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Science Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old science quotes, science sayings, and science proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.

Sir Arthur Eddington

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.     

Adam Smith

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas

Miguel de Unamuno

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.     

Mark Twain

Science does not know its debt to imagination.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

William Lawrence Bragg

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.     

John Dewey

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.

Jean Rostand

Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.     

Henri Poincar

A science is any discipline in which the fool of this generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the last generation.     

Max Gluckman

Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.     

Thomas Henry Huxley

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.     

Albert Einstein

To know the history of science is to recognize the mortality of any claim to universal truth.

Evelyn Fox Keller

The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it.     

Robert L. Park

Science is the topography of ignorance.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.     

William James

Science without conscience is the soul's perdition.     

Franois Rabelais

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.     

E. Rutherford

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.     

Albert Einstein

Science is all those things which are confirmed to such a degree that it would be unreasonable to withhold one's provisional consent.

Stephen Jay Gould

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

Albert Einstein

In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.

Hugh Walpole

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

Abraham Flexner

Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.

George Bernard Shaw

Reason, Observation, and Experience ; The Holy Trinity of Science.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.     

Henry Louis Mencken

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.     

Bertrand Russell

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.     

George Santayana

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