God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their con#science that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our #science, our religion.
The work of #science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.
Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of #science are written the words: ’Ye must have faith.’
Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as #science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We’re dreamers, you see, but we’re also realists, of a sort.
Like all #sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men.
What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their con#sciences.
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of con#science, it turns against humanity and society.
Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and con#science the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.
However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of #science.
In #science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them.
#science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
Perhaps religious con#science upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that #science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political #science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war.
It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear con#science about doing my job.
Just after World War II, this country led the world in #science by every way you could measure it, yet the number of scientists was a tiny proportion of what it is now.
Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty con#science, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war.
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of con#science within themselves.
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of con#science.
Germany has reduced savagery to a #science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.
There will one day spring from the brain of #science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.