Nobel Wisdom - 3

Great quotes from Nobel Laureates

By Vamshi Jandhyala in life

September 7, 2020


  1. Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you. – Yasser Arafat


  1. Today, there is no greater joy than to live alone and unknown. – Albert Camus

  2. Solitude is the grandest prize that anybody could receive. – Camilo José Cela

  3. I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. – Albert Einstein

  4. My whole life presents a unity. Everything I have done, even my writing, grows out of a fascinated interest in human beings, in the wonders of their minds and hearts, their sensitivities, their needs, and the essential loneliness of their position in the universe. – Pearl S. Buck

  5. We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us. – Maurice Maeterlinck

  6. Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. – Eugene O’Neill

  7. Nearly all the great creators were almost recluses. Either one has many ideas and few friends, or many friends and few ideas. – Santiago Ramony Cajal

  8. Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for great enough to die for. – Dag Hammarskjöld


  1. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed. – Bertrand Russell

  2. Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think. – Niels Bohr

  3. I don’t mind if you think slowly, doctor, but I do mind if you publish faster than you think. – Wolfgang Pauli

  4. Many people would rather die than think. In fact they do. – Bertrand Russell

  5. If we fail to teach our children the skills they need to think clearly, they will march behind whatever guru wears the shiniest cloak. – Paul Boyer

  6. Man is a rational animal—so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it. – Bertrand Russell

  7. Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. – Albert Einstein

  8. There’s zero change in human intelligence in a million years and it won’t change in the next million. – Carleton Gajdusek

  9. It is an exceptional, almost pathological constitution one has if one follows thoughts logically through, regardless of consequences. Such people make martyrs, apostles, or scientists, and mostly end up on the stake or in a chair, electric or academic. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

  10. I emphasize the extinction between the ideas of the necessity and of the sufficiency of reason as a defense against that mad and self-destructive form of anti-rationalism which seems to declare that because reason is not sufficient, it is not necessary. – Peter Medawar

  11. When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect—but do not believe him. Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect. – Linus Pauling

  12. I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence. – Richard Feynman


  1. We all are born mad. Some remain so. – Samuel Beckett

  2. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

  3. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. – Bertrand Russell

  4. You never understand everything. When one understands everything, one has gone crazy. – Philip Anderson

  5. On one occasion a man came to ask me to recommend some of my books, as he was interested in philosophy. I did so, but he returned next day saying that he had been reading one of them, and had found only one statement he could understand, and that one seemed to him false. I asked him what it was, and he said it was the statement that Julius Caesar is dead. When I asked him why he did not agree, he drew himself up and said: “Because I am Julius Caesar.” – Bertrand Russell


  1. Without passion there is no genius. – Theodor Mommsen

  2. Talent fulfilled brings the deepest content that an individual can know. – Pearl S. Buck

  3. Everyone thinks that having a talent is a matter of luck; no one thinks that luck could be a matter of talent. – Jacinto Benavente


  1. The larger the circle of light becomes, the greater the perimeter of darkness around it. – Albert Einstein

  2. I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. – Richard Feynman

  3. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein


  1. I seek in my writing to hold back time so that the present is not forgotten. – Giinter Grass

  2. Forgetting is a virtue, memory, a vice. – Juan Ramon Jimenez

  3. When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we did not love enough. – Maurice Maeterlinck

  4. The best we can expect from people is to be forgotten. – Francois Mauriac

  5. Love is so short, and forgetting so long. – Pablo Neruda

  6. Everyone, deep down within, carries a small cemetery of those he has loved. – Romain Rolland

  7. If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity. For me, hope without memory is like memory without hope. Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. – Elie Wiesel


  1. I have had dreams and I’ve had nightmares. It is because of my dreams that I have overcome my nightmares. – Linus Pauling

  2. In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

    • Luigi Pirandello
  3. All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. – Elias Canetti

  4. Find your own dream. Keep this dream and take good care of it and then sometime you will accomplish something. – Koichi Tanaka

  5. You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

  6. There were many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream—whatever that dream might be. – Pearl S. Buck

  7. From my earliest youth, I have known that while one is obliged to plan with care the stages of one’s journey, one is entitled to dream, and keep dreaming, of its destination. A man may feel as old as his years, yet as young as his dreams. – Shimon Peres

  8. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King


  1. The balm that heals the wound of time is called religion; the knowledge that we must live for a lifetime with our wound is called philosophy. – Octavio Paz

  2. Scientists are explorers, philosophers are tourists. – Richard Feynman

  3. The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. – Bertrand Russell

  4. Roughly, you’d say science is what we know and philosophy is what we don’t know. – Bertrand Russell

  5. There is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. – Albert Camus


  1. The most important human endeavour is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. To make this a living force and bring it to clear consciousness is perhaps the foremost task of education. – Albert Einstein

  2. Morality must have its roots in conscience, not in dogma. – Franco Modigliani

  3. The last temptation is the greatest treason:To do the right deed for the wrong reason. – T.S. Eliot

  4. Personally, I would not judge ethical issues based on absolute rights and wrongs. Whenever you see the word ethics, I see the word politics, which to me means personal, fixed, vested interests. – Sydney Brenner


  1. I have derived continued benefit from criticism at all periods of my life, and I do not remember any time when I was ever short of it. – Winston Churchill

  2. Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard. – John Steinbeck


  1. Wisdom is not in reason, but in love. – André Gide

  2. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? – T. S. Eliot

  3. Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. – Octavio Paz

  4. You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. – Naguib Mahfouz

  5. Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people. – William Butler Yeats

  6. A wise man gets wiser by suffering. A person without any wisdom may suffer for a hundred years and die a fool. – Isaac Bashevis Singer

  7. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. – Winston Churchill


  1. Education is the most backward of all large industries. – Arthur Lewis

  2. It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of enquiry; for the delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. – Albert Einstein

  3. It was fortunate for me that I never in my life had what is called an education. – Rabindranath Tagore

  4. The desire to teach is visceral: it requires no defense, it permits no explanation, it is a cultural obligation, it is a vocation. Scholarship and research without the vocation to teach are sterile. – J. Michael Bishop

  5. Anytime you try to teach the subject without teachers who love the subject, it is doomed to failure and is a foolish thing to do. – Richard Feynman

  6. Teaching is not entertainment, but it is unlikely to be successful unless it is entertaining. – Herbert Simon

  7. The message I would give to young people is: Don’t be the best in your class. If you’re the best in your class you’re in the wrong class. – James Watson


  1. Art is contemplation of the world in a state of grace. – Hermann Hesse

  2. That life is worth living is the essential message and assurance of all art. – Hermann Hesse

  3. Art is always a good hiding-place, not for dynamite, but for intellectual explosives and social time bombs. – Heinrich Boll

  4. Art is a recoilless weapon. – Joseph Brodsky

  5. A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. – Albert Camus

  6. It is the artist’s job to create sunshine when there is none. – Romain Rolland


  1. Short words are best and old words when short are best of all. – Winston Churchill


  1. The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in shock-proof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it. – Ernest Hemingway

  2. Writing, at its best, is a lonely life . . . He does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. – Ernest Hemingway

  3. Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators. – Albert Camus

  4. For me, to be a writer is to acknowledge the secret wounds that we carry inside us, the wounds so secret that we ourselves are barely aware of them, and to patiendy explore them, know them, illuminate them, to own these pains and wounds, and to make them a conscious part of our spirits and our writing. – Orhan Pamuk

  5. Poetry must be human. If it is not human, it is not poetry. – Vicente Aleixandre

  6. Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace. – Juan Ramön Jiménez

  7. Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. – T. S. Eliot

  8. The relationship between eroticism and poetry is such that it can be said, without affectation, that the former is a poetry of the body and the latter an eroticism of language. – Octavio Paz

  9. Between poetry and literature there is the same distance, as, for example, between love and appetite, sensuality and sexuality, word and wordiness. – Juan Ramön Jiménez LITERATURE, 1956

  10. The experience of a poem is the experience both of a moment and of a lifetime. – T. S. Eliot

  11. There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

  12. I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised. – Wislawa Szymborska

  13. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

  14. Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me. – Anatole France

  15. Television has proved that millions of people passionately love lust and violence. – Saul Bellow

  16. Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable. – Shimon Peres