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Michael Polanyi Quotes and Sayings

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Human beings exercise responsibilities within a social
setting and a framework of obligations which transcend
the principle of intelligence.
- Michael Polanyi

But even physics cannot be defined from an atomic topography.
- Michael Polanyi

The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment
has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith.
- Michael Polanyi

No inanimate object is ever fully determined by the
laws of physics and chemistry.
- Michael Polanyi

 

We could not, for example, arrive at a principle like
that of entropy without introducing some additional principle,
such as randomness, to this topography.
- Michael Polanyi

Theories of evolution must provide for the creative
acts which brought such theories into existence.
- Michael Polanyi

Of course language manifests a belief only if we use
its words with the implied acceptance of their appositeness.
- Michael Polanyi

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Admittedly, scientific authority is not distributed
evenly throughout the body of scientists;
some distinguished members of the profession predominate
over others of a more junior standing.
- Michael Polanyi

My title is intended to suggest that the community
of scientists is organized in a way which resembles
certain features of a body politic and works according
to economic principles similar to those by which the
production of material goods is regulated.
- Michael Polanyi

Admittedly, the body of scientists, as a whole,
does uphold the authority of science over the lay public.
It controls thereby also the process by which young
men are trained to become members of the scientific profession.
- Michael Polanyi

I shall suggest, on the contrary, that all communication relies,
to a noticeable extent on evoking knowledge that we cannot tell,
and that all our knowledge of mental processes,
like feelings or conscious intellectual activities,
is based on a knowledge which we cannot tell.
- Michael Polanyi

These maxims and the art of interpreting them may be
said to constitute the premisses of science but I prefer
to call them our scientific beliefs.
These premisses or beliefs are embodied in a tradition,
the tradition of science.
- Michael Polanyi

The first thing to make clear is that scientists,
freely making their own choice of problems and pursuing
them in the light of their own personal judgment,
are in fact co-operating as members of a closely knit organization.
- Michael Polanyi

I hold that the propositions embodied in natural science
are not derived by any definite rule from the data of experience,
and that they can neither be verified nor falsified
by experience according to any definite rule.
- Michael Polanyi

But the system of prices ruling the market not only
transmits information in the light of which economic
agents can mutually adjust their actions,
it also provides them with an incentive to exercise
economy in terms of money.
- Michael Polanyi

And the actual achievements of biology are explanations
in terms of mechanisms founded on physics and chemistry,
which is not the same thing as explanations in terms
of physics and chemistry.
- Michael Polanyi

Moreover, only a strong and united scientific opinion
imposing the intrinsic value of scientific progress
on society at large can elicit the support of scientific
inquiry by the general public.
- Michael Polanyi

So long as we use a certain language,
all questions that we can ask will have to be formulated
in it and will thereby confirm the theory of the universe
which is implied in the vocabulary and structure of the language.
- Michael Polanyi

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

To err is human, to forgive divine.
- Alexander Pope

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

The very essence of instinct is that
it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tzu

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing
a human being to a purpose.
- Albert Schweitzer

What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.
- Jewel

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

Being angry is as close as a human being
can come to experiencing hell on earth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever I look at a human face,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

NO ONE is really different;
each of us is actually a member of the human race.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

As human beings, our greatness lies
not so much in being able to remake the world -
as in being able to remake ourselves.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.
And man can be as big as he wants.
No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each and every human being on Earth
has both the responsibility and the privilege
of viewing themselves as Divine beings
with the power to bring about peace.
- James Twyman

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

In the arena of human life,
the honors and rewards fall to those
who show their good qualities in action.
- Aristotle

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment,
on a small scale, by successive developments,
cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin


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