"Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said. "
--Niels Bohr, Said to Wolfgang Pauli after his presentation of Heisenberg's and Pauli's nonlinear field theory of elementary particles, at Columbia University (1958), as reported by F. J. Dyson in his paper "Innovation in Physics"
"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough. "
--Niels Bohr, As quoted by Edward Teller, in Dr. Edward Teller's Magnificent Obsession by Robert Coughlan, in LIFE magazine (6 September 1954), p. 62
"An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field. "
--Theron Marcus Vining
"The Puritan ethic is the constant fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. "
--Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers. New York: Philosophical library, 1950, p. 33, 97
"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the youth. [Often paraphrased as "Science progresses one funeral at a time".] "