— Barbara McClintock
"What’s really required is a kind of intimacy with what we are seeking to understand—moving into a space within ourselves where resistance between the seeker (the learner) and the sought (the knowledge) disappears."
"The scientist is in the position of a Greek slave in Imperial Rome. He knows that he understands a host of important things which are completely unknown to his masters. This gives him a very painful feeling of isolation in the community. Perhaps in time it will become possible to make some of the fundamental ideas of science intelligible in the course of a cultural education and, conversely, to give more cultural background to the thoughts of scientists. The present system under which some men have the power and others have the knowledge is very dangerous."