It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride.
The experimenter who does not know what he is looking for will not understand what he finds.
A great discovery is a fact whose appearance in science gives rise to shining ideas, whose light dispels many obscurities and shows us new paths.
A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.
A contemporary poet has characterized this sense of the personality of art and of the impersonality of science in these words—‘Art is myself; science is ourselves’.
The doubter is a true man of science; he doubts only himself and his interpretations, but he believes in science.
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