The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.
Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.
For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.
Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
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 is an enterprise that can only flourish if it puts the truth ahead of nationality, ethnicity, class and color.
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.
Even in the world of molecules the civilising influence of modest restraints is a cause for rejoicing.
Authority in science exists to be questioned, since heresy is the spring from which new ideas flow.
In education the appetite does indeed grow with eating. I have never known anyone to abandon study because they knew too much.
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.
[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.
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves. Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
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.
Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.
Science is a collection of stories, linking characters worthy of notice.
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.
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.
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.
If we treasure our own experience and regard it as real, we must also treasure other people's experience.
The eye searches for shapes. It searches for a beginning, a middle, and an end.
It takes a trained and discerning researcher to keep the goal in sight, and to detect evidence of the creeping progress toward it.
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.
Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
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