Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

— Max Planck

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Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.'


I regard consciousness as fundamental.

I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.


A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.


All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force.

.. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.


There can never be any real opposition between religion and science;

for the one is the complement of the other.


Every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.


Thus, the photons which constitute a ray of light behave like intelligent human beings: out of all possible curves they always select the one which will take them most quickly to their goal.


The scientist needs an artistically creative imagination.


This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?


There is no matter as such—mind is the matrix of all matter.


An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer.


It was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.


About Max Planck

Quotes 69 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

No burden is so heavy for a man to bear as a succession of happy days.


Science does not mean an idle resting upon a body of certain knowledge;

it means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an end which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but which the intellect can never fully grasp.


The pioneer scientist must have "a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination."


The entire world we apprehend through our senses is no more than a tiny fragment in the vastness of Nature.


The man who cannot occasionally imagine events and conditions of existence that are contrary to the causal principle as he knows it will never enrich his science by the addition of a new idea.


The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.


Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.


Science enhances the moral value of life, because it furthers a love of truth and reverence-love of truth displaying itself in the constant endeavor to arrive at a more exact knowledge of the world of mind and matter around us, and reverence, because every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.


We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.


There is a real world independent of our senses;

the laws of nature were not invented by man, but forced on him by the natural world. They are the expression of a natural world order.


Those [scientists] who dislike entertaining contradictory thoughts are unlikely to enrich their science with new ideas.


Insight must precede application.


Religion and natural science are fighting a joint battle in an incessant, never-relaxing crusade against skepticism and dogmatism, against disbelief and against superstition, and the rallying cry in this crusade has always been, and will always be, 'On to God.'


What seems today inconceivable will appear one day, from a higher stand point, quite simple and harmonious.


Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.


A scientist is happy, not in resting on his attainments but in the steady acquisition of fresh knowledge.


It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art.

The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.


Both religion and natural science require a belief in God for their activities, to the former He is the starting point, and to the latter the goal of every thought process. To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.


New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.


The quantum hypothesis will eventually find its exact expression in certain equations which will be a more exact formulation of the law of causality.


The highest court is in the end one's own conscience and conviction-that goes for you and for Einstein and every other physicist-and before any science there is first of all belief. For me, it is belief in a complete lawfulness in everything that happens.


The goal is nothing other than the coherence and completeness of the system not only in respect of all details, but also in respect of all physicists of all places, all times, all peoples, and all cultures.


An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.


It is never possible to predict a physical occurrence with unlimited precision.


Religion belongs to the realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore closed to science.


Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.


We are in a position similar to that of a mountaineer who is wandering over uncharted spaces, and never knows whether behind the peak which he sees in front of him and which he tries to scale there may not be another peak still beyond and higher up.


Nature prefers the more probable states to the less probable because in nature processes take place in the direction of greater probability. Heat goes from a body at higher temperature to a body at lower temperature because the state of equal temperature distribution is more probable than a state of unequal temperature distribution.


A new scientific truth is usually not propagated in such a way that opponents become convinced and discard their previous views. No, the adversaries eventually die off, and the upcoming generation is familiarised anew with the truth.


All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force.


The Theory of Relativity confers an absolute meaning on a magnitude which in classical theory has only a relative significance: the velocity of light. The velocity of light is to the Theory of Relativity as the elementary quantum of action is to the Quantum Theory: it is its absolute core.


It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.


We cannot rest and sit down lest we rust and decay.

Health is maintained only through work. And as it is with all life so it is with science. We are always struggling from the relative to the absolute.


The spectral density of black body radiation .

.. represents something absolute, and since the search for the absolutes has always appeared to me to be the highest form of research, I applied myself vigorously to its solution.


The history of all times and nations teaches us that exactly in the naïve, unshakable belief, furnished by religion in active life of believers, originate the most intense motives for the most significant creative performance, not only in the field of arts and sciences but also in politics.


Science progresses not by convincing the adherents of old theories that they are wrong, but by allowing enough time to pass so that a new generation can arise unencumbered by the old errors.


Scientific work will never stop, and it would be terrible if it did.

If there were no more problems, you would put your hands in your pockets and your head on a pillow and would work no more. In science rest is stagnation, rest is death.