„Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.“

—  Louis Pasteur, Context: Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. As quoted in Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1960) by René Jules Dubos, Ch. 3 "Pasteur in Action" As quoted in Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1960) by René Jules Dubos, Ch. 3 "Pasteur in Action"
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—  Humphry Davy Cornish chemist 1778 - 1829
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—  Jagadish Chandra Bose Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist and archaeologist 1858 - 1937
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—  Michael Halliday Australian linguist 1925 - 2018
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„There is no country...where there are not somewhere lovers of freedom who look to this country to carry the torch and keep it burning bright until such time as they may again be able to light their extinguished torches at our flame. We owe it not only to our own people but to the world to preserve our soul for that.“

—  Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
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„The world is my country, to promote science is my religion.“

—  Christiaan Huygens Dutch mathematician and natural philosopher 1629 - 1695
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—  Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
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