Quotes by Jacob Bronowski

Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.
– Jacob Bronowski
Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.
– Jacob Bronowski
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
– Jacob Bronowski
It doesn't matter whether you're talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another if a man is a scientist, like me, he'll always say Publish and be damned.
– Jacob Bronowski
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
– Jacob Bronowski
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
– Jacob Bronowski
Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
– Jacob Bronowski
Man is unique not because he does science, and his is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind.
– Jacob Bronowski
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
– Jacob Bronowski
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
– Jacob Bronowski
Power is the by-product of understanding.
– Jacob Bronowski
Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
– Jacob Bronowski
Sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed before by anyone you can think of who has lived before us-Michelangelo or George Washington or Moses.
– Jacob Bronowski
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
– Jacob Bronowski
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
– Jacob Bronowski
The most wonderful discovery made by scientists is science itself.
– Jacob Bronowski
The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
– Jacob Bronowski
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.
– Jacob Bronowski
The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
– Jacob Bronowski
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
– Jacob Bronowski