The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world.
p. 230, also in My Life and Views (1968), p. 183Variants (these could be paraphrases or differing translations): The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
Science?is so greatly opposed to history and tradition that it cannot be absorbed by our civilization.Max Born
I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed. We do not find signposts at crossroads, but our own scouts erect them, to help the rest.Max Born
If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success.Max Born
There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that 'belief'must be discarded and replaced by 'thescientific method'.Max Born
Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.Max Born
I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy . It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., abut space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics). It has taught us new methods of thinking (complimentarity), which are applicable far beyond physics.Max Born
The continuity of our science has not been affected by all these turbulent happenings, as the older theories have always been included as limiting cases in the new ones.Max Born
It is true that many scientists are not philosophically minded and have hitherto shown much skill and ingenuity but little wisdom .Max Born