Charles Babbage Quotes

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction.

Knowledge Quotes, Genius Quotes, Wealth Quotes

The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions.

Wealth Quotes, Possessions Quotes

In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward.

Action Quotes, Ability Quotes, Talent Quotes, Law Quotes

 

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.

Ambition Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Purpose Quotes

A tool is usually more simple than a machine; it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power.

Power Quotes

Another mode of accumulating power arises from lifting a weight and then allowing it to fall.

Power Quotes

The proportion between the velocity with which men or animals move, and the weights they carry, is a matter of considerable importance, particularly in military affairs.

Men Quotes

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race.

Hope Quotes, Mathematics Quotes

That the state of knowledge in any country will exert a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it, is a principle too obvious to require investigation.

Knowledge Quotes, Influence Quotes

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Confusion Quotes, Ideas Quotes

I am inclined to attach some importance to the new system of manufacturing; and venture to throw it out with the hope of its receiving a full discussion among those who are most interestedin the subject.

Hope Quotes

The fatigue produced on the muscles of the human frame does not altogether depend on the actual force employed in each effort, but partly on the frequency with which it is exerted.

Effort Quotes

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe.

Circumstances Quotes, Criticism Quotes

The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.

Character Quotes

Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the velocity.

Time Quotes, Work Quotes

The economy of human time is the next advantage of machinery in manufactures.

Economy Quotes, Time Quotes

At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged.

Knowledge Quotes

It will be readily admitted, that a degree conferred by an university, ought to be a pledge to the public that he who holds it possesses a certain quantity of knowledge.

Knowledge Quotes

In turning from the smaller instruments in frequent use to the larger and more important machines, the economy arising from the increase of velocity becomes more striking.

Economy Quotes, Important Quotes

Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over extensive lines with great rapidity.

Great Quotes

6 Top Charles Babbage quotes about Science

To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance.

Knowledge Quotes, History Quotes, Science Quotes

The accumulation of skill and science which has been directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods, has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated; distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages.

Skill Quotes, Science Quotes

A powerful attraction exists, therefore, to the promotion of a study and of duties of all others engrossing the time most completely, and which is less benefited than most others by any acquaintance with science.

Action Quotes, Time Quotes, Power Quotes, Science Quotes

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue.

Education Quotes, Science Quotes

That science has long been neglected and declining in England, is not an opinion originating with me, but is shared by many, and has been expressed by higher authority than mine.

Opinion Quotes, Authority Quotes, Science Quotes

Perhaps it would be better for science, that all criticism should be avowed.

Criticism Quotes, Science Quotes