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- Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
- Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.
- The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.
- The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- It is the fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end and superstitions.
- There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics — none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.