Scientists are supposed to take an unemotional approach to life and all the touchy-feely human emotion it contains. They tend to prioritize the factual above the sentimental, making them a potentially palatable source for the cynically inclined, when they find themselves forced to seek relationship advice or inspiration.
But our research reveals that scientists are as prone to gush about love as anyone, because scientists have feelings, too. From this sea of conflicting perspectives on romance, we've pulled a few select declarations that adequately describe the emotional roller coaster that is falling for someone. Here are 10 of the best quotes from scientists about the mysteries of the human heart.
For the cool pragmatist:
1. "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." — Albert Einstein
2. "Just remember you will find that one special love that you know is right but for some reason just doesn't last." — Marie Curie
3. "A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections — a mere heart of stone." — Charles Darwin
4. "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.'" — Erich Fromm
For the somewhat sappy:
5. "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." — Carl Sagan
6. "Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion." — Stephen Hawking
7. "Love is a better teacher than duty." — Albert Einstein
For chemistry in action:
8. "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed." — C.G. Jung
9. "When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity." — Albert Einstein
10. "Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it." — Richard P. Feynman