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"Great spirits have always
found violent opposition
from mediocre minds."
"In questions of science, the authority
of a thousand is not worth the humble
reasoning of a single individual."
"A man has always to be busy
with his thoughts if anything
is to be accomplished."
-Anton Van Leeuwenhoek
"It is my intent to beget a good understanding
between the chymists and the mechanical
philosophers who have hitherto been too
little acquainted with one another's learning."
"In chemistry, our theories are crutches;
to show that they are valid, they must be used
to walk... A theory established with the help
of twenty facts must explain thirty, and lead
to the discovery of ten more."
-Jean Bapstiste Dumas
"It almost always happens
that true, but exaggerated,
coloring is more agreeable
than absolute coloring."
-Michael Eugene Chevreul
"To every action there
is always oppossed an
"Matter, though divisible in an extreme
degree, is nevertheless not infinitely divisible.
That is there must be some point beyond
which we cannot go in the division of matter.
..I have chosen the word "atom"
to signify these ultimate particles."
"In the field of observation,
chance favors the
"In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons."