Top quotes by Marie Curie

Marie Curie's top quotes. '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.'

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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.

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Sometimes I had to spend a whole day mixing a boiling mass with a heavy iron rod nearly as large as myself. I would be broken with fatigue at the day's end. Other days, on the contrary, the work would be a most minute and delicate fractional crystallization, in the effort to concentrate the radium.

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During the course of my research, I had had occasion to examine not only simple compounds, salts and oxides, but also a great number of minerals.

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Unknown in Paris, I was lost in the great city, but the feeling of living there alone, taking care of myself without any aid, did not at all depress me. If sometimes I felt lonesome, my usual state of mind was one of calm and great moral satisfaction.

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If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.

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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.

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

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Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

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

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

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I was only fifteen when I finished my high-school studies, always having held first rank in my class. The fatigue of growth and study compelled me to take almost a year's rest in the country. I then returned to my father in Warsaw, hoping to teach in the free schools.

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During the year 1894, Pierre Curie wrote me letters that seem to me admirable in their form. No one of them was very long, for he had the habit of concise expression, but all were written in a spirit of sincerity and with an evident anxiety to make the one he desired as a companion know him as he was.

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Pierre Curie came to see me and showed a simple and sincere sympathy with my student life. Soon he caught the habit of speaking to me of his dream of an existence consecrated entirely to scientific research, and he asked me to share that life.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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