Claude Bernard Quotes

The doubter is a true man of science; he doubts only himself and his interpretations, but he believes in science.

Claude Bernard

Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride.

Claude Bernard

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.

Claude Bernard

All the vital mechanisms, varied as they are, have only one object, that of preserving constant the conditions of life in the internal environment.

Claude Bernard

The experimenter who does not know what he is looking for will not understand what he finds.

Claude Bernard

Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.

Claude Bernard

A modern poet has characterized the personality of art and the impersonality of science as follows: Art is I: Science is We.

Claude Bernard

It is what we think we already know that often prevents us from learning.

Claude Bernard

We must never make experiments to confirm our ideas, but simply to control them.

Claude Bernard

Man can learn nothing unless he proceeds from the known to the unknown.

Claude Bernard

If I had to define life in a word, it would be: Life is creation.

Claude Bernard

Indeed, proof that a given condition always precedes or accompanies a phenomenon does not warrant concluding with certainty that a given condition is the immediate cause of that phenomenon. It must still be established that when this condition is removed, the phenomen will no longer appear.

Claude Bernard

Science repulses the indefinite.

Claude Bernard

The science of life is a superb and dazzlingly lighted hall which may be reached only by passing through a long and ghastly kitchen.

Claude Bernard

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.

Claude Bernard

The mental never influences the physical. It is always the physical that modifies the mental, and when we think that the mind is diseased, it is always an illusion.

Claude Bernard

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