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It cannot be denied that for a...

It cannot be denied that for a society which has to create scarcity to save its members from starvation, to whom abundance spells disaster, and to whom unlimited energy means unlimited power for war and destruction, there is an ominous cloud in the distance though at present it be no bigger than a man's hand.

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If an army of monkeys were str...

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum. - "In the Nature of the Physical World", 1928.

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If your theory is found to be ...

If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

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It is also a good rule not to ...

It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory.

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It is even possible that laws ...

It is even possible that laws which have not their origin in the mind may be irrational, and we can never succeed in formulating them.

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It is impossible to trap moder...

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.

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It is one thing for the human ...

It is one thing for the human mind to extract from the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them; it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control.

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It is sound judgment to hope t...

It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.

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Oh leave the Wise our measures...

Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.

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We often think that when we ha...

We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because 'two' is 'one and one.' We forget that we still have to make a study of 'and.'

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Every body continues in its st...

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, except insofar as it doesn't.

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Human life is proverbially unc...

Human life is proverbially uncertain; few things are more certain than the solvency of a life-insurance company.

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We used to think that if we kn...

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.

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It is reasonable to hope that ...

It is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.

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An ocean traveler has even mor...

An ocean traveler has even more vividly the impression that the ocean is made of waves than that it is made of water.

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