J.B.S. HALDANE WROTE:
 


 
 

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.

* * *

I have never yet met a healthy person who worried very much about his health,
or a really good person who worried much about his own soul.

* * *

While I do not suggest that humanity will ever be able to dispense with its martyrs,
I cannot avoid the suspicion that with a little more thought and a little less belief their number may be substantially reduced.

* * *

Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms
as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium.

* * *

We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment.
But environment is the easier of the two to improve.

* * *

The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science.
But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.

* * *

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose,
but queerer than we can suppose.

* * *

In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion,
but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.

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Shortly before his death in 1964, the irrespressible Haldane wrote an outrageous comic poem while in the hospital, mocking his own incurable disease. It was circulated among his friends, who savored the consistently witty irreverence with which Haldane had lived his courageous and productive life.

 
Cancer's a Funny Thing:
I wish I had the voice of Homer
To sing of rectal carcinoma,
Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,
Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked

 

1963: Twelfth International Congress of Genetics, The Hague, The Netherlands
Haldane in white traditianal Indian garb and HM Queen Juliana of The Netherlands



VIVOS VOCO!  -   !
May 2004