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Stephen Jay Gould Quotes

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The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

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In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such
a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."
I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow,
but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview -
nothing more constraining,
more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
- Stephen Jay Gould

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 the human intellectual tradition.
- Stephen Jay Gould


 

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts
to the bone of our hopes and needs,
the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We pass through this world but once.
- Stephen Jay Gould

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes,
the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
- Stephen Jay Gould


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Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity
to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate
transient domination with either intrinsic superiority
or prospects for extended survival.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The most important scientific revolutions all include,
as their only common feature, the dethronement of human
arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous
convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing;
and as the judgment,
so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
- Thomas Hobbes

All sweeping assertions are erroneous.
- Letitia Landon

A hallucination is a fact, not an error;
what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
- Bertrand Russell

There's been a number of erroneous biographies,
articles and so on written about Billy and we both
thought it would be a good idea to produce a true one.
- Pamela Stephenson

The world has become so complex that the idea of a
power in which everything comes together and can be
controlled in a centralized way is now erroneous.
- Ulrich Beck

No consensus of men can make an error erroneous.
We can only find or commit an error,
not create it.
When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
- Josiah Royce

But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception,
all spring from the same erroneous thinking.
- Herman Hesse

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature;
and the error is ineradicable.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Believing that the power to destroy belongs to the
Creator alone I affirm...
that any theory which, when carried out,
demands the annihilation of force, is necessarily erroneous.
- James Prescott Joule

It is quite possible we may have formed entirely erroneous
ideas of what we actually see.
The greenish gray patches may not be seas at all,
nor the ruddy continents, solid land.
Neither may the obscuring patches be clouds of vapor.
- Edward E. Barnard

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.
The ability to direct individual accomplishments
toward organizational objectives.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
- Andrew Carnegie

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams
and endeavor to leave the life which you have imagined,
you will you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

The common denominator of our heroes
is that each set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear of death ... That's funny. I have that too.
My dog has it. It's very common with living creatures.
- the movie Anything Else (2003)

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
and doing things as they ought to be done.
- Josh Billings

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you fear making anyone mad,
then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
- Jimmy Carter

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Lord prefers common-looking people.
That is why he makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Celebrate it every day.
- Anonymous

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap
whence everyone must take an equal portion,
most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
- Socrates

God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
- Albert Einstein

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

It is difficult for the common good to prevail
against the intense concentration
of those who have a special interest,
especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.
- Jimmy Carter

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The people are the foundation of the nation.
Our only chance for a lasting peace on earth:
the release of the strength of the common man.
- Jimmy Yen

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We seek to emphasize those practical things that we have in common.
- Australian Prime Minister John Howard

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I come from that society and there is a common thread,
specifically family values - the idea that you do anything for your family,
and the unconditional love for one's children.
- Ednita Nazario

There is still no cure for the common birthday.
- John Glenn

The instant formal government is abolished,
society begins to act.
A general association takes place, and common interest
produces common security.
- Thomas Paine

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the committee
of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck

We are not going to be able
to operate our Spaceship Earth
successfully nor for much longer
unless we see it as a whole spaceship
and our fate as common.
It has to be everybody or nobody.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing,
moving at different speeds.
A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

No complaint...
is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
- Adam Smith

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him
a situation which common sense,
without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
- Walter Lippmann


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