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A false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Source: Gaudy Night

A generalist knows nothing about everything.
A specialist knows everything about nothing.
I know nothing about nothing.

Absence of evidence is no evidence of absence.
(unknown author)

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
(unknown author)

All disaster movies start with the government ignoring a scientist.
(unknown author)

All models are wrong.
George Box

Any academic who doubts the depth of animal emotions ought to get a dog.
Frans de Waal

Anyone who thinks they have solved the problem of consciousness hasn't been thinking about it carefully enough.
Frans de Waal
Source: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

By exposing the absence of purpose in the laws governing the universe, science forces us to take responsibility for the welfare of ourselves, our species, and our planet.
Steven Pinker
Source: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
Anatoly Karpov

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook

Decades of scientific research has proven that carbon pollution is harmful to human health and causes global warming.
Jeff Merkley

Democracy is no way to establish a truth.
Richard Dawkins

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
Richard Dawkins

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.
Konrad Lorenz

Evolution is now universally accepted as a fact by thinking people
Richard Dawkins

Expect the unexpected.

For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
Greta Thunberg

I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
Daniel Dennett

I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.
Stephen Hawking

I am not an optimist. I'm a very serious possibilist. It's a new category where we take emotion apart and we just work analytically with the world.
Hans Rosling

I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.
Stephen Hawking

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.
Stephen Hawking

I personally would consider it an honour to be fossilized.
Richard Dawkins

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Stephen Hawking

If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.
Shimon Peres

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.
Samuel Johnson

If you're teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.
Noam Chomsky

Ignorance, to a scientist, is an itch that begs to be pleasurably scratched.
Christopher Hitchens

In science, new ideas are at first completely neglected, later fiercely attacked, and finally regarded as well known.
Konrad Lorenz

In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics.
Stephen Hawking

It is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin
Source: The Descent of Man

It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.
(unknown author)

Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
American Humanist Association
Source: Humanism and Its Aspirations

Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.
Stephen Hawking

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.
Dave Barry

Math is sometimes called the science of patterns.
Ronald Graham

Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.
Galileo Galilei

My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans.
Richard Dawkins

Never believe that one number on its own can be meaningful.
Hans Rosling
Source: Factfulness

No one is smart enough to figure out anything worthwhile from scratch.
Steven Pinker

No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before.
Stephen Hawking

Nonsense remains nonsense, even when spoken by famous scientists.
John Lennox

Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose..... I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of, or can be dreamed of, in any philosophy.
J.B.S. Haldane

Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like.
Noam Chomsky

People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy.
Elliot Aronson

Philosophers are people who know less and less about more and more, until they know nothing about everything. Scientists are people who know more and more about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.
Konrad Lorenz

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Henry Adams

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