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Marie Curie

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

  • All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.

  • Humanity, surely, needs practical men who make the best of their work for the sake of their own interests, without forgetting the general interest. But it also needs dreamers, for whom the unselfish following of a purpose is so imperative that it becomes impossible for them to devote much attention to their own material benefit. No doubt it could be said that these idealists do not deserve riches since they do not have the desire for them. It seems, however, that a society well organized ought to assure to these workers the means for efficient labor, in a life from which material care is excluded so that this life may be freely devoted to the service of scientific research.

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

    • Marie Curie,
    • "Intellectual Cooperation," in Memorandum ()
  • ... I have the best husband one could dream of; I could never have imagined finding one like him. He is a true gift of heaven, and the more we live together the more we love each other.

    • Marie Curie,
    • 1899, in Eve Curie, Madame Curie ()
  • One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done ...

    • Marie Curie,
    • 1894, in Eve Curie, Madame Curie ()
  • The older one gets the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed: it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace.

    • Marie Curie,
    • 1928, in Eve Curie, Madame Curie ()
  • 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.

    • Marie Curie,
    • 1933, in Eve Curie, Madame Curie ()
  • [To reporter seeking an interview:] Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

    • Marie Curie,
    • in Clifton Fadiman, ed., The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes ()
  • Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

    • Marie Curie,
    • in Philip Steele, Marie Curie ()
  • 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.

    • Marie Curie,
    • in Kathleen Krull, Marie Curie ()
  • It was like a new world opened to me, the world of science, which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty.

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

    • Marie Curie
  • We cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individual. Toward this end, each of us must work for his own highest development, accepting at the same time his share of responsibility in the general life of 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.

    • Marie Curie

Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist, chemist, Nobel Prize winner

(1867 - 1934)

Born: Marya Sklodovska.