"Every single new idea in chemistry has come not from the minds of chemists but from nature...
No one who attentively examines the progress of any department of Science, save such as are (like Mathematics or Metaphysics) of a purely abstract character, can fail to perceive how much it is dependent upon the perfection of its instruments.
William Benjamin Carpenter
The select who engage in science must look upon knowledge as a treasure entrusted to their care, but belonging to the whole people.
The spirit of speculation is the same as the spirit of science, namely... a desire to know the causes of things.
It is the mystery and beauty of organic form that sets the problem for us.
Ross Granville Harrison
Freedom is the range of opportunities available to an individual - the more he has to choose from, the freer his choices. Science creates freedom by widening our range of understanding and therefore the possibilities from which we can choose.
One of the most fruitful sequels of the scientific age has been the new and higher valuation which it places upon ordinary human life.
William Thompson Sedgwick
Just as in Christian countries there is a catechism of morals, which everyone knows by heart, but which no one considers it his duty to follow, or expects to see followed by others - so zoology also has its dogmas, which are just as generally professed as they are denied in practice.
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She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short.
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If it's on the Internet it must be true
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Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon