Saturday, February 6, 2010

Marie Curie Quotes

Not only was Marie Sklodowska-Curie an incredible scientist and quite possibly the single person who ended science being a misogynistic 'old boy's club', but she also said a number of very profound things:

  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
  • "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
  • A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery also has its beauty. Neither do I believe that the spirit of adventure runs any risk of disappearing in our world. If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity."
  • "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
  • "I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."
  • "And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity."
  • "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

"I am among those who think that science has great beauty."

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