John Tyndall - Man Quotes
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We can trace the development of a nervous system, and correlate with it the parallel phenomena of sensation and thought. We see with undoubting certainty that they go hand in hand. But we try to soar in a vacuum the moment we seek to comprehend the connexion between them...Man the object is separated by an impassable gulf from man the subject.
Thus, having exhausted science and reached its very rim, the real mystery of existence still looms around us. And thus it will ever loom - ever beyond the bourne of man's intellect - giving the poets of successive ages just occasion to declare that, We are such stuff As dreams are made of, and our little life Is rounded by a sleep.
We cannot quench [the] desires of the intellect. They are stimulated by the phenomena which surround us in our present state of existence as the body is by oxygen; and in the presence of these phenomena man thirsts for knowledge as an Arab longs for water when he smells the Nile. In Royal Institute of Great Britain
To the eye of science these ice-crystals are as precious as the diamond - as purely formed, as delicately built. Where no disturbing causes intervene, there is no disorder in this crystalline architecture. By their own constructive power molecule builds itself on to molecule with a precision far greater than that attainable by the hands of man.