Nobel Wisdom - 2

Great quotes from Nobel Laureates

By Vamshi Jandhyala in life

September 5, 2020


  1. If you cannot be gold, be silver. – Juan Ramon Jimenez

  2. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

  3. A human being is never what he is but the self he seeks. – Octavio Paz

  4. The main advantage of being famous is that when you bore people at dinner parties they think it is their fault. – Henry Kissinger

  5. At all costs try to avoid granting yourself the status of the victim . . . No matter how abominable your condition may be, try not to blame anything or anybody. – Joseph Brodsky

  6. The tendency to see oneself perpetually as a victim will lead to the evasion of responsibility and the condoning of evil. – Albert Lutuli


  1. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because . . . it is the quality which guarantees all others. – Winston Churchill

  2. We do not know how to retreat, we know how to advance. – Yasser Arafat

  3. Grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway

When asked what he meant by guts in an interview with Dorothy Parker

  1. If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. – Ernest Hemingway

  2. A hero is someone who does what he can. – Romain Rolland

  3. How can we justify our dreams? How can we confirm our beliefs? How can we prove to ourselves that what we have been taught as children is true? How can we alleviate our doubts? How can we, in our own often naturally dormant lives, be inspired to action, sometimes even at the sacrifice of our own immediate well-being? We derive those inspirations from our heroes. – Jimmy Carter

  4. There are no heroes of action: only heroes of renunciation and suffering. But few of them are known, and even these not to the crowd, but to the few. – Albert Schweitzer


  1. Freedom is choosing your responsibility. It’s not having no responsibilities; it’s choosing the ones you want. – Toni Morrison

  2. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. – Albert Einstein

  3. The real definition of loneliness . . . is to live without responsibility. – Nadine Gordimer

  4. A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. – Bertrand Russell

  5. When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. – George Bernard Shaw


  1. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

  2. The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion. – Richard Feynman

  3. Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the sirffering of mankind. – Bertrand Russell

  4. What matters today is not the difference between those who believe and those who do not believe, but the difference between those who care and those who don’t. – GeorgesPire

  5. Only the tortured can understand those who have endured torture. – Yasser Arafat


  1. Without forgiveness there is no future. – Desmond Tutu

  2. In every language, every culture, the most difficult words you have to say are: “I’m sorry. Forgive me.” – Desmond Tutu

  3. True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past. – Nelson Mandela


  1. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. – Albert Einstein

  2. It is always from a minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better. – Friedrich von Hayek

  3. A man of great common sense and good taste—meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. – George Bernard Shaw

  4. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. – Bertrand Russell


  1. Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe. – Albert Einstein

  2. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther

  3. The melancholy thing about the world is that it is full of stupid and common people; and the world is run for the benefit of the stupid and the common. – V. S. Naipaul

  4. The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

  5. It is precisely the stupidest people who are most sincere in their mistaken beliefs. – Norman Angell

  6. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness. – Bertrand Russell


  1. You must embrace joy as a moral obligation. – Andre Gide

  2. Pleasure may be achieved without paying the price of strenuous effort, but joy cannot. – Konrad Lorenz

  3. An unshared happiness is not happiness. – Boris Pasternak

  4. An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. – Maurice Maeterlinck

  5. To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. – Bertrand Russell

  6. There is no better way to clothe one’s grief than to celebrate another’s joy. – Sheldon Glashow

  7. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. – Ernest Hemingway

  8. It is more important to have beauty in one’s equations than to have them fit experiment. – Paul Dirac


  1. I have always preferred the folly of the passions to the wisdom of indifference. – Anatole France

  2. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Desmond Tutu

  3. Better an unjust God than an indifferent one. – Elie Wiesel

  4. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. – Elie Wiesel


  1. I have always thought that if the man who places hope in the human condition is a fool, then he who gives up hope in the face of circumstances is a coward. – Albert Camus

  2. Never flinch, never weary, never despair. – Winston Churchill

  3. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

  4. Defeatism about the past is a grievous error; defeatism about the future is a crime. – Philip Noel-Baker

  5. You have pessimists and optimists, and of the two the pessimists are the better informed. – Imre Kertész

  6. If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet. – Isaac Bashevis Singer


  1. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Nelson Mandela

  2. It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. – Aung San Suu Kyi

  3. Emotional memories involving fear are permanently engrained in the brain. They can be suppressed but never erased. – Francis Crick

  4. The worst of all fears is the fear of living. – Theodore Roosevelt

  5. The 17th century was the century of mathematics, the 18th that of the physical sciences, and the 19th that of biology. Our 20th century is the century of fear. – Albert Camus


  1. Love is an illness, but it is not mortal. – Selma Lagerlöf

  2. Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best. – Gabriela Mistral

  3. Like all the great creations of humanity, love is twofold: it is the supreme happiness and supreme misfortune. – Octavio Paz

  4. Love is not a desire for beauty; it is a yearning for completion. – Octavio Paz

  5. One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved. – Romain Rolland

  6. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. – Bertrand Russell

  7. We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa

  8. Love is the only force capable of pulling down barriers which may stand between matter and spirit, visible and invisible, individual and God. – Anwar al-Sadat

  9. How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends. – Albert Einstein

  10. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. – Martin Luther King

  11. A loveless world is a dead world, and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one’s work, and of devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart. – Albert Camus

  12. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. – Ernest Hemingway

  13. Love reciprocated is always rejuvenating. – T. S. Eliot

  14. You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults. – William Faulkner

  15. How unbearable, for women, is the tenderness which a man can give them without love. – Albert Camus

  16. The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me. – George Bernard Shaw


  1. Married love, enduring through a thousand vicissitudes, seems to me the most beautiful of miracles, even if the most common. – François Mauriac

  2. I believe marriage to be the best and most important relation that can exist between two human beings. – Bertrand Russell

  3. You should look around carefully at the members of the opposite sex, and pick one out that you’d like to be with all your life. Get married young, and stay married. – Linus Pauling

  4. An unhappy marriage! No ill treatment—only that indefinable malaise, that terrible blight which killed all sweetness under Heaven; and so from day to day, from night to night, from week to week, from year to year, till death should end it! – John Galsworthy


  1. Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy. – Henry Kissinger

  2. Why two sexes rather than three? What a source of new plots three sexes would provide for novelists, of new variations for psychologists, of new complications for lawyers. – François Jacob

  3. How is it that, in the human body, reproduction is the only function to be performed by an organ of which an individual carries only one half so that he has to spend an enormous amount of time and energy to find another half? – François Jacob

  4. To fully experience the joys of adultery, one must be a person of piety. – Anatole France

  5. Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. – Anatole France


  1. In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued. – Aung San Suu Kyi

  2. The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and its women. – Pearl S. Buck

  3. Men and women can face anything, can endure anything, if they are sure of each other’s loyalty and liking. They can endure nothing if they are not sure of each other. – Pearl S. Buck

  4. The humiliation inflicted on women is the result of a diseased gene that is passed to every generation of men, not only by society as a whole but also by their mothers. It is mothers who raise boys who become men. It is up to mothers not to pass on that diseased cultural gene. – Shirin Ebadi

  5. Instead of telling girls to cover their hair, we should teach them to use their heads. – Shirin Ebadi

  6. What begins as the neglect of the interests of women ends in causing adversity for the health and survival of all. – Amartya Sen

  7. Women are ultimately the key to development, they are the key to eradication of poverty. Once you empower them, you empower a nation. – Desmond Tutu


  1. To be childlike is one of the most important, indispensable, and, in the best sense, human characteristics of man. – Konrad Lorenz

  2. To have the heart of a child is not a disgrace. It is an honour. – Ernest Hemingway

  3. People, especially young people, need compliments and admiration. We must give them a sense of their importance and dignity, and we must encourage them to use and develop all their talents. If ever I have children, I’ll certainly do so. I’ll tell them outright that they’re important and that they’re beautiful. – Mairead Corrigan

  4. To be the father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy. – Nelson Mandela

  5. Unless the child learns how to love a parent profoundly, I believe that he will never learn how to love anyone else profoundly, and not knowing how to love means the loss of the meaning of life and its fulfilment. – Pearl S. Buck

  6. All kids are scientists. They’re born scientists. They ask all these terrible questions that nobody can answer because they’re scientists. So, what do you do? You beat that curiosity out of them and they stop asking questions. It’s very hard to survive that. – Leon Lederman

  7. The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. – Bertrand Russell

  8. You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu