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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1664
AUTHOR: Maria Montessori (1870–1952)
QUOTATION: What is a scientist?… We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who, in this pursuit, has felt arising within him a love for the mysteries of nature, so passionate as to annihilate the thought of himself.
ATTRIBUTION: MARIA MONTESSORI, The Montessori Method, trans. Anne E. George, p. 8 (1964).