Dictionary of Science Quotations
Scientist Quotations Index
These pages include science quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists plus pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.
See also: Categories Index
A scientist quotation page heading may include a link to a short biography of the scientist or description of the event corresponding to a day in Science History.
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Some quotations are funny, or pithy, together with longer ones that record the words of a scientist about their own discoveries or outlook.
Maturin M. Ballou, in the Preface to his Edge-Tools of Speech (1899), wrote: “To be of greatest value quotations must be accurately given; but the readiest memory seldom retains more than the aggregated sense of an aphoristic utterance.” Therefore, some familiar quotes cannot be traced to a verbatim source. Nevertheless, “According to Dean Swift, abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use as burning-glasses, — to collect the diffused rays of wit and learning, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination.”