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200 Science Quotes From Famous Scientists That Will Make You Curious

Last Updated: August 17, 2022 by Team

Science impacts many aspects of our lives. But, without it. We wouldn’t be enjoying many of the things that make our modern world possible. From the houses we live in, the food we eat, and the cars we drive to our favorite electronic gadgets, science and the technologies it has spawned make our lives easier.

Science has enabled us to understand life and the world we live in, from the smallest particle to significant natural phenomena encompassing the entire Earth. But the more discoveries science uncovers, the more mysterious the world becomes. The more we learn about existence, the more we realize how much we do not know and understand today. Driven by constant curiosity and motivated to find the truth, from Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein, you’ll find drops of wisdom from some of the most brilliant scientific minds the world has ever witnessed.

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.

These science quotes will ignite your curiosity to explore the world around you!

200 Science Quotes

Top 10 Science Quotes

“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

“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

“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

science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. IMMANUEL KANT (PHILOSOPHER)

Famous Science Quotes

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“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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


Best Science Quotes

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“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

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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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


Inspirational Science Quotes

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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


Motivational Science Quotes

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“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

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

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

“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

“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 without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

Funny Science Quotes

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“Science is magic that works.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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 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

Decide. Have fun and get started! The world is waiting for you to reveal your gift! MARIE CURIE

Data Science Quotes

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“Talented data scientists leverage data that everybody sees; visionary data scientists leverage data that nobody sees.” – Vincent Granville

“Data is not information, Information is not knowledge, Knowledge is not understanding, Understanding is not wisdom.” – Clifford Stoll

“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

“Data that is loved tends to survive.” – Kurt Bollacker

“Every company has big data in its future, and every company will eventually be in the data business.” – Thomas Hayes Davenport

“The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.” – Sherlock Holmes

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” – Ronald H. Coase

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” – James Love Barksdale


Spirit Science Quotes

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“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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

Science should be just a quest to know, not a tool for unbridled exploitation.

Political Science Quotes

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“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

“Politics is not a science, as many of the professors imagine, but an art, it is just like that.” – Otto von Bismarck

“Under the flag of science, art, and persecuted freedom of thought, Russia would one day be ruled by toads and crocodiles the like of which were unknown even in Spain at the time of the Inquisition.” – Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

“The indifference of our politicians and political leaders to science is one of the most dangerous features in the state.” – Newspaper

“The politician … is sometimes tempted to encroach on the normal territory of the scientific estate. Sometimes he interferes directly with the scientist’s pursuit of basic science; but he is more likely to interfere when the scientist proposes to publish findings that upset the established political or economic order, or when he joins with the engineering or medical profession in proposing to translate the findings of science into new policies. … Who decides when the apparent consensus of scientific opinion on the relation of cigarettes to lung cancer is great enough to justify governmental regulatory action, and of what kind? In such issues the problem is less often whether politics will presume to dictate to science than it is how much politics is to be influenced by the new findings of science.” – Don K. Price

“You who are scientists may have been told that you are, in part, responsible for the debacle of today … but I assure you that it is not the scientists … who are responsible. … Surely it is time for our republics … to use every knowledge, every science that we possess. … You and I … will act together to protect and defend by every means … our science, our culture, our American freedom and our civilization.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.” – John F. Kennedy

“If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.” – Sir Peter B. Medawar

“We can assuredly build a socialist state with modern industry, modern agriculture, and modern science and culture.” – Mao Tse-Tung

“The sciences that should become our country.” – William Shakespeare

“About the year 1821, I undertook to superintend, for the Government, the construction of an engine for calculating and printing mathematical and astronomical tables. Early in the year 1833, a small portion of the machine was put together, and was found to perform its work with all the precision which had been anticipated. At that period circumstances, which I could not control, caused what I then considered a temporary suspension of its progress; and the Government, on whose decision the continuance or discontinuance of the work depended, have not yet communicated to me their wishes on the question.” – Charles Babbage

“The nations may be divided in everything else, but they all share a single body of science.” – Isaac Asimov

“The union of the political and scientific estates is not like a partnership, but a marriage. It will not be improved if the two become like each other, but only if they respect each other’s quite different needs and purposes. No great harm is done if in the meantime they quarrel a bit.” – Don K. Price

“The hostility of the state would be assured toward any system or science that might not strengthen its arm.” – Henry Brooks Adams

Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system. Rupert Sheldrake

Science Quotes For Students

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“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

Science Quotes About Life

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

Gravity explains the motion of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion. Sir Isaac Newton

Science Quotes About Love

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

“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?”

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

“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

Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Rosalind franklin

Science And Religion Quotes

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“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

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

“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

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

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

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

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes that are useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. JULES VERNE

Science And Technology Quotes

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“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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


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