Favorite Science Quotes

"If you don't have time to do it right you'll have time to do it again."
- Mike Greenberg

"Do you know what the secret to success is?" I of course said no. He then said, "Just keep working."
- Eric Kandel, quoted by (and said to) Eve Marder, interview in Current Biology 17:R5-R7 2007

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard...is what makes it great."
- Jimmy Dugan in "A League of their Own"

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, then it is accepted as self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer

"Anyone who has not made a mistake, has not tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea."
- Benjamin Franklin

"I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!"
- Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

"A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales."
- Marie Curie

"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."
- Marie Curie

"The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory."
- Santiago Ramón Cajal

"A scientist has to work very hard to get to the point where he can be lucky."
- R. B. Woodward

"I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple."
- Albert Einstein

"True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant."
- Miquel de Unamuno

"The institution of science makes skepticism a virtue."
-Robert Merton

"Scientists are explorers."
-Richard Feynman

"Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
- Werner Von Braun

"Like the enotmologist in search of colorful butterflies, my attention has chased in the gardens of the grey matter cells with delicate and elegant shapes, the mysterious butterflies of the soul, whose beating of wings may one day reveal to us the secrets of the mind."
- Recollections of My Life, Santiago Ramón y Cajal

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!"
- Dorrie, Finding Nemo

"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
- Kurt Vonnegut