George Sarton Quotes

Who the Hell is George Sarton?

George Alfred Leon Sarton, was a Belgian-born American chemist and historian. Sarton is considered the founder of the discipline of the history of science.

Born August 31, 1884
Died March 22, 1956

Books by George Sarton


Best 6 Quotes by George Sarton

“We have reason to believe that when, during the crusades, Europe at last began to establish hospitals, they were inspired by the Arabs of near East. The first hospital in Paris, Les Quinze-vingt, was founded by Louis IX after his return from the crusade 1254-1260.”

George Sarton

"A History of Science" Quotes

“Ancient portraits are symbolic images without any immediate relation to the individuals represented; they are not portraits as we understand them. It is remarkable that philologists who are capable of carrying accuracy to the extremes in the case of words are as credulous as babies when it comes to "images," and yet an image is so full of information that ten thousands words would not add up to it.”

George Sarton
A History of Science

“Men of science have made abundant mistakes of every kind; their knowledge has improved only because of their gradual abandonment of ancient errors, poor approximations, and premature conclusions.”

George Sarton
A History of Science

“My main interest is the love of truth, whether pleasant or not. Truth is self-sufficient, and there is nothing to which it can be subordinated without loss. When truth is made subservient to anything else, however great (say religion), it becomes impure and sordid.”

George Sarton
A History of Science

"Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece" Quotes

“It is childish to assume that science began in Greece; the Greek "miracle" was prepared by millennia of work in Egypt, Mesopotamia and possibly in other regions. Greek science was less an invention than a revival.”

George Sarton
Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece

"The History of Science and the New Humanism" Quotes

“The most malicious kind of hatred is that which is built upon a theological foundation.”

George Sarton
The History of Science and the New Humanism