Marie Curie quotes
1867-1934, Russian scientist and winner of The Nobel Prize in
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.
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.
I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new
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
I was taught that the way of progress is 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.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: He is also a child confronting natural
phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
When one studies strongly radioactive substances special precautions must be taken. Dust,
the air of the room, and one's clothes, all become radioactive.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense
that national qualities have been attributed to it.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost,
must be attained.
Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting
the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom
the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for
them to devote their care to their own material profit.