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Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin

  • Do not undertake a scientific career in quest of fame or money. There are easier and better ways to reach them. Undertake it only if nothing else will satisfy you; for nothing is probably what you will receive. Your reward will be the widening of the horizon as you climb. And if you achieve that reward you will ask no other.

  • There is nothing personal in the thunderclap of understanding. The lightning that releases it comes from outside oneself.

Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin, U.S. astronomer

(1900 - 1979)