Quotes on Science

Here is a collection of quotes on Science.

First of all we will present you the Quotations dating from the ancient time on Science, then from the modern time, from the contemporary time, and finally 3 bonus.

These quotes will be welcome in your Contemporary Issues, General Knowledge, Philosophy, Epistemology, or History of Ideas papers.

Ancient quotes on Science:

“All science comes from God.” — Origen, Homilies on Numbers

“It is certainly a beautiful mark that those who know something know it well, when they are able to make another as knowledgeable as themselves.” — Plato, First Alcibiades

“Experience is knowledge of the individual, and art of the universal – Aristotle, Metaphysics

“Induction rises from singular cases to the universal.” — Aristotle, Metaphysics

Quotes from the modern era on Science:

“The less we know, the more we think we know; the more we know, the more we feel our ignorance.” — Bayle

“The first (kinds of things) is of those which we can find by the mere force of our mind, and by the guidance of our reason.” — René Descartes, Letter, October 17, 1630.

“Certainty is not in the senses, but in the understanding alone when it has obvious perceptions.” — René Descartes, Letter-preface to the Principles

“For it is not enough to have a good mind, but the main thing is to apply it well.” — René Descartes, Discourse on Method

“I wanted to establish something firm and constant in the sciences – René Descartes, Metaphysical Meditations

“The power to judge well, and to distinguish the true from the false, which is properly what we call common sense or reason, is naturally equal in all men – René Descartes.

“Let us begin by making me a storehouse of ideas that are true or false, but clear, until my head is sufficiently furnished with them to be able to compare them and choose.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Confessions (1765–1767)

“No one is expected from the first duty of man; no one has the right to rely on the judgment of others.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile or On Education IV. (1762)

→ Jean-Jacques Rousseau – The most useful and important rule for educating a child

“Ignorance is less far from the truth than prejudice.” — Denis Diderot, Letter on the Deaf and Dumb

“The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe things because one wants them to be, and not because one has seen that they are indeed – Bossuet.

“Humble yourself, impotent reason; be silent, imbecile nature… Listen to God.” — Pascal, Thoughts, #261

“The heart has its reasons for that reason does not know – Pascal, Thoughts

“As the cause which makes them incapable of demonstration is not their obscurity, but on the contrary their extreme evidence, this lack of proof is not a defect, but rather perfection.” — Pascal, On the Geometric Mind

“Nothing ever happens without there being a cause, or at least a determining reason, that is, something that can give reason a priori why it exists rather than any other way.” — Leibniz, Essays on Theodicy

“We know a priori of things only what we ourselves put into them.” — Immanuel Kant

“I therefore had to abolish knowledge in order to replace it with belief.” OR “I therefore had to abolish knowledge in order to obtain a place for belief” — Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason.

“As soon as one is outside the circle of experience, one is quite sure not to be contradicted by it.” — Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Contemporary quotes on Science:

“Art is me, science is us.” — Claude Bernard

“Reason can find interest in no particular finite goal, but only in the absolute goal.” — Hegel, Reason in History (1822)

“Subjectivity is truth.” — Søren Kierkegaard, Postscript

“A little science leads away from God, but a lot leads back – Louis Pasteur

“Science cares neither to please nor to displease, it is inhuman – Anatole France

“There is an essential contradiction between individual well-being and genetic good. We pay dearly genetically for medical and social progress – Jean Rostand.

Bonus quotes

“If one had to take into account the services rendered to science, the frog would occupy the first place.” — Claude Bernard, Study of Experimental Medicine

“If it were not for Science, how many of us could enjoy our cancer for more than five years?” — Pierre Desproges, Let us Live Happily While Waiting to Die

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