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    You will be astonished when I tell you what this curious play of carbon amounts to. A candle will burn some four, five, six, or seven hours. What, then, must be the daily amount of carbon going up into the air in the way of carbonic acid! ... Then what becomes of it? Wonderful is it to find that the change produced by respiration ... is the very life and support of plants and vegetables that grow upon the surface of the earth.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: earth 
     
    The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly.
    — Michael Faraday
    Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties.
    — Michael Faraday
    I will simply express my strong belief, that that point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all, not only in things of natural philosophy, but in every department of dally life.
    — Michael Faraday
    The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator, have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination!
    — Michael Faraday
    I can at any moment convert my time into money, but I do not require more of the latter than is sufficient for necessary purposes.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: time  moment  money 
     
    Nature is our kindest friend and best critic in experimental science if we only allow her intimations to fall unbiased on our minds.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: nature  friends  mind 
     
    I have far more confidence in the one man who works mentally and bodily at a matter than in the six who merely talk about it.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: men  work  confidence 
     
    I happen to have discovered a direct relation between magnetism and light, also electricity and light, and the field it opens is so large and I think rich.
    — Michael Faraday
    ... and what good is a baby?
    — Michael Faraday
    It is right that we should stand by and act on our principles; but not right to hold them in obstinate blindness, or retain them when proved to be erroneous.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: right 
     
    I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: christ 
     
    I ... express a wish that you may, in your generation, be fit to compare to a candle; that you may, like it, shine as lights to those about you; that, in all your actions, you may justify the beauty of the taper by making your deeds honourable and effectual in the discharge of your duty to your fellow-men.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: beauty  action  wishes 
     
    I am busy just now again on Electro-Magnetism and think I have got hold of a good thing but can't say; it may be a weed instead of a fish that after all my labour I may at last pull up.
    — Michael Faraday
    There's nothing quite as frightening as someone who knows they are right.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: right 
     
    Since peace is alone the gift of God, and as it is He who gives it, why should we be afraid? His unspeakable gift in His beloved Son is the ground of no doubtful hope.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: peace  alone  gift  god  hope  son 
     
    I am no poet, but if you think for yourselves, as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your minds.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: facts  mind  poem  poet 
     
    Lectures which really teach will never be popular; lectures which are popular will never really teach.
    — Michael Faraday
    The book of nature which we have to read is written by the finger of God.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: nature  god  book  read 
     
    But still try, for who knows what is possible?
    — Michael Faraday
    Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: nature  law  true 
     
    As when on some secluded branch in forest far and wide sits perched an owl, who, full of self-conceit and self-created wisdom, explains, comments, condemns, ordains and order things not understood, yet full of importance still holds forth to stocks and stones around - so sits and scribbles Mike.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: wisdom  stock 
     
    A man in twenty-four hours converts as much as seven ounces of carbon into carbonic acid; a milch cow will convert seventy ounces, and a horse seventy-nine ounces, solely by the act of respiration. That is, the horse in twenty-four hours burns seventy-nine ounces of charcoal, or carbon, in his organs of respiration to supply his natural warmth in that time ..., not in a free state, but in a state of combination.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: time  men 
     
    Magnetic lines of force convey a far better and purer idea than the phrase magnetic current or magnetic flood: it avoids the assumption of a current or of two currents and also of fluids or a fluid, yet conveys a full and useful pictorial idea to the mind.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: mind  ideas 
     
    Although we know nothing of what an atom is, yet we cannot resist forming some idea of a small particle, which represents it to the mind ... there is an immensity of facts which justify us in believing that the atoms of matter are in some way endowed or associated with electrical powers, to which they owe their most striking qualities, and amongst them their mutual chemical affinity.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: power  facts  mind  ideas  quality 
     
    Work, finish, publish.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: work 
     
    Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: wonder  water 
     
    The condition of matter I have dignified by the term Electronic, THE ELECTRONIC STATE. What do you think of that? Am I not a bold man, ignorant as I am, to coin words?
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: men 
     
    The philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion,but determined to judge for himself.He should not be a respector of persons,but of things.Truth should be his primary object.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: men  philosopher 
     
    I have long held an opinion, almost amounting to conviction, in common I believe with many other lovers of natural knowledge, that the various forms under which the forces of matter are made manifest have one common origin; or, in other words, are so directly related and mutually dependent, that they are convertible, as it were, one into another, and possess equivalents of power in their action.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: power  action  believe  opinion  lover 
     
    It is the great beauty of our science, chemistry, that advancement in it, whether in a degree great or small, instead of exhausting the subjects of research, opens the doors to further and more abundant knowledge, overflowing with beauty and utility.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: beauty  research 
     
    What a delight it is to think that you are quietly & philosophically at work in the pursuit of science... rather than fighting amongst the crowd of black passions & motives that seem now a days to urge men every where into action. What incredible scenes every where, what unworthy motives ruled for the moment, under high sounding phrases and at the last what disgusting revolutions.
    — Michael Faraday
    Chemistry is necessarily an experimental science: its conclusions are drawn from data, and its principles supported by evidence from facts.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: facts 
     
    Nothing is ever too good to be true.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: true 
     
    Nothing is to wonderful to be true.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: true 
     
    What a weak, credulous, incredulous, unbelieving, superstitious, bold, frightened, what a ridiculous world ours is, as far as concerns the mind of man. How full of inconsistencies, contradictions and absurdities it is. I declare that taking the average of many minds that have recently come before me ... I should prefer the obedience, affections and instinct of a dog before it.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: men  world  dog  mind  instinct 
     
    Why will people go astray when they have this blessed Book to guide them?
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: people  blessed  book 
     
    Who would not have been laughed at if he had said in 1800 that metals could be extracted from their ores by electricity or that portraits could be drawn by chemistry.
    — Michael Faraday
    I have been so electrically occupied of late that I feel as if hungry for a little chemistry: but then the conviction crosses my mind that these things hang together under one law & that the more haste we make onwards each in his own path the sooner we shall arrive, and meet each other, at that state of knowledge of natural causes from which all varieties of effects may be understood & enjoyed.
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: law  mind  path 
     
    There is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle
    — Michael Faraday
    tags: philosophy 
     
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