Celebrating 18 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Nature does nothing in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index S > Category: Spite

Spite Quotes (12 quotes)

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Endure (15)  |  Find (297)  |  Hero (30)  |  Individual (185)  |  Obstacle (28)  |  Ordinary (47)  |  Overwhelming (19)  |  Persevere (5)  |  Strength (65)

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Basis (66)  |  Consequence (81)  |  Danger (65)  |  Human (472)  |  Morality (35)  |  Obstacle (28)  |  Personal (53)  |  Pressure (34)

All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see;
All Discord, Harmony, not understood;
All partial Evil, universal Good:
And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason’s spite,
One truth is clear, “Whatever IS, is RIGHT.”
'An Essay on Man' (1733-4), Epistle I. In John Butt (ed.), The Poems of Alexander Pope (1965), 515.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (217)  |  Chance (137)  |  Clarity (32)  |  Direction (59)  |  Discord (9)  |  Evil (69)  |  Existence (265)  |  Good (255)  |  Harmony (59)  |  Nature (1081)  |  Partial (4)  |  Pride (50)  |  Reason (343)  |  Right (158)  |  Seeing (47)  |  Truth (764)  |  Understanding (322)  |  Universal (77)  |  Unknown (92)  |  Whatever (10)

Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Act (86)  |  Courage (48)  |  Fear (124)  |  Lack (56)

Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture. An enraged man is a lion, a cunning man is a fox, a firm man is a rock, a learned man is a torch. A lamb is innocence; a snake is subtle spite; flowers express to us the delicate affections. Light and darkness are our familiar expressions for knowledge and ignorance ; and heat for love. Visible distance behind and before us, is respectively our image of memory and hope.
In essay, 'Language', collected in Nature: An Essay ; And, Lectures on the Times (1844), 23-24.
Science quotes on:  |  Affection (15)  |  Appearance (78)  |  Behind (32)  |  Correspond (5)  |  Cunning (7)  |  Darkness (36)  |  Delicate (13)  |  Describe (40)  |  Distance (61)  |  Express (35)  |  Expression (85)  |  Firm (20)  |  Flower (67)  |  Fox (8)  |  Heat (94)  |  Hope (146)  |  Ignorance (194)  |  Innocence (10)  |  Knowledge (1148)  |  Lamb (6)  |  Learned (20)  |  Light (301)  |  Linguistics (24)  |  Lion (15)  |  Love (193)  |  Memory (88)  |  Nature (1081)  |  Picture (59)  |  Rock (118)  |  Snake (15)  |  State Of Mind (4)  |  Subtle (26)  |  Torch (8)  |  Visible (24)

I have lived myself to see the disciples of Hoffman, Boerhaave, Stalh, Cullen, Brown, succeed one another like the shifting figures of a magic lanthern, and their fancies, like the dresses of the annual doll-babies from Paris, becoming from their novelty, the vogue of the day, and yielding to the next novelty their ephemeral favor. The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.
In letter to Caspar Wistar (21 Jun 1807), collected in Thomas Jefferson Randolph (ed.), Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson (1829), Vol. 4, 93.
Science quotes on:  |  Hermann Boerhaave (21)  |  Sir Thomas Browne (17)  |  William Cullen (5)  |  Disciple (4)  |  Doll (2)  |  Dress (6)  |  Ephemeral (2)  |  Fancy (17)  |  Favor (25)  |  Figure (36)  |  Medicine (326)  |  Novelty (21)  |  Patient (118)  |  Recovery (18)  |  Shifting (3)  |  Georg Ernst Stahl (8)  |  Succession (39)  |  Treatment (90)  |  Vogue (4)

In a large proportion of cases treated by physicians the disease is cured by nature, not by them. In a lesser, but not a small proportion, the disease is cured by nature in spite of them.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Case (67)  |  Cure (88)  |  Disease (261)  |  Large (96)  |  Lesser (4)  |  Nature (1081)  |  Physician (234)  |  Proportion (51)  |  Small (125)  |  Treat (20)

It is therefore easy to see why the churches have always fought science and persecuted its devotees. On the other hand, I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. Only those who realize the immense efforts and, above all, the devotion without which pioneer work in theoretical science cannot be achieved are able to grasp the strength of the emotion out of which alone such work, remote as it is from the immediate realities of life, can issue. What a deep conviction of the rationality of the universe and what a yearning to understand, were it but a feeble reflection of the mind revealed in this world, Kepler and Newton must have had to enable them to spend years of solitary labor in disentangling the principles of celestial mechanics! Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a skeptical world, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered wide through the world and through the centuries. Only one who has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (46)  |  Acquaintance (14)  |  Age (146)  |  Alone (75)  |  Celestial Mechanics (3)  |  Century (103)  |  Chiefly (7)  |  Church (31)  |  Completely (23)  |  Contemporary (23)  |  Conviction (58)  |  Cosmic (42)  |  Countless (15)  |  Deep (99)  |  Derive (19)  |  Develop (70)  |  Devote (24)  |  Devotee (3)  |  Devotion (24)  |  Disentangle (3)  |  Easily (20)  |  Easy (69)  |  Effort (106)  |  Emotion (64)  |  Enable (26)  |  End (161)  |  Failure (125)  |  False (80)  |  Feeble (21)  |  Feel (133)  |  Fight (40)  |  Give (145)  |  Grasp (46)  |  Immediate (31)  |  Immense (34)  |  Inspire (41)  |  Issue (38)  |  Kepler (2)  |  Kindred (3)  |  Labor (55)  |  Life (993)  |  Maintain (25)  |  Materialistic (2)  |  Mentality (5)  |  Mind (576)  |  Motive (27)  |  Newton (9)  |  Nobl (4)  |  Notion (33)  |  On The Other Hand (17)  |  Ours (4)  |  People (316)  |  Persecute (4)  |  Pioneer (24)  |  Practical (93)  |  Principle (232)  |  Profoundly (13)  |  Purpose (145)  |  Rationality (11)  |  Reality (155)  |  Realization (35)  |  Realize (59)  |  Reflection (52)  |  Religious (45)  |  Remain (82)  |  Remote (30)  |  Research (530)  |  Result (267)  |  Reveal (38)  |  Say (160)  |  Scatter (5)  |  Science (1741)  |  Scientific (181)  |  See (307)  |  Serious (40)  |  Show (64)  |  Similar (23)  |  Skeptical (7)  |  Solitary (13)  |  Spend (31)  |  Spirit (126)  |  Strength (65)  |  Strong (56)  |  Surround (21)  |  Theoretical Science (2)  |  True (139)  |  Understand (223)  |  Universe (615)  |  Vivid (17)  |  Wide (21)  |  Work (493)  |  Worker (24)  |  World (746)  |  Year (240)  |  Yearn (9)

Men are not going to embrace eugenics. They are going to embrace the first likely, trim-figured girl with limpid eyes and flashing teeth who comes along, in spite of the fact that her germ plasm is probably reeking with hypertension, cancer, haemophilia, colour blindness, hay fever, epilepsy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Blindness (8)  |  Cancer (45)  |  Color (88)  |  Embrace (27)  |  Epilepsy (3)  |  Eugenics (4)  |  Eye (190)  |  Fact (628)  |  First (214)  |  Flash (29)  |  Germ (27)  |  Girl (18)  |  Hay Fever (2)  |  Lateral (3)  |  Likely (26)  |  Plasm (2)  |  Probably (29)  |  Tooth (23)

The position in which we are now is a very strange one which in general political life never happened. Namely, the thing that I refer to is this: To have security against atomic bombs and against the other biological weapons, we have to prevent war, for if we cannot prevent war every nation will use every means that is at their disposal; and in spite of all promises they make, they will do it.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Disposal (4)  |  General (99)  |  Happen (68)  |  Life (993)  |  Means (119)  |  Namely (10)  |  Nation (114)  |  Political (34)  |  Position (59)  |  Prevent (27)  |  Promise (28)  |  Refer (5)  |  Security (28)  |  Strange (67)  |  War (149)

The whole apparatus of using loyalty-security hearings for working off personal political spite has been firmly established as a part of our “way of life” and I do not see anything happening yet to loosen the hold of this machinery on us.
In letter to Linus Pauling (8 Sep 1955). Cited on Oregon State University Library web site.
Science quotes on:  |  Apparatus (30)  |  Establishing (7)  |  Happening (32)  |  Hearing (27)  |  Hold (70)  |  Loyalty (6)  |  Machinery (25)  |  McCarthy_Joseph (2)  |  Personal (53)  |  Politics (81)  |  Security (28)  |  Way Of Life (5)

True spite is a commonplace in human societies, undoubtedly because human beings are keenly aware of their own blood lines and have the intelligence to plot intrigue. Human beings are unique in the degree of their capacity to lie to other members of their own species.
In Sociobiology (1975), 119.
Science quotes on:  |  Capacity (51)  |  Commonplace (11)  |  Human Being (61)  |  Intelligence (144)


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.