Quotes By Marie Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie was a famous scientist who discovered radium and polonium and pioneered the radioactivity theory. Read quotes by Marie Curie.
| Saturday, September 20, 2008

Marie Sklodowska Curie, born on November 7, 1867, was a physicist and chemist who discovered the radium and polonium elements. Marie, also known as Manya, was instrumental in pioneering the radioactivity theory along with her husband Pierre. During her lifetime, Marie won two Nobel Prizes, one for Physics in 1903 and the second one for Chemistry in 1911.

Quotes by Marie Curie

"When one studies strongly radioactive substances special precautions must be taken. Dust, the air of the room, and one's clothes, all become radioactive. "

"After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. "

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

"I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. "

"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. "

"In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons."

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done"

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."

"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 our 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."

"I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."

"I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory."

"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."

"There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth."

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that" We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."

"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. "

"We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. 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. "

   
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