Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Quote of the day, Oct.15

October 15, 2017

Galileo Galilei, on independent thinking

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 17

September 17, 2017

Hippocrates, on knowledge

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2017

Carl Sagan, on reading

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 21

August 21, 2017

Stephen Hawking, on science, work, and love

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

Quote of the day, June 16

June 17, 2017

Isaac Newton, on building bridges 

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2017

Guglielmo Marconi, on technology

“Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 5

February 5, 2017

Albert Einstein, on success

“The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 16, 2017

William James, on habit (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890)

“Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 8

January 9, 2017

Arthur C. Clarke, on technology

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”