Every one is fond of comparing himself to something great and grandiose, as Louis XIV likened himself to the sun, and others have had like similes. I am more humble. I am a mere street scavenger (chiffonier) of science. With my hook in my hand and my basket on my back, I go about the streets of science, collecting what I find.

— Francois Magendie

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I know that certain minds would regard as audacious the idea of relating the laws which preside over the play of our organs to those laws which govern inanimate bodies; but, although novel, this truth is none the less incontestable. To hold that the phenomena of life are entirely distinct from the general phenomena of nature is to commit a grave error, it is to oppose the continued progress of science.

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Facts, and facts alone, are the foundation of science.

.. When one devotes oneself to experimental research it is in order to augment the sum of known facts, or to discover their mutual relations.

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In the actual condition of medical science, the physician mostly plays the part of simple spectator of the sad episodes which his profession furnishes him.

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