Quote Archive


This is a my collection of quotes. These are not your normal quotes from famous people. Every quote below is from my own reading and research, and to confirm that they are real (unlike some of the quotes in those big quote collections), I will include detailed information about where I found the quote. So, enjoy!

The history of Science is closely bound up with the history of mankind, like one of the strands of a heavy cable.

— F. St. A. Hartley, The Children’s Gallery: A Guide … (1946) p3

Man alone among earthly creatures is conscious of a meaning in his life, and the fullness of his knowledge and awareness of that meaning is a measure of his wisdom.

— Frank Sherwood Taylor, Two Ways of Life (1947) p1

In this fight I have the most intolerant and vindictive enemies I have ever met and I have the largest majority on my side I have ever had and I am discussing the greatest issue I have ever discussed.

— William Jennings Bryan about the Evolution debate, As quoted in Gilbert’s “Redeeming Culture” (1997) p23

The ordinary man must know something about various branches of science, for the same reason that the astronomer, even if his eyes are fixed on higher things, must know about boots. The reason is that these matters affect daily life.

— J.B.S. Haldane, Science and Everyday Life (1939), p7

Every kind of food has a long history, and will doubtless go on having a history.

— J.B.S. Haldane, Science and Everyday Life (1939), p11

Crisps (short for potato crisps) are called potato chips in America. The British shorten potato crisps to crisps. British chips are French fried potatoes in America. The Americans often shorten French fried potatoes to French fries.

— Norman W. Schur, British English A to Zed: Revised and Updated Edition (2001) p84

History, if viewed as a repository for more than anecdote or chronology, could produce a decisive transformation in the image of science by which we are now possessed.

— Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (3rd Ed 1996) p1

The Origin of Species recognized no goal set either by God or nature. … What could ‘evolution,’ ‘development,’ and ‘progress’ mean in the absence of a specified goal?

— Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (3rd Ed 1996) p172

The search for love and the search for wealth are always the two best stories. But while a love story is timeless, the story of a quest for wealth, given enough time, will always seem like the vain pursuit of a mirage.

— Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History (2002) p13

Study of the heavens has inspired the noblest flights of man’s imagination on the one hand, and of his intellect upon the other.

— Paper C: “Memorandum on the Science Museum’s plans to build a planetarium considered in relation to those of Madame Tussaud’s.” for 5 Apr 55 in ScM Z193/2

Somebody’s comin’, Pa.

— Opening line, Shane (1953)

There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

— Stanley Kubrick (Opening Lines), A Clockwork Orange (1971)

I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be ‘Sir!’ Do you maggots understand this?

— Stanley Kubrick (Opening Lines), Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Threatning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them

— Isaac Newton, Fitzwilliam Notebook (concerning the admission of Newton’s sins in 1662)

Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians, the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind which looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less than 10,000 years ago. Isaac Newton, a posthumous child bom with no father on Christmas Day, 1642, was the last wonderchild to whom the Magi could do sincere and appropriate homage.

— John Maynard Keynes, Newton, the Man (1946)

Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

— Al Jolson (as Jack Robin), The Jazz Singer (1927)

Children were so . . . so . . . scary. They were helpless and fragile and looked like they would break easily if dropped.

— John Grogan, Marley & Me (online excerpt)

There is a wild boar lurking in the body of every cottage pig.

— Lyall Watson, The Whole Hog (2005) p242

Nowhere has the old idea of Christmas – a sublimated Paganism – been preserved so rigidly as in Oxford. Port is a thing of the past … yet somehow the old ways have not been stamped out.

— Ursula Aylmer, ed., quoted in Oxford Food: An Anthology (1995) p194

It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.

— George W. Bush, May 2000

I understand small business growth. I was one.

— George W. Bush, February 2000

My answer is bring them on.

— George W. Bush, On Iraqi insurgents attacking US forces, July 2003

When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.

— George W. Bush, September 2001

We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World.

— George W. Bush, August 2004

One of my basic tenets to having a successful life is living beneath your means.

AMBIDEXTROUS, adj. Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left.

— Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary

BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think what we think. That which distinguishes the man who is content to be something from the man who wishes to do something. A man of great wealth, or one who has been pitchforked into high station, has commonly such a headful of brain that his neighbors cannot keep their hats on. In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, brain is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

— Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary

History without the history of science, to alter slightly an apothegm of Lord Bacon, resembles a statue of Polyphemus without his eye—that very feature being left out which most marks the spirit and life of the person. My own thesis is complementary: science taught … without a sense of history is robbed of those very qualities that make it worth teaching to the student of the humanities and the social sciences.

— I. Bernard Cohen, ‘The History of Science and the Teaching of Science’, in General Education in Science (1952), 71.

Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night
God said, “Let Newton be,” and all was light.

— Alexander Pope, Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey (1735)

Hypotheses Non fingo (I feign no hypotheses)

— Isaac Newton, Attributed Quote

Cognito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am).

— Rene Descartes, Attributed Quote

That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heavens go.

— Galileo Galilei, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615) in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957)

A plurality must not be asserted without necessity.

— William of Ockham, Summa totius logicae (c. 1324)

The Festival is nationwide. All through the summer, and all through the land, its spirit will be finding expression in a great variety of British sights and a great range of British sounds. Taken together, all these activities will add up to one united act of national reassessment, and one corporate reaffirmation of faith in the nation’s future.

— Ian Cox, Festival Ship Campania: A Guide to the Story it Tells (HMSO 1951) p4

In short, many of the pioneers in all the great provinces that make up the universe have been British.

— Ian Cox, Festival Ship Campania: A Guide to the Story it Tells (HMSO 1951) p18

Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice.

— Hanlon’s razor

I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!

— General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, On the German Art of War: Truppenführung (1933, English Ed. 2001)

This brings me to quite another aspect of the influence of science on human life – namely industrialisation. The growth of industry from crafts has been perhaps the greatest difference between human life in the West to-day and that of two centuries ago.

— Frank Sherwood Taylor, The Old Order Changeth (a speech given at Keble College on 11 Sep 51) in MHS FST 206

In our coal is stored the energy of the sun itself, captured by forest plants and trees two hundred and twenty million years ago.

— Ian Cox, South Bank Exhibition: A Guide to the Story It Tells (HMSO 1951) p21

The reasonings about the wonderful and intricate operations of Nature are so full of uncertainty, that, as the Wise-man truly observes, hardly do we guess aright at the things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us.

— Stephen Hales, Vegetable Staticks (from 1738 ed.) p318

Ever since I have been enquiring into the works of Nature I have always loved and admired the Simplicity of her Ways.

— Dr George Martine, Medical Essays and Observations (1747)

Everything tastes better with bacon.

Bacon up!

— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

A martini is like a play. It can be terribly good or terribly poor.

— Rex Harrison, 1959 Booth’s House of Lords Gin Advert

That said, fire-breathers on the right don’t help, whatever the cause. They may warm the base, but the Republican base is becoming a remote island in mainstream America. Everyone else is paddling away.

— Kathleen Parker, Washington Post (3 June 2009)

Science had made great acquisitions, and it seemed desirable, if only for experiment sake, to see what kind of FRANKENSTEIN would result from the architectural union of her scattered limbs.

— Atlas, 20 Dec 1845, Victorian Sensation, p41 (2003)

As readers we can make a different history.

— James Secord, Victorian Sensation, p532 (2003)

Take the book … and read your eyes out, you will never find what I find.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Spiritual Laws” in Essays (1841), Victorian Sensation (2003) p515

I knew something of your history and more of your literature. But, to me, England was a small, pleasant, historical, but relatively unimportant island off the coast of Europe. It was different and therefore interesting. Your country was a sort of museum piece …

— Edward Murrow, as quoted in Never Again (1993) by Hennessy, p18

I am Mr Toad…with an AK-47

— Richard Hammond, Top Gear review of Morgan Aero 8 GTN

Earthquakes might be viewed as acts of God, but their lethality is often a function of masonry.

— Joel Achenbach, \”Under the world\’s greatest cities, deadly plates\” in Washington Post on 23 Feb 2010

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man\’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963

We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959

The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.

— Teddy Roosevelt, H. Paul Jeffers, The Bully Pulpit: A Teddy Roosevelt Book of Quotations (Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1998), 30.

There is only today and how we choose to live it. The future is unknowable … it offers no clear path to happiness. Science will not save us. Each of us, then, needs to cobble together a daily routine filled with basic human pleasures, wedded … to the best that modernity has to offer. It is a life of compromise rather than extremes. It is a touch of the old and a taste of the new. And, cooking … offers the most direct way back into the heart of the good life. It is useful, it is necessary, it is social, and it offers immediate pleasure and satisfaction. It connects with the past and ensures the future.

— Chris Kimball, Fannie’s Last Supper (Hyperion, 2010) p239

Standing in front of a hot oven, we remind ourselves of who we are, of what we are capable of and how we might stumble back to the center of happiness.

— Chris Kimball, Fannie’s Last Supper (Hyperion, 2010) p239