"These modern ingenious sciences and arts do not affect me as those more venerable arts of hunting and fishing, and even of husbandry in its primitive and simple form; as ancient and honorable trades as the sun and moon and winds pursue, coeval with the faculties of man, and invented when these were invented. We do not know their John Gutenberg, or Richard Arkwright, though the poets would fain make them to have been gradually learned and taught."
"After sitting in my chamber many days, reading the poets, I have been out early on a foggy morning and heard the cry of an owl ina neighboring wood as from a nature behind the common, unexplored by science or by literature."
"You can hardly convince a man of an error in a life-time, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. The geologists tell us that it took one hundred years to prove that fossils are organic, and one hundred and fifty more to prove that they are not to be referred to the Noachian deluge."
"Our books of science, as they improve in accuracy, are in danger of losing the freshness and vigor and readiness to appreciate thereal laws of Nature, which is a marked merit in the ofttimes false theories of the ancients."
"He is not a true man of science who does not bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behavior as wellas by application. It is childish to rest in the discovery of mere coincidences, or of partial and extraneous laws. The study of geometry is a petty and idle exercise of the mind, if it is applied to no larger system than the starry one."
"What do the botanists know? Our lives should go between the lichen and the bark. The eye may see for the hand, but not for the mind. We are still being born, and have as yet but a dim vision of sea and land, sun, moon, and stars, and shall not see clearly till after nine days at least."
"Dr. Scofield's equipment, which you have just seen, radiated waves direct to Professor Houghland's laboratory. When these waves came in contact with those the professor's equipment was radiating, they created the interstellar frequency, which is the death ray."
"The vanity of the sciences. Physical science will not console me for the ignorance of morality in the time of affliction. But thescience of ethics will always console me for the ignorance of the physical sciences."
"It is not too much to say that next after the passion to learn there is no quality so indispensable to the successful prosecutionof science as imagination. Find me a people whose early medicine is not mixed up with magic and incantations, and I will find you a people devoid of all scientific ability."
"To satisfy our doubts, therefore, it is necessary that a method should be found by which our beliefs may be caused by nothing human, but by some external permanency, by something upon which our thinking has no effect.... It must be something which affects, or might affect, every man. And though these affections are necessarily as various as are individual conditions, yet the method must be such that the ultimate conclusion of every man shall be the same, or would be the same if inquiry were persisted in. Such is the method of science."
"We shall do better to abandon the whole attempt to learn the truth ... unless we can trust to the human mind's having such a powerof guessing right that before very many hypotheses shall have been tried, intelligent guessing may be expected to lead us to one which will support all tests, leaving the vast majority of possible hypotheses unexamined."