"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure."  Edsger Dijkstra

The displacement of the idea that facts and evidence matter by the idea that everything boils down to subjective interests and perspectives is -- second only to American political campaigns -- the most prominent and pernicious manifestation of anti-intellectualism in our time. ~Larry Laudan

The statistical folkways of a more primitive past continue to dominate the local scene. ~ W. Rozeboom 1960

"The mind thinks, not with data, but with ideas whose creation and elaboration cannot be reduced to a set of predictable values."  ~Theodore Roszak

[Those] who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries, but they also make very poor observations. ~ Claude Bernard

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.  Albert Szent-Györgi (1893-1986), Nobel prize winner in physiology

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of. ~ Sir Ronald Fisher

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. ~Edwin Powell Hubble

"As Confucius might have said, if the difference isn't different enough to make a difference, what's the difference?" ~ Victor Chew

"The universe works on a math equation that never even ever really even ends in the end..."  Modest Mouse

"Life obliges me to do something, so I [do science]." altered quote of Rene Magritte, surrealist painter.

"... to follow knowledge like a sinking star, beyond the utmost bound of human thought."  Tennyson, Ulysses

The plural of anecdote is not data.  ~ Roger Brinner

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. Box and Draper