There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
Richard Feynman, physicist, Nobel laureate (1918-1988 )
Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799 )
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
Speaking of ranking the various disciplines --Politicians think they are Economists. Economists think they are Social Scientists. Social Scientists think they are Psychologists. Psychologists think they are Biologists. Biologists think they are Organic Chemists. Organic Chemists think they are Physical Chemists. Physical Chemists think they are Physicists. Physicists think they are Mathematicians. Mathematicians think they are God. God .... ummm.. so happens that God is an Astronomer.
Vinay L. Kashyap, astronomer ( )
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850 )
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
Robert King Merton, sociologist (1910-2003)
Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895 )
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains.
Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892 )
Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790 )