Sir Karl Raimund Popper, proclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers of his era, is known for his bold hypothesis, critical rationalism and falsification. This Austrian- British philosopher was renowned for his evolutionary trial and error view of the growth of knowledge. He raised several eyebrows with his theory of Active Darwinism and the paradox of tolerance. In the field of politics, he was famous for his potent fortification of liberal democracy and its principles. He played a key role in the development of philosophy of science as an independent branch of study. Popper received fellowship from esteemed institutes such as London School of Economics, Cambridge, Royal Society and King's College London. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and received the Humanist Laureate Award from the International Academy of Humanism. He described science as an art of systematic over simplification. We have collected Popper’s quotes from his theories, journals, publications, views etc. Here is a collection of enlightening quotes from one the greatest philosophers to have lived in contemporary history.
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure.
The game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do not call for any further test, and that they can be regarded as finally verified, retires from the game.
It is complete nihilism to propose laying down arms in a world where atom bombs are around. It is very simple: there is no way of achieving peace other than with weapons.
The Utopian attempt to realize an ideal state, using a blueprint of society as a whole, is one which demands a strong centralized rule of a few, and which is therefore likely to lead to a dictatorship.
We can all participate in the heritage of man. We all can help to preserve it. And we can all make our own modest contribution to it.
We must not as for more.
The quest for precision is analogous to the quest for certainty, and both should be abandoned.
I wish to make it clear that ‘history’ in the sense in which most people speak of it simply does not exist; and this is at least one reason why I say that it has no meaning.