Dictionary of Science Quotations
These pages include science quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists plus pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.
See also: Scientist Name Index
This index gives quotes listed under category headings. When a quote is made ABOUT a scientist, that will be included on the named person’s page, in the Scientist Names Index. If there are no quotes BY a named person, there may be no corresponding Scientist Name page, and then the person's name is instead indexed to a category page, below.
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Some quotations are funny, or pithy, together with longer ones that record the words of a scientist about their own discoveries or outlook.
Maturin M. Ballou, in the Preface to his Edge-Tools of Speech (1899), wrote: “To be of greatest value quotations must be accurately given; but the readiest memory seldom retains more than the aggregated sense of an aphoristic utterance.” Therefore, some familiar quotes cannot be traced to a verbatim source. Nevertheless, “According to Dean Swift, abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use as burning-glasses, — to collect the diffused rays of wit and learning, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination.”