In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
--Stephen Jay Gould
Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less.
--Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
---Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965)
I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.
--James A. Baldwin
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
--Ralph W. Emerson, (1803-1882)
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.
--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
--Thomas Babington Macaulay, (1800-1859)
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.
If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
--Thomas J. Watson
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars.
--William Jennings Bryan
We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
--Charles Robert Darwin, The Origin of the Species, (1859)
Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
--Isaac Newton, philosopher and mathematician (1642-1727)
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
--Hubert H. Humphrey