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170 Science Quotes From Famous Scientists That Will Make You Curious

170 Science Quotes

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – C.G. Jung

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only in those aspects of science that promise immediate practical applications to technology or medicine.” – Steven Weinberg

“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” – H.P. Lovecraft

“Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.”

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” – Louis Pasteur

“Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.” – Dan Brown

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr

“It is strange that only extraordinary man made the discoveries which later appears so easy and simple.” – George C. Lichtenberg

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” – Albert Einstein

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…’”

“Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality.” – Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking

“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton

“There’s real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.” – Richard Dawkins

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” – Thomas Berger

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“There is no law except the law that there is no law.” – John Archibald Wheeler

“There may be babblers, wholly ignorant of mathematics, who dare to condemn my hypothesis, upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not, and scorn their unfounded judgement.” – Nicholas Copernicus

“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.” – Richard P. Feynman

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas.” – Linus Pauling

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” – Stephen Hawking

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” – Rosalind Franklin

“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

“Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.” – William Blake

“The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth.” – Rachel Carson

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you – and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” – Isaac Asimov

“Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than the classics.” – J. B. S. Haldane

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.” – Isaac Newton

“Science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes metaphysics.” – Steve Martin

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller

“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini

“In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.” – Thomas Huxley

“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” – Frank Herbert

“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” – Douglas Adams

“Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?” – Oliver Heaviside

“If you thought that science was certain ? well, that is just an error on your part.” – Richard Feynman

“Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe” – Galileo Galilei

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” – John Dewey

“Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.” – Richard Feynman

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“No, this trick won’t work… How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton

“Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.” – Carl Sagan

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking

“One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.” – Albert Einstein

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” – Edwin Powell Hubble

“There is no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.” – Karl Marx

“Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between and old today and a new tomorrow.” – Henrich Rohrer

“Exploration is what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s what scientists do every day. If a scientist already knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be discovering anything, because they already knew what they were doing.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Science is magic that works.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

“We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.” – Stephen Jay Gould

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” – Terry Pratchett

“Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding…” – Brian Greene

“The invention of the scientific method and science is, I’m sure we’ll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is.” – Douglas Adams

“Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.” – Dan Brown

“What I love about science is that as you learn, you don’t really get answers. You just get better questions.” – John Green

“Actually, everything that can be known has a Number; for it is impossible to grasp anything with the mind or to recognize it without this.” – PHILOLAUS

“We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.” – Bertrand Russell

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” – Albert Einstein

“Nature is always more subtle, more intricate, more elegant than what we are able to imagine.” – Carl Sagan

“I remember discussions with Bohr which went through many hours till very late at night and ended almost in despair; and when at the end of the discussion I went alone for a walk in the neighboring park I repeated to myself again and again the question: Can nature possibly be so absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments?” – Werner Heisenberg

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Will Durant

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” – Thomas Edison

“I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

“We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” – Albert Einstein

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

“Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.” – Victor Stenger

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” – Albert Einstein

“Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.” – Thomas Hobbes

“Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.” – Archimedes

“Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.”

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“Real science can be far stranger than science fiction and much more satisfying.” – Stephen Hawking

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Györgyi

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” – Claudia Gray

“Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.” – Bertrand Russell

“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day.” – Carl Sagan

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens

“When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” – Richard P. Feynman

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” – Adam Smith

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.” – Barbara McClintock

“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.” – Jules Verne

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking

“I… a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.” – Richard P. Feynman

“The important thing is to never stop questioning [or learning].” – Albert Einstein

“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” – Richard P. Feynman

“There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before.” – Isaac Asimov

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” – Galileo Galilei

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explains not, then it says there is nothing to explain.” – Bram Stoker

“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” – Isaac Newton

“The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe: the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time.” – Subramanyam Chandrashekhar

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” – Galileo Galilei

“There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally, they credit the wrong person.” – Bill Bryson

“Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

“Science you don’t know, looks like magic.” – Christopher Moore

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” – Hippocrates

“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.” – Max Planck

“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.” – Terry Pratchett

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein

“I have seen the further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

“Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress.” – Lisa Randall

“In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.” – Sir William Osler

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” – Max Planck

“Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” – Wernher von Braun

“Life cannot have had a random beginning … The trouble is that there are about 2000 enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10^40,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.” – Fred Hoyle

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” – Marie Curie

“Rockets are cool. There’s no getting around that.” – Elon Musk

“Any schoolboy can do experiments in the physics laboratory to test various scientific hypothesis. But man, because he has only one life to live, cannot conduct experiments to test whether to follow his passion or not.” – Milan Kundera

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet.”

“The scientist only imposes two things, namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself and upon other scientists.” – Erwin Schrödinger

“All outstanding work, in art as well as in science, results from immense zeal applied to a great idea.” – Santiago Ramón y Cajal

“Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.” – Robert Sapolsky

“Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“By ‘life,’ we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay.”

“Science is simply the word to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.” – Tim Minchin

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think.” – Jacob Bronowski

“A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” – Marie Curie

“Physics is really nothing more than a search for ultimate simplicity, but so far all we have is a kind of elegant messiness.” – Bill Bryson

“Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“That’s the whole problem with science. You’ve got a bunch of empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder.” – Bill Watterson

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” – Max Planck

“Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes; yet they are usually left unchronicled.” – WILLIAM RAMSAY

“What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance.” – David Eagleman

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – George Washington

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him discover it in himself.” – Galileo Galilei

“Wonder is the seed of knowledge” – Francis Bacon

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” – Isaac Newton

“The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it” – D.L. Moody

“Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.” – Paul Kalanithi

“From the dawn of exact knowledge to the present day, observation, experiment, and speculation have gone hand in hand; and, whenever science has halted or strayed from the right path, it has been, either because its votaries have been content with mere unverified or unverifiable speculation; or it has been, because the accumulation of details of observation has for a time excluded speculation.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.” – Jonah Lehrer

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” – Albert Einstein

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

“The reward of the young scientist is the emotional thrill of being the first person in the history of the world to see something or to understand something. Nothing can compare with that experience.” – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

“Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else.” – Donald E. Knuth

“Science is a bit like the joke about the drunk who is looking under a lamppost for a key that he has lost on the other side of the street, because that’s where the light is. It has no other choice.” – Noam Chomsky

“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” – Baruch Spinoza

“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.” – Richard P. Feynman

“Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know” – Bertrand Russell

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.” – Carl Sagan

“A real scientist solves problems, not wails that they are unsolvable.” – Anne McCaffrey

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss

“See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.” – Galileo Galilei

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” – Albert Einstein

“When kids look up to great scientists the way they do musicians, actors [and sports figures], civilization will jump to the next level.” – Brian Greene

“The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable.” – Richard Dawkins

Originally published October 6, 2021, updated October 6, 2021

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