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Linus Pauling Quotes

Linus Carl Pauling

Linus Pauling quotes: brainy beliefs from the late chemist.

“I think every person should be able to enjoy life.  Try to decide what you most enjoy doing, and then look around to see if there is a job for which you could prepare yourself that would enable you to continue having this sort of joy.”

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.  First, if you want to make discoveries, it’s a good thing to have good ideas.  And second, you have to have a sort of sixth sense—the result of judgment and experience—which ideas are worth following up.”

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.”

“In teaching, you do not want to cover things, you want to uncover them.”

“Write down all your ideas.  You never know when one of those will develop into a great idea.”

“Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.”

“Man’s great power of thinking, remembering and communicating are responsible for the evolution of civilization.”

“Sometimes progress is slow.  But then there does come a time when a lot of people accept a new idea and see ways in which it can be exploited.”

“I have something that I call my ‘Golden Rule.’  It goes something like this: ‘Do unto others 25% better than you expect them to do unto you.’  The 25% is for error.”

“Instead of collecting stamps, I collected dictionaries and encyclopedias because you can learn more from them.”

“Like thousands of other boys, I had a little chemical laboratory in our cellar and think that some of our friends thought me a bit crazy.”

“I have always liked working in some scientific direction that nobody else is working in.”

“Only when I began studying chemical engineering at Oregon Agricultural College did I realize that I myself might discover something new about the nature of the world.”

“Facts are the air of scientists.  Without them you can never fly.”

“Science is the search for the truth.  It is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.  I believe in morality, in justice, in humanitarianism.”

“Men will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences.  Science will go on whether we are pessimistic or optimistic, as I am.  More interesting discoveries than we can imagine will be made, and I am awaiting them, full of curiosity and enthusiasm.”

“We must have research for peace.  It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality.”

“Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.”

“One never knows how hard a problem is until it has been solved.  You don’t necessarily know that you will succeed if you work harder or longer.”

“Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow.”

“I believe that you can, by taking some simple and inexpensive measures, extend your life and your years of well-being.”

“The process of aging is not well understood, but it has been observed that when people manage to live into their nineties, death is usually accompanied by a smaller amount of suffering than when people die at an earlier age.  Very often, these older people seem to be in pretty good health and then they just die in their sleep, whereas younger people—persons in their forties or fifties—are more apt to get cancer and experience a year or two of misery, made worse, of course, by the anti-cancer drugs the doctors make them take, before they die.”

“I am forced, as I observe governments in their processes of decision-making, to conclude that the next century will probably be one in which the amount of suffering in the world reaches its maximum.  Unless we are wiser than we have shown ourselves to be in the past, we shall encounter catastrophic problems in the years ahead.  A hundred years from now, however, we shall, I hope, have solved these problems… and from then on, we may have a world in which every human being will have the opportunity to lead a healthy, long, and pleasurable life.  That is what I hope.”

“I have been especially fortunate for about 50 years in having two memory banks available.  Whenever I can’t remember something I ask my wife, and thus I am able to draw on this auxiliary memory bank.  Moreover, there is a second way in which I get ideas.  I listen carefully to what my wife says, and in this way I often get a good idea.  I recommend to young people that you make a permanent acquisition of an auxiliary memory bank that you can become familiar with and draw upon throughout your lives.”

“I have always wanted to know as much as possible about the world.”

“I think of yourself as a physical chemist.  I was trained in chemistry, physics and mathematics.  My PhD was with a major in chemistry and minors in physics and math.  And my first two books, The Structure of Line Spectra and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, were essentially physics, rather than chemistry.”

“It is a great honor to be chosen as the recipient of a Nobel Prize; not only a great honor, but a great pleasure, and, speaking not only for myself but also for my wife and our children, I thank all of you.”

“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 into anything but your own intellect.  Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel laureate—may be wrong.  The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of the younger generation find out what was wrong among the things that their elders said.  So you must always be skeptical.  Always think for yourself.”

“Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you.  Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world.”

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