“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.” ~ Albert Einstein
“The difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.” ~ Adam Savage
“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.” ~ Steven Wright
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” ~ Adam Smith
“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” ~ Ronald Coase
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” ~ Albert Einstein
“In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” ~ Douglas Adams
“Science can never solve one problem without raising ten more problems.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“Science does not know its debt to imagination.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you think research is expensive, try disease!” ~ Mary Lasker
“I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.” ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…'” ~ Isaac Asimov
“In physics, you don’t have to go around making trouble for yourself – nature does it for you.” ~ Frank Wilczek.
“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke
“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” ~ Pablo Picasso
“The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” ~ Thomas Huxley
“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” ~ Howard Aiken
“Scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid.” ~ Dave Barry
“Molecular biology is essentially the practice of biochemistry without a license.” ~ Erwin Chargaff
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” ~ Douglas Adams
“Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” ~ Rick Cook
“The farther the experiment is from theory, the closer it is to the Nobel Prize.” ~ Irene Joliot-Curie
You can be creative in anything — in math, science, engineering, philosophy as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.
The reward of the young scientist is the emotional thrill of being the first person in the history of the world to see something or to understand something. Nothing can compare with that experience.
If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.
Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.
When kids look up to great scientists the way they do musicians, actors [and sports figures], civilization will jump to the next level.
If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas.
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.
Rockets are cool. There’s no getting around that.
Do not worry too much about your difficulty in mathematics, I can assure you that mine was still greater.
The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.
There’s no reason to stereotype yourself. Doing math is like going to the gym it’s a workout for your brain and it makes you smarter.
Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers. Shakuntala Devi
Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
In science, one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.
I love science. I hate supposition, superstition, exaggeration and falsified data. Show me the research, show me the results, show me the conclusions – and then show me some qualified peer reviews of all that.