The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter – for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity.
Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.
Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.
There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science.[Национальной науки нет, как нет национальной таблицы умножения; что же национально, то уже не наука.]
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of every day thinking.[Also known for:]All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking.