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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.

--Winston Churchill

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

--Benjamin Franklin

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.

--Bill Cosby

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.

--Erich Fromm

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

-- Voltaire

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.

--Spanish Proverb

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.

--Benjamin Disraeli

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

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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