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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Dictionary of Science Quotations > Scientist Names Index T > Arnold J. Toynbee Quotes

Arnold J. Toynbee
(14 Apr 1889 - 22 Oct 1975)

English historian and philosopher of history who described himself as a “metahistorian” whose “intelligible field of study” was civilization. His magnum opus was titled A Study of History. The 12 volumes were published separately spread through 40 years (1921-1961). His output of papers and articles has been described as prodigious. He was respected as a scholar for his speeches and in discussions.

Science Quotes by Arnold J. Toynbee (1 quote)

Physical Science and Industrialism may be conceived as a pair of dancers, both of whom know their steps and have an ear for the rhythm of the music. If the partner who has been leading chooses to change parts and to follow instead, there is perhaps no reason to expect that he will dance less correctly than before.
— Arnold J. Toynbee
From 'Introduction: The Geneses of Civilizations', A Study of History (1948), Vol. 1, 3, footnote.
Science quotes on:  |  Both (493)  |  Change (593)  |  Choose (112)  |  Conceive (98)  |  Correct (86)  |  Dance (32)  |  Dancer (4)  |  Ear (68)  |  Expect (200)  |  Follow (378)  |  Know (1518)  |  Lead (384)  |  Music (129)  |  Partner (5)  |  Physical (508)  |  Physical Science (101)  |  Reason (744)  |  Rhythm (20)  |  Science (3879)  |  Step (231)  |  Will (2355)



Quotes by others about Arnold J. Toynbee (2)

In the index to the six hundred odd pages of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History, abridged version, the names of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Newton do not occur … yet their cosmic quest destroyed the mediaeval vision of an immutable social order in a walled-in universe and transformed the European landscape, society, culture, habits and general outlook, as thoroughly as if a new species had arisen on this planet.
First lines of 'Preface', in The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe (1959), 13.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Arise (158)  |  Nicolaus Copernicus (48)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Culture (143)  |  Renι Descartes (81)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Do (1908)  |  Europe (43)  |  Galileo Galilei (122)  |  General (511)  |  Habit (168)  |  History (673)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Landscape (39)  |  Mediaeval (3)  |  Name (333)  |  New (1216)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Occur (150)  |  Order (632)  |  Outlook (30)  |  Planet (356)  |  Quest (39)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (326)  |  Species (401)  |  Study (653)  |  Thorough (40)  |  Thoroughly (67)  |  Transform (73)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vision (123)  |  Wall (67)

In the index to the six hundred odd pages of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History, abridged version, the names of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Newton do not occur yet their cosmic quest destroyed the medieval vision of an immutable social order in a walled-in universe and transformed the European landscape, society, culture, habits and general outlook, as thoroughly as if a new species had arisen on this planet.
In The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe (1959), Preface, 13.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Arise (158)  |  Copernicus_Nicolaud (2)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Culture (143)  |  Renι Descartes (81)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Do (1908)  |  Europe (43)  |  Galileo Galilei (122)  |  General (511)  |  Habit (168)  |  History (673)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Landscape (39)  |  Medieval (10)  |  Name (333)  |  New (1216)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Occur (150)  |  Order (632)  |  Outlook (30)  |  Planet (356)  |  Quest (39)  |  Social (252)  |  Social Order (7)  |  Society (326)  |  Species (401)  |  Study (653)  |  Thorough (40)  |  Thoroughly (67)  |  Transform (73)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vision (123)  |  Wall (67)


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.