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





He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A clear conscience is a soft pillow.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The belly does not have a conscience.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.


Edgar Quinet (1803-1875, French poet, historian, politician)


A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Science is for those who learn; poetry is for those who know.


Joseph Roux (1834-1905, French priest, writer)


What a man calls his "conscience" is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money off them.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted? Or does (such a society) necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion?


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Science is what you know; philosophy what you don't know.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.


Carl Edward Sagan (1934-, American astronomer, author)


Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


Conscience does make cowards of us all.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Science is always wrong; it never solves a problem without creating ten more.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Conscience in most men is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.


Edward Teller (American physicist and author)


If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only one fact or the description of one actual phenomenon to infer all the particular results at that point. Now we know only a few laws, and our result is vitiated, not, of course, by any confusion or irregularity in Nature, but by our ignorance of essential elements in the calculation. Our notions of law and harmony are commonly confined to those instances which we detect, but the harmony which results from a far greater number of seemingly conflicting, but really concurring, laws which we have not detected, is still more wonderful. The particular laws are as our points of view, as to the traveler, a mountain outline varies with every step, and it has an infinite number of profiles, though absolutely but one form. Even when cleft or bored through, it is not comprehended in its entireness.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


True science investigates and brings to human perception such truths and such knowledge as the people of a given time and society consider most important. Art transmits these truths from the region of perception to the region of emotion.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.


Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)


A bad conscience has a very good memory.


Author Unknown


A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.


Author Unknown


Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking.


Author Unknown


God may forgive and forget, but the central nervous system does not.


Author Unknown


God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.


Author Unknown


Isn't it marvelous how those scientists know the names of all those stars?


Author Unknown


One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.


Author Unknown


Science is feasible when the variables are few and can be enumerated; when their combinations are distinct and clear. We are tending toward the condition of science and aspiring to do it. The artist works out his own formulas; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


Conscience is a man's compass.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "Science Fiction" and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


Man has to awaken to wonder -- and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


If politicians and scientist were lazier, how much happier we should all be.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.


Steven Weinberg (1933-, American nuclear physicist)


Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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