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Great Quotes by Scientists and Other Intelligent People

I have far too many to list , but here’s a sampling. Feel free to add yours:

Fossils are like truth. They are not where you look for them, but where you find them. –GHR Von Koenigswald

 

I learnt from Flo how to be mother. Flo was patient, tolerant. She was supportive. She was always there. She was playful. She enjoyed having her babies, as good mothers do. –Jane Goodall

Chimps are unbelievably like us – in biological, non-verbal ways. They can be loving and compassionate and yet they have a dark side… 98 per cent of our DNA is the same. The difference is that we have developed language – we can teach about things that aren’t there, plan for the future, discuss, share ideas… –Jane Goodall

“(Man’s) greatness does not consist in being different from the animals that share the earth with him, but in being…conscious of things of which his environment has no inkling.” –GHR Von Koenigswald

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents.” – Aristotle

“Never give up. Never!” – Winston Churchill

“Whatever you can do or dream you can. Begin it. Boldness has beauty, magic and power in it.” – Goethe

“I like a man who grins when he fights.” – Winston Churchill

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. ‑‑Albert Einstein

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. ‑‑Voltaire

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.– Aristotle

Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not easy.– Aristotle

Law means good order– Aristotle

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.– Marcus Aurelius

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.– Marcus Aurelius

The price of greatness is responsibility.– Sir Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.– Sir Winston Churchill

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.– Sir Winston Churchill

To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.- Cicero

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.– Charles Darwin

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.– Epictetus

Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?– Epicurus

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.– Henry Ford

Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used till they are seasoned.– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.– Oliver Wendell Holmes

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Once stretched by a new idea, man’s mind never returns to its original dimensions.– Oliver Wendell Holmes

I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. — Oliver Wendell Holmes


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