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Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be - and the non-necessity of it.
Thomas Hardy

Rome is the one great spiritual organisation which is able to resist and must, as a matter of life and death, the progress of science and modern civilization
Thomas Huxley

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Isaac Asimov

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin

TOMB, n. The House of Indifference. Tombs are now by common consent invested with a certain sanctity, but when they have been long tenanted it is considered no sin to break them open and rifle them, the famous Egyptologist, Dr. Huggyns, explaining that a tomb may be innocently "glened" as soon as its occupant is done "smellynge," the soul being then all exhaled. This reasonable view is now generally accepted by archaeologists, whereby the noble science of Curiosity has been greatly dignified.
Ambrose Bierce

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
John Dewey

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
Edmund Hillary

Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
Alan Valentine

Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, and leads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
Giuseppe Mazzini

There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it.
Louis Pasteur

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
Erich Fromm

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Lillian Helvetius

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
Isaac Disraeli

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.
Vera Rubin

He it was that first gave to the law the air of a science. He found it a skeleton, and clothed it with life, colour, and complexion; he embraced the cold statue, and by his touch it grew into youth, health, and beauty.
Barry Yelverton

A good conscience is a continual feast.
Robert Burton

'The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.'
Harper Lee

I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
Thomas Love Peacock

Whereas in The Two Towers you have different races, nations, cultures coming together and examining their conscience and unifying against a very real and terrifying enemy. What the United States has been doing for the past year is bombing innocent civilians without having come anywhere close to catching Osama bin Laden or any presumed enemy.
Viggo Mortensen

To will what God doth will, that is the only science
That gives us any rest
Francois De Malherbe

Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
Robert G Ingersoll

He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
William Blake

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Sir Francis Darwin

Man is the interpreter of nature, science the right interpretation. (Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, 1840)
William Whewell

Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
Jean De La Bruyere

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss
Noam Chomsky

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart
Walter J Lippmann

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can.
Ingrid Bengis

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Adam Smith

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Stephen Butler Leacock

The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom
Montaigne

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
Ogden Nash

The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yeer face while it picks yeer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it.
Charles Macklin

The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you've only founded a superstition. If you test it, you've started a science.
Hal Clement

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.
Bishop Jeremy Taylor

I think there should be something in science called the 'reindeer effect.' I don't know what it would be, but I think it'd be good to hear someone say, 'Gentlemen, what we have here is a terrifying example of the reindeer effect.'
Jack Handy

I wrote somewhere during the Cold War that I sometimes wish the Iron Curtain were much taller than it is, so that you could see whether the development of science with no communication was parallel on the two sides.
Thomas Gold

The true science and study of man is man.
Pierre Charron

We put the politics of conscience in the spot light.
Andrew Neil

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
Sir Thomas Aquinas

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
Jacob Bronowski

Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Business is not financial science, it's about trading... buying and selling. It's about creating a product or service so good that people will pay for it.
Anita Roddick

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.
Sir Arthur Eddington

Now, there is always a tremendous fear of science and progressing forward into areas of the unknown and it is a valid fear. Some of the genetic alterations of food are a little edgy
Nick Nolte

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
Marcel Proust

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly all right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.
Carl Sagan



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