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

John Charles Polanyi

The most exciting thing in the twentieth century is science.

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

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

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

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

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

John Charles Polanyi

For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.

John Charles Polanyi

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

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