Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

François Arago, fully François Jean Dominique Arago

French Catalan Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Politician, and 25th Prime Minister of France

"A time will come when the science of destruction shall bend before the arts of peace; when the genius which multiplies our powers, which creates new products, which diffuses comfort and happiness among the great mass of the people, shall occupy in the general estimation of mankind that rank which reason and common sense now assign to it."

"To get to know, to discover, to publish—this is the destiny of a scientist."

"Such is the privilege of genius; it perceives, it seizes relations wherevulgar eyes see only isolated facts."

"In the experimental sciences, the epochs of the most brilliant progress are almost always separated by long intervals of almost absolute repose."

"On certain occasions, the eyes of the mind can supply the want of the most powerful telescopes, and lead to astronomical discoveries of the highest importance. "

"The calculus of probabilities, when confined within just limits, ought to interest, in an equal degree, the mathematician, the experimentalist, and the statesman. "