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The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity ...
by Irving Langmuir

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Related topics: Science

Science, almost from its beginnings,
has been truly international in character.
National prejudices disappear completely in the scientist's search for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

History proves abundantly that pure science,
undertaken without regard to applications to human needs,
is usually ultimately of direct benefit to mankind.
- Irving Langmuir

Medicine also disregards national boundaries.
- Irving Langmuir

 

This coupling together of science with international peace,
is, I think, particularly significant.
- Irving Langmuir

And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international.
- Irving Langmuir

Happy indeed is the scientist who not only has the
pleasures which I have enumerated,
but who also wins the recognition of fellow scientists
and of the mankind which ultimately benefits from his endeavors.
- Irving Langmuir

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To my mind, the most important aspect of the Nobel
Awards is that they bring home to the masses of the peoples of all nations,
a realization of their common interests.
They carry to those who have no direct contact with
science the international spirit.
- Irving Langmuir

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
- Ray Bradbury

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions
as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them.
Becoming a scientist or engineer is.
- Dean Kamen

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -
the idea that anything is possible.
- Ray Bradbury

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen

I am not a scientist.
I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.
- Albert Einstein

The scientist only imposes two things,
namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself
and upon other scientists.
- Erwin Schrodinger

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician,
experiences in his work the same impression as an artist;
his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.
- Henri Poincare

Not so the scientist.
The very essence of his life is the service of truth.
- Franz Boas

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

I'm a scientist, not a theologian.
I don't know if there is a God or not.
Religion requires certainty.
- James Lovelock

The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant
of almost everything except his specialty.
- Marshall McLuhan

Without imagination we can go nowhere.
And imagination is not restricted to the arts.
Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.
- Rita Dove

I wanted to be a scientist.
But I had no math skills.
- Terri Windling

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right.
When he states that something is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The combined results of several people working together
is often much more effective than could be that of
an individual scientist working alone.
- John Bardeen

I can't ever remember not wanting to be a scientist.
- Steven Squyres

A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade,
but to clarify.
- Leo Szilard

I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing,
and that is the truth as he sees it.
- Hans Eysenck

In Italy the artist is a god.
Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
- Josef Albers

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor,
a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
- Levon Helm

I was going to be a scientist.
- Ben Okri

The pure natural scientist is liable to forget that minds exist,
and that if it were not for them he could neither know
nor act on physical objects.
- Charles D. Broad

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I thank God for not making me a computer scientist.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

I love being a very personal singer-songwriter,
but I also like being a scientist or explorer.
- Bjork

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician:
he is also a child confronting natural phenomena
that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
- Marie Curie

Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols
to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

The fact that the great scientist believed in flying
machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.
- Wilbur Wright

I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.
- Roland Emmerich

There's no term to the work of a scientist.
- Walter Reisch

The real scientist is ready to bear privation and,
if need be, starvation rather than let anyone dictate
to him which direction his work must take.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations
are often seized in their essence by the percipient
scientist long in advance of any possible proof.
- John Desmond Bernal

Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who
embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverting lenses.
- Thomas Kuhn

If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist.
It's one way to answer the question,
'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better.
- Paula Cole

Life with a scientist who is often changing jobs and
is frequently away at meetings and on lecture tours is not easy.
Without a secure home base, I could not have made much progress.
- John Pople

A scientist should be the happiest of men.
- George Wald

The public impression is that the government,
industry or the highest bidder can buy a scientist
to add credibility to any message.
That crucial quality of impartiality is being lost.
- Johnny Ball

First off, I'm not a scientist, and I make no apology for that.
- Christopher Shays

I think we will see better vaccines within the next 15 years,
but I'm not a scientist and am focused on the short-term -
what will happen in the interim.
- Paul Farmer

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

As a scientist in the field of biological warfare defense,
I have never had any reservations whatsoever about
helping the anthrax investigation in any way that I could.
- Steven Hatfill

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann

The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist
from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies.
- Imre Lakatos

A scientist who cannot prove what he has accomplished,
has accomplished nothing.
- Walter Reisch

The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself,
wherever it may lead.
- Luther Burbank

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
he studies it because he delights in it,
and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
- Henri Poincare

Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier
and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?
- Jacques Derrida

My father was a soil scientist with the Geological Survey.
- Jim Fowler

I have learned to have more faith in the scientist than he does in himself.
- David Sarnoff

The day when the scientist, no matter how devoted,
may make significant progress alone and without material help is past.
This fact is most self-evident in our work.
- Ernest Lawrence

It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist
usually is in the work of any other,
with the possible exception of the teacher who backs
him or the student who honors him.
- Jean Rostand

To the scientist there is the joy in pursuing truth
which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth.
- H. P. Lovecraft

If you put somebody on a crack pipe and give them a 9 mm Baretta,
you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out
what's going to happen next.
- James Lee Burke

The scientist's inquiry into the causes of things is
providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or
invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions.
The same applies to the arts.
- Lukas Foss

There comes a time when every scientist,
even God, has to write off an experiment.
- P. D. James

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature,
the one retreats as the other advances.
- Joseph McCabe

Well, of course I would choose to be the top scientist in my field.
- Jeff Goldblum


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