This month's quote
Sometimes science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room.
It's difficult, especially when there is no cat.
What embellishes the desert is the hidden well
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He who knows does not speak
He who speaks does not know
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn in any other way.
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
(short version: science advances one funeral at a time).
The big advances in our understanding of cancer have come year after year, decade after decade from small, independent research groups, rather than large research consortia. I'm hoping that the people who run the funding agencies come to recognize that much of the monies that are spent on multicenter collaborative initiatives—I'm not talking about clinical research—are not spent very effectively. Funds should be diverted instead to fostering young investigators to start their own groups and to move out in their own directions.
Vision over visibility
A man travels many miles to consult the wisest guru in the land. When he arrives, he asks the wise man:
"Oh, wise guru, what is the secret of happy life?"
"Good judgement", says the guru.
"But oh, wise guru", says the man, "how do I achieve good judgement?"
"Bad judgement", says the guru.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed
If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?