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

John Charles Polanyi

The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general.

John Charles Polanyi

Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.

John Charles Polanyi

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

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

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.

John Charles Polanyi

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

John Charles Polanyi

Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values, we believed, than in a flight underground. We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.

John Charles Polanyi

It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience.

John Charles Polanyi

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

John Charles Polanyi