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John B. S. Haldane
November 5, 1892 - December 1, 1964
Nationality: British
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: British Scientist

I have never yet met a healthy person who worried very much about his health, or a really good person who worried much about his own soul.


To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size.


The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.


There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god.


While I do not suggest that humanity will ever be able to dispense with its martyrs, I cannot avoid the suspicion that with a little more thought and a little less belief their number may be substantially reduced.


A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.


In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.


We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.


I think, however, that so long as our present economic and national systems continue, scientific research has little to fear.


My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.


And if we must educate our poets and artists in science, we must educate our masters, labour and capital, in art.


If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.


Would I lay down my life to save my brother? No, but I would to save two brothers or eight cousins.


There can be no truce between science and religion.


Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium.


It is my supposition that the Universe in not only queerer than we imagine, is queerer than we can imagine.


The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern.


I wish I had the voice of Homer to sing of rectal carcinoma.


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