"The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Walter Gilbert on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Walter Gilbert on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Walter Gilbert on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Walter Gilbert on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Walter Gilbert on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Everyone wants a hand in the outcome, a piece of the knowledge."
"I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background."
"Early on, it's good to develop the ability to write. Learning to write is a useful exercise, even if what you're writing about is not that relevant."
"Science doesn't in the slightest depend on trust. It depends completely on the belief that you can demonstrate something for yourself."
"It's easier to change what you do than people think it is. If you don't change, your field changes around you."