Science is not a bunch of facts. Scientists are not people trying to be prescriptive or authoritative. Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity. It’s easier, at a dinner party, to say “science” than to say “the incremental acquisition of understanding through observation, humbled by an acute awareness of our tendency towards bias.” Douglas Adams said: “I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
Science is not the opposite of art, nor the opposite of spirituality - whatever that is - and you don’t have to deny scientific knowledge in order to make beautiful things.
Tim Minchin’s foreword to The Best Australian Science Writing 2013
“If you want to build a ship, don’t gather people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”—Saint Exupéry (via youmightfindyourself)
“Learn to love solitude – to be more alone with yourselves. The problem with young people is their carrying out noisy and aggressive actions not to feel lonely – and this is a sad thing – the individual must learn to be on his own as a child – for this doesn’t mean to be alone: it means not get bored with oneself which is a very dangerous symptom, almost a disease.”—Andrei Tarkovsky (“Tempo di Viaggio”)
"…and it’s just about how there is so many things to learn about being a human being on Earth that there’s no use with messing with each other, oppressing one another or messing with people’s life from a desk somewhere."