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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index P > Category: Poetic

Poetic Quotes (7 quotes)

Cheetah genes cooperate with cheetah genes but not with camel genes, and vice versa. This is not because cheetah genes, even in the most poetic sense, see any virtue in the preservation of the cheetah species. They are not working to save the cheetah from extinction like some molecular World Wildlife Fund.
From Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite for Wonder (1998), 218.
Science quotes on:  |  Camel (11)  |  Cheetah (2)  |  Cooperate (4)  |  Extinction (74)  |  Fund (18)  |  Gene (98)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Most (1729)  |  Preservation (33)  |  Save (118)  |  See (1082)  |  Sense (770)  |  Species (402)  |  Vice (40)  |  Vice Versa (6)  |  Virtue (109)  |  Wildlife (14)  |  Working (20)  |  World (1778)

In the beginning was the myth. God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child’s soul with poetry every day.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 8
Science quotes on:  |  Begin (260)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Child (309)  |  Continue (165)  |  Expression (176)  |  German (36)  |  God (758)  |  Greek (107)  |  Hindu (4)  |  Invest (18)  |  Myth (56)  |  Poetry (144)  |  Search (162)  |  Self (267)  |  Self-Expression (2)  |  Shape (73)  |  Soul (227)

Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity. By day, space is one with the earth and with man - it is his sun that is shining, his clouds that are floating past; at night, space is his no more. When the great earth, abandoning day, rolls up the deeps of the heavens and the universe, a new door opens for the human spirit, and there are few so clownish that some awareness of the mystery of being does not touch them as they gaze. For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars - pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time. Fugitive though the instant be, the spirit of man is, during it, ennobled by a genuine moment of emotional dignity, and poetry makes its own both the human spirit and experience.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Abandon (68)  |  Across (32)  |  Adventure (56)  |  Awareness (36)  |  Banishment (3)  |  Being (1278)  |  Both (494)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Clown (2)  |  Deep (233)  |  Depth (94)  |  Dignity (42)  |  Door (93)  |  Earth (998)  |  Emotion (100)  |  Emotional (17)  |  Ennoble (8)  |  Eternal (111)  |  Experience (470)  |  Fear (199)  |  Float (30)  |  Fugitive (3)  |  Gaze (21)  |  Genuine (52)  |  Give (202)  |  Glimpse (13)  |  Great (1575)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Horizon (45)  |  Human (1470)  |  Human Spirit (12)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Instant (45)  |  Island (46)  |  Learn (632)  |  Man (2249)  |  Moment (254)  |  Mood (13)  |  More (2559)  |  Mortality (15)  |  Mystery (178)  |  New (1217)  |  Night (120)  |  Open (274)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Past (337)  |  Pilgrim (4)  |  Poetry (144)  |  Religious (126)  |  Reverence (28)  |  Roll (40)  |  Sea (309)  |  Shine (46)  |  Shining (35)  |  Space (501)  |  Space And Time (36)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Star (430)  |  Stars (304)  |  Stream (81)  |  Sun (387)  |  Time (1877)  |  Touch (142)  |  Universe (861)  |  Vanish (19)  |  Voyage (11)  |  Vulgar (33)  |  World (1778)

Science does not mean an idle resting upon a body of certain knowledge; it means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an end which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but which the intellect can never fully grasp.
In The Philosophy of Physics (1936). Collected in The New Science: 3 Complete Works (1959), 290.
Science quotes on:  |  Body (537)  |  Certain (550)  |  Continual (43)  |  Development (424)  |  End (590)  |  Endeavor (67)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  Grasp (63)  |  Idle (33)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Intuition (75)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (580)  |  Never (1087)  |  Progress (468)  |  Rest (281)  |  Science (3880)

Sign language is the equal of speech, lending itself equally to the rigorous and the poetic, to philosophical analysis or to making love.
In The Times (16 Jun 1994).
Science quotes on:  |  Analysis (234)  |  Equal (84)  |  Equally (130)  |  Language (293)  |  Love (309)  |  Making (300)  |  Philosophical (23)  |  Rigorous (49)  |  Speech (61)

The problems of the infinite have challenged man’s mind and have fired his imagination as no other single problem in the history of thought. The infinite appears both strange and familiar, at times beyond our grasp, at times easy and natural to understand. In conquering it, man broke the fetters that bound him to earth. All his faculties were required for this conquest—his reasoning powers, his poetic fancy, his desire to know.
With co-author James R Newman, in 'Beyond the Google', Mathematics and the Imagination (1940), 35.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Bind (25)  |  Both (494)  |  Bound (119)  |  Break (99)  |  Challenge (85)  |  Conquer (38)  |  Conquest (28)  |  Desire (204)  |  Earth (998)  |  Easy (204)  |  Faculty (72)  |  Familiar (43)  |  Fancy (50)  |  Fetter (4)  |  Fetters (7)  |  Fire (189)  |  Grasp (63)  |  History (675)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Infinite (233)  |  Know (1519)  |  Man (2249)  |  Mind (1339)  |  Natural (796)  |  Other (2236)  |  Power (747)  |  Problem (679)  |  Reason (744)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Require (219)  |  Required (108)  |  Single (354)  |  Strange (157)  |  Thought (954)  |  Time (1877)  |  Understand (607)

We have heard much about the poetry of mathematics, but very little of it has yet been sung. The ancients had a juster notion of their poetic value than we. The most distinct and beautiful statements of any truth must take at last the mathematical form.
In A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1862), 381.
Science quotes on:  |  Ancient (191)  |  Beautiful (259)  |  Distinct (97)  |  Form (960)  |  Hear (139)  |  Last (426)  |  Little (708)  |  Mathematics (1333)  |  Most (1729)  |  Must (1526)  |  Notion (113)  |  Poetry (144)  |  Sing (26)  |  Statement (142)  |  Truth (1062)  |  Value (368)


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



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