Nobel Prize Quotes

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Richard Dawkins
“It's been suggested that if the super-naturalists really had the powers they claim, they'd win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science. Either way, why are they wasting their talents doing party turns on television?

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
Richard Dawkins

Mario Vargas Llosa
“We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the critical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist. Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, with no need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy our thirst for the absolute – the foundation of the human condition – and should be better. We invent fictions in order to live somehow the many lives we would like to lead when we barely have one at our disposal.”
Mario Vargas Llosa

Richard P. Feynman
“If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.”
Richard Feynman

Mario Vargas Llosa
“From the cave to the skyscraper, from the club to weapons of mass destruction, from the tautological life of the tribe to the era of globalization, the fictions of literature have multiplied human experiences, preventing us from succumbing to lethargy, self-absorption, resignation. Nothing has sown so much disquiet, so disturbed our imagination and our desires as the life of lies we add, thanks to literature, to the one we have, so we can be protagonists in the great adventures, the great passions real life will never give us. The lies of literature become truths through us, the readers transformed, infected with longings and, through the fault of fiction, permanently questioning a mediocre reality. Sorcery, when literature offers us the hope of having what we do not have, being what we are not, acceding to that impossible existence where like pagan gods we feel mortal and eternal at the same time, that introduces into our spirits non-conformity and rebellion, which are behind all the heroic deeds that have contributed to the reduction of violence in human relationships. Reducing violence, not ending it. Because ours will always be, fortunately, an unfinished story. That is why we have to continue dreaming, reading, and writing, the most effective way we have found to alleviate our mortal condition, to defeat the corrosion of time, and to transform the impossible into possibility.”
Mario Vargas Llosa

Ernest Rutherford
“It was quite the most incredible event that has ever happened to me in my life. It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.

[Recalling in 1936 the discovery of the nucleus in 1909, when some alpha particles were observed instead of travelling through a very thin gold foil were seen to rebound backward, as if striking something much more massive than the particles themselves. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this discovery.]”
Ernest Rutherford

Amit Ray
“Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music”
Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

Boris Pasternak
“Credo che non ti amerei tanto se in te non ci fosse nulla da lamentare, nulla da rimpiangere. Io non amo la gente perfetta, quelli che non sono mai caduti, non hanno inciampato. La loro è una virtù spenta, di poco valore. A loro non si è svelata la bellezza della vita.”
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

John F. Kennedy
“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House-- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
John F. Kennedy

Mother Teresa
“Since we cannot see Christ, we cannot express our love to Him. But we do see our neighbor, and we can do for him what we would do for Christ if He were visible.”
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love

Craig Ferguson
“Strange star-like object over Oslo right before Obama arrives. A gift of a golden medal given by a group of wise men... Nah.”
Craig Ferguson

“You too can win Nobel Prizes. Study diligently. Respect DNA. Don't smoke. Don't drink. Avoid women and politics. That's my formula.”
George Beadle

Eric J. Hobsbawm
“But a progressive policy needs more than just a bigger break with the economic and moral assumptions of the past 30 years. It needs a return to the conviction that economic growth and the affluence it brings is a means and not an end. The end is what it does to the lives, life-chances and hopes of people. Look at London. Of course it matters to all of us that London's economy flourishes. But the test of the enormous wealth generated in patches of the capital is not that it contributed 20%-30% to Britain's GDP but how it affects the lives of the millions who live and work there. What kind of lives are available to them? Can they afford to live there? If they can't, it is not compensation that London is also a paradise for the ultra-rich. Can they get decently paid jobs or jobs at all? If they can't, don't brag about all those Michelin-starred restaurants and their self-dramatising chefs. Or schooling for children? Inadequate schools are not offset by the fact that London universities could field a football team of Nobel prize winners.”
Eric Hobsbawm

Abdus Salam
Alfred Nobel stipulated that no distinction of race or colour will determine who received of his generosity.”
Abdus Salam

Abhaidev
“And of these few charitable billionaires, how many are motivated by greed for a Nobel peace prize, I don’t know. Yes, call me a cynic, but I am absolutely sure that hadn’t there been such a thing as the Nobel peace prize or similar versions of national, or state-level, or independent accolades, many of these millionaires and billionaires would have given up on their charitable endeavours. After having everything, a rich man seeks applause and reverence, for there is guilt in his mind. The guilt of having everything in this world.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

Mahatma Gandhi
“Be the change which you want to happen to the world”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I wish I had my beta-blockers handy.

[Comment when told that he had won a Nobel prize, referring to the drug he discovered for the treatment of heart disease.]”
James Whyte Black

“The world is most consistent with purposeful creation.”
Arno Penzias

Rajeev Balasubramanyam
“In November, Bettina [Moreira] presented him with a framed quotation by the biologist George Wald, who had won the Nobel fifty years ago. It read: What one really needs is not Nobel laureates but love. How do you think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? Wanting love, that’s how. Wanting it so bad that one works all the time and ends up a Nobel laureate. It’s a consolation prize. What matters is love. ‘What the hell do you want me to do with this?’ said Chandra, who had come to a similar conclusion himself but would sooner be damned than tell Ms. Moreira this.”
Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Abhijit Naskar
“It's not the awards and prizes that add value to one's work, it's the work that adds value to the awards and prizes.”
Abhijit Naskar

Tom Golway
“By 2030, some form of Crypto will become the global reserve currency but it will not be based on what exists today. Existing cryptos need to transform or will disappear. Also around 2030 or so, the first Nobel Prize in Economics will be awarded to a Cryptoeconomist.”
Tom Golway, Planning and Managing ATM Networks

Ehsan Sehgal
“Now the Nobel Prize should be the Nobel Surprise. I do not draw any other meaning than as the label to degrading of yourself prize.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Ehsan Sehgal
“The sex is mostly in practice in many positions in the world than anything else. There should be a Nobel Prize for that.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Rajesh`
“It is just staggering to realize how much we don’t know. We don’t know how the first life started on Earth. We do not know for sure how the universe started. We do not know how time started. Even without answers to such most basic questions and knowing well how little we know of what we don’t know, we have still chosen to award Nobel prizes to people.”
Rajesh`, Random Cosmos

Albert Camus
“This figure, which gave a clear meaning to the daily spectacle that everyone in town had in front of their eyes, disconcerted them even more. Up to then people had merely complaine about a rather disgusting accident. Now they saw that there was something threatening in this phenomenon, the extent and origin of which was not yet clear to them.”
Camus Albert

Wole Soyinka
“Since I’ve written quite a number of songs for my plays, I would like to be nominated for a Grammy,”
Wole Soyinka

Οδυσσέας Ελύτης
“Και πολύ τρομάξανε τα παιδιά, και οι άνθρωποι με το μολύβι στην όψη και το άχερο στα μαλλιά και τα κοντά μαύρα ποδήματα κέρωσαν. Επειδή πήγανε κι ήρθανε γύρω τα χαμόσπιτα, και σε πολλές μεριές το πισσόχαρτο έπεσε και φανήκανε μακριά, πίσω απ’ τον ήλιο, οι γυναίκες να κλαίνε γονατιστές, πάνω σ’ ένα έρμο οικόπεδο, γεμάτο τσουκνίδες και μαύρα πηχτά αίματα. Ενώ σήμαινε δώδεκα ακριβώς το μεγάλο ρολόι των αγγέλων.”
Οδυσσέας Ελύτης, The Axion Esti

Οδυσσέας Ελύτης
“Τότε, από τ’ άλλο μέρος φάνηκε αργά βαδίζοντας να’ρχεται Αυτός με το Σβησμένο Πρόσωπο, που σήκωνε το δάκτυλο κι οι ώρες ανατρίχιαζαν στο μεγάλο ρολόι των αγγέλων. Και σε όποιον λάχαινε να σταθεί μπροστά, ευθύς οι άλλοι τον αρπάζανε από τα μαλλιά και τον εσούρνανε χάμου πατώντας τον. Ώσπου έφτασε κάποτε η στιγμή να σταθεί και μπροστά στον Λευτέρη. Αλλά κείνος δε σάλεψε. Σήκωσε μόνο αργά τα μάτια του και τα πήγε μεμιάς τόσο μακριά —μακριά μέσα στο μέλλον του— που ο άλλος ένιωσε το σκούντημα κι έγειρε πίσω με κίντυνο να πέσει. Και σκυλιάζοντας, έκανε ν’ ανασηκώσει το μαύρο πανί, ναν του φτύσει κατάμουτρα. Μα πάλι ο Λευτέρης δε σάλεψε.”
Οδυσσέας Ελύτης, The Axion Esti

“A good way to measure the ubiquity of the male perspective masquerading a the human perspective is to check out the Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: literature, medicine, chemistry, peace, physics, and economics. Who we are as a species, what we value, where we expend our energy and our resources, and our priorities, goals, and dreams can be charted through the development of these categories. As of 2018, Nobel Prizes in total have been awarded to 853 men and 51 women. One hundred ten Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded since 1901, and only 14 of those were awarded to women... The world would have been different-and better-if women had had equal say in the development of literature, medicine, chemistry, physics, peace, and economics. Better, not because women are better, but because they are more than half of humanity, representing more than half of what it means to be human. If you can convince me otherwise, you should receive a Nobel Prize." The Greatest Books - pg. 80-81”
Elizabeth Lesser, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes

Gabriel García Márquez
“But Melquíades' tribe, according to what the wanderers said, had been wiped off the face of the earth because they had gone beyond the limits of human knowledge.”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez
“On a certain occasion when Father Nicanor brought a checker set to the chestnut tree and invited him to a game, José Arcardio Buendía would not accept, because according to him he could never understand the sense of a contest in which the two adversaries have agreed upon the rules.”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

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