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Quotes about Science and Technology

Updated on June 10, 2015
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A lover of the written word Colleen has a Master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes

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What is the difference between science and technology?

♦ First it was a milk-maid's tale, and then the tale became a thinker’s theory that turned into an experiment from which was found a cure for smallpox. And, if I could invent a device on which I could write a message and send it on a moonbeam; what would I call such a thing? Tom McBride

» The above quote refers to the development of the first vaccine by Edward Jenner in 1798 and the invention of the digital cellular phone in the 1990s.

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♦ The quick harvest of applied science is the usable process, the medicine, the machine. The shy fruit of pure science is its understanding. Lincoln Barnett

♦ Nothing improves an innovation like lack of controls. Muench

♦ I'm a creationist; I refuse to believe that I could have evolved from man. Vince Marcel

♦ To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Edison

♦ Technology is dominated by two types of people. Those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand. Daniel Putman

♦ The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations. G. K. Chesterton

♦ The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense. Picasso

♦ Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. Aldous Huxley

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♦ Science itself is a humanist in the sense that it doesn’t discriminate between human beings, but it is also morally neutral. It is no better or worse than the ethos with and for which it is used. Max Lerner

♦ When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it, whether it be a factory or a government. Alexander Chase

♦ If the human race wants to go to hell in a basket, technology can help it get there by jet. It won’t change the desire or the direction, but it can greatly speed the passage. Charles M. Allen

♦ Laziness is the mother of nine inventions out of ten. Philip Saund

♦ The world is my country, science my religion. Christiaan Huygens

♦ Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. Einstein

Necessity is the mother of invention

— Plato

♦ We have created an industrial order geared to automatism where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end. Lewis Mumford

♦ A woman’s virtue is man’s greatest invention. Cornelia Otis Skinner

♦ Science is what happens when preconception meets verification. Unknown

♦ Science is the most intimate school of resignation and humility, for it teaches us to bow before the seemingly most insignificant of facts. Miguel De Unamuno

♦ The simple faith in progress is not a conviction belonging to strength, but one belonging to acquiescence and hence to weakness. Norbert Wiener

♦ What science cannot tell us, mankind cannot know. Bertrand Russell

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♦ The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. Seek simplicity and distrust it. Alfred Lord Whitehead.

♦ The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them. Saint Exupery

♦ You cannot have a science without measurement. Donald Bunter

♦ An inventor is a person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization. Ambrose Bierce

♦ Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C Clarke

♦ The physicists have known sin, and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose. J. Robert Oppenheimer

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♦ The gods gave man fire and he invented fire engines. They gave him love and he invented marriage. Mary Quant

♦ Time and space; time to be alone and space to move about. These may be the great sacrifices of tomorrow. Edwin Way Teale

♦ We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. Jose Ortega Y Gasset

♦ Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs while the angels are debating the best way to use it. Alan Valentine

♦ It must be confessed that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men than the inventors of syllogisms. Voltaire

♦ Sometimes you might think that the machines we worship make all the chief appointments, promoting the human beings who seem closest to them. J. B. Priestly

Innovation is hard to schedule

— Dan Fylstra

♦ There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. Mark Twain

♦ It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic. Marshall McLuhan

♦ The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way. Eric Hoffer

♦ The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) But; “That’s funny…” Isaac Asimov

♦ The marvels of today’s modern technology include the development of a soda can, which, when discarded will last forever; and a $7,000 car which, when properly cared for, will rust out in two or three years. Paul Harwitz

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♦ Man must be at once more humble and more confident; more humble in the face of destructive potentials of what he can achieve, more confident of his own humanity as against computers and robots which are only engines to simulate him. Max Lerner

♦ Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training. Anna Freud

♦ We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Carl Sagan

♦ Though many have tried, no one has ever yet explained away the decisive fact the science, which can do so much, cannot decide what it ought to do. Joseph Wood Krutch

♦ Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth. Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

♦ The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life. Ernest Renan

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♦ All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. Samuel Butler

♦ As soon as one belongs to a narrow creed of science, every unprejudiced and true perception is gone. Goethe

♦ Science has given to this generation the means of unlimited disaster or of unlimited progress. There will remain the greater task of directing knowledge lastingly towards the purpose of peace and human good. Sir Winston Churchill

♦ Our inventions mirror our secret wishes. Lawrence Durrell

♦ The difference between art and science is that science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else. Donald Knuth

♦ Out of every ten innovations attempted, all very splendid, nine will end up in silliness; the tenth and the last, though it escape the preposterous; will show little that is new in the end. Antonio Machado

♦ Electronic calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot solve; but no government subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm. Joseph Wood Krutch

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♦ Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all. Norbert Wiener

♦ There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. Mark Twain

♦ Men are like trees; each one must put forth the leaf that is created within him. Henry Ward Beecher

♦ It is a fact or have I dreamt it that by means of electricity the world of matter has become a great nerve vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Nathaniel Hawthorne

♦ People must understand that science is inherently neither a potential for good nor for evil. It is a potential to be harnessed by man to do his bidding. Glenn T. Seaborg

♦ If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery. Michael Harrington

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♦ Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor. Oliver Wendell Holmes

♦ It is shortsightedness to limit our faith in laws to those of gravity, of chemistry, of botany, and so forth. Emerson

♦ The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being. Hans Selye

♦ One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide

♦ In art nothing worth doing can be done without genius; in science even a very moderate capacity can contribute to a supreme achievement. Bertrand Russell

Time is the greatest innovator

— Francis Bacon

♦ The moment man cast off his age long belief in magic science bestowed upon him the blessing of the electric current. Jean Giraudoux

♦ Science cannot stop while ethics catch up, and nobody should expect scientists to do all the thinking for the country. Elvin C. Stackman

♦ Astronomers work always with the past; because light takes time to move from one place to another, they see things as they were, not as they are. Neale E. Howard

♦ The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother’s milk. H. L. Mencken

♦ Only science can hope to keep technology in some sort of moral order. Edgar Z. Friedenberg

I hope you have enjoyed reading these quotes.

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      DJ Anderson 22 months ago

      Colleen, these quotes hold both humor and insight into the world of

      man's way of thinking. I enjoyed each quote and was glad that you included some old friends like Aldous Huxley, Arthur C. Clark, Eric Hoffer, Carl Sagan and of course Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.

      So many great thinkers, with few boundaries, taught us how to think, not what to think.

      This hub was most enjoyable. Great job!

      DJ.

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      Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

      I loved these quotes! Great job!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great quotes offering information and explanations --and some inspiration from the world of science and technology.

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      How awesome your quotes Colleen, I love them every one. I hope to write my own sometime.

      Voted up, UABI, shared and pinned.

      Blessings friend.

      Shyron

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      Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

      Hi DJ, Like you I regard writers who have added to my life such as Huxley and to the world at large as with Einstein and Bell as eternal friends to us all. I spent a good deal of time coordinating quotes and photos and am glad you found the result enjoyable.

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      Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

      Thanks, Larry; your insightful comments are always a joy.

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      Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

      Thank you MsDora for your encouraging comment and I am happy to have inspired you.

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      Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

      Hi Shyron, I am so happy to know these quotes have brought you some learning and pleasure. Though I do the best I can with each hub, it is largely by comment like yours that let me know they are worth while.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Some serious, some amusing, some observations, I love all of these quotes. Once more you astound me with your research.

      'Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal' - wasn't Einstein wise?!

      This is a great compilation and has given plenty of food for thought, Colleen.

      Hope all's well with you.

      Ann

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      Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

      Hi Ann, Your thoughts are always welcome and fruitful. It does take effort to find a variety of quotes, so it is heartening to know you enjoy them. Colleen

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      Gilbert Arevalo 18 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Fun quotes Colleen, I enjoyed how famous people of yesterday gave us their point-of-view about science. The time travel quote about astronomers seeing things in the past because the present has changed is a gem.

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      Colleen Swan 18 months ago from County Durham

      Thank you Gilbert. I am always amazed at some of the gems that exist. It is when searching for quotes about a specific subject that they come to light. Colleen

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