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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin life
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. It is often said, mainly by the 'no-contests', that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
Richard Dawkins belief
The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation.
John Ray wisdom
I think they are looking for publicity and they are looking for a name for themselves.
David Baltimore think
O, how glorious would it be to set my heel upon the Pole and turn myself 360 degrees in a second!
Joseph Banks self
Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until the invention of agriculture, must have been precarious because of his inability to ensure his food supply.
Norman Borlaug time
Living most of the time in a world created mostly in one's head, does not make for an easy passage in the real world.
Sydney Brenner time
In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
Adelbert von Chamisso love
For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that mankind, as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past, will find for itself a new code of ethics, common to all, made of tolerance, of courage, and of faith in the Spirit of men.
Albert Claude faith
We've discovered the secret of life.
Francis Crick life
Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe.
Georges Cuvier success
And hail their queen, fair regent of the night.
Erasmus Darwin night
Consciousness allows you the capacity to plan.
Gerald Edelman you
We have within us, from the start, that which will distinguish us from the vulgar herd.
Jean Henri Fabre art
One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
Alexander Fleming time
When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.
Dian Fossey life
After the first exams, I switched to the Faculty of Philosophy and studied Zoology in Munich and Vienna.
Karl von Frisch wit
Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion.
Stephen Jay Gould evolution
Politics is applied biology.
Ernst Haeckel biology
Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors - ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. But, clearly, there are scientific truths to be known about how we can flourish in this world. Wherever we can have an impact on the well-being of others, questions of morality apply.
Sam Harris truth
Kindliness and sympathy, fellowship and understanding, are always good, but best when they come from a distant corner of the world.
Archibald Hill world
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
Thomas Huxley right
For me, this world of questions and the provisional, this chase after an answer that was always put off to the next day, all that was euphoric. I lived in the future.
Francois Jacob future
Organized religion: the worlds largest pyramid scheme.
Bernard Katz religion
The living cell almost always contains, locked in its interior, the visible or invisible products of its physiological activity or its nourishment.
Albrecht Kossel men
The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror.
Peter Kropotkin society
Owing to the difficulty of dealing with substances of high molecular weight we are still a long way from having determined the chemical characteristics and the constitution of proteins, which are regarded as the principal con-stituents of living organisms.
Karl Landsteiner living
All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals.
Joshua Lederberg age
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 knowledge
Progressively thinking biologists, both in our country and abroad, saw in Darwinism the only right road to the further development of scientific biology.
Trofim Lysenko men
To me, the human move to take responsibility for the living Earth is laughable - the rhetoric of the powerless. The planet takes care of us, not we of it. Our self-inflated moral imperative to guide a wayward Earth, or heal our sick planet, is evidence of our immense capacity for self delusion. Rather, we need to protect ourselves from ourselves.
Lynn Margulis war
In those early years in New York when I was a stranger in a big city, it was the companionship and later friendship which I was offered in the Linnean Society that was the most important thing in my life.
Ernst Mayr life
I never thought of stopping, and I just hated sleeping. I cant imagine having a better life.
Barbara Mcclintock life
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.
Peter Medawar change
One of the things that I first remember wanting to be was a geolisty - that was the best I could say when I was a kid. That was right after I stopped wanting to be a fireman or a truck driver. Because my dad is a paleontologist who worked with the Smithsonian, I got to see the bones up close and the exhibits behind the scenes there.
Craig Mello work
My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work.
Gregor Mendel knowledge
Its clear that prevention will never be sufficient. Thats why we need a vaccine that will be safe.
Luc Montagnier will
Two years work wasted, I have been breeding those flies for all that time and Ive got nothing out of it.
Thomas Hunt Morgan time
At every stage of my career I have had interesting and cordial colleagues, some of whom are close friends.
Daniel Nathans friends
I was never very good at exams, having a poor memory and finding the examination process rather artificial, and there never seemed to be enough time to follow up things that really interested me.
Paul Nurse time
When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes.
John Boyd Orr work
The relationship between a Russian and a bottle of vodka is almost mystical.
Richard Owen relationship
Dont become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.
Ivan Pavlov mystery
Existence of an excited state is not a prerequisite for the production of inhibition; inhibition can exist apart from excitation no less than, when called forth against an excitation already in progress, it can suppress or moderate it.
Charles Scott Sherrington art
As has repeatedly been stated, the underlying hypothesis, which in a number of cases has been supported by direct experimental evidence, is that each gene controls the production, function, and specificity of a particular enzyme.
Edward Lawrie Tatum art
Genome design is going to be a key part of the future. Thats why we need fast, cheap, accurate DNA synthesis, so you can make a lot of iterations of something and test them.
Craig Venter art
The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one.
George Wald sin
To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur.
Alfred Russel Wallace truth
Never think that Gods delays are Gods denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
Georges Louis Leclerc genius
Through such souls alone / God stooping shows sufficient of His light / For us i the dark to rise by. And I rise.
Robert Brown god
Similar remarks that seem derived from this have in recent years been attributed to Arthur Stanley Eddington, as well as to Haldane, but without citations of an original source:
J. B. S. Haldane art
Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.
E. O. Wilson science
It doesnt matter whether it is chemistry or immunology or neuroscience: I just do research on what I find interesting.
Susumu Tonegawa science