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Cantor's law of the conservation of ignorance.

"A false conclusion once arrived at and widely accepted is not easily dislodged

and the less it is understood, the more tenaciously it is held."

 

Some of my other favorite quotes:

"Exercise is not a mere variant of rest ... it is the essence of the machine." Joseph Barcroft 

"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people" — Isaac Newton

“No one, unless he is grossly ignorant of what science has done for mankind, can entertain any doubt of the incalculable benefits which will hereafter be derived from physiology.” — Charles Darwin

"I would urge, that a thorough study of Human Physiology is, in itself, an education broader and more comprehensive than much that passes under that name. There is no side of the intellect which it does not call into play, no region of human knowledge into which either its roots, or its branches, do not extend." — Thomas Henry Huxley