The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.
A wise man in China asked his gardener to plant a shrub. The gardener objected that it only flowered once in a hundred years. "In that case," said the wise man, "plant it immediately." [On the importance of fundamental research.]
Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
Science is an enterprise that can only flourish if it puts the truth ahead of nationality, ethnicity, class and color.
Even in the world of molecules the civilising influence of modest restraints is a cause for rejoicing.
For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.
Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
Discoveries that are anticipated are seldom the most valuable. ... It's the scientist free to pilot his vessel across hidden shoals into open seas who gives the best value.
Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights.
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.
Though we explore in a culturally-conditioned way, the reality we sketch is universal.
Reality is no less precious if it presents itself to someone else. All are discoverers, and if we disenfranchise any, all suffer.
Young people ask me if this country is serious about science. They aren't thinking about the passport that they will hold, but the country that they must rely on for support and encouragement.
It takes a trained and discerning researcher to keep the goal in sight, and to detect evidence of the creeping progress toward it.
Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves as an international NGO of exceptional authority.
Though neglectful of their responsibility to protect science, scientists are increasingly aware of their responsibility to society.
Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.
If we treasure our own experience and regard it as real, we must also treasure other people's experience.
Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts.
Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.
Nothing is more irredeemably irrelevant than bad science.
[Intellectual courage is] the quality that allows one to believe in one's judgement in the face of disappointment and widespread skepticism. Intellectual courage is even rarer than physical courage.
When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves. Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
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