"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."John Charles Polanyi on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."John Charles Polanyi on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."John Charles Polanyi on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge."