"Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."John Charles Polanyi on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."John Charles Polanyi on William Shakespeare
"When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves."
"For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom."
"Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge."
"Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts."
"Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression."
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