The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.
I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.
Politics is more difficult than physics.
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
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