47 Total Quotes

Jacob Bronowski Quotes

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
#English Scientist #Force

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
#English Scientist

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
#English Scientist #Art

It doesn't matter whether you're talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another if a man is a scientist, like me, he'll always say "Publish and be damned."
Jacob Bronowski
#Bombs

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.
Jacob Bronowski
#Action

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
Jacob Bronowski
#English Scientist #Corruption

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
#Confidence #English Scientist

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
Jacob Bronowski
#Adventure #English Scientist

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
#English Scientist #Trouble

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
#Hurt

By the worldly standards of public life, all scholars in their work are of course oddly virtuous. They do not make wild claims, they do not cheat, they do not try to persuade at any cost, they appeal neither to prejudice nor to authority, they are often frank about their ignorance, their disputes are fairly decorous, they do not confuse what is being argued with race, politics, sex or age, they listen patiently to the young and to the old who both know everything. These are the general virtues of scholarship, and they are peculiarly the virtues of science.
Jacob Bronowski
#Life #Scholars And Scholarship

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
#English Scientist #Rules

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

Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.
Jacob Bronowski
#English Scientist #Man

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

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
#English Scientist #Irreverence

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
#Action #English Scientist

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
#English Scientist