"It's going to be a bummer if Mars turns out to be like us."
"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field."
"I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn."
"Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor."
"The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us."
"Science does not know its debt to imagination."
"Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science."
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."
"Touch a scientist and you touch a child."
"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible."
"Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems."
"Surgery is the red flower that blooms among the leaves and thorns that are the rest of medicine."
"If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos."
"Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost."
"Polygraph tests are 20th-century witchcraft."
"Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate."
"Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it."
"In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms."
"Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within."
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