My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.
The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who will take it of me.
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.
In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.