Scientific Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old scientific quotes, scientific sayings, and scientific proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process. Jean Piaget
Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena. Wilhelm Reich
We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire. Kary Mullis
Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect. Albert Einstein
For every scientific or engineering action, there is an equal and opposite social reaction. Norman Ralph Augustine
Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty. Isaac Asimov
A scientific approach means knowing what one knows and what one doesn't. Absolute or complete knowledge is unscientific. Karl Jaspers
A good scientific theory is one which is falsifiable, which has not been falsified. Richard Dawkins
Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry. John Dewey
Theory is the essence of facts. Without theory scientific knowledge would be only worthy of the madhouse. Oliver Heaviside
This means that to entrust to science - or to deliberate control according to scientific principles - more than scientific method can achieve may have deplorable effects. Friedrich August von Hayek
Scientific research is one of the most exciting and rewarding of occupations. Frederick Sanger
Scientific progress consists in the development of new concepts. Ernst Mayr
Scientific inquiry shouldn't stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found. Neil deGrasse Tyson
In scientific thinking are always present elements of poetry. Science and music requires a thought homogeneous. Albert Einstein
The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability. Thomas Huxley
Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work. Thom Mayne
Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not. Richard Dawkins
Scientific method is the way to truth, but it affords, even in principle, no unique definition of truth. Any so-called pragmatic definition of truth is doomed to failure equally. Willard Van Orman Quine
Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things. Aldous Huxley
Scientific knowledge advances haltingly and is stimulated by contention and doubt. Claude Levi-Strauss
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. Max Planck
Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next. Jean Piaget
The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn't misled you into thinking you know something you actually don't know. Robert M. Pirsig
Scientific management promised to replace rules of thumb with accurate measurements. Jill Lepore
Scientific thought and its creation is the common and shared heritage of mankind. Abdus Salam
Science is what scientists do, and there are as many scientific methods as there are individual scientists. Percy Williams Bridgman
Scientific reasoning is a kind of dialogue between the possible and the actual, between what might be and what is in fact the case. Peter Medawar
In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact. Thomas Huxley
The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions. Claude Levi-Strauss