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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by forces impressed.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index R > Category: Root

Root Quotes (61 quotes)

Macbeth: How does your patient, doctor?
Doctor: Not so sick, my lord,
As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies,
That keep her from her rest.
Macbeth: Cure her of that.
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart?
Doctor: Therein the patient
Must minister to himself.
Macbeth: Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.
Macbeth (1606), V, iii.
Science quotes on:  |  Antidote (6)  |  Bosom (8)  |  Brain (213)  |  Cleanse (5)  |  Disease (275)  |  Dog (44)  |  Heart (139)  |  Memory (106)  |  Mind (760)  |  Minister (9)  |  Oblivious (9)  |  Patient (125)  |  Peril (9)  |  Physic (6)  |  Pluck (5)  |  Psychiatry (26)  |  Sorrow (12)  |  Trouble (72)  |  Writing (81)

A tree nowhere offers a straight line or a regular curve, but who doubts that root, trunk, boughs, and leaves embody geometry?
From chapter 'Jottings from a Note-Book', in Canadian Stories (1918), 172.
Science quotes on:  |  Bough (7)  |  Curve (33)  |  Doubt (160)  |  Embody (16)  |  Geometry (232)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Nowhere (28)  |  Straight Line (17)  |  Tree (171)  |  Trunk (11)

All human affairs follow nature's great analogue, the growth of vegetation. There are three periods of growth in every plant. The first, and slowest, is the invisible growth by the root; the second and much accelerated is the visible growth by the stem; but when root and stem have gathered their forces, there comes the third period, in which the plant quickly flashes into blossom and rushes into fruit.
The beginnings of moral enterprises in this world are never to be measured by any apparent growth. ... At length comes the sudden ripeness and the full success, and he who is called in at the final moment deems this success his own. He is but the reaper and not the labourer. Other men sowed and tilled and he but enters into their labours.
Life Thoughts (1858), 20.
Science quotes on:  |  Analogue (7)  |  Blossom (14)  |  Call (128)  |  Discovery (680)  |  Entering (3)  |  Enterprise (33)  |  Fruit (71)  |  Growth (124)  |  Human (550)  |  Invention (324)  |  Invisible (38)  |  Laborer (6)  |  Labour (47)  |  Measurement (161)  |  Moral (124)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Reaper (3)  |  Research (590)  |  Ripeness (2)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Soil (64)  |  Sowing (5)  |  Stem (12)  |  Success (250)  |  Vegetation (16)

All of us are interested in our roots. Generally this interest is latent in youth, and grows with age. Until I reached fifty I thought that history of science was a refuge for old scientists whose creative juices had dried up. Now of course I know that I was wrong! As we grow older, we become more interested in the past, in family history, local history, etc. Astronomy is, or was when I started in it, almost a family.
In Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy (2002), Vol. 3, 206.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (178)  |  Astronomy (204)  |  Creative (61)  |  Dried (2)  |  Family (47)  |  Fifty (15)  |  Grow (99)  |  History Of Science (58)  |  Interest (237)  |  Juice (7)  |  Latent (12)  |  Local (19)  |  Old (147)  |  Older (7)  |  Past (152)  |  Refuge (13)  |  Scientist (522)  |  Start (97)  |  Thought (546)  |  Wrong (139)  |  Youth (77)

All over the world there lingers on the memory of a giant tree, the primal tree, rising up from the centre of the Earth to the heavens and ordering the universe around it. It united the three worlds: its roots plunged down into subterranean abysses, Its loftiest branches touched the empyrean. Thanks to the Tree, it became possible to breathe the air; to all the creatures that then appeared on Earth it dispensed its fruit, ripened by the sun and nourished by the water which it drew from the soil. From the sky it attracted the lightning from which man made fire and, beckoning skyward, where clouds gathered around its fall. The Tree was the source of all life, and of all regeneration. Small wonder then that tree-worship was so prevalent in ancient times.
From 'L'Arbre Sacre' ('The Sacred Tree'), UNESCO Courier (Jan 1989), 4. Epigraph to Chap 1, in Kenton Miller and Laura Tangley, Trees of Life: Saving Tropical Forests and Their Biological Wealt (1991), 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Abyss (23)  |  Air (190)  |  Ancient (106)  |  Appeared (4)  |  Attracted (3)  |  Beckoning (3)  |  Branch (107)  |  Breathe (36)  |  Centre (28)  |  Cloud (69)  |  Creature (155)  |  Dispense (9)  |  Down (86)  |  Earth (638)  |  Empyrean (2)  |  Fall (120)  |  Fire (133)  |  Fruit (71)  |  Gather (39)  |  Giant (38)  |  Heaven (153)  |  Life (1131)  |  Lightning (33)  |  Linger (6)  |  Memory (106)  |  Nourished (2)  |  Possible (158)  |  Prevalent (4)  |  Primal (5)  |  Regeneration (4)  |  Rising (9)  |  Sky (124)  |  Skyward (2)  |  Small (163)  |  Soil (64)  |  Source (91)  |  Sun (276)  |  Thank (12)  |  Three (10)  |  Time (595)  |  Tree (171)  |  United (14)  |  Universe (686)  |  Water (293)  |  Wonder (169)  |  World (898)  |  Worship (25)

All these delusions of Divination have their root and foundation from Astrology. For whether the lineaments of the body, countenance, or hand be inspected, whether dream or vision be seen, whether marking of entrails or mad inspiration be consulted, there must be a Celestial Figure first erected, by the means of whole indications, together with the conjectures of Signs and Similitudes, they endeavour to find out the truth of what is desired.
In The Vanity of the Arts and Sciences (1530), translation (1676), 108.
Science quotes on:  |  Astrology (41)  |  Delusion (22)  |  Entrails (2)  |  Foundation (108)  |  Truth (928)

An infallible Remedy for the Tooth-ach, viz Wash the Root of an aching Tooth, in Elder Vinegar, and let it dry half an hour in the Sun; after which it will never ach more; Probatum est.
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1739).
Science quotes on:  |  Ache (7)  |  Drying (2)  |  Elder (4)  |  Infallibility (4)  |  Never (27)  |  Remedy (54)  |  Sin (30)  |  Tooth (26)  |  Toothache (2)  |  Vinegar (6)  |  Washing (3)

And indeed I am not humming,
Thus to sing of Cl-ke and C-ming,
Who all the universe surpasses
in cutting up and making gases;
With anatomy and chemics,
Metaphysics and polemics,
Analyzing and chirugery,
And scientific surgery …
H-slow's lectures on the cabbage
Useful are as roots of Babbage;
Fluxions and beet-root botany,
Some would call pure monotony.
Magazine
Punch in Cambridge (28 Jan 1834). In Mark Weatherall, Gentlemen, Scientists, and Medicine at Cambridge 1800-1940 (2000), Vol. 3,77. The professors named were William Clark (anatomy), James Cumming (chemistry) and Johns Stephens Henslow (botany).
Science quotes on:  |  Analysis (166)  |  Anatomy (63)  |  Charles Babbage (54)  |  Botany (51)  |  Cabbage (5)  |  Chemistry (252)  |  Cutting (6)  |  Fluxion (4)  |  Gas (50)  |  John Stevens Henslow (2)  |  Humming (3)  |  Lecture (68)  |  Metaphysics (36)  |  Monotony (3)  |  Poem (92)  |  Surgery (43)  |  Surpassing (7)  |  Universe (686)  |  Usefulness (77)

As Crystallography was born of a chance observation by Haüy of the cleavage-planes of a single fortunately fragile specimen, … so out of the slender study of the Norwich Spiral has sprung the vast and interminable Calculus of Cyclodes, which strikes such far-spreading and tenacious roots into the profoundest strata of denumeration, and, by this and the multitudinous and multifarious dependent theories which cluster around it, reminds one of the Scriptural comparison of the Kingdom of Heaven “to a grain of mustard-seed which a man took and cast into his garden, and it grew and waxed a great tree, and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.”
From 'Outline Trace of the Theory of Reducible Cyclodes', Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society (1869), 2, 155, collected in Collected Mathematical Papers of James Joseph Sylvester (1908), Vol. 2, 683-684.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (190)  |  Bird (120)  |  Branch (107)  |  Calculus (51)  |  Chance (160)  |  Cleavage (2)  |  Cluster (14)  |  Comparison (64)  |  Crystallography (5)  |  Dependent (24)  |  Fortunate (11)  |  Fowl (5)  |  Fragile (14)  |  Garden (34)  |  Grain (28)  |  Great (534)  |  Grow (99)  |  René-Just Haüy (4)  |  Interminable (3)  |  Kingdom Of Heaven (3)  |  Lodge (3)  |  Multitudinous (2)  |  Mustard (2)  |  Observation (450)  |  Plane (19)  |  Profound (59)  |  Scripture (12)  |  Seed (63)  |  Single (120)  |  Specimen (18)  |  Spread (34)  |  Spring (71)  |  Stratum (10)  |  Strike (40)  |  Study (476)  |  Tenacious (2)  |  Theory (696)  |  Tree (171)  |  Vast (89)

As never before, the work of the engineer is basic to the kind of society to which our best efforts are committed. Whether it be city planning, improved health care in modern facilities, safer and more efficient transportation, new techniques of communication, or better ways to control pollution and dispose of wastes, the role of the engineer—his initiative, creative ability, and hard work—is at the root of social progress.
Remarks for National Engineers Week (1971). As quoted in Consulting Engineer (1971), 36, 18.
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (108)  |  Communication (76)  |  Control (114)  |  Creativity (70)  |  Dispose (9)  |  Efficient (24)  |  Engineer (97)  |  Health Care (8)  |  Improve (56)  |  New (496)  |  Pollution (43)  |  Progress (368)  |  Safety (43)  |  Social (108)  |  Society (228)  |  Technique (49)  |  Transportation (11)  |  Waste (65)  |  Work (635)

Better to take pleasure in a rose than to put its root under a microscope.
In Oscariana: Epigrams (1895), 27.
Science quotes on:  |  Better (192)  |  Microscope (74)  |  Pleasure (133)  |  Rose (9)

Consider the very roots of our ability to discern truth. Above all (or perhaps I should say “underneath all”), common sense is what we depend on—that crazily elusive, ubiquitous faculty we all have to some degree or other. … If we apply common sense to itself over and over again, we wind up building a skyscraper. The ground floor of the structure is the ordinary common sense we all have, and the rules for building news floors are implicit in the ground floor itself. However, working it all out is a gigantic task, and the result is a structure that transcends mere common sense.
In Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern (1985), 93–94.
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (108)  |  Apply (77)  |  Build (117)  |  Common Sense (126)  |  Crazy (17)  |  Depend (90)  |  Discern (17)  |  Elusive (8)  |  Faculty (70)  |  Floor (20)  |  Gigantic (23)  |  Ground Floor (2)  |  Implicit (7)  |  Mere (82)  |  New (496)  |  Ordinary (73)  |  Result (389)  |  Rule (177)  |  Skyscraper (8)  |  Structure (225)  |  Task (83)  |  Transcend (17)  |  Truth (928)  |  Ubiquitous (4)  |  Underneath (4)  |  Wind (80)  |  Work (635)

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. Keep your thoughts free from hate, and you will have no fear from those who hate you. ...
David, though small, was filled with truth, right thinking and good will for others. Goliath represents one who let fear into his heart, and it stayed there long enough to grow into hate for others.
In Alvin D. Smith, George Washington Carver: Man of God (1954), 43. Cited in Linda O. McMurry, George Washington Carver, Scientist and Symbol (1982), 107. Smith's book is about his recollections of G.W. Carver's Sunday School classes at Tuskegee, some 40 years earlier. Webmaster, who has not yet been able to see the original book, cautions this quote may be the gist of Carver's words, rather than a verbatim quote.
Science quotes on:  |  David (6)  |  Destruction (85)  |  Fear (142)  |  Good (345)  |  Hate (38)  |  Small (163)  |  Thought (546)  |  Truth (928)  |  Will (31)

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies;—
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
In The Holy Grail: and Other Poems (1870), 165.
Science quotes on:  |  Botany (51)  |  Cranny (2)  |  Flower (77)  |  God (535)  |  Hand (142)  |  Hold (94)  |  Investigation (176)  |  Man (373)  |  Understanding (325)  |  Wall (28)

Following the original proposal of Belinfante, “the writer has in a recent note on the meson theory of nuclear forces” used the word “nuclon” as a common notation for the heavy nuclear constituents, neutrons and protons. In the meantime, however, it has been pointed out to me that, since the root of the word nucleus is “nucle”, the notation “nucleon” would from a philological point of view be more appropriate for this purpose….
In Physical Review (1 Feb 1941), 59, 323. For book using the word “nuclon”, see Frederik Jozef Belinfante, Theory of Heavy Quanta: Proefschrift (1939), 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Appropriate (28)  |  Frederik Belinfante (2)  |  Common (122)  |  Definition (192)  |  Neutron (11)  |  Notation (23)  |  Nucleon (2)  |  Nucleus (33)  |  Nude (3)  |  Philological (3)  |  Point Of View (41)  |  Proposal (11)  |  Proton (15)  |  Word (302)

For, as the element of water lies in the middle of the globe, so, the branches run out from the root in its circuit on all sides towards the plains and towards the light. From this root very many branches are born. One branch is the Rhine, another the Danube, another the Nile, etc.
'The Philosophy of the Generation of the Elements', Book the Fourth, Text II. In The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast, of Hohenheim, called Paracelsus the Great, trans. A. E. Waite (1894), Vol. 1, 232.
Science quotes on:  |  Branch (107)  |  Circuit (15)  |  Danube (2)  |  Element (162)  |  Globe (47)  |  Light (347)  |  Middle (16)  |  Nile (4)  |  Plain (33)  |  Rhine (2)  |  Water (293)

Historical science is not worse, more restricted, or less capable of achieving firm conclusions because experiment, prediction, and subsumption under invariant laws of nature do not represent its usual working methods. The sciences of history use a different mode of explanation, rooted in the comparative and observational richness in our data. We cannot see a past event directly, but science is usually based on inference, not unvarnished observation (you don’t see electrons, gravity, or black holes either).
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (64)  |  Badly (15)  |  Base (71)  |  Black Holes (4)  |  Capable (51)  |  Comparative (13)  |  Conclusion (160)  |  Data (120)  |  Different (186)  |  Directly (22)  |  Electron (72)  |  Event (116)  |  Experiment (602)  |  Explanation (177)  |  Firm (24)  |  Gravity (100)  |  Historical (15)  |  History (369)  |  Inference (32)  |  Invariant (7)  |  Law (515)  |  Less (102)  |  Method (239)  |  Mode (40)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Observation (450)  |  Observational (2)  |  Past (152)  |  Prediction (71)  |  Represent (43)  |  Restrict (12)  |  Richness (14)  |  Science (2067)  |  See (369)  |  Subsumption (3)  |  Unvarnished (2)  |  Usually (31)  |  Work (635)

I am not ... asserting that humans are either genial or aggressive by inborn biological necessity. Obviously, both kindness and violence lie with in the bounds of our nature because we perpetrate both, in spades. I only advance a structural claim that social stability rules nearly all the time and must be based on an overwhelmingly predominant (but tragically ignored) frequency of genial acts, and that geniality is therefore our usual and preferred response nearly all the time ... The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Act (117)  |  Advance (165)  |  Aggressive (4)  |  Assert (21)  |  Base (71)  |  Biological (35)  |  Both (81)  |  Bounds (7)  |  Center (34)  |  Claim (71)  |  Define (49)  |  Frequency (14)  |  Genial (3)  |  Human (550)  |  Human Nature (60)  |  Ignore (31)  |  Inborn (4)  |  Kindness (13)  |  Lie (115)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Nearly (26)  |  Necessity (143)  |  Obviously (11)  |  Ordinary (73)  |  Overwhelmingly (3)  |  Perpetrate (3)  |  Predominant (3)  |  Prefer (25)  |  Response (29)  |  Rule (177)  |  Social (108)  |  Spade (3)  |  Stability (20)  |  Structural (8)  |  Thousand (152)  |  Time (595)  |  Violence (23)

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavour themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto. This is performed, in some degree, by the honest and liberal practice of a profession; where men shall carry a respect not to descend into any course that is corrupt and unworthy thereof, and preserve themselves free from the abuses wherewith the same profession is noted to be infected: but much more is this performed, if a man be able to visit and strengthen the roots and foundation of the science itself; thereby not only gracing it in reputation and dignity, but also amplifying it in profession and substance.
Opening sentences of Preface, Maxims of Law (1596), in The Works of Francis Bacon: Law tracts. Maxims of the Law (1803), Vol. 4, 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Abuse (10)  |  Amplification (3)  |  Corruption (10)  |  Countenance (3)  |  Course (84)  |  Descent (15)  |  Dignity (23)  |  Endeavour (25)  |  Foundation (108)  |  Freedom (102)  |  Grace (18)  |  Help (103)  |  Honesty (19)  |  Infection (19)  |  Liberal (8)  |  Ornament (15)  |  Performance (33)  |  Practice (94)  |  Preservation (33)  |  Profession (60)  |  Profit (39)  |  Reputation (28)  |  Respect (86)  |  Science (2067)  |  Substance (87)  |  Unworthy (12)  |  Visit (26)

Imaginary numbers are a fine and wonderful refuge of the divine spirit almost an amphibian between being and non-being. (1702)
[Alternate translation:] The Divine Spirit found a sublime outlet in that wonder of analysis, that portent of the ideal world, that amphibian between being and not-being, which we call the imaginary root of negative unity.
Quoted in Félix Klein, Elementary Mathematics From an Advanced Standpoint: Arithmetic, Algebra, Analysis (1924), 56. Alternate translation as quoted in Tobias Dantzig, Number, the Language of Science: a Critical Survey Written for the Cultured Non-Mathematician (1930), 204
Science quotes on:  |  Amphibian (6)  |  Analaysis (2)  |  Being (41)  |  Ideal (72)  |  Imaginary (16)  |  Imaginary Number (6)  |  Negative (34)  |  Refuge (13)  |  Unity (54)  |  Wonderful (60)

Just as a tree constitutes a mass arranged in a definite manner, in which, in every single part, in the leaves as in the root, in the trunk as in the blossom, cells are discovered to be the ultimate elements, so is it also with the forms of animal life. Every animal presents itself as a sum of vital unities, every one of which manifests all the characteristics of life. The characteristics and unity of life cannot be limited to anyone particular spot in a highly developed organism (for example, to the brain of man), but are to be found only in the definite, constantly recurring structure, which every individual element displays. Hence it follows that the structural composition of a body of considerable size, a so-called individual, always represents a kind of social arrangement of parts, an arrangement of a social kind, in which a number of individual existences are mutually dependent, but in such a way, that every element has its own special action, and, even though it derive its stimulus to activity from other parts, yet alone effects the actual performance of its duties.
In Lecture I, 'Cells and the Cellular Theory' (1858), Rudolf Virchow and Frank Chance (trans.) ,Cellular Pathology (1860), 13-14.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (359)  |  Arrangement (60)  |  Blossom (14)  |  Body (247)  |  Brain (213)  |  Cell (137)  |  Characteristic (96)  |  Composition (60)  |  Dependent (24)  |  Development (289)  |  Discovery (680)  |  Duty (68)  |  Find (408)  |  Form (314)  |  Individual (221)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Life (1131)  |  Organism (150)  |  Size (60)  |  Social (108)  |  Spot (17)  |  Stimulus (20)  |  Structure (225)  |  Sum (41)  |  Tree (171)  |  Trunk (11)  |  Ultimate (84)  |  Unity (54)  |  Vital (39)

Most, if not all, of the great ideas of modern mathematics have had their origin in observation. Take, for instance, the arithmetical theory of forms, of which the foundation was laid in the diophantine theorems of Fermat, left without proof by their author, which resisted all efforts of the myriad-minded Euler to reduce to demonstration, and only yielded up their cause of being when turned over in the blow-pipe flame of Gauss’s transcendent genius; or the doctrine of double periodicity, which resulted from the observation of Jacobi of a purely analytical fact of transformation; or Legendre’s law of reciprocity; or Sturm’s theorem about the roots of equations, which, as he informed me with his own lips, stared him in the face in the midst of some mechanical investigations connected (if my memory serves me right) with the motion of compound pendulums; or Huyghen’s method of continued fractions, characterized by Lagrange as one of the principal discoveries of that great mathematician, and to which he appears to have been led by the construction of his Planetary Automaton; or the new algebra, speaking of which one of my predecessors (Mr. Spottiswoode) has said, not without just reason and authority, from this chair, “that it reaches out and indissolubly connects itself each year with fresh branches of mathematics, that the theory of equations has become almost new through it, algebraic geometry transfigured in its light, that the calculus of variations, molecular physics, and mechanics” (he might, if speaking at the present moment, go on to add the theory of elasticity and the development of the integral calculus) “have all felt its influence”.
In 'A Plea for the Mathematician', Nature, 1, 238 in Collected Mathematical Papers, Vol. 2, 655-56.
Science quotes on:  |  Add (40)  |  Algebra (104)  |  Analysis (166)  |  Appear (118)  |  Arithmetical (11)  |  Author (62)  |  Authority (66)  |  Automaton (10)  |  Become (172)  |  Branch (107)  |  Calculus (51)  |  Cause (285)  |  Chair (11)  |  Characterize (20)  |  Compound (58)  |  Connect (33)  |  Construction (83)  |  Continue (65)  |  Demonstration (86)  |  Development (289)  |  Discovery (680)  |  Doctrine (75)  |  Double (15)  |  Effort (144)  |  Elasticity (5)  |  Equation (96)  |  Leonhard Euler (35)  |  Face (108)  |  Fact (733)  |  Feel (167)  |  Pierre de Fermat (15)  |  Flame (26)  |  Form (314)  |  Foundation (108)  |  Fraction (13)  |  Fresh (30)  |  Carl Friedrich Gauss (77)  |  Genius (249)  |  Geometry (232)  |  Great (534)  |  Christiaan Huygens (10)  |  Idea (580)  |  Influence (140)  |  Inform (16)  |  Instance (32)  |  Integral Calculus (5)  |  Investigation (176)  |  Karl Jacobi (10)  |  Count Joseph-Louis de Lagrange (26)  |  Laid (7)  |  Law (515)  |  Lead (160)  |  Leave (128)  |  Adrien-Marie Legendre (3)  |  Light (347)  |  Lip (4)  |  Mathematician (384)  |  Mathematics (1205)  |  Mechanic (23)  |  Mechanical (50)  |  Memory (106)  |  Method (239)  |  Midst (7)  |  Modern (162)  |  Molecular (7)  |  Moment (107)  |  Motion (160)  |  Nature Of Mathematics (80)  |  New (496)  |  Observation (450)  |  Origin (88)  |  Pendulum (15)  |  Periodicity (5)  |  Physics (348)  |  Planetary (10)  |  Predecessor (21)  |  Present (176)  |  Principal (28)  |  Proof (245)  |  Purely (28)  |  Reach (121)  |  Reason (471)  |  Reciprocity (2)  |  Reduce (53)  |  Resist (15)  |  Result (389)  |  Right (197)  |  Say (228)  |  Serve (58)  |  Speak (92)  |  William Spottiswoode (3)  |  Stare (9)  |  Theorem (90)  |  Theory (696)  |  Transcendent (2)  |  Transfigure (2)  |  Transformation (54)  |  Turn (118)  |  Variation (63)  |  Year (299)  |  Yield (38)

Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches; scientists understand its branches but not its roots. Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.
In The Tao of Physics (1975), 306.
Science quotes on:  |  Branch (107)  |  Man (373)  |  Mystic (12)  |  Need (287)  |  Scientist (522)  |  Tao (2)  |  Understanding (325)

Not in the ground of need, not in bent and painful toil, but in the deep-centred play-instinct of the world, in the joyous mood of the eternal Being, which is always young, science has her origin and root; and her spirit, which is the spirit of genius in moments of elevation, is but a sublimated form of play, the austere and lofty analogue of the kitten playing with the entangled skein or of the eaglet sporting with the mountain winds.
In Mathematics (1907), 44.
Science quotes on:  |  Analogue (7)  |  Austere (5)  |  Eagle (13)  |  Elevation (5)  |  Eternal (67)  |  Genius (249)  |  Instinct (66)  |  Joy (88)  |  Lofty (13)  |  Moment (107)  |  Mood (12)  |  Mountain (145)  |  Need (287)  |  Origin (88)  |  Painful (10)  |  Play (112)  |  Science (2067)  |  Skein (2)  |  Spirit (154)  |  Sublimate (4)  |  Tangle (5)  |  Toil (18)  |  Wind (80)  |  World (898)  |  Young (100)

Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else. And root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir! ... In this life, we want nothing but Facts, sir: nothing but Facts!
Spoken by fictional character Thomas Gringrind, first paragraph, chap. 1, Hard Times, published in Household Words (1 Apr 1854), Vol. 36, 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Children (20)  |  Education (347)  |  Fact (733)  |  Mind (760)  |  Plant (200)  |  Principle (292)  |  Reasoning (100)  |  Service (64)  |  Teach (188)  |  Thomas Gradgrind (2)

Of all the trees that have ever been cultivated by man, the genealogical tree is the driest. It is one, we may be sure, that had no place in the garden of Eden. Its root is in the grave; its produce mere Dead Sea fruit—apples of dust and ashes.
In novel, Half a Million of Money (1865), Vol. 1, 18.
Science quotes on:  |  Apple (35)  |  Ash (19)  |  Cultivated (7)  |  Dry (21)  |  Dust (49)  |  Fruit (71)  |  Genealogy (4)  |  Grave (26)  |  Mere (82)  |  Produce (102)  |  Tree (171)

Our abiding belief is that just as the workmen in the tunnel of St. Gothard, working from either end, met at last to shake hands in the very central root of the mountain, so students of nature and students of Christianity will yet join hands in the unity of reason and faith, in the heart of their deepest mysteries.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Abide (12)  |  Belief (504)  |  Central (34)  |  Christianity (11)  |  Deep (124)  |  End (195)  |  Faith (157)  |  Hand (142)  |  Heart (139)  |  Join (25)  |  Meet (31)  |  Mountain (145)  |  Mystery (153)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Reason (471)  |  Shake (29)  |  St (2)  |  Student (203)  |  Tunnel (8)  |  Unity (54)  |  Work (635)  |  Workman (13)

Rudolf Virchow, often referred to as the father of modern pathology, broke sharply with such traditional concepts by proposing that the basis of all disease is injury to the smallest living unit of the body, namely, the cell. More than a century later, both clinical and experimental pathology remain rooted in Virchow’s cellular pathology.
In Emanuel Rubin and John L. Farber (eds.), Pathology (1944), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Basis (91)  |  Body (247)  |  Break (54)  |  Cell (137)  |  Century (131)  |  Concept (146)  |  Disease (275)  |  Father (60)  |  Injury (23)  |  Modern (162)  |  Pathology (14)  |  Propose (23)  |  Remain (113)  |  Traditional (15)  |  Unit (31)  |  Rudolf Virchow (50)

Science is like society and trade, in resting at bottom upon a basis of faith. There are some things here, too, that we can not prove, otherwise there would be nothing we can prove. Science is busy with the hither-end of things, not the thither-end. It is a mistake to contrast religion and science in this respect, and to think of religion as taking everything for granted, and science as doing only clean work, and having all the loose ends gathered up and tucked in. We never reach the roots of things in science more than in religion.
From 'Walking by Faith', The Pattern in the Mount: And Other Sermons (1885), 49. The sentence “Science is busy with the hither-end of things, not the thither-end” is quoted alone in collections such as James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 382:35.
Science quotes on:  |  Bottom (33)  |  Faith (157)  |  Granted (5)  |  Loose (14)  |  Science (2067)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Society (228)  |  Trade (30)  |  Tuck (3)

Science is rooted in the will to truth. With the will to truth it stands or falls. Lower the standard even slightly and science becomes diseased at the core. Not only science, but man. The will to truth, pure and unadulterated, is among the essential conditions of his existence; if the standard is compromised he easily becomes a kind of tragic caricature of himself.
Opening statement in 'On Truth', Social Research (May 1934), 1, No. 2, 135.
Science quotes on:  |  Caricature (6)  |  Condition (163)  |  Core (14)  |  Disease (275)  |  Essential (117)  |  Existence (299)  |  Fall (120)  |  Lower (11)  |  Pure (103)  |  Science (2067)  |  Stand (108)  |  Standard (55)  |  Tragic (10)  |  Truth (928)

Since the seventeenth century, physical intuition has served as a vital source for mathematical porblems and methods. Recent trends and fashions have, however, weakened the connection between mathematics and physics; mathematicians, turning away from their roots of mathematics in intuition, have concentrated on refinement and emphasized the postulated side of mathematics, and at other times have overlooked the unity of their science with physics and other fields. In many cases, physicists have ceased to appreciate the attitudes of mathematicians. This rift is unquestionably a serious threat to science as a whole; the broad stream of scientific development may split into smaller and smaller rivulets and dry out. It seems therefore important to direct our efforts towards reuniting divergent trends by classifying the common features and interconnections of many distinct and diverse scientific facts.
As co-author with David Hilbert, in Methods of Mathematical Physics (1937, 1989), Preface, v.
Science quotes on:  |  17th Century (16)  |  Appreciation (26)  |  Attitude (59)  |  Ceasing (2)  |  Classification (87)  |  Common (122)  |  Concentration (19)  |  Connection (111)  |  Directing (5)  |  Distinct (46)  |  Divergence (4)  |  Diverse (17)  |  Effort (144)  |  Emphasis (17)  |  Fact (733)  |  Fashion (30)  |  Feature (44)  |  Importance (218)  |  Interconnection (7)  |  Intuition (57)  |  Mathematician (384)  |  Mathematics (1205)  |  Method (239)  |  Overlooking (3)  |  Physicist (161)  |  Physics (348)  |  Postulate (31)  |  Problem (497)  |  Recent (30)  |  Refinement (13)  |  Rift (2)  |  Science (2067)  |  Serious (52)  |  Serving (4)  |  Source (91)  |  Threat (29)  |  Trend (17)  |  Turning (5)  |  Unity (54)  |  Unquestionably (3)  |  Vital (39)  |  Weakening (2)  |  Whole (192)

Sometime in my early teens, I started feeling an inner urgency, ups and downs of excitement and frustration, caused by such unlikely occupations as reading Granville’s course of calculus ... I found this book in the attic of a friend’s apartment. Among other standard stuff, it contained the notorious epsilon-delta definition of continuous functions. After struggling with this definition for some time (it was the hot Crimean summer, and I was sitting in the shadow of a dusty apple tree), I got so angry that I dug a shallow grave for the book between the roots, buried it there, and left in disdain. Rain started in an hour. I ran back to the tree and exhumed the poor thing. Thus, I discovered that I loved it, regardless.
'Mathematics as Profession and vocation', in V. Arnold et al. (eds.), Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives (2000), 153. Reprinted in Mathematics as Metaphor: Selected Essays of Yuri I. Manin (2007), 79.
Science quotes on:  |  Anger (16)  |  Angry (8)  |  Apartment (4)  |  Apple (35)  |  Attic (3)  |  Back (104)  |  Biography (232)  |  Book (257)  |  Burial (7)  |  Bury (16)  |  Calculus (51)  |  Cause (285)  |  Contain (67)  |  Continuous (38)  |  Course (84)  |  Definition (192)  |  Dig (11)  |  Discover (199)  |  Discovery (680)  |  Disdain (6)  |  Down (86)  |  Dusty (8)  |  Early (62)  |  Excitement (40)  |  Feel (167)  |  Find (408)  |  Friend (86)  |  Frustration (9)  |  Function (131)  |  Grave (26)  |  Hot (20)  |  Hour (71)  |  Inner (39)  |  Leave (128)  |  Love (224)  |  Notorious (8)  |  Occupation (41)  |  Poor (58)  |  Rain (33)  |  Read (145)  |  Regardless (3)  |  Run (57)  |  Shadow (52)  |  Shallow (8)  |  Sit (47)  |  Sometime (4)  |  Standard (55)  |  Start (97)  |  Struggle (78)  |  Stuff (21)  |  Summer (33)  |  Teen (2)  |  Teenager (4)  |  Time (595)  |  Tree (171)  |  Unlikely (13)  |  Urgency (8)

Starres by the Sun are not inlarg’d but showne.
Gentle love deeds, as blossomes on a bough,
From loves awaken’d root doe bud out now.
If, as in water stir’d more circles bee
Produc’d by one, love such additions take,
Those like to many spheares, but one heaven make,
For, they are all concentrique unto thee.
From poem 'Loves Growth'in Poems on Several Occasions (1719), 23-24.
Science quotes on:  |  Addition (29)  |  Awakened (2)  |  Blossom (14)  |  Bough (7)  |  Bud (6)  |  Circle (56)  |  Deed (21)  |  Enlarge (27)  |  Gentle (7)  |  Heaven (153)  |  Love (224)  |  Produced (8)  |  Shine (45)  |  Sphere (58)  |  Star (336)  |  Stirred (3)  |  Sun (276)  |  Water (293)

Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement. Just as the electron is the last unit of matter discernible to the scientist. DESIRE is the seed of all achievement; the starting place, back of which there is nothing, or at least there is nothing of which we have any knowledge.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (150)  |  Back (104)  |  Deeply (17)  |  Desire (142)  |  Discernible (4)  |  Electron (72)  |  Knowledge (1306)  |  Least (74)  |  Matter (343)  |  Nothing (395)  |  Place (175)  |  Scientist (522)  |  Seed (63)  |  Start (97)  |  Starting Point (14)  |  Strong (72)  |  Unit (31)

The advances of biology during the past 20 years have been breathtaking, particularly in cracking the mystery of heredity. Nevertheless, the greatest and most difficult problems still lie ahead. The discoveries of the 1970‘s about the chemical roots of memory in nerve cells or the basis of learning, about the complex behavior of man and animals, the nature of growth, development, disease and aging will be at least as fundamental and spectacular as those of the recent past.
As quoted in 'H. Bentley Glass', New York Times (12 Jan 1970), 96.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (165)  |  Aging (5)  |  Animal (359)  |  Behaviour (27)  |  Biology (168)  |  Breathtaking (4)  |  Cell (137)  |  Chemistry (252)  |  Complexity (91)  |  Decade (32)  |  Development (289)  |  Difficulty (146)  |  Discovery (680)  |  Disease (275)  |  Fundamental (164)  |  Future (287)  |  Growth (124)  |  Heredity (53)  |  Learning (177)  |  Man (373)  |  Memory (106)  |  Mystery (153)  |  Nerve (70)  |  Problem (497)  |  Spectacular (10)

The earliest of my childhood recollections is being taken by my grandfather when he set out in the first warm days of early spring with a grubbing hoe (we called it a mattock) on his shoulder to seek the plants, the barks and roots from which the spring medicine for the household was prepared. If I could but remember all that went into that mysterious decoction and the exact method of preparation, and with judicious advertisement put the product upon the market, I would shortly be possessed of wealth which might be made to serve the useful purpose of increasing the salaries of all pathologists. … But, alas! I remember only that the basic ingredients were dogwood bark and sassafras root, and to these were added q.s. bloodroot, poke and yellow dock. That the medicine benefited my grandfather I have every reason to believe, for he was a hale, strong old man, firm in body and mind until the infection came against which even spring medicine was of no avail. That the medicine did me good I well know, for I can see before me even now the green on the south hillside of the old pasture, the sunlight in the strip of wood where the dogwood grew, the bright blossoms and the delicate pale green of the leaf of the sanguinaria, and the even lighter green of the tender buds of the sassafras in the hedgerow, and it is good to have such pictures deeply engraved in the memory.
From address, 'A Medical Retrospect'. Published in Yale Medical Journal (Oct 1910), 17, No. 2, 57. [Note: q.s. in an abbreviation for quantum sufficit meaning “as much as is sufficient,” when used as a quantity specification in medicine and pharmacology. -Webmaster]
Science quotes on:  |  Bark (5)  |  Blossom (14)  |  Body And Mind (3)  |  Delicate (21)  |  Exact (68)  |  Firm (24)  |  Grandfather (9)  |  Green (32)  |  Hedgerow (2)  |  Hillside (4)  |  Household (8)  |  Infection (19)  |  Ingredient (14)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Market (11)  |  Medicine (344)  |  Memory (106)  |  Method (239)  |  Old Man (3)  |  Pasture (13)  |  Pathologist (5)  |  Picture (77)  |  Plant (200)  |  Poke (5)  |  Preparation (43)  |  Recollection (11)  |  Salary (5)  |  Seek (107)  |  Spring (71)  |  Strong (72)  |  Sunlight (18)  |  Wealth (66)  |  Wood (49)

The earth holds a silver treasure, cupped between ocean bed and tenting sky. Forever the heavens spend it, in the showers that refresh our temperate lands, the torrents that sluice the tropics. Every suckling root absorbs it, the very soil drains it down; the rivers run unceasing to the sea, the mountains yield it endlessly… Yet none is lost; in vast convection our water is returned, from soil to sky, and sky to soil, and back gain, to fall as pure as blessing. There was never less; there could never be more. A mighty mercy on which life depends, for all its glittering shifts, water is constant.
In A Cup of Sky (1950), 41.
Science quotes on:  |  Absorb (16)  |  Bed (22)  |  Blessing (9)  |  Constant (58)  |  Convection (2)  |  Cup (7)  |  Depend (90)  |  Drain (7)  |  Earth (638)  |  Endlessly (3)  |  Fall (120)  |  Gain (70)  |  Glittering (2)  |  Heaven (153)  |  Hold (94)  |  Land (115)  |  Less (102)  |  Life (1131)  |  Lost (32)  |  Mercy (11)  |  Mighty (13)  |  Mountain (145)  |  Ocean (149)  |  Pure (103)  |  Refresh (4)  |  Return (55)  |  River (79)  |  Sea (188)  |  Shift (29)  |  Shower (6)  |  Silver (33)  |  Sky (124)  |  Sluice (2)  |  Soil (64)  |  Spend (43)  |  Suckling (2)  |  Torrent (5)  |  Treasure (45)  |  Tropic (2)  |  Unceasing (3)  |  Vast (89)  |  Water (293)  |  Water Cycle (3)  |  Yield (38)

The frying pan you should give to your enemy. Food should not be prepared in fat. Our bodies are adapted to a stone age diet of roots and vegetables.
Science quotes on:  |  Adaptation (49)  |  Body (247)  |  Diet (46)  |  Enemy (65)  |  Fat (11)  |  Food (154)  |  Frying (2)  |  Stone Age (10)  |  Vegetable (25)

The general root of superstition [is that] men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
In The Works of Francis Bacon (1819), Vol. 2, 73.
Science quotes on:  |  Commit (21)  |  Hit (20)  |  Memory (106)  |  Miss (27)  |  Pass (93)  |  Superstition (57)

The greatest spiritual revolutionary Western history, Saint Francis, proposed what he thought was an alternative Christian view of nature and man’s relation to it: he tried to substitute the idea of the equality of creatures, including man, for the idea of man’s limitless rule of creation. He failed. Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance toward nature that no solution for our ecologic crisis can be expected from them alone. Since the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious, whether we call it that or not. We must rethink and refeel our nature and destiny. The profoundly religious, but heretical, sense of the primitive Franciscans for the spiritual autonomy of all parts of nature may point a direction. I propose Francis as a patron saint for ecologists.
In The Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis (1967), 1207.
Science quotes on:  |  Crisis (19)  |  Ecologist (7)  |  Ecology (69)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Relation (154)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Technology (222)  |  Trouble (72)

The individual on his own is stable only so long as he is possessed of self-esteem. The maintenance of self-esteem is a continuous task which taxes all of the individual’s powers and inner resources. We have to prove our worth and justify our existence anew each day. When, for whatever reason, self-esteem is unattainable, the autonomous individual becomes a highly explosive entity. He turns away from an unpromising self and plunges into the pursuit of pride—the explosive substitute for self-esteem. All social disturbances and upheavals have their roots in crises of individual self-esteem, and the great endeavor in which the masses most readily unite is basically a search for pride.
In The Passionate State of Mind (1955), 18
Science quotes on:  |  Anew (8)  |  Autonomous (3)  |  Basically (4)  |  Become (172)  |  Continuous (38)  |  Crisis (19)  |  Disturbance (21)  |  Endeavor (43)  |  Entity (31)  |  Existence (299)  |  Explosive (18)  |  Great (534)  |  Highly (16)  |  Individual (221)  |  Inner (39)  |  Justify (23)  |  Long (174)  |  Maintenance (14)  |  Mass (78)  |  Plunge (9)  |  Possess (56)  |  Power (366)  |  Pride (64)  |  Prove (109)  |  Pursuit (79)  |  Readily (10)  |  Reason (471)  |  Resource (62)  |  Search (105)  |  Self (47)  |  Self-Esteem (5)  |  Social (108)  |  Stable (17)  |  Substitute (28)  |  Task (83)  |  Tax (22)  |  Turn (118)  |  Unattainable (6)  |  Unite (23)  |  Upheaval (4)  |  Worth (99)

The land! That is where our roots are. There is the basis of our physical life. The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity. From the land comes everything that supports life, everything we use for the service of physical life. The land has not collapsed or shrunk in either extent or productivity. It is there waiting to honor all the labor we are willing to invest in it, and able to tide us across any dislocation of economic conditions.
Advice during the Great Depression, placed in an advertisement, 'Henry Ford on Self-Help', Literary Digest (29 Jun 1932), 113, No. 12, 29, and various other magazines.
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (66)  |  Basis (91)  |  Collapse (17)  |  Depression (19)  |  Dislocation (2)  |  Distance (77)  |  Economy (54)  |  Extent (51)  |  Food Security (5)  |  Honor (31)  |  Insecurity (3)  |  Invest (12)  |  Labor (73)  |  Land (115)  |  Life (1131)  |  Physical (134)  |  Productivity (17)  |  Service (64)  |  Shrink (15)  |  Support (78)

The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit, watch the roots; the lion, the tiger, the horse, the elephant the fruits.
In 'Proverbs', The Poems: With Specimens of the Prose Writings of William Blake (1885), 279.
Science quotes on:  |  Elephant (22)  |  Fox (9)  |  Fruit (71)  |  Horse (49)  |  Lion (17)  |  Mouse (26)  |  Rabbit (8)  |  Rat (21)  |  Tiger (7)  |  Watch (65)

The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 28
Science quotes on:  |  Crisis (19)  |  Face (108)  |  Faith (157)  |  Moral (124)  |  Real (149)  |  Spiritual (57)  |  Test (125)  |  Today (117)

The root of the matter the thing I mean is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Action (185)  |  Christian (22)  |  Compassion (9)  |  Courage (55)  |  Existence (299)  |  Feel (167)  |  Guide (65)  |  Honesty (19)  |  Imperative (11)  |  Intellectual (121)  |  Love (224)  |  Matter (343)  |  Mean (101)  |  Motive (33)  |  Necessity (143)  |  Reason (471)

The root of “spirit” is the Latin spirare, to breathe. Whatever lives on the breath, then, must have its spiritual dimension.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 6
Science quotes on:  |  Breath (32)  |  Breathe (36)  |  Dimension (38)  |  Latin (33)  |  Live (272)  |  Spirit (154)  |  Spiritual (57)

The science of alchemy I like very well. I like it not only for the profits it brings in melting metals, in decocting, preparing, extracting, and distilling herbs, roots; I like it also for the sake of the allegory and secret signification, which is exceedingly fine, touching the resurrection of the dead at the last day.
In The Table Talk (1569).
Science quotes on:  |  Alchemy (28)  |  Allegory (6)  |  Chemistry (252)  |  Dead (57)  |  Extract (17)  |  Herb (4)  |  Melt (16)  |  Metal (41)  |  Prepare (35)  |  Profit (39)  |  Resurrection (3)  |  Secret (131)  |  Signification (2)  |  Touch (77)

The science of calculation … is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.
In Letter (18 Jun 1799) to William G. Munford. On founders.archives.gov website.
Science quotes on:  |  Algebra (104)  |  Beyond (105)  |  Calculation (100)  |  Case (99)  |  Cube (11)  |  Delicious (3)  |  Equation (96)  |  Extraction (7)  |  Far (154)  |  Follow (124)  |  Indispensable (28)  |  Indulge (8)  |  Logarithm (10)  |  Luxury (16)  |  Often (106)  |  Ordinary (73)  |  Profession (60)  |  Quadratic (3)  |  Science (2067)  |  Square (24)  |  Subsistence (7)  |  Value (242)

The seed of a tree has the nature of a branch or twig or bud. While it grows upon the tree it is a part of the tree: but if separated and set in the earth to be better nourished, the embryo or young tree contained in it takes root and grows into a new tree.
As quoted in Roderick W. Home, Electricity and Experimental Physics in Eighteenth-century Europe (1992), 112.
Science quotes on:  |  Botany (51)  |  Branch (107)  |  Bud (6)  |  Contain (67)  |  Earth (638)  |  Embryo (23)  |  Embryology (16)  |  Grow (99)  |  Nature (1223)  |  New (496)  |  Nourish (16)  |  Part (222)  |  Seed (63)  |  Tree (171)  |  Twig (8)  |  Young (100)

The sun-awakened avalanche! whose mass,
Thrice sifted by the storm, had gathered there
Flake after flake, in heaven-defying minds
As thought by thought is piled, till some great truth
Is loosened, and the nations echo round,
Shaken to their roots, as do the mountains now.
From Prometheus Unbound: A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts (1820), Act 2, Scene 3, 78.
Science quotes on:  |  Avalanche (4)  |  Awake (11)  |  Defy (7)  |  Echo (9)  |  Flake (6)  |  Gather (39)  |  Great (534)  |  Heaven (153)  |  Mass (78)  |  Mind (760)  |  Mountain (145)  |  Nation (134)  |  Pile (12)  |  Round (26)  |  Shake (29)  |  Sift (3)  |  Storm (30)  |  Sun (276)  |  Thought (546)  |  Truth (928)

The words figure and fictitious both derive from the same Latin root, fingere. Beware!
In Facts from Figures (1951), 56.
Science quotes on:  |  Beware (10)  |  Derive (33)  |  Figure (69)  |  Latin (33)  |  Word (302)

There is plenty of room left for exact experiment in art, and the gate has been opened for some time. What had been accomplished in music by the end of the eighteenth century has only begun in the fine arts. Mathematics and physics have given us a clue in the form of rules to be strictly observed or departed from, as the case may be. Here salutary discipline is come to grips first of all with the function of forms, and not with form as the final result … in this way we learn how to look beyond the surface and get to the root of things.
Paul Klee
Quoted in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Feb 1959), 59, citing Bauhaus-Zeitschrijt (1928).
Science quotes on:  |  18th Century (19)  |  Art (294)  |  Beyond (105)  |  Century (131)  |  Clue (16)  |  Discipline (53)  |  Exact (68)  |  Experiment (602)  |  Final (50)  |  Function (131)  |  Learn (288)  |  Looking (26)  |  Mathematics (1205)  |  Music (106)  |  Observed (6)  |  Physics (348)  |  Result (389)  |  Rule (177)  |  Salutary (5)  |  Science And Art (181)  |  Strictly (13)  |  Surface (101)

There is, I think, no more wonderful and illuminating spectacle than that of an osmotic growth,—a crude lump of brute inanimate matter germinating before our very eyes, putting forth bud and stem and root and branch and leaf and fruit, with no stimulus from germ or seed, without even the presence of organic matter. For these mineral growths are not mere crystallizations as many suppose … They imitate the forms, the colour, the texture, and even the microscopical structure of organic growth so closely as to deceive the very elect.
In the Preface of his translation of Stéphane Leduc, The Mechanism of Life (1911), vii-viii.
Science quotes on:  |  Branch (107)  |  Color (99)  |  Crystal (53)  |  Deceiving (2)  |  Fruit (71)  |  Germ (32)  |  Germinating (2)  |  Growth (124)  |  Imitation (23)  |  Inanimate (16)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Matter (343)  |  Mineral (41)  |  Organic (55)  |  Osmosis (3)  |  Seed (63)  |  Spectacle (14)  |  Stem (12)  |  Stimulus (20)  |  Structure (225)  |  Texture (7)  |  Wonder (169)

This Academy [at Lagado] is not an entire single Building, but a Continuation of several Houses on both Sides of a Street; which growing waste, was purchased and applied to that Use.
I was received very kindly by the Warden, and went for many Days to the Academy. Every Room hath in it ' one or more Projectors; and I believe I could not be in fewer than five Hundred Rooms.
The first Man I saw was of a meagre Aspect, with sooty Hands and Face, his Hair and Beard long, ragged and singed in several Places. His Clothes, Shirt, and Skin were all of the same Colour. He had been Eight Years upon a Project for extracting Sun-Beams out of Cucumbers, which were to be put into Vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the Air in raw inclement Summers. He told me, he did not doubt in Eight Years more, that he should be able to supply the Governor's Gardens with Sunshine at a reasonable Rate; but he complained that his Stock was low, and interested me to give him something as an Encouragement to Ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear Season for Cucumbers. I made him a small Present, for my Lord had furnished me with Money on purpose, because he knew their Practice of begging from all who go to see them.
I saw another at work to calcine Ice into Gunpowder; who likewise shewed me a Treatise he had written concerning the Malleability of Fire, which he intended to publish.
There was a most ingenious Architect who had contrived a new Method for building Houses, by beginning at the Roof, and working downwards to the Foundation; which he justified to me by the life Practice of those two prudent Insects the Bee and the Spider.
In another Apartment I was highly pleased with a Projector, who had found a device of plowing the Ground with Hogs, to save the Charges of Plows, Cattle, and Labour. The Method is this: In an Acre of Ground you bury at six Inches Distance, and eight deep, a quantity of Acorns, Dates, Chestnuts, and other Masts or Vegetables whereof these Animals are fondest; then you drive six Hundred or more of them into the Field, where in a few Days they will root up the whole Ground in search of their Food, and make it fit for sowing, at the same time manuring it with their Dung. It is true, upon Experiment they found the Charge and Trouble very great, and they had little or no Crop. However, it is not doubted that this Invention may be capable of great Improvement.
I had hitherto seen only one Side of the Academy, the other being appropriated to the Advancers of speculative Learning.
Some were condensing Air into a dry tangible Substance, by extracting the Nitre, and letting the acqueous or fluid Particles percolate: Others softening Marble for Pillows and Pin-cushions. Another was, by a certain Composition of Gums, Minerals, and Vegetables outwardly applied, to prevent the Growth of Wool upon two young lambs; and he hoped in a reasonable Time to propagate the Breed of naked Sheep all over the Kingdom.
Gulliver's Travels (1726, Penguin ed. 1967), Part III, Chap. 5, 223.
Science quotes on:  |  Academy (13)  |  Acorn (4)  |  Air (190)  |  Animal (359)  |  Architect (21)  |  Bee (27)  |  Breed (22)  |  Building (52)  |  Cattle (13)  |  Chestnut (2)  |  Cucumber (2)  |  Date (13)  |  Dung (4)  |  Experiment (602)  |  Fire (133)  |  Gunpowder (14)  |  Hermetic Seal (2)  |  Hog (4)  |  Ice (33)  |  Ingenuity (27)  |  Invention (324)  |  Kingdom (38)  |  Lamb (6)  |  Marble (14)  |  Mast (3)  |  Mineral (41)  |  Pillow (3)  |  Pin (6)  |  Plow (6)  |  Project (31)  |  Publish (34)  |  Seal (12)  |  Sheep (11)  |  Soot (7)  |  Sowing (5)  |  Spider (11)  |  Summer (33)  |  Sunbeam (3)  |  Treatise (34)  |  Vegetable (25)  |  Vial (3)  |  Warmth (11)  |  Wool (4)

This single Stick, which you now behold ingloriously lying in that neglected Corner, I once knew in a flourishing State in a Forest: It was full of Sap, full of Leaves, and full of Boughs: But now, in vain does the busy Art of Man pretend to vie with Nature, by tying that withered Bundle of Twigs to its sapless Trunk: It is at best but the Reverse of what it was; a Tree turned upside down, the Branches on the Earth, and the Root in the Air.
'A Meditation Upon a Broom-stick: According to The Style and Manner of the Honorable Robert Boyle's Meditations' (1703), collected in 'Thoughts On Various Subjects', The Works of Jonathan Swift (1746), Vol. 1, 55-56.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (190)  |  Art (294)  |  Behold (18)  |  Best (173)  |  Bough (7)  |  Bundle (7)  |  Busy (28)  |  Corner (30)  |  Earth (638)  |  Flourishing (5)  |  Forest (107)  |  Full (63)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Lying (6)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Neglected (3)  |  Pretend (17)  |  Reverse (21)  |  Sap (3)  |  Single (120)  |  State (137)  |  Stick (24)  |  Tree (171)  |  Trunk (11)  |  Turned (2)  |  Tying (2)  |  Upside Down (5)  |  Vain (30)

To understand [our cosmological roots]...is to give voice to the silent stars. Stand under the stars and say what you like to them. Praise them or blame them, question them, pray to them, wish upon them. The universe will not answer. But it will have spoken.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Answer (249)  |  Blame (24)  |  Cosmological (6)  |  Give (201)  |  Praise (26)  |  Pray (16)  |  Question (404)  |  Say (228)  |  Silent (28)  |  Speak (92)  |  Stand (108)  |  Star (336)  |  Understand (340)  |  Universe (686)  |  Voice (51)  |  Wish (92)

What remains to be said is of so novel and unheard of a character that I not only fear injury to myself from the envy of a few, but I tremble lest I have mankind at large for my enemies, so much to wont and custom that become as another nature, and doctrine once sown that hath struck deep root, and respect for antiquity, influence all men.
In On the Motion of the Heart and Blood (1628) as in edition based on the translation by Willis, Alex. Bowie (ed.), (1889), 47.
Science quotes on:  |  Antiquity (18)  |  Character (118)  |  Custom (30)  |  Deep (124)  |  Doctrine (75)  |  Enemy (65)  |  Envy (12)  |  Fear (142)  |  Influence (140)  |  Injury (23)  |  Mankind (241)  |  Nature (1223)  |  Novel (19)  |  Respect (86)  |  Strike (40)  |  Tremble (6)

What, then, shall we say about the receipts of alchemy, and about the diversity of its vessels and instruments? These are furnaces, glasses, jars, waters, oils, limes, sulphurs, salts, saltpeters, alums, vitriols, chrysocollae, copper greens, atraments, auripigments, fel vitri, ceruse, red earth, thucia, wax, lutum sapientiae, pounded glass, verdigris, soot, crocus of Mars, soap, crystal, arsenic, antimony, minium, elixir, lazarium, gold leaf salt niter, sal ammoniac, calamine stone, magnesia, bolus armenus, and many other things. Then, again, concerning herbs, roots, seeds, woods, stones, animals, worms, bone dust, snail shells, other shells, and pitch. These and the like, whereof there are some very farfetched in alchemy, are mere incumbrances of work; since even if Sol and Luna [gold and silver] could be made by them they rather hinder and delay than further one’s purpose.
In Paracelsus and Arthur Edward Waite (ed.), The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus (1894), Vol. 1, 13.
Science quotes on:  |  Alchemy (28)  |  Animal (359)  |  Antimony (6)  |  Apparatus (37)  |  Arsenic (8)  |  Bone (63)  |  Copper (19)  |  Crystal (53)  |  Delay (11)  |  Diversity (51)  |  Dust (49)  |  Earth (638)  |  Elixir (2)  |  Encumbrance (4)  |  Furnace (11)  |  Glass (44)  |  Gold (68)  |  Green (32)  |  Herb (4)  |  Hinder (4)  |  Instrument (95)  |  Jar (9)  |  Lime (3)  |  Oil (39)  |  Pitch (7)  |  Purpose (194)  |  Red (35)  |  Sal Ammoniac (2)  |  Salt (26)  |  Seed (63)  |  Shell (41)  |  Silver (33)  |  Snail (7)  |  Soap (11)  |  Soot (7)  |  Stone (76)  |  Sulphur (16)  |  Vessel (28)  |  Wax (8)  |  Wood (49)  |  Work (635)  |  Worm (25)

Wisdom is rooted in watching with affection the way people grow.
Confucius
Epigraph, without citation, in Prelude to mathematics (1955), 7. Webmaster has thus far found no earlier example of this quote, which like so many others attributed to Confucius, should be treated with suspicion until a primary source is found. Can you help?
Science quotes on:  |  Affection (18)  |  Grow (99)  |  People (390)  |  Watch (65)  |  Wisdom (182)

YOUTH AND AGE
Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.
In McClure's Magazine (Dec 1910), 36, No. 2, 168.
Science quotes on:  |  Flower (77)  |  Leaf (49)  |  Lie (115)  |  Sun (276)  |  Sway (4)  |  Time (595)  |  Truth (928)  |  Wisdom (182)  |  Wither (8)  |  Youth (77)

[The root cap of a plant], having the power of directing the movements of the adjoining parts, acts like the brain of one of the lower animals; the brain being seated within the anterior end of the body, receiving impressions from the sense-organs, and directing the several movements.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (117)  |  Animal (359)  |  Anterior (4)  |  Body (247)  |  Botany (51)  |  Brain (213)  |  Direct (84)  |  Impression (72)  |  Movement (83)  |  Part (222)  |  Plant (200)  |  Power (366)  |  Receive (60)  |  Sense (321)


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 EinsteinIsaac NewtonLord KelvinCharles DarwinSrinivasa RamanujanCarl SaganFlorence NightingaleThomas EdisonAristotleMarie CurieBenjamin FranklinWinston ChurchillGalileo GalileiSigmund FreudRobert BunsenLouis PasteurTheodore RooseveltAbraham LincolnRonald ReaganLeonardo DaVinciMichio KakuKarl PopperJohann GoetheRobert OppenheimerCharles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about:Atomic  BombBiologyChemistryDeforestationEngineeringAnatomyAstronomyBacteriaBiochemistryBotanyConservationDinosaurEnvironmentFractalGeneticsGeologyHistory of ScienceInventionJupiterKnowledgeLoveMathematicsMeasurementMedicineNatural ResourceOrganic ChemistryPhysicsPhysicianQuantum TheoryResearchScience and ArtTeacherTechnologyUniverseVolcanoVirusWind PowerWomen ScientistsX-RaysYouthZoology  ... (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.