Author:Will Durant
Topics:Quotes about Science

Quote by Will Durant : “Science tells us how to”

Science tells us how to heal and how to kill; it reduces the death rate in retail and then kills us wholesale in war; but only wisdom – desire coordinated in the light of all experience – can tell us when to heal and when to kill.To observe processes and to construct means is science; to criticize and coordinate ends is philosophy: and because in these days our means and instruments have multiplied beyond our interpretation and synthesis of ideals and ends, our life is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.For a fact is nothing except in relation to desire; it is not complete except in relation to a purpose and a whole.Science without philosophy, facts without perspective and valuation, cannot save us from havoc and despair.Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom. – Will Durant