Scientists Quotes

Most popular scientists quotes

Let me not seem to have lived in vain.
It is the duty of scientists to dispel ignorance.

ignorance

I have a lot of ideas and throw away the bad ones.

ideas

If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
Scientists should always state the opinions upon which their facts are based.

funny science

The ideal scientist thinks like a poet and only later works like a bookkeeper.
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections—a mere heart of stone.
I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.

asking questions

If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility.
Science distinguishes a Man of Honor from one of those Athletic Brutes whom undeservedly we call Heroes.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the great masses.
The limitations of our biological equipment may condemn us to the role of Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity.
The scientist, if he is to be more than a plodding gatherer of bits of information, needs to exercise an active imagination.

imagination

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.  It keeps him young.
What is a scientist after all?  It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.

poets

A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one—Marie, the famous Madame Curie—and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else.
Among scientists are collectors, classifiers, and compulsive tidiers-up; many are detectives by temperament and many are explorers; some are artists and others artisans. There are port-scientists and philosopher-scientist and even a few mystics.
When a man after long years of searching chances upon a thought which discloses something of the beauty of this mysterious universe, he should not therefore be personally celebrated.  He is already sufficiently paid by his experience of seeking and finding.

seeking research

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

science

There are no physicists in the hottest parts of hell, because the existence of a 'hottest part' implies a temperature difference, and any marginally competent physicist would immediately use this to run a heat engine and make some other part of hell comfortably cool. This is obviously impossible.

physics

In a manner which matches the fortuity, if not the consequence, of Archimedes' bath and Newton's apple, the [3.6 million year old] fossil footprints were eventually noticed one evening in September 1976 by the paleontologist Andrew Hill, who fell while avoiding a ball of elephant dung hurled at him by the ecologist David Western.