// by Arthur Eddington | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Untaught by long experience we stretch a hand to grasp the shadow, instead of accepting its shadowy nature.

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.

Perhaps, indeed, reality is a child which cannot survive without its nurse illusion.

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.

In any attempt to bridge the domains of experience belonging to the spiritual and the physical sides of our nature, time occupies the key position.

We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.

He who doubts the reality of the four-dimensional world (for logical, as distinct from experimental, reasons) can only be compared to a man who doubts the reality of the penny, and prefers to regard one of its innumerable appearances as the real object.

Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure.

Reality is only obtained when all conceivable points of view have been combined.

Something unknown is doing we don't know what.