"For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."John Charles Polanyi on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."John Charles Polanyi on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."John Charles Polanyi on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."John Charles Polanyi on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."John Charles Polanyi on Mahatma Gandhi
"When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves."
"Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge."
"Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts."
"Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge."
"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."