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Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Science knows only one commandment -- contribute to science.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.

I know that two and two make four -- and should be glad to prove it too if I could -- though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.


Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.

Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self-employment and artistic autonomy.

Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980) Canadian communications theorist and educator.

Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) American writer.

Philosophy is doubt.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.