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Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is always sensitive.

Author: James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Profession: British Historian

The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

There is an insistent tendency among serious social scientists to think of any institution which features rhymed and singing commercials, intense and lachrymose voices urging highly improbable enjoyment, caricatures of the human esophagus in normal and impaired operation, and which hints implausibly at opportunities for antiseptic seduction as inherently trivial. This is a great mistake. The industrial system is profoundly dependent on commercial television and could not exist in its present form without it.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

Science is analytical, descriptive, informative. Man does not live by bread alone, but by science he attempts to do so. Hence the deadliness of all that is purely scientific.

Author: Eric Gill (1882-1940)

Profession: British Sculptor, Engraver, Writer, Typographer

Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery, or the deed, is living and can live on.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.

Author: Stephen Jay Gould

Profession:

Science is the only truth and it is the great lie. It knows nothing, and people think it knows everything. It is misrepresented. People think that science is electricity, automobilism, and dirigible balloons. It is something very different. It is life devouring itself. It is the sensibility transformed into intelligence. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. It is the genius of knowledge vivisecting the vital genius.

Author: Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915)

Profession: French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright

Since we are assured that the all-wise Creator has observed the most exact proportions of number, weight and measure in the make of all things, the most likely way therefore to get any insight into the nature of those parts of the Creation which come within our observation must in all reason be to number, weigh and measure.

Author: Stephen Hales

Profession:

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.

Author: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

There are no better terms available to describe [The] difference between the approach of the natural and the social sciences than to call the former ''objective'' and the latter ''subjective.'' ... While for the natural scientist the contrast between objective facts and subjective opinions is a simple one, the distinction cannot as readily be applied to the object of the social sciences. The reason for this is that the object, the ''facts'' of the social sciences are also opinions -- not opinions of the student of the social phenomena, of course, but opinions of those whose actions produce the object of the social scientist.

Author: Friedrich August Von Hayek

Profession:

Everywhere you look in science, the harder it becomes to understand the universe without God.

Author: Robert Herrman

Profession: American Scientist

Science, which cuts its way through the muddy pond of daily life without mingling with it, casts its wealth to right and left, but the puny boatmen do not know how to fish for it.

Author: Alexander Herzen (1812-1870)

Profession: Russian Journalist, Political Thinker

Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.

Author: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Profession: British Philosopher