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.
Even in the world of molecules the civilising influence of modest restraints is a cause for rejoicing.
It takes a trained and discerning researcher to keep the goal in sight, and to detect evidence of the creeping progress toward it.
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.
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.
Our assessment of socio-economic worth is largely a sham. We scientists should not lend ourselves to it - though we routinely do. We should, instead, insist on applying the criterion of quality.
Science is a collection of stories, linking characters worthy of notice.
A new sense of shared international responsibility is unmistakable in the voices of the United Nations and its agencies, and in the civil society of thousands of supra-national NGOs.
The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general.
When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves. Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
Idealism is the highest form of reason.
Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves as an international NGO of exceptional authority.
At the heart of science lies discovery which involves a change in worldview. Discovery in science is possible only in societies which accord their citizens the freedom to pursue the truth where it may lead and which therefore have respect for different paths to that truth.
Individual scientists like myself - and many more conspicuous - pointed to the dangers of radioactive fallout over Canada if we were to launch nuclear weapons to intercept incoming bombers.
In education the appetite does indeed grow with eating. I have never known anyone to abandon study because they knew too much.
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
Authority in science exists to be questioned, since heresy is the spring from which new ideas flow.
The eye searches for shapes. It searches for a beginning, a middle, and an end.
It is folly to use as one's guide in the selection of fundamental science the criterion of utility. Not because (scientists)... despise utility. But because. .. useful outcomes are best identified after the making of discoveries, rather than before.
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