Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts.

John Charles Polanyi

Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.

John Charles Polanyi

Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights.

John Charles Polanyi

When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves.

John Charles Polanyi

Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.

John Charles Polanyi

Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.

John Charles Polanyi

Young people ask me if this country is serious about science. They aren't thinking about the passport that they will hold, but the country that they must rely on for support and encouragement.

John Charles Polanyi

Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.

John Charles Polanyi

Though neglectful of their responsibility to protect science, scientists are increasingly aware of their responsibility to society.

John Charles Polanyi

For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.

John Charles Polanyi