We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has donehitherto isto improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends.
The herd of mankind can hardly be said to think; their notions are almost all adoptive; and, in general, I believe it is better that it should be so; as such common prejudices contribute more to order and quiet, than their own separate reasonings would do, uncultivated and unimproved as they are.stanhope, philip, 4th earl of chesterfield
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract ourattention from serious things. Theyare but improved means to an unimproved end.Henry David Thoreau
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