"The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."John Charles Polanyi on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."John Charles Polanyi on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."John Charles Polanyi on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."