An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.


Mike Adams


A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


What we call conscience in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the law.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Rather than have it the principal thing in my son's mind, I would gladly have him think that the sun went round the earth, and that the stars were so many spangles set in the bright blue firmament.


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.


Antonin Artaud (1896-1948, French theater producer, actor, theorist)


Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.


Isaac Asimov (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.


Isaac Asimov (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


A good conscience is a continual feast.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Science is but an image of the truth.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The microbe is so very small: You cannot take him out at all.


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)


Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of Twentieth Century.


J. G. Ballard (1930-, British author)


Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.


George Bancroft (1800-1891, American historian)


Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.


Maria De Beausacq


The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.


P. L. Berger


Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849, Irish writer and socialite)


If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.


Niels Bohr (1885-1962, Danish physicist)


The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Science knows only one commandment -- contribute to science.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


It doesn't matter whether you're talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another; if a man is a scientist, like me, he'll always say "Publish and be damned."


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


The more we learn of science, the more we see that its wonderful mysteries are all explained by a few simple laws so connected together and so dependent upon each other, that we see the same mind animating them all.


Olympia Brown (1835-1926, American women's suffrage leader)


The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


I hate science. It denies a man's responsibility for his own deeds, abolishes the brotherhood that springs from God's fatherhood. It is a hectoring, dictating expertise, which makes the least lovable of the Church Fathers seem liberal by contrast. It is far easier for a Hitler or a Stalin to find a mock-scientific excuse for persecution than it was for Dominic to find a mock-Christian one.


Basil Bunting (1900-1985, British poet)


They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended testicles in a wheelbarrow terrified no doubt that some skulking ingrate of a clone student will sneak into his very brain and steal his genius work.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. Nearly all men of science, all men of learning for that matter, and men of simple ways too, have it in some form and in some degree. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. If we abandon that mission under stress we shall abandon it forever, for stress will not cease. Knowledge for the sake of understanding, not merely to prevail, that is the essence of our being. None can define its limits, or set its ultimate boundaries.


Vannevar Bush


Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell!


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Science is but the exchange of ignorance for that which is another kind of ignorance.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


O Star-eyed Science! hast thou wandered there, to waft us home the message of despair?


Thomas Campbell (1777-1844, Scottish poet)


Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


The true science and study of man, is man himself.


Pierre Charron (1541-1603, French philosopher)


Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -- but it does not keep him from doing it.


Frank A. Clark


Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.


Arthur C. Clarke (1917-, British science fiction writer)


Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


Researchers, with science as their authority, will be able to cut animals up, alive, into small pieces, drop them from a great height to see if they are shattered by the fall, or deprive them of sleep for sixteen days and nights continuously for the purposes of an iniquitous monograph... "Animal trust, undeserved faith, when at last will you turn away from us? Shall we never tire of deceiving, betraying, tormenting animals before they cease to trust us?"


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life.


Robin G. Collingwood (1889-1943, British historian, philosopher)


If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself? Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well?


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.


Joseph Cook


Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.


David Cronenberg (1943-, Canadian filmmaker)


When you are identifying science of the motion of water, remember to include under each subject its application and use, so that the science will be useful.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.


Rene Daumal (1908-1944, French poet, critic)


Honor is the moral conscience of the great.


D'Avenant (1606-1668, British poet, playwright)


Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.


Philip K. Dick (1928-1982, American science fiction writer)


Faith is a fine invention when Gentleman can see -- but microscopes are prudent in an emergency.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Let me arrest thy thoughts; wonder with me, why plowing, building, ruling and the rest, or most of those arts, whence our lives are blest, by cursed Cain's race invented be, and blessed Seth vexed us with Astronomy.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire.


Madame Dudevant


In sci-fi convention, life-forms that hadn't developed space travel were mere prehistory -- horse-shoe crabs of the cosmic scene -- and something of the humiliation of being stuck on a provincial planet in a galactic backwater has stayed with me ever since.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Thus will the fondest dream of Phallic science be realized: a pristine new planet populated entirely by little boy clones of great scientific entrepreneurs free to smash atoms, accelerate particles, or, if they are so moved, build pyramids -- without any social relevance or human responsibility at all.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


There is an insistent tendency among serious social scientists to think of any institution which features rhymed and singing commercials, intense and lachrymose voices urging highly improbable enjoyment, caricatures of the human esophagus in normal and impaired operation, and which hints implausibly at opportunities for antiseptic seduction as inherently trivial. This is a great mistake. The industrial system is profoundly dependent on commercial television and could not exist in its present form without it.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Science is the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as an association as possible.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The man of science is a poor philosopher.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large scientific method in most cases fails.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Do what we can, summer will have its flies.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quiet conscience.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


What terrible questions we are learning to ask! The former men believed in magic, by which temples, cities, and men were swallowed up, and all trace of them gone. We are coming on the secret of a magic which sweeps out of men's minds all vestige of theism and beliefs which they and their fathers held and were framed upon.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


Conscience -- the only incorruptible thing about us.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.


Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-, British author)


Neurophysiologists will not likely find what they are looking for, for that which they are looking for is that which is looking.


Keith Floyd


Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


Furnished as all Europe now is with Academies of Science, with nice instruments and the spirit of experiment, the progress of human knowledge will be rapid and discoveries made of which we have at present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I feel bad that I don't feel worse.


Michael Frayn (1933-, British playwright, novelist, journalist)


Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced -- by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


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