Quotes by Jacob Bronowski

Jacob Bronowski

British Scientist, Author

Alive from: 1908-1974

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    Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.
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    Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
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    It doesn't matter whether you're talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another if a man is a scientist, like me, he'll always say ''Publish and be damned.''
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    Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
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    No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
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    Power is the by-product of understanding.
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    Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
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    That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
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    The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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    The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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    The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
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    To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
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    We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.
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    The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
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