Jacob Bronowski Quotes

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Sculpture is a sensuous art.


The human baby, the human being, is a mosaic of animal and angel.


Human knowledge is personal and responsible, an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.

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The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.  The hand is more important than the eye.


That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.

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The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

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"Imagination" is a word which derives from the making of images in the mind, from what Wordsworth called "the inward eye."


To imagine is the characteristic act, not of the poet's mind, or the painter's, or the scientist's, but of the mind of man.


The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.

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It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.

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The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill.  He loves to do what he does well and, having done it well, he loves to do it better.


Man masters nature not by force but by understanding.  This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.

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It is not the business of science to inherit the earth, but to inherit the moral imagination; because without that, man and beliefs and science will perish together.
— Jacob Bronowski

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