Quotes with science
There is no knowledge and science like pondering and thought; and there is no prosperity and advancement like knowledge and science.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields.
Loose ideas on the subject of business will not answer. It must be reduced to something of a science. It has its principles, upon a knowledge and an application of which, success in it mainly depends.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.
The Circus of Dr. Lao Introduction (1956)
Some part of me still self-identifies as a scientist. And while doing philosophical work, I've also wanted to engage the issues at a level that people outside philosophy can understand, and in particular in a way that resonates with people in science.
Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.
February 19, 1938
Now what should be the relation between science and spirituality? It should be a relation of mutual acceptance and true understanding. It is an act of folly on our part to expect the same truth, the same knowledge and the same power from both science and spirituality. We must not do that. Neither must we set up the same goal for science and spirituality.
Songs of the Soul (1971)
Science depends on outer experiment. Spirituality depends on inner searching and seeking. A scientist discovers the power that very often threatens even his own life. A spiritual seeker discovers the power that guides and moulds his life into a life of divine fulfillment.
Songs of the Soul (1971)
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
The Devil (pamphlet), reprinted in Gordon Stein, ed (1980). An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0879751363.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
The Descent of Man
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age. The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance; the more we feel how much remains unknown; and in philosophy, the sentiment of the Macedonian hero can never apply, -- there are always new worlds to conquer.
Discourse Delivered at the Royal Society (November 30, 1825)
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer.
Computer science isn't about computers any more than astronomy is about telescopes.
Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God.
'The Human Side', 1954
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
Modern man worships at the temple of science but science tells him only what is possible not what is right..
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1879)
The solemn scepticism of science has replaced the sneering doubts of witty philosophers. The more positive knowledge we gain, the more we incline to question all that has been received without absolute proof.
Currents and counter-currents in medical science: With other addresses and essays
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Military science rests upon principles which can never be safely violated in the presence of an active and skillful enemy.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.
Be sure of the foundation of your life. Know why you live as you do. Be ready to give a reason for it. Do not, in such a matter as life, build an opinion or custom on what you guess is true. Make it a matter of certainty and science.
Substance and Show and Other Lectures
Science is knowledge which we understand so well that we can teach it to a computer; and if we don't fully understand something, it is an art to deal with it.
Computer Programming as an Art (1974)
There are a sort of propositions, which, under the name of axioms, have passed for principles of science.
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
A distinguished investigator in science said that when he encountered an apparently insuperable obstacle, he usually found himself upon the brink of some discovery.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
We are now finding that agriculture is as great a science as astronomy, and that ignorant men have been getting an indifferent living from their farms simply because they did not know how to mix brains with the soil.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
History, as I've always said, is more than politics and military actions. It is medicine, art, literature, science. All that is an important part of who we are.
True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.
There is a region in which science and religion do not conflict. That is the region of the unknowable.
The American Mercury (May 1926)
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
Evil and the Devil are two different things. The Devil is how humans like to imagine evil, with horns and a tail. Evil is part of our personality. I've never believed in occultism or the Devil, and I'm not at all religious. I'd rather read science books than something about occultism. When it comes to cinema, evil is simply a form of entertainment to me.
Science must begin with myth and with the criticism of myth.
Normal TV limits what you can do. With science fiction, you can exercise your imagination more. I fell in love with it.
If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
A life devoted to science is therefore a happy life, and its happiness is derived from the very best sources that are open to dwellers on this troubled and passionate planet.
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
A History of Western Philosophy (1945)
A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
History haunts even generations who refuse to learn history. Rhythms, patterns, continuities, drift out of time long forgotten to mold the present and to color the shape of things to come. Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconscious with habits, values, expectations, dreams.
The New York Times Magazine, July 27, 1986
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
Wealth of Nations
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
It is the fact about the past that is poetic; just because it really happened, it gathers round it all the inscrutable mystery of life and death and time. Let the science and research of the historian find the fact, and let his imagination and art make clear its significance.
History of England
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the Magna Charta of our country. To the guidance of the Ministers of the Gospel, this important object is, perhaps, more properly committed. It will be your care to instruct the ignorant, and to reclaim the devious: And in the progress of morality and science, to which our Government will give every furtherance, we may confidently expect the advancement of true religion, and the completion of our happiness.
Letter to the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, in Massachusetts Centinel, December 5, 1789, quoted in 1 Church and State in the United States, at 536-37 (Anson Phelps Stokes 1950). Responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ.
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
Address to Congress, 8 January, 1790
Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
Philosophy is altogether less pure now. It's been impurified by science and social science and history. I think it's in a much better shape than it was in the 50s.
Interview with Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian (November 29, 2002)