Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton


Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
     — Aristotle

Art upsets, science reassures.
     — Georges Braque

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.
     — Georges Braque

Art and science cannot exist but in minutely organized particulars.
     — William Blake

Art upsets, science reassures.
     — Georges Braque

Every thoughtful man who hopes for the creation of a contemporary culture knows that this hinges on one central problem: to find a coherent relation between science and the humanities.
     — Jacob Brownowski and Bruce Mazlish

There is only one proved method of assisting the advancement of pure science that of picking men of genius, backing them heavily, and leaving them to direct themselves.
     — James Bryant Conant.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
     — Albert Einstein

Scientists are explorers, philosophers are just tourists.
     — Richard Feynman

It is surprising that people do not believe that there is imagination in science. It is a very interesting kind of imagination, unlike that of the artist. The great difficulty is in trying to imagine something great that you have never seen, that is consistent in every detail with what has already been seen, and that is different from what has been thought of; furthermore, it must be definite and not a vague proposition.
     — Richard Feynman

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
     — Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

[U]ngovernable creativity in science and invention has re-enforced unconscious demonic drives that have placed our whole civilization in a state of perilous unbalance: all the more because we have cast away at this critical moment, as an affront to our rationality, man's earliest forms of moral discipline and self-control.
     — Lewis Mumford

Science now makes all things possible, as Bacon believed: but it does not thereby make all possible things desirable.
     — Lewis Mumford

It is bizarre how very little of twentieth-century science has been assimilated into twentieth-century art.
     — C. P. Snow (1959)

Reality is that which, when you don't believe it, doesn't go away.
     — Peter Viereck

Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification crude, rough, and unsymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.
     — Roman Vishniac.

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