Calder, Alexander

Scientists leave their discoveries, like foundlings, on the doorstep of society, while the stepparents do not know how to bring them up.

In Alan J. Friedman and Carol C. Donley Einstein as Myth and Muse Chapter 1 (p. 7)

Erasmus, Desiderius

And next these come our Philosophers, so much reverenc'd for their Fur'd Gowns and Starcht Beards, that they look upon themselves as the onely Wise Men, and all others as Shadows. And yet how pleasantly do they dote while they frame in their heads innumerable worlds; measure out the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, nay and Heaven it self, as it were with a pair of Compasses. . .

Gardner, Martin

When reputable scientists correct flaws in an experiment that produced fantastic results, then fail to get those results when they repeat the test with flaws corrected, they withdraw their original claims. They do not defend them by arguing irrelevantly that the failed replication was successful in some other way, or by making intemperate attacks on whomever dares to criticize their competence.

The New York Review of Books Claims for ESP Reply by Martin Gardner February 19,1981

Gray, George W.

The modern scientist is like a detective who finds clues, but never gets a glimpse of the fugitive he seeks.

The Atlantic Monthly New Eyes of the Universe (p. 607) Volume 155, Number 5, May 1935

Mitchell, Maria

The true scientist must be self-forgetting. He knows that under the best circumstances he is sowing what others must reap—or rather he is striking the mine which others must open up—for human life at longest has not the measure of a single breath in the long life of science.

In Helen Wright Sweeper in the Sky Chapter 9 (p. 168)

It is the highest joy of the true scientist...that he can reap no lasting harvest—that whatever he may bring into the storehouse today will be surpassed by the gleaners tomorrow—he studies Nature because he loves her and rejoices to 'look through Nature up to Nature's God.'

In Helen Wright Sweeper in the Sky Chapter 9 (p. 168)

Ting, Samuel C.C.

...scientists must go beyond what is taught in the textbook, and they must think independently. Also, they cannot hesitate to ask questions, even when their view may be unpopular.

In Janet Nomura Morey and Wendy Dunn Famous Asian Americans Samuel C.C. Ting (p. 143)


The poet, according to Gilbert K. Chesterton, is content to walk along with his head in the heavens, while the scientist must ever seek in vain to cram the heavens into his head!

Journal of Chemical Education March 1945 (p. 106)

One of the characteristics of scientists and their work, curiously enough, is a certain confusion, almost a muddle. This may seem strange if you have come to think of science with a big S as being all clearness and light.

Doubt and Certainty in Science First Lecture (p. 1)

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