Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.

— Hans Selye

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Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.


Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.


Mental tensions, frustrations, insecurity, aimlessness are among the most damaging stressors, and psychosomatic studies have shown how often they cause migraine headache, peptic ulcers, heart attacks, hypertension, mental disease, suicide, or just hopeless unhappiness.


The healthiest of all human emotions is gratitude.


If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.


Stress is not necessarily something bad it all depends on how you take it.

The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.


Stress is the spice of life.


As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.


Gratitude is the most important of all human emotions.


The element of chance in basic research is overrated.

Chance is a lady who smiles only upon those few who know how to make her smile.


Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love or exercise.


The non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.


About Hans Selye

Quotes 33 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement.


Even after the greatest defeats, the depressing thought of being a failure is best combated by taking stock of all your past achievements.


The builder of the best racing car is not necessarily its best driver.


Indeed, not all attacks-especially the bitter and ridiculing kind leveled at Darwin-are offered in good faith, but for practical purposes it is good policy to assume that they are.


Complete freedom from stress is death


To remain healthy a man must have some goal, some purpose in life that he can respect and be proud to work for.


The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true science. He who knows it not, and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. We all had this priceless talent when we were young. But as time goes by, many of us lose it. The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being.


Leaders are leaders only as long as they have the respect and loyalty of their followers.


To make a great dream come true, you must first have a great dream.


My advice to any young person at the beginning of their career is to try to look for the mere outlines of big things with their fresh, untrained and unprejudiced mind.


Stress, in addition to being itself, was also the cause of itself, and the result of itself.


Unlock your natural drives by doing what you enjoy.


Gratitude conserves the vital energies of a person more than any other attitude tested.


To be totally without stress is to be dead.


Random search for data on ... off-chance is hardly scientific. A questionnaire on 'Intellectual Immoralities' was circulated by a well-known institution. 'Intellectual Immorality No. 4' read: 'Generalizing beyond one's data'. [Wilder Dwight] Bancroft asked whether it would not be more correct to word question no. 4 'Not generalizing beyond one's data.


What makes me so certain that the natural human lifespan is far in excess of the actual one is this. Among all my autopsies (and I have performed over 1000), I have never seen a person who died of old age. In fact, I do not think that anyone has ever died of old age yet. We invariably die because one vital part has worn out too early in proportion to the rest of the body.


Who would enjoy a life of no runs, no hits, no errors?


Almost no germ is unconditionally dangerous to man;

its disease-producing ability depends upon the body's resistance.


I doubt that Fleming could have obtained a grant for the discovery of penicillin on that basis [a requirement for highly detailed research plans] because he could not have said, 'I propose to have an accident in a culture so that it will be spoiled by a mould falling on it, and I propose to recognize the possibility of extracting an antibiotic from this mould.'


Nothing erases unpleasant thoughts more effectively than conscious concentration on pleasant ones.

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