n. The slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact
Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out of it, but that is not the reason we are doing it.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
— Lewis Thomas
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
— Ashley Montague
As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
— M. Cartmill
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
— Thomas Szasz
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
— Mark Twain