)  |  Sustain (46)  |  Thaw (2)  |  Thickness (5)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Through (849)  |  Tongue (43)  |  Truth (1062)  |  Valley (32)  |  Weight (136)  |  Winter (44)  |  Yard (7)  |  Year (932)

We did not design our organization to operate in perpetuity. Consequently, our people were able to devote themselves exclusively to the task at hand, and had no reason to engage in independent empire-building.
In And Now It Can Be Told: The Story Of The Manhattan Project (1962), 415.
Science quotes on:  |  Building (156)  |  Design (196)  |  Devote (35)  |  Empire (14)  |  Engage (39)  |  Exclusively (10)  |  Independent (67)  |  Manhattan Project (13)  |  Operation (213)  |  Organization (114)  |  People (1005)  |  Reason (744)  |  Task (147)  |  Themselves (433)

Will we ever again be able to view a public object with civic dignity, unencumbered by commercial messages? Must city buses be fully painted as movable ads, lampposts smothered, taxis festooned, even seats in concert halls sold one by one to donors and embellished in perpetuity with their names on silver plaques?
…...
Science quotes on:  |  City (78)  |  Civic (3)  |  Commercial (26)  |  Concert (7)  |  Dignity (42)  |  Embellish (4)  |  Festoon (3)  |  Fully (21)  |  Hall (5)  |  Message (49)  |  Movable (2)  |  Must (1526)  |  Name (333)  |  Object (422)  |  Paint (22)  |  Plaque (2)  |  Public (96)  |  Seat (6)  |  Sell (15)  |  Silver (47)  |  Smother (3)  |  Taxi (4)  |  View (488)  |  Will (2354)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton


by Ian Ellis
who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.