Science Percival Lowell Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points. Let me warn you to beware of two opposite errors: of letting your imagination soar unballasted by facts, but on the other hand, of shackling it so solidly that it loses all incentive to rise.
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Percival Lowell The true meaning of a term is to be found by observing what a man does with it, not by what he says about it.
Percival Lowell It seems to me that there is a good deal of ballyhoo about scientific method. I venture to think that the people who talk most about it are the people who do least about it. Scientific method is what
Percival Lowell Science is what scientists do, and there are as many scientific methods as there are individual scientists.
Percival Lowell The first business of a man of science is to proclaim the truth as he finds it, and let the world adjust itself as best it can to the new knowledge.
Percival Lowell There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
Percival Lowell War is a survival among us from savage times and affects now chiefly the boyish and unthinking element of the nation.
Percival Lowell Now when we think that each of these stars is probably the centre of a solar system grander than our own, we cannot seriously take ourselves to be the only minds in it all.
Percival Lowell That Mars is inhabited by beings of some sort or other we may consider as certain as it is uncertain what these beings may be.
Percival Lowell Bright points in the sky or a blow on the head will equally cause one to see stars.