Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty.

— James D. Watson

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Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles.


Remember, grab you're future with both hands and mold it into what you want it to be. It's the determined, who create the life they want, while the idle sit by and watch it fade away into nothingness. The future belongs to the exceptional individuals, who can see the light of the future, at the end of the tunnel.


There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.


I turned against the left wing because they don't like genetics, because genetics implies that sometimes in life we fail because we have bad genes. They want all failure in life to be due to the evil system.


Whenever you interview fat people, you feel bad, because you know you're not going to hire them.


The way to do great science is to stay away from subjects that are overpopulated, and go to the frontiers.


At lunch Francis [Crick] winged into the Eagle to tell everyone within hearing distance that we had found the secret of life.


I never dreamed that in my lifetime my own genome would be sequenced.


Do things as soon as you can. If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind.


A goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.


One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.


I have a son, who is a... not an ordinary form of schizophrenia, but clearly, cannot take care of himself. And the great fear of then, of all parents is, when the parents die, who takes care of your child? And the answer is: they become homeless.


About James D. Watson

Quotes 64 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

Science that leads over the horizon depends on gathering the best minds and enabling them to do what the best minds naturally seek to do: pursue the most thrilling questions of the time.


Science has always been my preoccupation and when you think a breakthrough is possible, it is terribly exciting.


For all my life, America was the place to be.

And we somehow continue to be the place where there are real opportunities to change the world for the better.


The ever quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essences of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disease.


There is only one science, physics: everything else is social work.


I don't think we are here for anything.

We're just products of evolution. You can say, "Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose." But I'm anticipating a good lunch.


Biology has at least 50 more interesting years.


Science seldom proceeds in the straightforward logical manner imagined by outsiders. Instead, its steps forward (and sometimes backward) are often very human events in which personalities and cultural traditions play major roles.


Ever since we achieved a breakthrough in the area of recombinant DNA in 1973, left-wing nuts and environmental kooks have been screaming that we will create some kind of Frankenstein bug or Andromeda Strain that will destroy us all.


Nothing new that is really interesting comes without collaboration


DNA was my only gold rush. I regarded DNA as worth a gold rush.


I think the reason people are dealing with science less well now than 50 years ago is that it has become so complicated.


Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion, give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.


I wanted to see if I could write a good book.


The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology. I wanted to understand.


Moving forward will not be for the faint of heart.

But if the next century witnesses failure, let it be because our science is not yet up to the job, not because we don't have the courage to make less random the sometimes most unfair courses of human evolution.


Racists have often used pseudoscience to justify their socially damaging views;

watch these films to see how science, by replacing ignorance with knowledge, can undo that damage.


One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural.


If you succeed with your first dream, it helps.

You know, people trust you, possibly, for the second one. They give you a chance to play out your second one.


Some think there is something wrong about enhancing people.


A clone of Einstein wouldn't be stupid, but he wouldn't necessarily be any genius, either.


(The National Cancer Program is) a bunch of (obscenity).


If I had been married earlier in life, I wouldn't have seen the double helix.

I would have been taking care of the kids on Saturday. On the other hand, I was lonely a lot of the time.


Our goal should be to understand our differences.


The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe. It contains hundreds of billions of cells interlinked through trillions of connections. The brain boggles the mind.


If scientists don't play God, who will?


If we don't play God, who will?


I'm basically a libertarian. I don't want to restrict anyone from doing anything unless it's going to harm me. I don't want [to] pass a law stopping someone from smoking. It's just too dangerous. You lose the concept of a free society. Since we are genetically so diverse and our brains are so different, we're going to have different aspirations.


The pace of discovery is going unbelievably fast.


Ultimately, we'll help the people we discriminate against if we try to understand more about them; genetics will lead to a world where there is a sympathy for the underdog.


I have been much blessed.


[As a young man ] I came to the conclusion that the church was just a bunch of fascists that supported Franco. I stopped going on Sunday mornings and watched the birds with my father instead.


It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant.


My heroes were never scientists. They were Graham Greene and Christopher Isherwood, you know, good writers.


Every time you understand something, religion becomes less likely.

Only with the discovery of the double helix and the ensuing genetic revolution have we had grounds for thinking that the powers held traditionally to be the exclusive property of the gods might one day be ours. 5


Never be the brightest person in the room.


Knowing "why" (an idea) is more important than learning "what" (the fact).