21 Greatest Quotes in Scientific Research History

There have been many great quotes about science and about research, throughout the years. Not only have we been given great quotes about science from scientist themselves, but from some of our greatest authors, such as Mark Twain, Thomas Browne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

We’ve compiled 21 of our favorite quotes about science and scientific research, because we think you’ll enjoy them too. Some of them are funny, some are profound and some remind us of the importance of science in the world in which we live.

  1. “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but “That’s funny…” -Isaac Asimov
  2. “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” -Wernher Von Braun
  3. “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” -Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954
  4. “I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe.” -Ken Jenkins
  5. “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, Politics, Law and Ritual, 1965
  6. “Scientists should always state the opinions upon which their facts are based.” -Author Unknown
  7. “No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.” -Thomas Browne
  8. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.” -Henry J. Tillman
  9. “A biophysicist talks physics to the biologists and biology to the physicists, but then he meets another biophysicist, they just discuss women.” -Author Unknown
  10. “Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.” -Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972
  11. “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” -Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883
  12. “Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” -Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776
  13. “A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.” -Edward Teller
  14. “Science does not know its debt to imagination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “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
  16. “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” -John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929
  17. “Louise: “How did you get here?”?Johnny: “Well, basically, there was this little dot, right? And the dot went bang and the bang expanded. Energy formed into matter, matter cooled, matter lived, the amoeba to fish, to fish to fowl, to fowl to frog, to frog to mammal, the mammal to monkey, to monkey to man, amo amas amat, quid pro quo, memento mori, ad infinitum, sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till Doomsday.” -From the movie Naked
  18. “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 Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905
  19. “The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.” -Walter Lippmann
  20. “Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.” – Carl Sagan

Hopefully, we’ve included some of your favorite quotes about science here. And, we’ve hopefully also introduced you to some new ones that can soon become some of your new favorites. There are definitely some here that deserve a spot on the bulletin board in your office or lab.

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