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Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
by Stephen Jay Gould

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview -
nothing more constraining,
more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
- Stephen Jay Gould

 

Science is an integral part of culture.
It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood.
It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.
- Stephen Jay Gould

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such
a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."
I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow,
but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate
transient domination with either intrinsic superiority
or prospects for extended survival.
- Stephen Jay Gould

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Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity
to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
- Stephen Jay Gould

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes,
the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We pass through this world but once.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts
to the bone of our hopes and needs,
the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The most important scientific revolutions all include,
as their only common feature, the dethronement of human
arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous
convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
- Stephen Jay Gould

A creationist can embarrass an evolutionist by asking
for a definition of species.
- Walter Lang

In the most important sense a creationist is a person
who believes in creation,
and that includes people who believe that Genesis is
a myth and that creation involved a process called
evolution and consumed billions of years.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
- John Wooden

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The greater part of critics are parasites,
who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
- J. B. Priestley

People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics,
Jesus was a management expert too.
- George Carey

I think I won't do for your business at all,
but personally I have no fight with you.
You can go on and save all the critics you can,
but don't send them to me.
- Frank Richard Stockton

In private some critics have come up to me afterwards
and told me they honestly enjoyed the movie.
Then they'd tell me that they're still going to have
to write it up negatively.
- Joe Pantoliano

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics,
and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many
people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them.
- Jean M. Auel

There is a price for popularity.
Critics look for your weaknesses, your flaws,
anything that makes the work seem like a fluke and
not seem worthy of all the attention it's getting.
- Terry McMillan

I know all the critics.
- Dana Hill

I really do hope that the people will like 14:59.
The critics seem to like it.
We got a lot of good reviews.
- Mark McGrath

Critics can be your most important friend.
I don't read criticism of my stuff only because when it's bad,
it's rough-and when it's good, it's not good enough.
- Kevin Bacon

I wish all consumers were as gullible as advertising's biggest critics.
Anyone who believes advertising is that powerful will believe almost anything.
- Jef I. Richards

The amazing thing now is that most of those so-called
critics who were telling me to find my own voice seem to have lost theirs.
- Brian Lumley

I think it's unfortunate to have critics for friends.
- William Styron

Children need models rather than critics.
- Joseph Joubert

If critics have problems with my personal life,
it's their problem.
Anybody with half a brain would realize that it's the charts that count.
- Mariah Carey

I say to consumers: instead of relying totally on critics,
drink what you like and like what you drink.
- Robert Mondavi

It was a movement that had all the art critics,
all the museum directors in its thrall.
- Jack Levine

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters,
stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews,
to challenge every new author.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance.
I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers,
and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
- Charles Barkley

These critics organize and practice in my case a sort
of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should
know how to question and above all,
to moderate.
- Jacques Derrida

Critics don't buy records.
They get 'em free.
- Nat King Cole

We are not trying to entertain the critics.
I'll take my chances with the public.
- Walt Disney

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against
the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
- Harold Rosenberg

My idea is always to reach my generation.
The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Well, they are critics of the Bush administration generally
on the human rights record of the administration,
and in particular, they are very, very critical of this use of science.
- Jane Mayer

I haven't seen the show, but when it was finished I
felt good about what we had done.
I don't know how it will stack up with Survival,
but that'll be up to the critics.
- Vic Morrow

I criticize those critics.
The reason being that they're doing one of the worst
things that ever can be done to an actor,
which is to say, Look, you do what we like you to do or else.
- James Lipton

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human.
They tell one why it matters to read.
- Harold Bloom

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
- William Faulkner

The world have payed too great a compliment to critics,
and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
- Henry Fielding

My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 -
or 1957.
It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day,
who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
- Harold Pinter

I've never had an easy relationship with critics.
I hold a lot of homicide in my heart.
If this was another time, I'd be packing a piece.
- Jim Dine

All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
- Gregory Nunn

There's no end to the inventiveness of critics,
I tell you.
Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse
into their analysis of work.
- Dennis Potter

Well, I'm not a critic, I'm just a worker.
So, I'm always grateful for anything the critics say -
good or bad.
- Mandy Patinkin

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

I had my share of critics, and I wash my hands of the whole lot.
- Frank Richard Stockton

The critics tend to forget their own answers after a while.
- Gina Gershon

All over the web there are some very good critics and
it's become for people who are interested.
It's become a very good way to get to reviews and involve yourself in discussions.
- Roger Ebert

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem;
they know how it's done,
they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
- Brendan Behan

The modern minds in each generation are the critics
who preserve us from a petrifying world,
who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers.
- Edith Hamilton

The difference between critics and audiences is that
one is a group of humans and one is not.
- Edward Albee

I can take a lot of pats on the back.
I love it when I get admiring letters from people.
And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me,
too.
- Norman Rockwell

I've been lucky.
The critics never went out of their way to single me out for doing bad work.
- James Caan

The great mystery to me is how restaurant critics think
they can get away with doing their job without anybody noticing who they are.
- Ted Allen

Critics are entitled to have an opinion,
but how can they judge how comfortable a building is?
No critic is smart enough to judge how a building will perform over time.
- Helmut Jahn

If I read or listened to critics of our music,
I'd have been discouraged a long time ago.
- Graham Nash

But critics of the war have no reason to regret their views.
- Stephen Cohen

You have to channel the interpretation and performance into 100 people.
And with the audience, the critics.
- Riccardo Muti

There are many critics who have an idealised version
of where my strengths lie.
- Elvis Costello

I don't care what other critics say,
I only hope to be played.
- Virgil Thomson

Still, as much as I wish Ballistic Kiss could be a better film,
the recognition it gained from critics and at festivals speaks for itself.
- Donnie Yen

So I haven't thought about the critics for a long time.
- Dario Argento


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