Water, the Hub of Life. Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium. Water is the most extraordinary substance! Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery. Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
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A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.
Think boldly. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Don't miss small details, keep your eyes open and be modest in everything except your aims.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.
Life is water, dancing to the tune of solids.
The American Cancer Society tried to ruin my research foundation.
If any student comes to me and says he wants to be useful to mankind and go into research to alleviate human suffering, I advise him to go into charity instead. Research wants real egotists who seek their own pleasure and satisfaction, but find it in solving the puzzles of nature.
It is impossible to encircle the hips of a girl with my right arm and hold her smile in my left hand, then proceed to study the two items separately. Similarly, we can not separate life from living matter, in order to study only living matter and its reactions. Inevitably, studying living matter and its reactions, we study life itself
Senescent judges show how patriotic they are by passing out hard sentences for tearing up a draft card or following one's conscience according to the principles established by our country at the Nuremburg trials.
A discovery must be, by definition, at variance with existing knowledge.
During my lifetime, I made two. Both were rejected offhand by the popes of the field. Had I predicted these discoveries in my applications, and had those authorities been my judges, it is evident what their decisions would have been.
Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.
We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.
A substance that makes you ill if you don't eat it.
This oxidation of hydrogen in stages seems to be one of the basic principles of biological oxidation.
I am the son of a small and far-away nation and the other laureates have all come from different countries from all over the world and we all were equally received here with signs of sympathy.
Through the ages, man's main concern was life after death.
Today, for the first time, we find we must ask questions about whether there will be life before death.
Why does man behave like perfect idiot? This is the problem I wish to deal with.
Research is not a systematic occupation but an intuitive artistic vocation.
Without energy life would be extinguished instantaneously, and the cellular fabric would collapse.
"This celebration here tells me that this work is not hopeless.
I thank you for this teaching with all my heart and lift my glass to human solidarity, to the ultimate victory of knowledge, peace, good-will and understanding."
If I go out into nature, into the unknown, to the fringes of knowledge, everything seems mixed up and contradictory, illogical, and incoherent. This is what research does; it smooths out contradictions and makes things simple, logical, and coherent.
Investigations during the last few decades have brought hydrogen instead of carbon, and instead of CO2 water, the mother of all life, into the foreground.
Nature is one. It is not divided into physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics.
This paper of yours is so lightly written that you must have sweated terribly.
When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew that World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.
I always tried to live up to Leo Szilard's commandment, "don't lie if you don't have to." I had to. I filled up pages with words and plans I knew I would not follow. When I go home from my laboratory in the late afternoon, I often do not know what I am going to do the next day. I expect to think that up during the night. How could I tell them what I would do a year hence?
Whatever a man does he must do first in his mind.
I am not religious, but I am a pious man.
.. A religious man has a definite religion. He says "God is there" or "God is there," "God is there." "Your god is not my god, and that's all." But the pious man, he just looks out with awe, and says, "where is God?" And "well, I don't understand it and I would like to know what this creation really means." That is a pious man, who is really touched by the greatness of nature and of the creation.
Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend.
To regulate something always requires two opposing factors.
You cannot regulate by a single factor. To give an example, the traffic in the streets could not be controlled by a green light or a red light alone. It needs a green light and a red light as well. The ratio between retine and promine determines whether there is any motion, any growth, or not. Two different inclinations have to be there in readiness to make the cells proliferate.
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
Life is a wondrous phenomenon.
I called it ignose, not knowing which carbohydrate it was.
This name was turned down by my editor. 'God-nose' was not more successful, so in the end 'hexuronic acid' was agreed upon. To-day the substance is called 'ascorbic acid' and I will use this name.
[A vitamin is] a substance you get sick from if you don't eat it.
If structure does not tell us anything about function, it means that we have not looked at it correctly.
The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it.
Science has helped us to understand and master ourselves, creating an elevated new form of human life, the wealth and beauty of which cannot be pictured today by the keenest imagination.