Discovery Quotes

My experience of ships is that on them one makes an interesting discovery about the world. One finds one can do without it completely.

Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury

Without free speech no search for Truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of Truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.

Charles Bradlaugh

The laws of classical mechanics represent a mathematical idealization and should not be assumed to correspond to the real laws of nature. ... We now have to realize that errors are inevitable (..) a discovery that makes strict determinism impossible.

Lon Nicolas Brillouin

The most remarkable discovery made by scientists is science itself.

Gerard Piel

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Mark van Doren

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.

William Ellery Channing

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.

Hal Borland

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J Boorstin

If scientific discovery has not been an unalloyed blessing, if it has conferred on mankind the power not only to create but also to annihilate, it has at the same time provided humanity with a supreme challenge and a supreme testing

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What is there that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to discover a great thought -- an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightning carry your messages. To be the first -- that is the idea.

Mark Twain

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.

Martha Graham

Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.

Hartman Jule

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.

Donald Foster

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

The progress of science is the discovery at each step of a new order which gives unity to what had seemed unlike

Jacob Bronkowski

Perhaps we have been misguided into taking too much responsibility from our children, leaving them too little room for discovery

Helen Hays

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

Arthur Koestler

Sex is a discovery

Fannie Hurst

Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.

W. H. Auden

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant
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