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Leo Tolstoy

On the Significance of Science and Art

    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted7 years ago
    There is the same self-satisfaction and blind confidence that we, precisely we, and only we, are on the right path, and that the real thing is only beginning with us.
    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted7 years ago
    Science maintains the division of labor as a unalterable law; it sees that the distribution of wealth, founded on the division of labor, is wrong and ruinous; and it affirms that its activity, which recognizes the division of labor, will lead people to bliss. The result is, that some people make use of the labor of others; but that, if they shall make use of the labor of others for a very long period of time, and in still larger measure, then this wrongful distribution of wealth, i.e., the use of the labor of others, will come to an end.
    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted7 years ago
    Scientific co-operation with the people, of which the defenders of science talk, must be something quite different. And this co-operation which should exist has not yet begun. It will begin when the man of science, technologist or physician, will not consider it legal to take from people—I will not say a hundred thousand, but even a modest ten thousand, or five hundred rubles for assisting them; but when he will live among the toiling people, under the same conditions, and exactly as they do, then he will be able to apply his knowledge to the questions of mechanics, technics, hygiene, and the healing of the laboring people. But now science, supporting itself at the expense of the working-people, has entirely forgotten the conditions of life among these people, ignores (as it puts it) these conditions
    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted7 years ago
    And the sole indubitable sign of the presence of a vocation is self-devotion, the sacrifice of self for the manifestation of the power that is imposed upon man for the benefit of others.
    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted7 years ago
    Science is entirely arranged for the wealthy classes, and it has adopted for its task the healing of the people who can obtain every thing for themselves; and it attempts to heal those who possess no superfluity
    Jeni Mayorskayahas quoted8 years ago
    The foundations of every doctrine are always stated in a theory, and the so-called learned men merely invent further deductions from the foundations once stated. Thus contemporary science is selecting its facts on the foundation of a very definite theory, which it sometimes knows, sometimes refuses to know, and sometimes really does not know; but the theory exists.
    Queen Willowhas quoted3 years ago
    “Only sociology, founded on biology, founded on all the positive sciences, can give us the laws of humanity. Humanity, or human communities, are the organisms already prepared, or still in process of formation, and which are subservient to all the laws of the evolution of organisms.
    Queen Willowhas quoted3 years ago
    “For the study of the laws of life of human societies, there exists but one indubitable method,—the positive, experimental, critical method
    Queen Willowhas quoted3 years ago
    The justification of all persons who have freed themselves from toil is now founded on experimental, positive science.
    b3657612907has quoted7 years ago
    instead of will, chance is offered, and the co-efficient of the eternal is transposed from the power to the time.
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