Quote by W.S. Gilbert
In the discovery of secret things, and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators.
This quote emphasizes the importance of relying on rigorous experimentation and solid evidence when seeking to uncover secrets and understand hidden causes, as opposed to relying solely on speculation and philosophical theories. It suggests that conclusions drawn from concrete experiments and proven arguments hold more weight and are more reliable than assumptions based on mere probabilities and the speculations of philosophers. In essence, the quote highlights the value of empirical evidence and tangible proof in furthering knowledge and understanding.
Rosewater was twice as smart as Billy, but he and Billy were dealing with similar crises in similar ways. They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in war. Rosewater, for instance, had shot a fourteen-year-old fireman, mistaking for a German soldier. So it goes. And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the fire-bombing of Dresden. So it goes. So they were trying to re-invent themselves and their universe. Science fiction was a big help.