Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine.
Catherine de' Medici.)
I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Homo faberEin Bericht, Suhrkamp (1957). Walter Faber, in Homo FaberA Report, p. 23, trans. by Michael Bullock (1977), Abelard-Schuman (1959).
Describes the quintessential conviction of homo faber, modern man as technologist.)