Nobel Wisdom - 1

Great quotes from Nobel Laureates

By Vamshi Jandhyala in life

September 3, 2020


  1. The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer. – Fridtjof Nansen

  2. All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. – William Faulkner

  3. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. – Ernest Hemingway

  4. I don’t believe I have special talents. I have persistence . . . After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying. – Carlo Rubbia

  5. I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. – Albert Einstein


  1. Without a vocation, man’s existence would be meaningless. – Anwaral-Sadat

  2. Happiness depends on one being exactly fitted to the nature of one’s work. – Alexis Carrel

  3. Those whose work and pleasure are one . . . are . . . Fortune’s favoured children. – Winston Churchill

  4. When I ask myself, “Who are the happiest people on the planet?” my answer is, “Those who can’t wait to wake up in the morning to get back to what they were doing the day before.” – James Cronin

  5. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

  6. Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The former is unpleasant and badly paid. The latter is pleasant and well paid. – Bertrand Russell


  1. There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible, and those who believe that “belief” must be discarded and replaced by “the scientific method.” – Max Born

  2. I am astonished at the ease with which uninformed persons come to a settled, a passionate opinion when they have no grounds for judgment. – William Golding

  3. Human beings . . . are far too prone to generalize from one instance. The technical word for this, interestingly enough, is superstition. – Francis Crick


  1. What man seeks, to the point of anguish, in his gods, in his art, in his science, is meaning. He cannot bear the void. He pours meaning on events like salt on his food. – Francois Jacob

  2. If, after all, men cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one. – Albert Camus

  3. I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I’ve got. – Hermann Hesse

  4. The meaning of life consists in the fact that it makes no sense to say that life has no meaning. – Niels Bohr

  5. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. – Albert Einstein

  6. I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference. – Jimmy Carter


  1. The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. – Nadine Gordimer

  2. With the beginning of life, comes the thirst for truth, whereas the ability to lie is gradually acquired in the process of trying to stay alive. – Gao Xingjian

  3. Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it. – Andre Gide

  4. Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it. – Romain Rolland

  5. It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. – Anatole France

  6. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. – Niels Bohr

  7. I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science . . . This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world. – Max Born

  8. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. – Winston Churchill

  9. You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me. – Alexandr Solzhenitsy

  10. The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves. – V. S. Naipaul

  11. Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to. – Czeslaw Milosz


  1. For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope. – Albert Einstein

  2. As a rule, the man who first thinks of a new idea is so much ahead of his time that everyone thinks him silly, so that he remains obscure and is soon forgotten. Then, gradually, the world becomes ready for his idea, and the man who proclaims it at the fortunate moment gets all the credit. – Bertrand Russell

  3. How do you get good ideas? You have a lot of ideas and throw out the bad ones. – Linus Pauling

  4. The only way I can tell that a new idea is really important is the feeling of terror that seizes me. – James Franck

  5. I distrust scientists who complain about others stealing their ideas—I have always had to force new ideas down people’s throats. – Max Perutz


  1. You must begin with an ideal and end with an ideal. – Frederick Banting

  2. Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem. – John Galsworthy

  3. Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. – Bertrand Russell

  4. They call us romantics, weak, stupid, sentimental idealists, perhaps because we have some faith in the good which exists even in our opponents and because we believe that kindness achieves more than cruelty. – Fridtjof Nansen

  5. The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. – Albert Einstein


  1. One of the important distinctions between ideology and science is that science recognizes the limitations on what one knows. – Joseph Stiglitz

  2. Ideology—that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  3. Bid farewell to ideologies and instead return to the truth of being human. – Gao Xingjian


  1. Man is man because he can recognize supernatural realities, not because he can invent them. – T. S. Eliot

  2. We have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world. – John Eccles

  3. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein

  4. Religion is very different from science . . . When you play the piano, when you climb a mountain, does this contradict your scientific endeavours? . . . In science we have certain ways of thinking about the world, and in religion we have different ways of thinking about the world. Those two things coexist side by side without conflict. – Robert Aumann

  5. I do not believe that anyone should ever say that science agrees with religion. What I would say, which I think is a far more powerful statement, and one which allows people to be religious, is to say, the modern observations of science do not disagree with religion. – Arno Penzias

  6. I consider the power to believe to be one of the great divine gifts to man through which he is allowed in some inexplicable manner to come near to the mysteries of the Universe without understanding them. – Ernst Chain

  7. The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science. – Albert Einstein

  8. One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. – Steven Weinberg

  9. I can believe in God’s wisdom but I cannot see his mercy. – Isaac Bashevis Singer

  10. Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. – George Bernard Shaw


  1. Man does not live by GNP alone. – Paul Samuelson

  2. Most people seek after what they do not possess and are thus enslaved by the very things they want to acquire . . . Only when he has ceased to need things can a man truly be his own master and so really exist. – Anwaral-Sadat

  3. In the past people’s mentality was formed within a large space which still exists, called the cathedral. Today human mentality is formed within another large space called the shopping centre. And the illusion there is constant. – Jose Saramago

  4. I don’t know how to own things . . . I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things. – Albert Camus

  5. All of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. – Martin Luther King

  6. I rather like materialism. The poor need it. – V. S. Naipaul

  7. Free-market societies produce unjust and very stupid societies. I don’t believe that the production and consumption of things can be the meaning of human life. – Octavio Paz


  1. The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein

  2. Life continues to be a mystery too great to understand. I only know that I cling to it. I fear its cessation—death. I dread its diminution—pain. I seek its enlargement—joy. – Albert Schweitzer

  3. The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever. – Anatole France


  1. Youth longs not for that which was, but rather for that which could be. – Willy Brandt

  2. The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it. – Albert Einstein

  3. Eighteen is a good time for suffering. One has all the necessary strength, and no defenses. – William Golding

  4. The most precious, creative and innovative period in your life is the 10-year period around the age of 32. Plan your career path to use this precious 10-year period wisely and effectively to produce your greatest achievement in your life. – Leo Esaki

  5. Every man over forty is a scoundrel. – George Bernard Shaw

  6. It’s better to be seventy years young than forty years old. – Jimmy Carter

  7. The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning, you’re not old. – Rosalyn Yalow

  8. I used to think getting old was about vanity—but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial. – Eugene O’Neill

  9. The secret of a good old age is simply an honourable pact with solitude. – Gabriel Garcia Mdrquez

  10. I don’t see why not, you look healthy enough to me. – George Bernard Shaw

On his ninetieth birthday, 1946, to a young reporter who said, “I hope to interview you again on your 100th birthday.”


  1. There’s nothing in biology yet found that indicates the inevitability of death. – Richard Feynman

  2. The newspapers, at one time, said that I was dead, but after carefully examining the evidence I came to the conclusion that the statement was false. – Bertrand Russell

  3. We should all like to go out in full summer, with beauty stepping towards us across a lawn. – John Galsworthy

  4. That’s exactly what is going to happen to me. – Martin Luther King

Dr. and Mrs. King were sitting together when they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, November 22, 1953


  1. Never in the whole field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill

Of the Royal Air Force pilots in the Battle of Britain

  1. “Not in vain” may be the pride of those who survived and the epitaph of those who fell. – Winston Churchill

  2. Here lies someone who tried to screw his fellow man as little as possible. – Camilo Jose Cela

Epitaph Cela chose for himself

  1. He lies here, somewhere. – Werner Heisenberg

Epitaph on his gravestone, composed by Heisenberg, author of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle


  1. No one is free from the history he has inherited. – Willy Brandt

  2. History is neither made nor written without love or hate. – Theodor Mommsen

  3. History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill


  1. The vision of the future should shape the agenda for the present. – Shimon Peres

  2. The best way to predict the future is to ask a Nobel laureate what is impossible to do. – PaulLauterbur

  3. In the near future the developments in biology will make problems like no one has ever seen before. – Richard Feynman

  4. In the year 2020 you will be able to go into the drug store, have your DNA sequence read in an hour or so, and given back to you on a compact disk so you can analyse it. – Walter Gilbert

  5. You have only to wish it and you can have a world without hunger, disease, cancer and toil—anything you wish, wish anything and it can be done. Or else we can exterminate ourselves . . . at present we are on the road to extermination. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi


  1. Evil is not the norm. Injustice is not the norm. Poverty is not the norm. War is not the norm . . . The norm is goodness. The norm is compassion. The norm is gentleness. – Desmond Tutu

  2. Evil takes root when one man starts to think that he is better than another. – Joseph Brodsky

  3. A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint. – Albert Schweitzer

  4. If this is a world of vice and woe, I’ll take the vice and you can have the woe. – Winston Churchill