- In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons.
Madame Curie (1937) 1867–1934 Polish-born French physicist: to an American journalist, 1904; Eve Curie
- One must divide one's time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me.
Einstein (1980) 1879–1955 German-born theoretical physicist: C. P. Snow ‘Einstein’ in M. Goldsmith et al. (eds.)
- Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.
Rosalind Franklin: the Dark Lady of DNA (2002) ch. 4 1920–58 English physical chemist and molecular biologist: letter to her father, summer 1940; Brenda Maddox
- Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of human intellectual tradition.
Independent 24 January 1990 1941–2002 American palaeontologist: in
- Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.
Familiar Medical Quotations (1968) 1822–95 French chemist and bacteriologist: toast at banquet of the International Congress of Sericulture, Milan, 1876, in Maurice B. Strauss
- I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
Gryll Grange (1861) 1785–1866 English novelist and poet:
- The priest persuades humble people to endure their hard lot; the politician urges them to rebel against it; and the scientist thinks of a method that does away with the hard lot altogether.
Is Science Necessary (1989) 1914–2002 Austrian-born scientist:
- Every day I saw the huge material, intellectual and nervous resources of thousands of people being poured into the creation of a means of total destruction, something capable of annihilating all human civilization. I noticed that the control levers were in the hands of people who, though talented in their own ways, were cynical.
Sakharov Speaks (1974) 1921–89 Russian nuclear physicist: