Both religion and science require a belief in God . For believers, God is in the beginning , and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.
Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York, 1949), pp. 184Variant translations:"Both religion and science need for their activities the belief in God, and moreover God stands for the former in the beginning, and for the latter at the end of the whole thinking. For the former, God represents the basis, for the latter – the crown of any reasoning concerning the world-view." (From Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag (1958), p. 27; in 50 Nobel Laureates and Other Great Scientists Who Believe in God.)"While both religion and natural science require a belief in God for their activities, to the former He is the starting point, 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." (from Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers (1968).
Farsighted theologians are now working to mine the eternal metal from the teachings of Jesus and to forge it for all time .Max Planck
We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future .Max Planck
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.Max Planck
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature . And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.Max Planck
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.Max Planck
Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.Max Planck
Paraphrased variants: Die Wahrheit triumphiert nie, ihre Gegner sterben nur aus.Max Planck
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.Max Planck