Most popular scientists quotes
Let me not seem to have lived in vain.
If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
Science distinguishes a Man of Honor from one of those Athletic Brutes whom undeservedly we call Heroes.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the great masses.
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.
I have a lot of ideas and throw away the bad ones.
It is the duty of scientists to dispel ignorance.
The scientist, if he is to be more than a plodding gatherer of bits of information, needs to exercise an active imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The limitations of our biological equipment may condemn us to the role of Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity.
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
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.
If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility.
The ideal scientist thinks like a poet and only later works like a bookkeeper.
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.
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.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.
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.
Scientists should always state the opinions upon which their facts are based.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.
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.