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Jacob Bronowski Quotes and Sayings

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It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action;
and they will make it if they cannot find it.
- Jacob Bronowski

The world is made up of people who never quite get
into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
- Jacob Bronowski

You will die but the carbon will not;
its career does not end with you.
It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time,
sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.
- Jacob Bronowski

We gain our ends only with the laws of nature;
we control her only by understanding her laws.
- Jacob Bronowski

 

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
- Jacob Bronowski

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
- Jacob Bronowski

The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
- Jacob Bronowski

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Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent?
Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski

Every animal leaves traces of what it was;
man alone leaves traces of what he created.
- Jacob Bronowski

The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain,
is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into
the minds of ordinary men.
- Jacob Bronowski

That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question,
and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
- Jacob Bronowski

The world is full of people who never quite get into
the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
- Jacob Bronowski

Man is unique not because he does science,
and his is unique not because he does art,
but because science and art equally are expressions
of his marvelous plasticity of mind.
- Jacob Bronowski

Power is the by-product of understanding.
- Jacob Bronowski

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.
- Jacob Bronowski

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin,
barefoot irreverence to their studies;
they are not here to worship what is known,
but to question it.
- Jacob Bronowski

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.
- Jacob Bronowski

Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions.
And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too,
then you can hear God thinking.
- Jacob Bronowski

The most wonderful discovery made by scientists is science itself.
- Jacob Bronowski

To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues;
it means taking pleasure in them.
- Jacob Bronowski

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.
- Jacob Bronowski

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.
- Jacob Bronowski

We are all afraid for our confidence,
for the future, for the world.
That is the nature of the human imagination.
Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward
because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.
- Jacob Bronowski

Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain.
To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
- Carlos Castaneda

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain.
Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish,
the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
- Florence Nightingale

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others;
it make us vain,
in fact, of our modesty.
- Louis Kronenberger

To be a man's own fool is bad enough,
but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn

It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
- William of Occam

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers,
then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
- Adam Clayton

I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding.
- Mary Chesnut

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty,
and just reasoning to delicate sentiment.
In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.
- David Hume

If God had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason,
He wou'd not have given them any, 'for He does nothing in vain.'
- Mary Astell

I don't believe things happen in vain.
I believe they happen for a reason.
- Tracey Gold

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
- Saul Bellow

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not
people so modest that none will set,
and so vain that none will follow them.
- Augustus Hare

Few can believe that suffering, especially by others,
is in vain.
Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain,
while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls
slipping from a broken string.
- George Dennison Prentice

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community,
without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
- Jeremy Bentham

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers
answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
- Andre Breton

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
- Robert Southey

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

How vain, without the merit, is the name.
- Homer

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain,
but more humble.
- James M. Barrie

I wouldn't write anything autobiographical.
If you've lived a life like Laurence of Arabia,
it might be a consideration, but otherwise it's a little bit vain,
it seems to me.
- James Lee Burke

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
- Demosthenes

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
- W. H. Auden

The generality have considered that disease is but
a confused and disordered effort in Nature,
thrown down from her proper state, and defending herself in vain.
- Thomas Sydenham

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.
Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
- Lord Byron

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass,
therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.
- Omar Khayyam

Looks are temporary and don't mirror what's inside.
And usually, a great looking man is so vain.
Maybe most good-looking women are too.
I hope I'm not!
- Dorothy Stratten

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased
with the effect he produces on other people.
- Max Beerbohm

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
- Thomas Gray

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race,
and that half by far the most important and influential.
- Frances Wright

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society.
- Gideon Welles

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind,
since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others,
and we teach the good that they are good in vain.
- Walter Winchell


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