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I have far more confidence in the one man who works mentally and bodily at a matter than in the six who merely talk about it…Nature is our kindest friend and best critic in experimental science if we only allow her intimations to fall unbiassed on our minds

(Underlining mine – this is what men prejudice toward evoluntion do not do –eab)

– Letter to John Tyndall (4/19/1851); letter 2411, edited by Frank A. J. L. James (1999). The  correspondence of Michael Faraday, Volume 4. IET. p. 281. ISBN 0863412513.

 

Bacon in his instruction tells us that the scientific student ought not to be as the ant, who gathers merely, nor as the spider who spins from her own bowels, but rather as the bee who both gathers and produces…The human mind is placed above, and not beneath it, and it is in such a point of view that the mental education afforded by science is rendered super-eminent in dignity, in practical application and utility; for by enabling the mind to apply the natural power through law, it conveys the gifts of God to man.

– Lecture notes of 1858, quoted in The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870)                                by Bence Jones, Vol. 2, p. 404

 

I am, I hope, very thankful that in the withdrawal of the powers and things of life, the good hope is left with me, which makes the contemplation of death a comfort — not a fear. Such peace is alone the gift of God, and as it is He who gives it, why should we be afraid? His unspeakable gift in His beloved Son is the ground of no doubtful hope…

– Letter to Auguste de la Rive (1861), as quoted in The Philosopher’s Tree :                                 A Selection of Michael Faraday’s Writings (1999) edited by Peter Day, p. 199

Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 – Reportedly his speculations on life beyond death, as quoted in The Homiletic Review‎ (April 1896), p. 442

I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.

– Reportedly last words, answering question “Have you ever pondered by yourself what will be your occupation in the next world?” quoted in The Speaker’s QuoteBook (1997) edited by Roy B. Zuck, p.108

On this date,6/12/1821, Michael Faraday, the later famous inventor, was married to Sarah Barnard inEngland.

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