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Science without conscience is only ruin of the soul.
François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel / 

Science without conscience is only ruin of the soul.

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Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
Michel de Montaigne - Essays / 

Poetry is related to philosophy as experience is related to empirical science.
Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation / 

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov / 

The philosopher should never forget that he is cultivating an art and not a science.
Arthur Schopenhauer / 

The philosopher should never forget that he is cultivating an art and not a science.

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Philosophy is written in this grand book, which stands continually open before our eyes (I say the Universe), but can not be understood without first learning to comprehend the language and know the characters as it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is impossible to humanly understand a word; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.
Galileo Galilei / 

There is only one science to teach to children. It is that of man's duties.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile, or On Education / 

Antisthenes used to say that the most useful science was to unlearn evil.
François Fénelon / 

Of all the human sciences, the science of man is the most worthy.
Nicolas Malebranche - The Search after Truth / 

A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.
Karl Popper - Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge / 

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
Paul Valéry / 

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant / 

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / 

Ethics is in truth the easiest of all sciences.
Arthur Schopenhauer / 

From science comes foresight, from foresight action.
Auguste Comte - Course of Positive Philosophy / 

Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
Ludwig van Beethoven / 

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
Bertrand Russell / 

Science is but an image of the truth.
Francis Bacon / 

Logic is the most useful tool of all the arts. Without it no science can be fully known.
William of Ockham - Summa Logicae

Did science promise happiness? I do not believe it. It promised truth, and the question is to know if we will ever make happiness with truth.
Émile Zola / 

Experience by itself is not science.
Edmund Husserl / 

One does not know completely a science as long as one does not know its history.
Auguste Comte - Course of Positive Philosophy / 

Philosophy is true mother of the arts.
Marcus Tullius Cicero / 

If only these metaphysicians would give their attention to the lengthy discursive processes which lead science to build new intuitions.
Gaston Bachelard

The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities—perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.
Karl Popper

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
Richard Phillips Feynman

Art is science made clear.
Jean Cocteau - Le Coq et l’Arlequin

So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.
Johannes Kepler

Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
André Breton

Ideas, being only accessible to crowds after having assumed a very simple shape, must often undergo the most thoroughgoing transformations to become popular. It is especially when we are dealing with somewhat lofty philosophic or scientific ideas that we see how far-reaching are the modifications they require in order to lower them to the level of the intelligence of crowds.
Gustave Le Bon - The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind / 

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