Alexandre Koyre quotes

  • What the founders of modern science, among them Galileo, had to do, was not to criticize and to combat certain faulty theories, and to correct or to replace them by better ones. They had to do something quite different. They had to destroy one world and to replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, a new concept of science-and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all.
    -- Alexandre Koyre

    #Knowledge #Common Sense #World

  • The belief in creation as the background of empiricomathematical [sic] science - that seems strange. Yet the ways of thought, human thought, in its search for truth are, indeed, very strange.
    -- Alexandre Koyre

    #Way #Belief #Strange

  • The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

  • Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

  • One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.

  • A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense.

  • There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.

  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

  • Keeping up appearances is the most expensive thing in the world.

  • Priests might divide the world into good and bad. In battle there was strong and weak and nothing else.

  • Very few people changed the world by sitting on their couch.

  • It is impossible for me to estimate how many of my early impressions of the world, correct and the opposite, came to me through newspapers. Homicide, adultery, no-hit pitching, and Balkanism were concepts that, left to my own devices, I would have encountered much later in life.