I’m a fan of short, whitty, clever or erudite aphorisms. (Well, as long as they’re not too clichéd!)

Ben Goldacre called out on twitter for quotes to put on their speaking tour poster:

@bengoldacre Twitter compo: which quotation about science will go on our @SLSingh @profbriancox @robinince tour poster? Tweet #monkeyquote free tickets

Below is a selection of those offered – for the full list, use the #monkeyquote hastag on twitter. Don’t forget to select ‘All’ to see all the tweets, rather than just the top ones. (And what list would be complete without a Terry Pratchett quotes?)

@StaticKing “I’d rather be a rising ape than a fallen angel” – Terry Pratchett

@Darwins_cat “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it” – Albert Einstein

@Fijian_Scion “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts” – Feynman

@terryday34 Carl Sagan: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”

@TomCurrieEvo My fav Darwin quote is “He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke”

@bumfudgebingo “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

@feathered_ape “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” Charles Darwin, Descent of Man

@NatKayThat “Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion…

@NatKayThat ’Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.’ J Bronowski

@JamieBGall something as great as science will not stop for something as small as man

@JamieBGall Anything by Kelvin. There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement

@Sci_ents “Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind” by Marston Bates

@SLSingh Simon @Dr_Aust_PhD: “Science is about not fooling yourself.. & you are the easiest person to fool’ RP Feynman

@Nickpheas The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose

My own favourite science quote wouldn’t be appropriate for this, but it’s*

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, ’hmm…. that’s funny….’ – Isaac Asimov [Feel free to correct me if the attribution is wrong!]

Share your own favourites in the comments.


* Often given in a shorter form:  The most exciting phrase to hear in science is not Eureka!, but, ’that’s funny….’

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