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    It is this ideal of progress through cumulative effort rather than through genius-progress by organised effort, progress which does not wait for some brilliant stroke, some lucky discovery, or the advent of some superman, has been the chief gift of science to social philosophy.
    — William Wickenden
    We need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a scientist. [The first use of the word.]
    — William Whewell
    tags: scientist 
     
    Conscience is the reason employed about questions of right and wrong.
    — William Whewell
    The earlier truths are not expelled but absorbed, not contradicted but extended; and the history of each science, which may thus appear like a succession of revolutions, is, in reality, a series of developements.
    — William Whewell
    The present generation finds itself the heir of a vast patrimony of science; and it must needs concern us to know the steps by which these possessions were acquired, and the documents by which they are secured to us and our heirs for ever.
    — William Whewell
    tags: present 
     
    In art, truth is a means to an end; in science, it is the only end.
    — William Whewell
    tags: truth 
     
    Astronomy is ... the only progressive Science which the ancient world produced.
    — William Whewell
    tags: world 
     
    To discover the laws of operative power in material productions, whether formed by man or brought into being by Nature herself, is the work of a science, and is indeed what we more especially term Science.
    — William Whewell
    tags: nature  men  work  power  law 
     
    Man is the interpreter of nature, science the right interpretation.
    — William Whewell
    tags: nature  men  right 
     
    The politicians in Washington just had no idea about the complexity of the situation in South Vietnam.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: ideas  vietnam 
     
    Be cold, sober, wise, circumspect. Keep yourself low by the ground avoiding high questions. Expound the Law truly and open the veil of Moses to condemn all flesh and prove all men sinners, and set at broach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let wounded consciences drink of Him.
    — William Tyndale
    I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God's Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me.
    — William Tyndale
    Mathematics is much less formally complete and precise than computer programs.
    — William Thurston
    In all things there must be order, but it must of such a kind as is possible to observe...to see a man burnt for doing as he thought right, harms the people, for this is a matter of conscience.
    — William the Silent
    My legal wife is to me dead; the only ecclesiastical authority I recognise pronounces me free; the attacks and threats of men do not disturb me. I am acting according to a clear conscience, and am doing hurt to no man. For my conduct, I will answer to my maker.
    — William the Silent
    tags: men  hurt  conscience  authority  wife 
     
    It seems perfectly clear that Economy, if it is to be a science at all, must be a mathematical science. There exists much prejudice against attempts to introduce the methods and language of mathematics into any branch of the moral sciences. Most persons appear to hold that the physical sciences form the proper sphere of mathematical method, and that the moral sciences demand some other method-I know not what.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    I protest against deference to any man, whether John Stuart Mill, or Adam Smith, or Aristotle, being allowed to check inquiry. Our science has become far too much a stagnant one, in which opinions rather than experience and reason are appealed to.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: men  experience  opinion  adam 
     
    You will perceive that economy, scientifically speaking, is a very contracted science; it is in fact a sort of vague mathematics which calculates the causes and effects of man's industry, and shows how it may be best applied.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: facts  mathematics  vague 
     
    It is clear that Economics, if it is to be a science at all, must be a mathematical science ... simply because it deals with quantities... As the complete theory of almost every other science involves the use of calculus, so we cannot have a true theory of Economics without its aid.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: true  economics  quantity 
     
    Many persons entertain a prejudice against mathematical language, arising out of a confusion between the ideas of a mathematical science and an exact science. ...in reality, there is no such thing as an exact science.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    One of the first and most difficult steps in a science is to conceive clearly the nature of the magnitudes about which we are arguing.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: nature 
     
    In matters of philosophy and science authority has ever been the great opponent of truth. A despotic calm is usually the triumph of error. In the republic of the sciences sedition and even anarchy are beneficial in the long run to the greatest happiness of the greatest number.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    Logic is not only an exact science, but is the most simple and elementary of all sciences; it ought therefore undoubtedly to find some place in every course of education.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: logic  education 
     
    In short, I do not write for mathematicians, nor as a mathematician, but as an economist wishing to convince other economists that their science can only be satisfactorily treated on an explicitly mathematical basis.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: write 
     
    Among minor alterations, I may mention the substitution for the name political economy of the single convenient term economics. I cannot help thinking that it would be well to discard, as quickly as possible, the old troublesome double-worded name of our science.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    In any case I hold that there must arise a science of the development of economic forms and relations.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    We shall never have a science of economics unless we learn to discern the operation of law even among the most perplexing complications and apparent interruptions.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: law  learn  economics 
     
    I was particularly good at math and science.
    — William Standish Knowles
    I can't think of any relatives that ever went into science.
    — William Standish Knowles
    Christians have to listen to the world as well as to the Word - to science, to history, to what reason and our own experience tell us. We do not honor the higher truth we find in Christ by ignoring truths found elsewhere.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    Nuclear Weapons merit unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation
    — William Sloane Coffin
    tags: nuclear 
     
    The mysteriousness and mystique of space is such, that science fiction attempts to tantalize you by telling you a story that could possibly be out there and that's the appeal of science fiction.
    — William Shatner
    tags: space  stories  fiction 
     
    Public opinion is a second conscience.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: time  conscience 
     
    The great discovery of the nineteenth century, that we are of one blood with the lower animals, has created new ethical obligations which have not yet penetrated the public conscience. The clerical profession has been lamentably remiss in preaching this obvious duty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: men  poor  philosophy  learn  adopt 
     
    Paradox is thus a much deeper and universal concept than the ancients would have dreamed. Rather than an oddity, it is a mainstay of the philosophy of science.
    — William Poundstone
    tags: philosophy 
     
    We shall use the terms morality, behavior, conduct, or constructive action in the same broad way. It may sound strange to speak of the morals of an atom, or of the way in which a molecule conducts itself. But in the last analysis, science can draw no fundamental distinction between the conduct of an animal, a bullet, or a freshman, although there may be more unknown factors involved in one case than in the other.
    — William Patten
    Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
    — William Osler
    tags: medicine 
     
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