Words Of Wisdom

A few great quotes which express the spirit of skepticism and scientific inquiry.




“Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”
~John Adams
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
~John Adams


“When did ignorance become a point of view?
~Scott Adams (As said by Dilbert)


“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell ‘em.”
~Louis Armstrong


“We see things based on autopilot. Our mind identifies something in a certain way, no matter what the eye sees. The eye tells you one thing and the brain tells you another.�
~Jerry Andrus

“I can fool you because you’re a human You have a wonderful human mind that works no different from my human mind. Usually when we’re fooled, the mind hasn’t made a mistake. It’s come to the wrong conclusion for the right reason.”
~Jerry Andrus

“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.”
~Issac Asimov

“When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.”
~Isaac Asimov

“Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
~Isaac Asimov

“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.”
~Isaac Asimov

“How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.”
~Niels Bohr

“Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.”
~Niels Bohr

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”
~Niels Bohr

“As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.”
~Dick Cavett

“It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.”
~Dick Cavett

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.”
~Arthur C. Clarke

“A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.”
~Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
~Arthur C. Clarke

“I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations.”
~Charles Darwin

“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
~Richard Dawkins

“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.”
~Richard Dawkins

“It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”
~Richard Dawkins

“[Alternative medicine is defined as] that set of practices that cannot be tested, refuse to be tested or consistently fail tests.”
~Richard Dawkins

“What is interesting about the scientific world view is that it is true, inspiring, remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading.”
~Richard Dawkins

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
~Albert Einstein

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
~Albert Einstein

“All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them”.
~Albert Einstein

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
~Albert Einstein

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
~Albert Einstein

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
~Albert Einstein

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
~Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
~Albert Einstein

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
~Albert Einstein

“The man of science is a poor philosopher.”
~Albert Einstein

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
~Galileo Galilei

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.�
~Stephen Hawking

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.�
~Stephen Hawking

“I think that it’s important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion.”
~Stephen Hawking

“One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem.”
~Stephen Hawking

“What’s the problem, you don’t believe the math?”
~Jamie Hyneman


“Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“So we have always harped on the distinction between reality and illusion, and it really isn’t a political issue.”
~Penn Jillette

“The medium is not the message – the message is the message.”
~Penn Jillette

“Sure, we lie, cheat, and swindle. We’ve been known to deal in a bit of bullshit ourselves. So some of you may ask, “Why pee on someone else’s parade?” One important difference: WE TELL YOU WE’RE LYING! ”
~Penn Jillette

“Heroin also makes people feel better, but I wouldn’t recommend using heroin.”
~James Randi

“I do not expect that homeopathy will ever be established as a legitimate form of treatment, but I do expect that it will continue to be popular.”
~James Randi

“I don’t expect that the million will ever be won, simply because there is no confirming evidence for any paranormal claims to date.”
~James Randi

“No amount of belief makes something a fact”
~James Randi

“Science is a candle in the darkness of a demon haunted world”
~Carl Sagan

“A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable.”
~Carl Sagan

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
~Carl Sagan

“I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudo-science and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive.”
~Carl Sagan

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
~Carl Sagan

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
~Carl Sagan

“There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right. ”
~Carl Sagan

“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”
~Carl Sagan

“In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a “failed experiment.” Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.â€�
~Adam Savage

“Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.”
~Michael Shermer

“Much of what passes before our eyes may be invisible to a brain that is focused on something else.”
~Michael Shermer

“Because we live in an age of science, we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths”.
~Michael Shermer

“But the power of science lies in open publication, which, with the rise of the Internet, is no longer constrained by the price of paper.”
~Michael Shermer

“There is only one surefire method of proper pattern recognition, and that is science.”
~Michael Shermer

“The human capacity for self-delusion is boundless, and the effects of belief are overpowering.”
~Michael Shermer

“No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.”
~Edward Teller

“Physics is, hopefully, simple. Physicists are not.”
~Edward Teller

“The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.”
~Edward Teller

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”
~Edward Teller

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
~Nikola Tesla

“One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in it. They have also believed the world was flat.”
~Mark Twain

“Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.”
~Mark Twain

“Often the less there is to justify a traditional custom the harder it is to get rid it.”
~Mark Twain

“I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.”
~Wernher von Braun

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
~Wernher von Braun