Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.
I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.
[Science is] a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing. The playing field is the universe itself.
Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Science for me is very close to art. Scientific discovery is an irrational act. It's an intuition which turns out to be reality at the end of it-and I see no difference between a scientist developing a marvellous discovery and an artist making a painting.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined.
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
...people today are so accustomed to pretentious nonsense that they see nothing amiss in reading without understanding, and many of them at length discover that they can without difficulty write in like manner themselves and win applause for it. And so it perpetuates itself.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
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