„Posterity will one day laugh at the foolishness of modern materialistic philosophers.“

—  Louis Pasteur, Context: Posterity will one day laugh at the foolishness of modern materialistic philosophers. The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. I pray while I am engaged at my work in the laboratory. As quoted in The Literary Digest (18 October 1902)
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