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Quotes #17: The Eternal Conflict: Famous Quotes on Religion and Science

Science Versus Religion

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

Science and religion, which have so much in common, often seem to be at "war" with one another these days. For many science has become their religion while others try to conform science to their religion. Both "heartless science" and "mindless religion" miss truths about the nature of our existence in the universe. Naturally each side is quick to point out the "errors and flaws" that are "obvious" in the other's position.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Religion "versus" Science:

Science Versus Religion: The 'Eternal' Conflict
Science: Definition of Religion and Science
Religion: Definition of Religion and Science
Sentence First - Verdict Afterwards

"Heartless Science": Religious Men & Others Warn of Scientists
"Mindless Religion": Scientists & Others Warn of Religious Men
On the Proper and Improper Uses of Sense, Reason, and Intellect
On Leaps of Faith in Religion and Science

On the Nature of Truth in Science and Religion
Mindful Religion and Soulful Science
Science, Religion, and the Unfoldment of the Universe
"And Now the Mystery…"

Science Versus Religion: The 'Eternal' Conflict

"For the belief in a single truth is the root cause for all evil in the world."
   - Max Born (If you get nothing else from these quotes, remember this!- EM)

"A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
   - Albert Einstein

"It is...idle to pretend, as many do, that there is no contradiction between religion and science. Science contradicts religion as surely as Judaism contradicts Islam - they are absolutely and irresolvably conflicting views. Unless, that is, science is obliged to change it's fundamental nature."
   - Brian Appleyard ("Science and the Soul of Modern Man")

"Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows give different views, but both look out at the same universe. Both views are one-sided, neither is complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And both are worthy of respect."
   - Freeman Dyson

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish…We need each other to be what we must be, what we are called to be."
   - Pope John Paul II

"When religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."
   - Thomas Szasz

"Science is an effort to understand the creation. Biblical religion involves our relation to the Creator. Since we can learn about the Creator from his creation, religion can learn from science."
   - Paul H. Carr

"The vast majority of the [scientific or religious] community are a non-risk taking group who live in a very small reality [of their creation] and are scared of anything that seems to be outside that reality."
   - Anonymous

"He who has Art and Science also has religion, But those who do not have them better have Religion."
   - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There is more RELIGION in men's SCIENCE than there is SCIENCE in their RELIGION."
   - Henry David Thoreau ("A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers")

"Science makes major contributions to minor needs. Religion, however small its successes, is at least at work on the things that matter most."
   - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science: Definition of Religion and Science
Below are definitions of science which apply equally well to religion…
   read them and decide for yourself!

"…is Truth; don't be misled by facts."
   - Anonymous

"…is the literature of truth."
   - Josh Billings

"…is the search for truth."
   - Anonymous

"…is piecemeal revelation."
   - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"…is the desire to know causes."
   - William Hazlitt

"…is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another."
   - Thomas Hobbes

"…is not belief, but the will to find out."
   - Anonymous

"…is practical philosophy."
   - René Descartes

"…is organized knowledge."
   - Herbert Spencer

"…is the systematic classification of experience."
   - George Henry Lewes

"…is the labor and handicraft of the mind."
   - Francis Bacon

"…is an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery."
   - Cyril Herman Hinshelwood

"…is a series of judgments, revised without ceasing."
   - Pierre Emile Duclaux

"…is a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing. The playing field is the universe."
   - Isidor Isaac Rabi

"True […] teaches us to doubt and, in ignorance, to refrain."
   - Claude Bernard

"True […] teaches, above all, to doubt and be ignorant."
   - Miguel de Unamuno

"Truth in […] can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one."
   - Konrad (Zacharias) Lorenz

Religion: Definition of Religion and Science
Below are definitions of religion which apply equally well to science...
   read them and decide for yourself!

"…is nothing else but the love of God and man."
   - William Penn

"…is the opiate of the masses."
   - Karl Marx

"…is a defense against the experience of God."
   - Carl Gustav Jung

"…is a daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the Nature of the Unknowable."
   - Ambrose Bierce ("The Devil's Dictionary")

"… means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt."
   - Paul Tillich

"A […] that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil's propagation."
   - Hosea Ballou

"…experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others."
   - William O. Douglas ("United States v. Ballard, 1944")

"There is no […] higher than the truth."
   - Helena Blavatsky

"All […] have been made by men!"
   - Napoleon Bonaparte

"All […] are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few."
   - Henri Stendhal

"Doubt is part of all […]. All the […] thinkers were doubters."
   - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"The beginning of wisdom in […] is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth."
   - Pierre Abelard

"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition […] one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
   - Thomas Jefferson

"The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of […] or equally noble motives."
   - Mohandas Gandhi

"All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by... […] whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need."
   - Harvey Cox ("The Seduction of the Spirit")

Sentence First - Verdict Afterwards
or the Way of both Religion AND Science…
   read these verdicts and decide for yourself!

"No, no!" said the Queen. "Sentence first - verdict afterwards."
   - Lewis Carroll ("Alice in Wonderland")

About Scientific "Verdicts": "Alas, many revolutionary discoveries turn out to be wrong. Error is a normal part of science, and uncovering flaws in scientific observations or reasoning is the everyday work of scientists. Scientists try to guard against attributing significance to spurious results by repeating measurements and designing control experiments. But even eminent scientists have had their careers tarnished by misinterpreting unremarkable events in a way that is so compelling that they are thereafter unable to free themselves of the conviction that they have made a great discovery. Moreover, scientists, no less than others, are inclined to see what they expect to see, and an erroneous conclusion by a respected colleague often carries other scientists along on the road to ignominy. This is pathological science, in which scientists manage to fool themselves. If scientists can fool themselves, how much easier is it to craft arguments deliberately intended to befuddle jurists or lawmakers with little or no scientific background? This is junk science. It typically consists of tortured theories of what could be so, with little supporting evidence to prove that it is so."
   - Robert L. Park ("Voodoo Science")

"It is theory that decides what can be observed."
   - Albert Einstein

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents… What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning."
   - Max Planck

About Religious "Verdicts": "I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzo Galilei of Florence, being 70 years old... swear that I have always believed, believe now and, with God's help, will in the future believe all that the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church doth hold, preach and teach. But since, after having been admonished by this Holy Office entirely to abandon the false opinion that the sun is the center of the Universe and immovable, and that the Earth is not the center of the same and that it moves. That I was neither to hold, defend, nor teach in any manner whatsoever, either orally or in writing, the said false doctrine. After having received a notification that the said doctrine is contrary to Holy Writ, I wrote and published a book in which I treat this condemned doctrine and bring forward very persuasive arguments in its favor without answering them. I have been judged vehemently suspected of heresy, that is of having held and believed that the Sun is at the center of the Universe and immovable, and that the Earth is not at the center and that it moves. Therefore, wishing to remove from the minds of your Eminences and all faithful Christians this vehement suspicion reasonably conceived against me, I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith these errors and heresies. I curse and detest them as well as any other error, heresy or sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church. And I swear that for the future I shall neither say nor assert orally or in writing such things as may bring upon me similar suspicions. And if I know any heretic, or one suspected of heresy, I will denounce him to this Holy Office, or to the Inquisitor or Ordinary of the place in which I may be."
   - Galileo Galilei (recanting his scientific beliefs before the Inquistion, 1633)

"We can learn by the example of the [Roman] Catholic Church. Though its doctrinal edifice… comes into collision with exact science and research, it is none the less unwilling to sacrifice so much as one little syllable of its dogmas. It has recognized quite correctly that its power of resistance does not lie in its lesser or greater adaptation to the scientific findings of the moment, which in reality are always fluctuating, but rather in rigidly holding to dogmas once established. For it is only such dogmas which lend to the whole body the character of faith. And so it stands today more firmly than ever."
   - Adolf Hitler ("Mein Kampf")

"Heartless Science": Religious Men & Others Warn of Scientists

"Some might say 'pure science' taught without a spiritual context is a philosophy."
   - "Odo" to "Keiko O'Brien" ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine")

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   - Anonymous

The "scientist… will spend thirty years in building up a mountain range of facts with the intent to prove a certain theory; then he is so happy in his achievement that as a rule he overlooks the main chief fact of all--that his accumulation proves an entirely different thing. When you point out this miscarriage to him he does not answer your letters; when you call to convince him, the servant (lies) and you do not get in. Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money (from) them."
   - Mark Twain

"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell."
   - Augustine

"Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ."
   - John Calvin

"To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer."
   - Hermann Joseph Muller

"The heart has its reason, which the reason can not know."
   - Blaise Pascal

"Credo ut Intelligam." (I believe in order to understand.)
   - Augustine

"One Galileo in two thousand years is enough."
   - Pope Pius XII

"His Holiness decreed that the said Galileo is to be interrogated with regard to his intention, even with the threat of torture. And, if he sustains [ie. answers satisfactorily], he is to abjure de vehementi [ie. renounce a vehement suspicion of heresy] in a plenary assembly of the Congregation of the Holy Office, then is to be condemned to imprisonment as the Holy Congregation thinks best. And ordered not to treat further, in any way at all, either verbally or in writing, of the mobility of the earth and the stability of the sun; otherwise he will incur the penalties for relapse. The book entitled Dialogo de Galileo Galilei is to be prohibited. So that these things may be known by all, he ordered that copies of the sentence be sent to all Apostolic Nuncios, to all Inquisitors against heretical pravity, and especially the Inquisitor in Florence. He shall read publicly the sentence in the presence of as many as possible of those who profess the mathematical art."
   - Papal Decision (entered into the record of the Holy Office, 1633)

"Mindless Religion": Scientists & Others Warn of Religious Men

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use."
   - Galileo Galilei

"I'm a scientist. We don't talk about the spirit.
Soul is a four letter word in our tradition."
   - Candace Pert (said tongue in cheek)
(I have to question how far the tongue was in the cheek. -EM)

"The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith."
   - James A. Froude

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction."
   - Blaise Pascal

"During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been.… There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed."
   - Mark Twain ("Europe and Elsewhere")

"One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it... You find this curious fact, that the more intense has been the religion of any period and the more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs."
   - Bertrand Russell

"Every great scientific truth goes through three stages. First, people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next they say it had been discovered before. Lastly they say they always believed it."
   - Louis Agassiz

"The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetics in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve. And every step in astronomy and geology ever taken has been opposed by bigotry and superstition. The Greeks surpassed us in artistic culture and in architecture five hundred years before Christian religion was born."
   - Mark Twain ("Biography")

"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing - fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things. In this world we can now begin a little to understand things, and a little to master them by help of science, which has forced its way step by step against the Christian religion, against the churches, and against the opposition of all the old precepts. Science can help us to get over this craven fear in which man has lived for so many generations. Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky. But rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a better place to live in, instead of the sort of place that the churches in all these centuries have made it."
   - Bertrand Russell ("Why I am Not a Christian")

On the Proper and Improper Uses of Sense, Reason, and Intellect

"The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact."
   - Thomas Henry Huxley ("Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature")

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
   - Arthur Conan Doyle ("Sherlock Holmes")

"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."
   - Jessamyn West

"[Those] who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries, but they also make very poor observations."
   - Claude Bernard

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
   - Albert Einstein

"There are always two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery."
   - Enrico Fermi

"There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something!"
   - Thomas Edison

"No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking."
   - Francois Voltaire

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
   - Walter Bagehot

"A great frustration in life is discovering that sometimes those who say something can't be done turn out to be right… Nature's laws govern which things can be done, and which can't. The trouble is, when we set out to do something, we don't always know which of these categories it's in."
   - Donald Simanek

"In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it."
   - Elbert Green Hubbard

"When issues of public policy are discussed in the outward form of an argument, often the conclusions reached are predetermined by the assumptions and definitions inherent in a particular vision of social processes. Different visions, of course, have different assumptions, so it is not uncommon for people who follow different visions to find themselves in opposition to one another across a vast spectrum of unrelated issues. (This happens) in such disparate fields as law, foreign policy, the environment, racial policy, military defense, education, and many others. To a remarkable extent, however, empirical evidence is neither sought beforehand nor consulted after a policy has been instituted. Facts may be marshaled for a position already taken, but that is very different from systematically testing opposing theories by evidence. Momentous questions are dealt with essentially as conflicts of vision."
   - Thomas Sowell (The Vision of the Anointed")

On Leaps of Faith in Religion and Science

"Even when her science fails right before her eyes, she still has full confidence in it.
   Now there's a leap of faith!"
   - "Old Man" to "Captain Janeway" ("Star Trek: Voyager")

"Let no one enter here who does not have faith."
   - Inscription over the door on Max Planck's Laboratory

"Some things need to be believed to be seen."
   - Guy Kawasaki

"First you guess. Don't laugh, this is the most important step. Then you compute the consequences. Compare the consequences to experience. If it disagrees with experience, the guess is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn't matter how beautiful your guess is or how smart you are or what your name is. If it disagrees with experience, it's wrong. That's all there is to it."
   - Richard Feynman

"Every honest researcher I know admits he's just a professional amateur.
He's doing whatever he's doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur.
He has sense enough to know that he's going to have a lot of trouble,
so that makes him a professional."
   - Charles Franklin Kettering

"But are we sure of our observational facts? Scientific men are rather fond of saying pontifically that one ought to be quite sure of one's observational facts before embarking on theory. Fortunately those who give this advice do not practice what they preach. Observation and theory get on best when they are mixed together, both helping one another in the pursuit of truth. It is a good rule not to put over much confidence in a theory until it has been confirmed by observation. I hope I shall not shock the experimental physicists too much if I add that it is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they have been confirmed by theory."
   - Arthur Stanley Eddington

"I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed."
   - Max Born

"…part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand."
   - Adlai E. Stevenson

"Never make a calculation until you know the answer: make an estimate before every calculation, try a simple physical argument (symmetry! invariance! conservation!) before every derivation, guess the answer to every puzzle. Courage: no one else needs to know what the guess is. Therefore make it quickly, by instinct. A right guess reinforces this instinct. A wrong guess brings a refreshing surprise."
   - John Wheeler and Edwin F. Taylor ("Spacetime Physics")

"In 1650 Bishop Ussher dated the creation from the genealogy given in the Bible at 4004 B.C.; for a long time (even for some people today) this was accepted as "gospel truth." However, if you accept a miracle such as this, what's wrong with creation 5 minutes ago? It would be scarcely more difficult for the Creator to create all of us sitting here, with our memories of events that never really happened, with our worn shoes that were never really new, with spots of soup that were never really spilled on our ties, and so on. Such a beginning is logically possible, but extremely hard to believe!"
   - Thornton Leigh Page ("Stars and Galaxies")

On the Nature of Truth in Science and Religion

"Only one thing is certain--that is, nothing is certain.
If this statement is true, it is also false."
   - Ancient Paradox

"The only source of knowledge is experience."
   - Albert Einstein

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing."
   - Werner Von Braun

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."
   - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills)

"The gods did not reveal from the beginning,
All things to us; but in the course of time
Through seeking, men found that which is better.
But as for certain truth, no man has known it,
Nor will he know it; neither of the gods,
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak.
And even if by chance he were to utter The final truth,
he would himself not know it;
For all is but a woven web of guesses."
   - Xenophanes

"We know nothing in reality; for truth lies in an abyss."
   - Democritus

"This only is certain, there is nothing certain; and nothing more miserable and yet more arrogant than man."
   - Pliny ("The Elder")

"None of us knows anything, not even whether we know or do not know, nor do we know whether not knowing and knowing exist, nor in general whether there is anything or not."
   - Metrodorus of Chios

"All we know of the truth is that the absolute truth,
such as it is, is beyond our reach."
   - Nicholas of Cusa ("Learned Ignorance")

"When truth is evident, it is impossible for parties and factions to rise. There never has been a dispute as to whether there is daylight at noon."
   - Francois Voltaire

"Whenever truth stands in the mind unaccompanied by the evidence upon which it depends, it cannot properly be said to be apprehended at all."
   - William Godwin ("An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice")

"There is an anecdote from the occasion of Russell's ninetieth birthday that best serves to summarize his attitude toward God and religion. A London lady sat next to him at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world's most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world's oldest atheist. 'What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you're wrong?' she asked. 'I mean, what if--uh--when the time comes, you should meet Him? What will you say?' Russell was delighted with the question. His bright, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contemplated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, 'Why, I should say, 'God, you gave us insufficient evidence.'"
   - Al Seckel ("Preface to Bertrand Russell's 'On God and Religion'")

"... they are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea."
   - Francis Bacon

Mindful Religion and Soulful Science

"Life is BOTH STRUCTURED LOGIC (logos, left brain) and
MEANINGFUL STORY (mythos, right brain).
   Truth is both OBJECTIVE & SUBJECTIVE.
   SCIENCE complements RELIGION."
   - Paul H. Carr

"Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night, 
God said: 'Let Newton be!', and all was light."
   - Alexander Pope

"The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide."
   - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The science that is afraid of religion denies it's Creator and discredits itself."
   - Anonymous

"But he who has been earnest in the love of knowledge and of true wisdom, and has exercised his intellect more than any other part of him, must have thoughts immortal and divine. If he attain truth, and in so far as human nature is capable of sharing in immortality, he must altogether be immortal."
   - Plato

"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the foundation of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is inconceivable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom, as the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive form - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness."
   - Albert Einstein

"All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."
   - Albert Einstein

"Culture (science) is the form of religion;
Religion is the substance of culture (science)."
   - Paul Tillich

"One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike and yet it is the most precious thing we have."
   - Albert Einstein

"Traditional religious creation stories and evolution are complementary. Science and religion together can weave a rich tapestry of new meaning for our age."
   - Philip Hefner

"The scientist is a practical man and his are practical (ie, practically attainable) aims. He does not seek the ultimate but the proximate. He does not speak of the last analysis but rather of the next approximation. His are not those beautiful structures so delicately designed that a single flaw may cause the collapse of the whole. The scientist builds slowly and with a gross but solid kind of masonry. If dissatisfied with any of his work, even if it be near the very foundations, he can replace that part without damage to the remainder. On the whole he is satisfied with his work, for while science may never be wholly right it certainly is never wholly wrong; and it seems to be improving from decade to decade."
   - G. N. Lewis

Science, Religion, and the Unfoldment of the Universe

"You must have faith… that the universe will unfold as it should…"
   - "Spock" to "Valeris" ("Star Trek: Classic")

The Paradox of Science and Religion:
"A bit beyond perception's reach, I sometimes believe I see,
that Life is two locked boxes, each containing the other's key."
   - Piet Hein

"The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
   - Thomas Henry Huxley

"If I have seen farther than other men,
it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants."
   - Isaac Newton

"The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics."
   - Albert Einstein

"It is the business of the future to be dangerous.... The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur."
   - Alfred North Whitehead

"Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up."
(Note parallels to the spiritual path in the parable of the mountain climber. -EM)
   - Albert Einstein ("Evolution of Physics")

The "presumption of understanding everything can have no other basis than never understanding anything. For anyone who had experienced just once the perfect understanding of one single thing and had truly tasted how knowledge is earned would recognize that infinity of other truths of which he understands nothing."
(Note parallels to the spiritual path in the parable of the mountain climber. -EM)
   - Galileo Galilei

"The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds."
   - John F. Kennedy

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it) but 'That's funny...'"
   - Isaac Asimov

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
   - George Bernard Shaw

"God will reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His…The thing I am to do and the way of doing it are revealed to me. I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless."
   - George Washington Carver

"The point of any religion should be this: how to open your heart to love."
   - Harold Klemp

"And Now the Mystery…"

"It's knowledge has reached the limits of this universe and it must evolve. What is requires of it's God is the answer to it's question. 'Is there nothing more?'"
   - "Spock" to "McCoy" ("Star Trek: Classic")

"Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck."
   - Immanuel Kant

"The mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with similar energy. It would not perhaps be too fanciful to say that a new idea is the most quickly acting antigen known to science. If we watch ourselves honestly we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated."
   - Wilfred Batten Lewis Trotter

"Certainly science has moved forward. But when science progresses, it often opens vaster mysteries to our gaze. Moreover, science frequently discovers that it must abandon or modify what it once believed. Sometimes it ends by accepting what it has previously scorned."
   - Loren Eiseley ("The Firmament of Time")

"As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things."
   - Isaac Newton

"It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him."
   - Max Planck

"We are a scientific civilization. That means a civilization in which knowledge and its integrity are crucial. Science is only a Latin word for knowledge... Knowledge is our destiny."
   - Jacob Bronowski

"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge… My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
   - Albert Einstein

"This is *our* Universe, our museum of wonder and beauty, our cathedral."
   - John Archibald Wheeler

"I reveal myself in my true colors, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men have not changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings by satisfying our own egos. I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole, which for convenience we call nature. All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible."
   - Kenneth Clark ("Civilization")



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