Witty and funny quotes about science by Wilde, Edison, Einstein, Asimov, Feynman, Clarke and more

by Jakub Marian

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“Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.”
― Richard P. Feynman
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“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
Albert Einstein
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas Alva Edison
“There is no squabbling so violent as that between people who accepted an idea yesterday and those who will accept the same idea tomorrow.”
Christopher Darlington Morley
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
Oscar Wilde
“Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Huxley
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’”
Isaac Asimov
“If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.”
Douglas Adams
“Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree, you can fuck off.”
Richard Dawkins quoting an editor of New Scientist Magazine
“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”
Arthur C. Clarke
“Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.”
Richard P. Feynman
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
Mark Twain
“If you’re too open-minded, your brains will fall out.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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