The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion, give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.
James D. Watson
It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
Wernher von Braun
There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.
Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,' they really mean, 'not really.'
There was no "before" the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.
John D. Barrow
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